Car #: 80
Year : 1999 Posts: 30
I have over 10 SCCA National races under my belt as well as a bunch of regional and NASA races in a SM. A few weeks ago I raced at Blackhawk and during my second race of the weekend, I had some contact. I won't go into details about the contact or whether I agree or not with the penalty that was handed down, but the result that my license has been put on Probation for a National race this weekend at Road America. A few questions: Who has raced while on probation? Does a long track, like RA, pose some issues with driving on probation? I understand how to drive clean and have done so and finished in the top 10 in a bunch of races, but there is also a tendency for a little more contact in a series like SM. Any tips on how to stay competitive but remain conservative?
quote:Originally posted by David Dewhurst: You might read the GCR relative to probation so that you understand what's required before you enter the race track. G. Probation of competition privilegs.
David is referring to GCR 7.2.G, which includes the following, "Any member on probation must to notify the event Chief Steward prior to his first on track session ... Failure to notify the Chief Steward is a violation of probation."
You must personally present your probation letter to the Chief Steward before going on track. This is important.
Car #: 43
Year : 1995 Posts: 605
You will be fine at RA ,its a wide track and after the first lap your all gonna be pretty strung out.Even if you find yourself racing someone hard all race most passing is done on the straights unlike BHF where passing is mostly in the corners which tends to bring the contact level up.
Not sure what region handled the BHF event you were at but one of the regions(no names)can be pretty uuhhmmm abrasive at times.I know there doing there job but they can take it a bit over the top at times.I had a simple bumper to bumper "touch" in a corner a few years back there and they acted like I rammed this guy in the wall,pulled him out of his car and beat the crap out of him. Mind you no damage on either car,cars never left the track,not even sure how they caught it as it really was a bumper"touch".After 3 hours of dicking around with video tape and interviews they decided it was a racing incident.Ya think.
And what burned me the most,the contact was due to brother A who was in first had car issues had to let brother B take the position.Well brother A knew I was on brother B's rear bumper so he let brother B by uncontested and as I was coming through brother A suddenly had more issues right in front of me in the corner.It was just enough that brother B was gone.Ahhh brotherly love.
Just go have fun,race,don't touch anyone be nice to all the officials,have a double brat sandwich for me.
Car #: # 27 ITA
Year : 1986 Posts: 136
The Region's don't hand out the probation penalty. The decision to place someone on probation or not, is the result of a deliberation by the Stewards of the SOM, because a Protest or RFA was filed. The Stewards may be from different Regions or even different Divisions. As long as you PERSONALY present your yellow Probation form to the Chief Steward before going on track all should be OK. Have a safe race, enjoy a couple of Brats and pick up your Probation letter at the end of the weekend from the Chief Steward. The Chief Steward will be happy to sign you off for a satisfactory weekend if all was according to Hoyle.