88 NOVEMBER 2019 scca.com
The first new action requested by the Executive Stewards was the
implementation of an Alternate Stewards
of the Meeting (SOM) Model, which would
be a substitute SOM Model for events
where Steward staffing is thin. This concept,
implemented with agreement of the Chief
Steward and the Chair of the SOM, allows
drivers to be appointed as temporary
event Stewards and participate as a SOM
for a specific incident or for the full event.
The CRB has approved the model and has
forwarded it to SCCA’s Board of Directors.
At their August meeting, the Board of
Directors approved the proposal and it will
go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The Training
& Development Committee will begin
working on guidelines for the new model.
The second hot topic on the Executive
Steward agenda has been racing incidents
and investigations. Jim Rogaski, Chairman
of the Executive Stewards, wrote the
following for the Stewards newsletter:
There has been a lot of discussion as of
late on social media about our Club and how
we are handling body contact reviews. I want
to remind everyone that we have added GCR
This section states that a driver involved in
a body contact shall stop at the designated
incident investigation site for review of the
incident with the Stewards. I hope everyone
is making sure that this is occurring.
Those social media comments from drivers
and corner workers are stating that this may
not be happening or, if we are investigating,
we are being too gentle in our determinations.
A decade or so ago we were criticized for
being too strict on rule implementation
and we made adjustments in our training
and event management philosophy. Maybe
we went too far in the other direction and
need to step back and reconsider how we
are handling driver-to-driver issues.
There is a lot of peer pressure on drivers,
especially in the large classes like SM and
SRF3. Everyone wants to be everyone
else’s friend, and if they are involved in an
incident, they don’t want to file protests
and they don’t want to “fink” on their
own. So, everyone shrugs and says it was
a “racing incident.” We take them at their
word, agree, and walk away. Maybe it is
time we stop and dig a little deeper and talk
to other witnesses to the incident, follow
up on the corner calls, and look at videos.
Then have another discussion on who may
have been at fault and take the necessary
actions. I know it means more work, but
this is part of our role at the event....
To address this...and also to take a look
at the relationship between the SOM and
the Court of Appeals, the Board of Directors
has asked me to organize a meeting at the
Runoffs consisting of Board Members, CRB
members, Executive Steward members, COA
members, representatives from the SCCA
National Office, and a few drivers. The goal is
to see if we can improve our processes and
better serve the Road Racing community.
We are also looking into creating a
“racing room” guideline, similar to what
other organizations have developed,
that will contain diagrams of incidents
and written reviews of the incidents
and how fault could be determined.
The CRB requests any member
input that will help improve SCCA Road
Racing and, of course, encourages your
feedback on the above items. All letters
should be submitted at crbscca.com.
A STUDIOUS LOOK AT STEWARDING
GUIDANCE S YSTEM
For events filled with
drivers but light on
volunteers, the Alternate
Stewards of the Meeting
program may be the
WORDS Peter Keane, Chairman, Club Racing Board | IMAGE Barbara Protos
Club Racing’s Executive Stewards are currently tackling two big topics that affect all racers