FAQ’s for the Time Trials National Tour

The Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour stop at PittRace is just over a month away and we already have more than a few folks registered with lots and lots more asking questions.  So many, we thought it might be of value to send a quick email to answer some of the frequently asked questions.  Here we go-

What kind of experience do I need?  Technically- none, but some is better than none.  If you have never been on track before, you may want to get to a Track Night event before you do this just so that you are not overwhelmed with learning it all.  Just so happens, there is one on April 24th.  And, the general car control you learn from autocross, karting or Rallycross will help with comfort, too.  So, if you are a true novice, getting to a few events between now and then is a good idea, but not required.

Will I be on track with people who are a ton more experienced than me?  We run these events similar to a Track Night, where we group people by their experience and comfort level so you will be with people who are at your pace and development, be it novices or seasoned track drivers.

What if I just want to check it out?  Awesome- we have an open gate policy for people who just want to see what it’s all about.  Want to help out?  Even better- workers get meals, a t-shirt and a gas card for helping, we can use help on corners, pit, grid or anywhere you want to pitch in.  If interested, get signed up here.

Are there instructors?  We will have coaches on site to help with questions, tips and advice and to ensure your experience is best possible.  If you are looking for a bit more, we have two partners that can help you day of the event- you can get in-event video analysis and coaching from our friends at Racers360 or get your feedback in real time with the digital driver coaching from ApexPro -Check ’em out.

Wait, in my street car? Can I get insurance?  Absolutely- SCCA Time Trials National Tour events are approved for on-track insurance from Hagerty. It takes just seconds to get a quote and you can have your policy set up in under 5 minutes.  To get your quote, visit Hagerty’s Track Insurance page.

Do I have to have a roll bar?  That’s a firm maybe- we, of course, always recommend roll bars and other track appropriate safety gear, but bars are required for:

  • Convertibles that are older than 2005 AND do not have factory roll over protection (NA/NB Miatas)
  • Convertibles that are newer that 2005, have more than 4 cylinders and/or forced induction and do not have factory roll over protection (Turbo Solstice, Mustangs)
  • Any car running in an Unlimited class

It’s always a good idea to check the specific safety rules to make sure you are covered, or send me what you have an I will let you know.

What class am I in, anyway?  Great question.  You can go to the Class My Car page and follow the steps to learn where your car is classed.  If you aren’t seeing it, I’m happy to help.  Don’t get to stressed about it, though.  We will have some prizes for the class winners, but the event focus is much more about you challenging yourself, developing skills and having #funwithcars.

2019 Meeting Updates

2019 Meeting Information

BOARD / GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – ALL ARE WELCOME
Meeting starts at 7:30PM unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to arrive early at 6-6:30PM for dinner (at your own cost
), and to socialize
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04/03/2019 Board Meeting and General Membership Meeting (All Welcome)                Aracri’s Greentree Inn  1006 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220                                   (412) 921-4601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour at PittRace presented by Hagerty

April 26, 2019  to April 28, 2019

Price: $275.00

Event Includes

  • Friday and Saturday Evening Welcome Party
  • 2x 20 minute Saturday Practice Session (Saturday)
  • 2x Track Cross Elements (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 2x 20 minute Time Attack Sessions (Sunday)
  • …and more to come! Stay tuned!

Event Requirements

Please review the following 3 items below. Each of these is REQUIRED for participation in this event. If you have any questions, please contact prince@scca.com.

Membership

You will need an SCCA weekend membership if you are not currently a full member. You can click here to add this to your registration: https://timetrials.scca.com/products/21070-weekend-membership

If you would like a full membership, please click here. We will be checking memberships in the event lead-up to ensure everyone has some form of SCCA membership.

Time Trials License

You will be required to have an SCCA Time Trials Driver Novice license as a bare minimum to compete in this event. The good news is that EVERYONE qualifies for this, even if you’ve never had any on-track experience before. If you do not currently have a valid SCCA Time Trials license (or are unsure), please click here and we’ll help you complete this step: https://timetrials.scca.com/pages/driver-eligibility (bottom of the page)

Timing and Scoring

If you do not have a transponder, you will need to rent one. You can do so here for $20.00: https://timetrials.scca.com/products/21069-transponder-rental

Additional Event Information and other Supplemental Event Information

On-Track Insurance

You CAN get Hagerty on track insurance for your vehicle for this event. To get information and a quote, go to https://www.hagerty.com/insurance/track-day-insurance

Trophies and Superlative Awards:

If you finish in the top 3 in your class, you will get to stand on the podium and claim your Trophy.

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel, email prince@scca.com. Cancellations before the Monday of the event will get a full refund. Cancellations the Monday of the event week or after will get a 75% refund.

 

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Workers wanted:

Steel Cities is looking worker to help in the following area’s

TECH:

What do we do in Tech? – We look at cars. Lots of cars – everything from cars that have been racing for 50 years to showroom fresh vehicles. Cars that have 90 horsepower and cars that have 600 or more. We work with the drivers, the stewards, and other race officials to assure that the competitors have safe, compliant vehicles. To do so we look at cars before they race, while they race and after they race. Before a race we primarily look at safety issues and the car’s compliance with the General Competition Rules and Regulations (the GCR – our guidance in all we do). SCCA provides in the GCR general safety requirements for all vehicles. The GCR is both published as a book and available
on the SCCA website. http://www.scca.com. During a competition we may be checking the cars on course for leaks, loose parts or potentially dangerous conditions. After the race we congratulate the winners, commiserate with the non-winners, and look at cars for technical compliance. Then we socialize.

F&C:

The purpose of the F&C organization is to provide safe, effective and timely course control during the event. This is done by:
• Observing everything within their area of responsibility – cars, drivers, spectators, safety equipment, barriers, etc – for any unusual or improper condition that may affect the safe conduct of the event.
• Signaling the drivers with flags, lights, hand signals or other means of any change in the condition of the course or the condition of their cars.
• Communicating all relevant information about of the condition of the course, the competing cars, and any situation requiring decisions or actions by race officials.
• Relaying received information and instructions to affected personnel, including emergency vehicle crews, drivers, or other participants.
• Undertaking limited, emergency first-response action required to protect lives and property in the event of an accident

 

Corner Marshals Wanted !

Do you enjoying Racing?
Want to be close to the action?
Steel Cities SCCA is looking for some volunteer Corner Marshals!
What is a Corner Marshal? Next to the competitors, these marshals are the most visible people on the track. They are viewed by the spectator as an integral part of the race, keeping the track clear, giving instructions to the drivers, and responding to incidents. These are the people who have the front row seats, with no-one getting any closer to the action unless they get their own racing car. They are highly trained to handle crashes, fire, and track cleanup. They have other duties, too, including signaling the drivers with flags, and keeping their sections of the track organized so that racing can proceed efficiently. When handling crashes and fires, these volunteers have been called the “shock troops” of racing, because until the ambulances, fire trucks, and crash/rescue vehicles arrive, the safety and efficiency of the track is in their hands.
What do you need?
THE BASICS: Appropriate full coverage clothing incl Weather/Rain Gear(White colors are a must) Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen Comfortable Shoes (sturdy shoes or boots w/ ankle protection) Gloves (blaze or safety orange) Whistle (w/ break-away lanyard) Backpack or Track Bucket to carry supplies, munchies, liquids, trinkets, Beverage Cooler, Folding Chair, Cutting tool (Sharp Knife)
FULLY EQUIPPED: Hearing Protection / Safety Glasses, , Rope (minimum 20′ length) Scanner with Headphones