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Last Post 26 Mar 2012 09:37 PM by  FireballPhil
Where have all the racers gone - MIDIV?
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mazdamike
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15 Mar 2012 01:21 AM

    So we all know how hard it is sometimes to get enough workers to put on a race, right? Well last I checked Memphis had 50% more VOLUNTEERS than entries! Yep, the economy has sucked for a lot of folks, racers and workers alike. The Division has suffered as well with tracks being closed and shuttered, bought, and re-opened, flooded, and events cancelled, etc.. But if we are going to turn the page and become successful again we need to support all the tracks and the Regions who put on the events. St. Louis is coming back on-line this year, and the new owners of the Memphis track is looking forward to putting in a whole new and real Road Course. BUT FOR WHO? It appears that the workers/// I mean Volunteers, are sucking it up and coming back, especially those from out of town. But obviously we need entries too. Don't wait for the "other guy", help by doing it yourself as well. The tracks need the events, the Regions need to put them on without losing revenue, and the workers need to know you care - and will come out. If you are a driver, get your entry in. If not, twist the arm of someone who is! :)) See you March 30th.

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    17 Mar 2012 04:49 PM
    This reply is a cross post from Club Racing as the discussion moved to how we can generate more growth.

    While there are many things that "could" be done to help racing attendance, the list of "not able" to do is nearly identical. I wasn't trying to inspire the drilling of a new well, but rather pumping more out of what we already have. I'm also not throwing stones really 'cause I don't even have a glass house. I am frankly lucky to have gas money to get to an event, or find a ride with someone already going. "if", and it's a big "IF", we could just get all our current drivers to add just 1 more weekend to their 2012 schedule - we would improve the scenario at every Region or track. And then, if that additional weekend were not at everyone's "favorite" track but instead at one that truly needs the help it would be even more effective.

    I don't pretend to know what the situation is anywhere else in the Country, though I can well imagine that most are hurting to some extent. The last 2 - 3 years here in MiDiv have not been too much fun. We have had 2 tracks closed, sold, and now reopened; and another under water for a couple of months, plus at least one weekend canceled for low entries. This has it's toll on workers as well as some move on to other interests and others are less inclined to travel especially with small car counts.

    Memphis's track - no one's favorite - was closed for a year and then bought by folks that want to upgrade the entire facility, including a totally new Road Course. But they have to have a good feeling that the investment will be worth it so they want to see the "need" and "interest" of those who will use it. The Region also has to have the commitment of workers to put the event on, especially now that SCCA wants to get a commitment of the workers in advance. Well, they got that commitment from the workers - many brand new "local" ones and many from out of town. The last time a looked several days ago, there were 50% more workers than entries for the event in a couple of weeks - and this event will be a "Double Rational"! Mid-South Region NEEDS a good influx of entries not only from MiDiv, but also from other Divisions who are even closer by miles.

    In a couple of months St. Louis Region's Race also is required to have workers signed up in advance. We will likely get that commitment from the workers also even though we are coming off a year in mothballs. Although the facility is on track to get some improvements, I don't think a "new" Road Course" is in the works yet. OUR new owner is a fellow SCCA Member who has taken a risk to bring back events over the full range of motor sports from Drag Racing - local weekly shows but also NHRA, ADRL, and BDRA, Club Racing and PDX, Autocrossing, and hopefully and likely Oval Events. Part of the tracks need for success is tied to the Regions need for success, and that means entries for Race weekends.

    But I'm only putting in print what anyone reading this already knows, right? If you are a "race" driver and possibly can, I am certain that adding just one more weekend to your schedule would be appreciated. If you can make that weekend going to a track/Region that needs the help the most, your gift will be multiplied even more. If you do, it will be even easier to challenge the workers to do their part as well. You could also help by passing this sentiment along to others too, so please do! And trust me, no one is likely feeling the financial squeeze more than me, so I don't make this request/challenge lightly. :))
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    25 Mar 2012 03:54 PM

    MidSouth has decided to add a Friday Practice Day AND dropped the late fee too. First Racing of MiDivs 2012 season is the "Double Rational" next weekend March 30 - April 1.

    Entries are improving for MiDivs 2012 season kick off event next weekend. But MidSouth Region still needs your help with more entries! They have met their worker requirement and they are coming from something like 8 states. Want even more track time? Thought about going but have missed the deadline?

    No more excuses!

    http://www.midsouthscca.org/index.p...=2914#2914
    FireballPhil
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    26 Mar 2012 09:37 PM

    "Rational Memories" Double National March 31-April 1 2012
    Feb 19, 2012 - 03:16 AM by Admin
    First Ever "Rational Memories" at the Memphis International Raceway, Memphis, TN.

    1st Two Day Double National and Double Regional in the MidWest Division, all in one weekend. March 31, April 1 2012.

    Pre-registration for all race workers and drivers at http://www.motorsportsreg.com/.

    Sanction number(s) 12-R-2147-S/12-N-2148-S/12-R-2149-S/12-N-2150-S have been granted for the Regional/National/Regiona/National event(s) conducted by the Mid South Region to be held at MIR on March 30 April 1, 2012.

    Download entry forms, supplemental rules and schedule from our Road Racing Section of our Download Library

    http://www.midsouthscca.org/

    NO LATE FEE!

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