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Events / Re: Circuit of The Americas (COTA) Track Event February 23-25, 2018
« Last post by Feffman on February 06, 2018, 07:20:38 AM »
We are down to the final few spots for COTA February 23rd – 25th.  I hope you can join us for the on-track fun in Austin.   

If you’d like to join us at COTA e-mail Feffman@MVPTrackTime.com or call (314) 249-3770. 

Feff
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Meetings / 2018 - #1 Jan. Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on February 01, 2018, 11:48:02 AM »
2018 January Meeting
Introductions

January 27th Event:
119 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 4:00pm
Course Designer: Federico Del Toro

34 Novices
    1st - Erick Vazquez (Fiesta ST, STX)
    2nd - Pablo Gonzales (S2000, STR)
    3rd - Gregory Lewis (Mini Cooper, DS)

Old Business
End of Year Party was fantastic.  Better lighting, no more being cramped in a small room, and excellent audio.  Food was so-so according to some, can’t win them all.
R-PAX is in effect starting with this past event #01.  One person got through registration without a T or R, other than that we had 4 people in R and 7 people in T. 


New Business
We started Heat 1 with the finish pointing towards the North-East corner, where we’re not supposed to end courses.  A car with bald front tires lost control and hit the brick wall.  A change to the course was made to make a straight-lined finish, 4th runs were redone, & run-count was dropped from 6 to 5.  The driver was checked out by another attendee with an abrasion from the airbag and complaint of lower back-pain but the driver mentioned that was just aggravation from a previous condition.  BoD and people at the event urged him to get checked out at a medically facility.  The front tires on the car seemed to have little to no tread which is probably why they slid far enough to contact the wall in the wet conditions.

Mini-Divisional coming up at the beginning of March.  SASCA hosting Day 1 at RCCC and Spokes hosting Day 2 at SAR.  Shall we make plans to host an after-party at the park or another venue that we can rent out?  Things to consider, the park was pretty nice last time but weather conditions just happened to be wet and cold.  The venue was big enough but more food needs to be ordered this time around.  We had about 15-18 people last year attend.
 
Discussion Notes (January)
Evo school discussion.  We need to see if enough people want to register to make it worthwhile.
New-in wet conditions, the finish shall be 100 feet from obstructions.
Mini-Div event in March with Spokes. Get the Pavillion in New Braunfels Park again?
Anyone have a contact at Rolling Oaks Mall? Possible site?
Next meeting will be at Blanco BBQ. Will put out a call for new sites if that doesn't work well.
VetMotorSports will be at the next 2 events. Drew Malkin is contact.


Upcoming Events
Feb 4        -     Spokes #01 @ CotA
Feb 17        -    SASCA #02 @ RCCC
March 10    -    SASCA #03 @ RCCC     (Mini-Div Day 1 w/ Spokes)
March 11    -    Spokes #02 @ SAR         (Mini-Div Day 2 w/ Spokes)
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Meetings / Re: 2017 - #12 Dec. Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on January 08, 2018, 10:16:14 AM »
The R Class proposal has passed:

The following SCCA classes shall be combined into the “R” class: SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP, SSR, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, XP, SM, SSM, SMF, AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, KM. The “R” Class standings are based on the PAX times generated from the original SCCA class. Anyone running in “R” can opt to run in “Tire” class if they are on 200+ TW tires.

If you have a car in any of the above classes, you will need to choose from R, X or T PAX classes when registering. Or N if you are a Novice.
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Events / Circuit of The Americas (COTA) Track Event February 23-25, 2018
« Last post by Feffman on December 26, 2017, 07:50:24 AM »
Good Morning:

I hope this finds each of you in good spirits as we trek through Winter.  I for one think a more southern location is in the cards.  Perhaps a mid-Winter trip to sunny, warm Austin?!

For the 6th year in a row MVP Track Time is headed to Austin, Texas for some on-track fun.  It’s time to sign up for three days of driving on America’s only purpose built F1 track, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin. MVP Track Time has scheduled our 6th annual three-day COTA track event for February 23 – 25, 2018.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the investment to play at COTA. The entry fee for all three days is $1,375, same price and 2014-2017.  If you’d like to register for a single day or two days, contact me at (314) 249-3770. 

Initially, as with our previous COTA events, this event will be for ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE skill/experience drivers only.  If demand warrants it, we may open COTA to novice attendees. 

If you are in doubt whether you meet the Advanced or Intermediate criteria, call me at (314) 249-3770 to discuss your experience. There are a limited number of spots available for COTA.  Yes, COTA fills fast.


STEP 1
The $1,375 entry fee for all three days at COTA can only be completed with Pay Pal (you can use any major credit card through the Pay Pal system if you don’t have a Pay Pal account) at the link below:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JQ3XJ9LSZHJUN


STEP 2
Once you have completed the entry fee, head over to the “Registration Page” of MVP’s web site (link below) to register. You’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the blue outlined registration box. Click on the“Event” drop-down menu and choose Circuit of The Americas (COTA): February 23-25, 2018.

http://www.mvptracktime.com/id92.html


After we have allocated the registrations by run group, based on individual track experience, we will send out group confirmation e-mails to each run group. We will have four (blue, green, yellow and red) run groups allowing us to schedule two hours of track time daily.

In the spirit of transparency, the rental of COTA, as you can guess, is very expensive, so once you register, MVP will not be able to give you a refund until COTA is sold out and we have a replacement for you.  If/when we can replace you, there will be a $100 cancellation fee.  Inside of four weeks (January 26, 2018 and later) prior to the COTA event there is no refund.  This is the expensive reality of renting Circuit of The Americas. 

A ”Garage Rental” e-mail will go out when registration is complete.  Each garage easily holds four cars, so there are plenty to go around, however, they are first come, first served. 

If you have any questions, grab the phone and call me at (314) 249-3770 or you can e-mail Feffman@MVPTrackTime.com.

Happy Motoring and I hope to see you at COTA. Enjoy your day.

Mark Pfeffer – MVP Track Time
www.MVPTrackTime.com
Phone: (314) 249-3770
E-mail: Feffman@MVPTrackTime.com
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General / 2018 SASCA Classing Proposal Discussion
« Last post by Chris Leclair on December 14, 2017, 05:44:56 PM »
Greetings active members of SASCA,

At our last monthly meeting we only had a handful of people who have sent in e-mails or voiced their concerns on Facebook in regards to the R-PAX bump class.  Since this affects the club as a whole we are wanting a vote from the majority of the club for the 2018 season.

If you are not aware of what is being discussed, here is a quick rundown...

2018 SASCA Classing Proposal Discussion

The following SCCA classes shall be combined into the “R” PAX: SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP, SSR, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, XP, SM, SSM, AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, KM. The “R” PAX standings are based on the PAX times generated from the original SCCA class.  Anyone running in “R” can opt to run in “Tire” PAX if they are on 200+ TW tires.

The purpose of this proposal is to promote friendly competition within the club for these classes.  For the 2017 season there were only 2 events where one of the above mentioned classes had more than 1 or 2 people in them.  This "R" PAX bump class acts in a similar fashion to T (Tire), X (X-Pro), and N (Novice) meaning it's just a grouping of people based on their base class PAX so that for example a SM car can compete against BM.

Please cast your vote by sending an e-mail to vote@sasca.org by December 31st, 2017.

Please include your name and whether you vote YES to make a mandatory "R" PAX for the listed classes or NO to keep the classing as it stands now.


Thank you,
SASCA BOD
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Meetings / 2017 - #12 Dec. Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on December 14, 2017, 02:59:49 PM »
2017 December Meeting
Introductions

December 2nd Event:
121 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 3:30pm
Course Designer: Federico Del Toro

28 Novices
    1st - Jim Herzog (WRX STi, BS)
    2nd - Dan Messamore (S2000, STR)
    3rd - Andrew Morris (BMW 135i, FS)

Old Business
End of Year Party has been reserved at Alamo Cafe on 281/Bitters for January 13th, 2018. It’s now on the SASCA Calendar.
4 new radios purchased by Ricky Crow since we had some missing from the November event.  They were collected by the people picking up course and were forgotten in Michael Willman’s truck; Michael returned them the morning of the December event after finding them.  The club now has 14 working radios to use.

New Business
The 2018 Schedule was submitted to George at RCCC, 3 dates were in conflict.  This required a restructure and it was submitted again; we’re waiting on a response now.
3 joint events are planned with Spokes, two held by SASCA at RCCC and one held by Spokes at CotA.

REVISED FINAL SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
Jan 27
Feb 17
Mar 10
May 5
June 9
July 7
July 28
August 11
October 13
November 10
December 8

2018 SASCA Classing Proposal Discussion (potential vote)

The following SCCA classes shall be combined into the “R” class: SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP, SSR, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, XP, SM, SSM, AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, KM. The “R” Class standings are based on the PAX times generated from the original SCCA class. Anyone running in “R” can opt to run in “Tire” class if they are on 200+ TW tires.

The incumbents for the SASCA BOD running uncontested were voted to stay in their current positions.  The BOD has elected Jay Cryderman as our new Membership Chair, Kevin Childers as our new Worker Chief, and Thom Hardy as our new Safety Steward.

2018 BOD:
President: Chris Leclair
Vice President: Diane Stevens Leclair
Treasurer: Michael Roetheli
Secretary: Jeff Chesnut
Past President: Ricky Crow

Current Chairs:
    Novice Chief: Brian Burdette
    Membership: Jay Cryderman
    Safety Steward: Thom Hardy
    Timing & Scoring: Ricky Crow
Tech Chief: Alyssa Roetheli
    Worker Chief: Kevin Childers
    Equipment Manager: Jon Parkoff
    Webmasters: Shane Powell & Chris Leclair

Discussion Notes (December)
More discussion needed on the class merger.  No vote was taken at the meeting since only 6 were present, 4 voting e-mails were submitted, and a lackluster discussion on Facebook.  This is an issue that affects a good majority of the club so requires a membership vote.

Upcoming Events
Jan 13        -     SASCA Year End Party @ Alamo Cafe
Jan 20        -    Spokes Year End Party @ Petrol Lounge
Jan 27        -     SASCA Event #1 @ RCCC
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Meetings / 2017 - #11 Nov Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on November 10, 2017, 10:40:52 AM »
2017 November Meeting
Introductions

November 4th Event:
120 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 3:30pm
Course Designer: Vivek Goel

28 Novices
    1st - Blake Vignaud (Fiesta ST, HS)
    2nd - Matthew Morhardt (Miata, CS)
    3rd - Reagan Murray (Miata, STS)

Old Business
Laminator purchased, signs created for pre-reg and non-pre-reg sides of the trailer as well as notices for Sound Rules and changes for 2018 season (price increase). 
End of Year Party has been reserved at Alamo Cafe on 281/Bitters for January 13th, 2018. (put on calendar)
Sound station was set up and ran through this event.  Several people were breaching sound over 100 dB.

New Business
Evo School has contacted us to schedule another 2-day event.  Ricky Crow will find out more information in regards to what time of year they would prefer and what type of school to host (Phase 1 & 2, or Phase 1 and Challenge School).  It was also discussed to consider SASCA hosting its own 1-day School or several in-event schools.
Adam White noticed water on the front desk of the trailer, something to note to look for next time.  It was noted that it was humid that morning/day but seemed more than expected.
Jeff Chesnut has provided the following proposal for Classing in 2018. Voting will be held at the Dec meeting or via email to vote@sasca.org.

2018 SASCA Classing Proposal.

The following SCCA classes shall be combined into the “R” class: SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP, SSR, XP, CP, FP, SM, SSM, AM, BM, CM, EM, KM. The “R” Class standings are based on the PAX times generated from the original SCCA class. Anyone running in “R” can opt to run in “Tire” class if they are on 200+ TW tires.


Nominations for BoD and Chairs are currently being accepted in-person or sending an e-mail to nominate@sasca.org.  Once nominations have been accepted they will be announced at the November club meeting; voting for the 5 BOD positions from November until the December meeting can be done in person or by e-mail to vote@sasca.org.  Chairs will be appointed by the BOD in December.
Current BOD:
President: Chris Leclair
Vice President: Diane Stevens Leclair
Treasurer: Michael Roetheli
Secretary: Jeff Chesnut
Past President: Ricky Crow

Current Chairs:
    Novice Chief: Brian Burdette
    Membership: Eric Yee (stepping down)
    Safety Steward: Matt Harrell (stepping down)
    Timing & Scoring: Ricky Crow
    Tech Chief: Alyssa Roetheli
    Worker Chief: Adam White (stepping down)
    Equipment Manager: Jon Parkoff
    Webmasters: Shane Powell & Chris Leclair

Current nominations are:
Jay Cryderman for Membership chair
Kevin Childers & Kevin Rotge for Worker Chief
Clay Brubaker for Safety Steward.  Thom Hardy has nominated himself in case there is no one who steps up for Safety Steward.
     

Discussion Notes (November)
 
To Do List


Upcoming Events
Nov 18        -     Spokes #10 @ SAR
Dec 02        -    SASCA #12 @ RCCC
Jan 13          -    SASCA Party @ Alamo Cafe 281
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Meetings / Circuit of The Americas (COTA) Track Event February 23-25, 2018
« Last post by Feffman on October 29, 2017, 08:23:21 PM »
Good Evening:

I hope this finds each of you in good spirits as we trek through a suddenly cool Fall.  I for one think a more southern location is in the cards.  Perhaps a mid-Winter trip to sunny, warm Austin, Texas?!

For the 6th year in a row MVP Track Time is headed to Austin, Texas for some on-track fun.  It’s time to sign up for three days of driving on America’s only purpose built F1 track, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin. MVP Track Time has scheduled our 6th annual three-day COTA track event for February 23 – 25, 2018.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the investment to play at COTA. The entry fee for all three days is $1,375, same price and 2014-2017.  If you’d like to register for a single day or two days, contact me at (314) 249-3770. 

Initially, as with our previous COTA events, this event will be for ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE skill/experience drivers only.  If demand warrants it, we may open COTA to novice attendees. 

If you are in doubt whether you meet the Advanced or Intermediate criteria, call me at (314) 249-3770 to discuss your experience. There are a limited number of spots available for COTA.  Yes, COTA fills fast.


STEP 1
The $1,375 entry fee for all three days at COTA can only be completed with Pay Pal (you can use any major credit card through the Pay Pal system if you don’t have a Pay Pal account) at the link below:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JQ3XJ9LSZHJUN


STEP 2
Once you have completed the entry fee, head over to the “Registration Page” of MVP’s web site (link below) to register. You’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the blue outlined registration box. Click on the“Event” drop-down menu and choose Circuit of The Americas (COTA): February 23-25, 2018.

http://www.mvptracktime.com/id92.html


After we have allocated the registrations by run group, based on individual track experience, we will send out group confirmation e-mails to each run group. We will have four (blue, green, yellow and red) run groups allowing us to schedule two hours of track time daily.

In the spirit of transparency, the rental of COTA, as you can guess, is very expensive, so once you register, MVP will not be able to give you a refund until COTA is sold out and we have a replacement for you.  If/when we can replace you, there will be a $100 cancellation fee.  Inside of four weeks (January 26, 2018 and later) prior to the COTA event there is no refund.  This is the expensive reality of renting Circuit of The Americas. 

A ”Garage Rental” e-mail will go out when registration is complete.  Each garage easily holds four cars, so there are plenty to go around, however, they are first come, first served. 

If you have any questions, grab the phone and call me at (314) 249-3770 or you can e-mail Feffman@MVPTrackTime.com.

Happy Motoring and I hope to see you at COTA. Enjoy your day.

Mark Pfeffer – MVP Track Time
www.MVPTrackTime.com
Phone: (314) 249-3770
E-mail: Feffman@MVPTrackTime.com
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Meetings / 2017 - #10 Oct Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on October 19, 2017, 11:37:27 AM »
2017 October Meeting
Introductions

October 14th Event:
106 entries, 3 heats, 6 runs, finished by 3:30pm
Course Designer: Ricky Crow & Federico Del Toro

29 Novices
    1st - Alexander Faulk (Accord, STF)
    2nd - Antonio Gonzalez (MR2 Spyder, STR)
    3rd - Pablo Gonzales (S2000, STR)

Old Business
Trailer has been moved to its new spot, away from the talcum-powder dust from everyone driving by.  The BOD is considering laying down a layer of rocks to help prevent the trailer from sinking in during/after a heavy rain.  Need to consult with the trailer storage managers to see if they can provide or if we have to provide.
Vote: Proposal to increase entry fee by $5 for both members and non-members.  Members who are pre-registered on Axware would pay $25, all others would pay $30.  Membership fee will remain at $25/year. 

VOTE PASSES. Price increase will take effect beginning in 2018.

New Business
Diane Stevens Leclair started a Facebook promotion to run for November’s event to encourage/remind more to come out.
The inner sliding door has managed to damage the inner wall by pulling the rivet away from the wallboard.  This aluminum siding strip will need to be removed, wood repaired, and the strip fastened back to the wall.

Incident #1: A competitor drove their car away from paddock closer to the apartments on the Southwest side of the lot.  Chris Leclair heard a tire locking up and confronted the driver when he returned to paddock.  Driver said he was adjusting his proportioning brake valve and accidentally locked up a tire.  Driver was sternly told this is not allowed on site and was his only warning given he was a Novice and this was before the Event Meeting where this is usually announced.  Driver acknowledged and apologized.
Incident #2: Person on a motorcycle sped off Westward in paddock doing at least 40 mph during Heat 3, upon rounding South to head towards Lookout Road the rider dropped a gear and accelerated out of the lot; must have been doing at least 80 mph by the time we lost sight of him at the corner of the lot.  Rider was confirmed to be a friend or acquaintance of an attendee on-site; the attendee was informed the rider is not allowed back on site ever again.  There are some transgressions that deserve a slap on the wrist, this was above and beyond that endangering the safety of participants at the event given the lot speed limit is 20mph.

Nominations for BoD and Chairs are currently being accepted in-person or sending an e-mail to nominate@sasca.org.  Once nominations have been accepted they will be announced at the November club meeting; voting for the 5 BOD positions from November until the December meeting can be done in person or by e-mail.  Chairs will be appointed by the BOD in December.
Current BOD:
President: Chris Leclair
Vice President: Diane Stevens Leclair
Treasurer: Michael Roetheli
Secretary: Jeff Chesnut
Past President: Ricky Crow
Current Chairs:
    Novice Chief: Brian Burdette
    Membership: Eric Yee (stepping down)
    Safety Steward: Matt Harrell (stepping down)
    Timing & Scoring: Ricky Crow
Tech Chief: Alyssa Roetheli
    Worker Chief: Adam White (stepping down)
    Equipment Manager: Jon Parkoff
    Webmasters: Shane Powell & Chris Leclair

Current nominations are:
Jay Cryderman for Membership chair
Kevin Childers for Worker Chief
Clay Brubaker for Safety Steward
     

Discussion Notes (October)
Make changes to club rules to remove the ⅔ required rule for championship to ½ + 1 event. This was voted on in Jan, but was missed in the club rules web file.
Make speed limit and don’t be a jerk sign for sitting at gate.
Alamo Cafe on 281 has seating area for 100 for Year End Party. Jeff Chesnut will contact for more info.
Jeff Chesnut has made a proposal to follow Spokes’ talk of creating an R-Bump class of combining Mod and Prepared classes together into one PAX in order to promote competition rather than many classes of 1. Details will be forthcoming. Voting will be in Nov. or Dec. meeting.
Sound was not ran out at this past event when we actually had several people that would most likely have breached the 100 dB limit.  This needs to be mandatory assigned as long as we have enough workers.

To Do List
Make Speed Limit sign.





Upcoming Events
Nov 4        -    SASCA #11 @ RCCC
Nov 18        -     Spokes #10 @ SAR
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General / Checkpointers Club Sticker - Photo
« Last post by oldmember on October 08, 2017, 11:05:12 AM »
Does anyone have a photo of the Checkpointers club sticker?  I'd like to replicate the sticker that got me started in autocrossing several decades ago.

Thanks!
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