50 AUGUST 2019 scca.com
INSIDE SCCA ROAD RACING
Contact between racers, meaning metal-to-metal incidents minor or major,
is a hazard that comes with competitive
motorsports. We all want close, hard racing,
but we also want to load cars up at the end
of a race weekend without the hassle and
expense of vehicle damage. This is of concern
in large fields where it is easy to cross the
line or get caught up in another on-track
event. To that end, the Club Racing Board has
recently received feedback from the racing
community regarding a potential disconnect
between driver interpretation and conduct
when it comes to the rules of SCCA racing.
As such, let’s talk about GCR Section
6. 11.1: On Course Driver Conduct. Here,
SCCA attempts to define the parameters
of on-track conduct, most notably with
this phrase: “Drivers are responsible to
avoid physical contact between cars on
the racetrack.” This is later followed by:
“If a driver is involved in significant body
contact, the driver and car shall stop at
the designated incident investigation site
for review of the incident by the Stewards
before going to their paddock area.”
To clarify, “significant body contact”
includes, but is not limited to, contact
resulting in two or four wheels off the
racecourse, as well as spins, loss of position,
or repairs to suspension and bodywork.
The Clerk of the Course at Hoosier Super
Tour events will be coordinating with Race
Control and the Safety Team to present
disabled cars involved in contact to Tech.
Currently, SCCA is eyeing the best way
to establish a common and uniformly
understood interpretation of these rules,
weighing expectations for acceptable
on-track conduct. While SCCA provides
a safety infrastructure and Stewards to
deal with these issues, these steps only
deal with the fallout of poor conduct.
One concept is to increase the driver
awareness and education level by setting up
a library of videos that use a known driver
providing narrative on what they see and
how the on-track action should have played
out. Other ideas involve more punitive
measures including maintaining a centralized
database of contact logs of repeat offenders.
The CRB continues to work with Executive
Stewards and SCCA Staff to improve the
driver conduct process. Thanks are given
to Kevin Fandozzi, Paula Hawthorne, and
Steve Strickland for addressing this subject
matter, as well as Jim Rogaski and the Exec
Stewards for reviewing the prose above.
Those who have thoughts on this
topic, please submit ideas to crbscca.
com. Let’s all work together to improve
our on-track racing experience.
IT’S UP TO US
WORDS Peter Keane, Chairman, Road Racing Board | MAIN IMAGE Barbara Protos
On-Track Behavior: clean and safe road racing is everyone’s concern
“We also want to load cars up
at the end of a race weekend
without the hassle and
(LEFT) With adequate
racing room comes
Have thoughts about
this topic? Let the CRB
know at crbscca.com.