What is Club Racing?
The best race tracks in the country are waiting for you to
challenge them including Wichita's home track - Hallett Motor Racing
Circuit. Getting started in SCCA Club Racing isn't as hard as you think.
The SCCA stages more than 300 Club Racing events each year for people
just like you. Whether you want to be World Champion or just crave the
wheel-to-wheel racing experience, it's time for you to get started.
How do I get started?
Amateur racers begin their careers by participating in two
SCCA Driving Schools. Experienced SCCA instructors teach key racing
techniques and share important safety information. Successfully
completing two Driver's Schools means the amateur driver is eligible to
compete in SCCA Regional races.
Experience the excitement of Regional racing, then step up
to National-level competition and strive for the pinnacle of amateur
motorsports, the annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mid-Ohio
Sports Car Course.
In 1998, Wichita Region joined forces with the NeOkla
Region, to form the Arkansas Valley Race Group (AVRG). The principal
reason behind formation of the AVRG was to combine the strengths of the
two regions in hosting Club Racing at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. The
combined strength of these three regions hosting Club Racing at Hallett
promises great competition.
More about the AVRG
The AVRG is a not for profit Oklahoma corporation. The AVRG
Board is comprised of nine members, the Regional Executive for each
region, and two members from each region appointed by their Regional
Executive. The main purpose in the formation of the AVRG was to
apportion the risks and rewards that comprise a racing season. For
example, an event marred by rain can be a financial disaster. By
spreading the costs as well as the profit, no one region bears the risk.
Club Racing conducted by AVRG is a true group effort. It takes the
talents of many members from all three regions, so we encourage
involvement to conduct a successful series.
Volunteering at the Road Races
Club racing season is here again for Wichita. The Region
co-sponsors races at Hallett with Oklahoma and NeOkla Regions under the
umbrella of Ark Valley Race Group (AVRG), which belongs to all three
regions. It takes a great many people to put on a successful race,
making it difficult for one region alone to do so. Along with workers
from these regions, we have wonderful workers from many other SCCA
Regions who come to help us. If you are interested in participating in a
club race, there are many different specialties available, such as:
Flagging and Communications (F&C)
– Corner workers are certainly among the most visible of workers since
they spend their time out on the corners during the event. Their job is
to communicate by radio with the officials directing the race, display
the necessary flags, and assist drivers having difficulties near their
Timing and Scoring – As the name
implies, this group is responsible for determining a car's time and
position during practices and races. Both of these functions are
critical to drivers participating in the event. If you prefer to be
inside out of the weather, this is an ideal place to work at Hallett.
T&S is located on the second floor of the tower at Hallett.
Grid and Pits – These workers line
the drivers up at the start of a practice or race, check them for the
proper safety equipment, and help control the hot pits during the event.
Grid workers get the opportunity to interact with all of the drivers,
probably more than any other specialty.
Scrutineering (Tech) – Besides
issuing tech stickers to cars with annual tech inspections before the
cars go on track, tech is responsible for determining if cars conform to
the safety rules and the requirements for the individual classes. After
the races, the top 3 cars in each class report to tech to be weighed and
Hospitality – Hospitality
workers make copies of the grid sheets and results and distribute them
to the drivers. After the results are final, they hand out the trophies.
And they are there to try to answer any questions that the drivers might
have, or, at least , to direct them to the right person for an answer.
Hospitality is located on the first floor of the tower at Hallett.
Registration – At the track,
registration workers check licenses and make sure that participants have
the correct current credentials. They make sure that anybody without a
current annual waiver signs the event waiver and give the drivers and
workers the information they need for the event. This specialty is
extremely busy for a couple of hours on Friday evening and a couple of
hours on Saturday morning. Often times, people will work those few hours
and then go on to do something else for the rest of the time.
Registration is on the first floor of the tower.
Working the races earns a member
points under the Vroom program, an incentive program for workers. These
points can be redeemed for clothing and bank gift cards. This program is
explained in full on the MiDiv website, www.midiv.org. Volunteering at
the races also reduces the costs of membership. A reduction in
membership fees is given for each day worked. This is paid for by a
surcharge on each entry that is paid by the organizing regions to SCCA.
Workers just need to list the days that they work on the SCCA website.