OK, got you to look. I know we still have some folks from the far east that attend MiDiv events once in a while, and you have probably checked out the saga of losing and finding tracks over here. Memphis is back and opening the MiDiv season with a Double Rational on March 31 / April 1; and they need entries. Right now workers out-number drivers 3-2! The new owners of the track are planning to build a whole new Road Course, but how far will that go if they can't get events, and how can the Region put them on without getting the numbers? They promise to treat you well,,,,,,, ;))
In St. Louis, Gateway is coming back on-line.
I'm sure some of you have been keeping up with the news here in St. Louis, and pretty soon we will be back to taking for granted a local track. On March 3rd racers and fans across the spectrum of motor sports, Drag, Oval, Road Course, Drifting, PDX, SOLO, etc., came together for a work party to ready the facility opening day. Approx. 80 in total re-built tire walls, raked up leaves and trash, pulled weeds and trees, weed-eated, cut grass, and spread nearly 300 gallons of paint.
A week later on March 10th St. Louis Region hosted a "Kick-Off / Open House" for the general public to take a look, and for the club to perform numerous tech inspections for SOLO and Club Racers, sign up new members, and talk up our various activities. NHRA also held Chassis Certifications to get many of the local racers up to date. Because everyone signed a waiver on the way in, we know that over ONE THOUSAND racers and fans showed up!
Normal activities will resume this Saturday the 17th with Test & Tune Drag Racing. On the schedule so far during the year it will again be home to ADRL, NHRA, NASA, BDRA, Monster Mopar, and several more, including the full range of SCCA activities, SOLO, PDX, Club Racing, Street Survival, etc.. Nobody liked sitting out a year and the enthusiasm seems to keep building. Hopefully you will once again put "Gateway" in your plans this season. Follow the link below for a thread that tells the story of the last 30 days; and the beginning of a new, brighter future for racing in St. Louis.
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.