Autocross
Our passion is CONTROL.

Everyone who competes in an autocross event must also work.  Most people will work somewhere out on the course, helping pick up downed cones, etc, however there are various other work assignments that exist (timing and scoring, announcer, spotter, starter, etc). Report for your work assignment as soon as you hear your group announced. The place to get work assignments will be announced in the drivers' meeting. This will make for a speedy transition from group to group.

Registration

  • Gets to the course 15 mins before registration is open, usually at 7:45 am
  • Knows all of the forms needed for registration
  • Handles money from the customer
  • Helps put walk up customers in the computer
  • Helps organize people in lines and gets people weekend memberships to fill out
  • Should be knowledgeable about the different classes

 

Tech

  • Gets to the course 15 mins before registration is open, usually at 7:45 am
  • Works with the Tech Chief to make sure all the cars are safe to race
  • Checks wheels, tires, battery security, fluids, pedal feel, make sure no loose items are in the car
  • Makes sure the numbers are at least 8” and the class letters are half of that
  • Makes sure if the racer is a novice, there is a N on the car

 

Starter

  • Controls the safe tempo and flow of the cars on course
  • Working with Grid to keep one car staged and 1-2 cars ready to stage. This will keep cars and drivers ready.
  • As each car is properly staged, Starter must check the car for proper numbers (especially for 2 drivers), tech inspection or FWR annual tech sticker, driver/passenger have helmet on and strap secured along with seatbelts buckled
  • Starter must keep an eye on the course for spins or major coneage when more time is required to prepare the course for the next car.
  • Starter must communicate with trailer with car number if necessary and hold off starting any cars until Timing & Scoring is ready.

 

Announcer

  • This can be a fun job by providing commentary about the cars, drivers, class etc but must provide each run time, cones downed, class position and number of runs.
  • Announcer can help by announcing any problems that may arise that require flagging cars or to check a possible out-of-place cone.

 

Timing & Scoring
There are three positions within timing and scoring:

  • Computer Operator:  This person inputs car number and class as each car is staged. They also will input how many cones were hit during a run.
  • Scriber:  This person writes down on paper the car number, class, number of cones hit, and the time of the run. 
  • Radio:  This personal communicates with the corner workers about how many cones were hit and by what driver.


Working Grid

  • Help with getting cars lined up correctly in grid before the heat starts with enough room to open car doors, store air tanks and other supplies safely between cars.
  • Always park the 2-driver cars in one area and arrange all other cars by class.  It is best to start with the 2-driver cars then run ½ of the single driver cars followed by the second driver of the 2-driver car before the remaining single driver cars.
  • Always give the drivers at least a 5 car warning before their turn in stage
  • When a timing trailer personnel approves a re-run, have that car wait for 5-10 cars before staging for their re-run.
  • Also check for liability wristbands to be on each driver and passenger and a rider wristband on the passenger

 

Working the Course

  • Make sure your station has adequate supplies; extra pylons, fire extinguisher, radio and red flag.
  • Know your area of responsibility. Make sure cones are in their proper place when you get to your station, and check them periodically during your shift.
  • When communicating with the spotter/timing trailer, hold the radio talk button down and speak clearly. Give your corner number, class & car number and cone count or DNF then repeat. Wait for conformation from the spotter.
  • Pay attention to cars on course for accurate cone counts and most of all - your safety. It is best to watch the back of the car and the cones themselves to see the wobbling cone which may have left the box. Replace cones as soon as possible, another car will be coming through in as soon as 20 seconds.
  • Be prepared for exposure to sun/rain, wind, heat/cold while on station. Keep red flag in your hand, unfurled (but not flapping) ready for immediate deployment and stay alert for unexpected pedestrians and vehicles.
    Understand the pylon rules, pointer cones do not count if hit, and a car is off-course (DNF for Did Not Finish) if they pass on the wrong side of a cone.
  • There should be a separate person for the red flag and radio and these people should not be running after cones
    Don'ts
    · Do not use cell phones or cameras while on station.
    · Do not sit down and do not wander away from your post.
    · Do not turn your back on cars on course. Safety First!
    · Do not red flag a car unless it is an emergency. However, if in doubt, error on the side of safety!
    · Do not litter
    · Do not pick up hot parts dropped on course because of risk of burns.

 

Setup & Course Clean-up

  • Arrive to the course an hour before registration opens; usually there at 7 am
  • Help setup PA speakers, timing lights, chalk cones, corner stations, etc
  • Once all of the runs are complete everyone will help stack cones and bring to the bus.
  • Also people will stay after the trophy presentation and help load the bus