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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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Meetings / 2017 - #9 Sept Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on September 28, 2017, 03:24:54 PM »
2017 Sept Meeting
Introductions

September 23rd Event:
102 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 2:30pm
Course Designer: Federico del Toro

23 Novices
    1st - Brad Williams (FS, Camaro 1LE)
    2nd - Hugo Pastrana (BS, Focus RS)
    3rd - Andrew Morris (FS, BMW 135i) (received trophy at meeting)

Old Business
The SASCA.org domain had expired and renewed this month but enough time passed that the DNS was reset causing the site to go offline.  Found out that John Burgess, a past SASCA Chair was the owner of the domain.  Ricky Crow contacted John Burgess to have them fix the domain name server to point to the host correctly and talk about transferring ownership as well as paying them back for the years they have been renewing.
Ricky Crow purchased a metal plate and we mounted it on the left-side trailer window awning in order to stick the magnetic radio antenna.

New Business
Michael Roetheli talked with the trailer storage facility to move us into a new spot in order to avoid the dust from all of the 18-wheelers that drive by the trailer.
Michael Roetheli brought up the idea of increasing the entry fees again similar to his proposal last year.  Reasoning is that RCCC will not be cutting us a deal and the club is currently breaking even for hosting an event with the current turnout of 100 people.  Jeff Chesnut proposed to announce this to the club to vote on at the next meeting.
Nominations for BoD and Chairs start in September.  If you want to nominate yourself or someone else please let us know during our monthly club meetings or send an e-mail to nominate@sasca.org.  Once nominations have been accepted they will be announced at the November club meeting and votes can be submitted in person or through another e-mail disclosed at that time.
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



     

Discussion Notes (September)
Put up for vote to raise entry-cost to prevent the club from loosing money if under 110 people register. Will vote at the next meeting.
James suggested The Petroleum Club for end of year party.
Join Patterson suggested La Hacienda on Redland for end of year party.

To Do List
Obtain quote to tint the trailer windows with clear/80% tint.
Find location for Year End Party.


Upcoming Events
Oct 1        -    Spokes #10 @ CotA
Oct 14        -     SASCA #10 @ RCCC
Oct 18      -    SASCA Meeting @ Biff Buzby's Burgers
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Meetings / 2017 - #8 August Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on August 17, 2017, 12:01:45 PM »
August 12th Event: Joint SASCA and Spokes event
121 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 2:30pm
Course Designer: Vivek Goel

22 Novices
    1st - Cody Johnson (DS, FRS)
    2nd - James Herzog (GS, Focus ST)
    3rd - Andrew Morris (FS, 135i)

Old Business
Heavier-gauge extension cable used on the compressor with no tripping of the GFI circuit.
Ricky Crow brought the new/bigger light-board and custom-made a PVC stand for it so we wouldn’t have to worry about setting it on top of the trailer; also no need to purchase a ladder and weighted-bags to hold it down.  The new board and stand worked very well for this event.
Ricky Crow talked with RaceAmerica on troubleshooting the old board and the circuits were several generation old and couldn’t fix it.  That initiated the decision to purchase a new light board.  Total after shipping for the new board was $1551.00.
An antenna extension placed outside the trailer helped the FM receipt immensely.  We were able to hear the reception clearly on all outer boundaries of the racing lot, paddock, and grid.

New Business
The Tejas Miata club has chosen a different venue for their Sept/Oct. Event so they will not be running in tandem with SASCA.

Discussion Notes (August)
Issue with dogs on site, tied to the trees close to course.   Dogs have leapt & barked at people on-site.
Let's try to tie dog-leashes to the trees behind the porta-johns, away from cars and foot traffic.
Look into: Does issuance have policy on animals.

To Do List
Obtain quote to tint the trailer windows with clear/80% tint.

Upcoming Events
Aug 27        -    Spokes #9 @ SAR
Sept 3-8    -     SCCA Solo National Championships
Sept 23    -    SASCA #9 @ RCCC
Oct 1        -    Spokes #10 @ CotA
Oct 14        -     SASCA #10 @ RCCC
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Meetings / 2017 - #7 July Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on July 25, 2017, 10:27:52 AM »
2017 July Meeting
Introductions

July 15th Event:
112 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 3:30pm
Course Designer: Michael Willman

18 Novices
    1st - Benjamin Schwartz (STU, WRX STi)
    2nd - Clayton Deering (STF, Focus ST)
    3rd - Erick Vazquez (STX, Fiesta ST)

Old Business
Metrics: Trailer uses about 2 gallons of diesel fuel per event.
New Trailer Lock installed
Need a cord reel or two for spare power cables
Still need heavier gauge power cable & reel for air compressor
Need a folding ladder to help prop the timing board on top of the trailer
Weighted bags would also help keep the timing board secure on top of the trailer
Any issues with FM reception?  We still need a solution to run a cable outside the trailer.


New Business
Timing Board would power-up with the ‘ready’ indication but would not display times.  Ricky Crow took it home to investigate.
Proposal: Install 80% IR tint on trailer windows to help those on the computer in the morning and help the AC run efficiently through an event.
     

Discussion Notes (July)
Adam talked about getting a quote for tinting the trailer windows to reduce glare on the timing computers.
Drones were brought up, again. We do not allow them over course, grid or paddock.
 

To Do List
Purchase heavy gauge power cable & reel for air compressor
Purchase folding ladder to reach top of the trailer
Purchase weighted bags to secure timing board on top of trailer



Upcoming Events
Jul 23        -    Spokes #7 @ CotA
Aug 12        -    SASCA #8 @ RCCC
Aug 27       -   Spokes #8 @San Antonio Raceway
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Meetings / 2017 - #6 June Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on June 27, 2017, 11:21:33 AM »
2017 June Meeting
New location at Biffs Burgers.
Introductions

June 10th Event:
151 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 4:00pm
Course Designer: Clay Brubaker
Joint event with Spokes

33 Novices
    1st - Mario Bautista (HS, Mazda AZ1)
    2nd - Mark Bray (STP, Mustang GT)
    3rd - Lester Ogawa (BSP, Cayman S)

Old Business
Trailer a/c worked fine through this event.

New Business
Mario Bautista requested discount for bringing 5 or more people in a group to a regularly scheduled event. *VETOED: By reason of the event fees already being the cheapest on the country by a long shot.
Need to measure the trailer coupler for a proper lock.
 
Discussion Notes (June)
There were a few new faces at the meeting. Meetings will be at Biffs thru 2017
Brian Burdette had an issue with not enough Novice help in 3rd heat.  Adam said he sent at least 2 people over; he will check on that after the meeting.
James Bricken realized his car needs to be in BSP instead of ASP.

To Do List
Need to purchase a heavier duty extension cord for the air compressor.
Need a folding ladder for the trailer.
Need to purchase an antenna extension.
Need to purchase sand bags for timing light.

Upcoming Events
Jul 2        -    Spokes #6 @ SAR
Jul 15        -    SASCA #7 @ RCCC
Jul 23        -    Spokes #7 @ CotA
Aug 12        -    SASCA #8 @ RCCC
Sept 4-8     -    SCCA Nationals
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Meetings / 2017 - #5 May Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on May 04, 2017, 12:29:47 PM »
2017 May Meeting
Introductions

April 29th Event:
132 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 3:30pm
Course Designer: Vivek Goel

30 Novices
    1st - William Rhodes (CS, Miata)
    2nd - Ben Gresham (BS, WRX STi)
    3rd - Dylan Cordell (GS, Hyundai Veloster)

Old Business
Transfer to the new trailer was a success.  Over 50 broken cones thrown out.  Lots of old equipment, junk, rusted items all thrown out.  Cabinets labeled.
Live Timing stopped working during Heat 1 but seemed to work after a computer reboot; we’ll keep an eye on this.

New Business
We severely need a computer training day or construct a screen-capture training video.
Diane said BMW club is considering having us host an event.  Xpel as sponsor?
Timing issues in heat 3 due to people getting air and getting in line from there. We will put the air compressor away from the grid traffic.
Need to communicate with course designer on Friday to find out where the start/finish will be so we can put the trailer in a good spot.
Ran out of ice in 3rd heat.
Karting day on May 14. Check Facebook or contact Drew Malkin for more info.
Jeff Chesnut will produce a promo video for the club's homepage.
FAQ for website


To Do List
Ricky will get more water before next event.
More trailer organization.

Upcoming Events
May 21    -    Spokes #5 @ CotA
Jun 2-4    -    SCCA Mineral Wells ProSolo
Jun 10        -    SASCA #6 @ RCCC
Jul 2        -    Spokes #6 @ SAR
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Meetings / 2017 - #4 March Meeting Notes
« Last post by JeffCRZ on April 13, 2017, 12:59:49 PM »
2017 April Meeting
Introductions

April 8th Event:
138 entries, 3 heats, 5 runs, finished by 3:15pm
Course Designer: Federico Del Toro

33 Novices
    1st - Joe Sexton (STU, BMW M3)
    2nd - Brian Bouvier (SS, Z06)
    3rd - Anthony Klarmann (FS, ‘14 Mustang)

Old Business
Business cards printed and available at the trailer. Everyone please grab a couple and hand them out to anyone you think might want to run with us.
Wristbands ordered.
Evo School went well.
Jon Parkoff fixed the leaks on the air compressor; the pressure gauge was leaking.
Cord reels purchased for audio cables.
Drywall was damaged from last event’s rain, the box was also crushed in… somehow.  Jeff Chesnut donated drywall and a new box was donated by Jon Parkoff.
Spot saved for food truck in the morning seemed to work well.  We will keep this business-as-usual.  Please inform people that arrive earlier than the trailer to save that spot

New Business
Trailer has arrived at Ricky Crow’s residence. 
The BOD will schedule a day for BOD and Chairs to transfer items to the new trailer and arrange it accordingly.  The original plan was to make a global club meeting but that may create “too many cooks in the kitchen” scenario.  Thoughts? It should be ready for the next event.
Chris Leclair noticed an issue with Live Timing from Axware.  The main screen showed somewhat-live results, incomplete, but also noticed links to specific classes resulted in old results from 2016.  An e-mail has been dispatched to Vitek who manages the software.
     
Discussion Notes (April)

Cone Chalking to be added to the morning worker job.
Add an FAQ to help Novices figure out what class they’ll run.
Novice Chief will be out the next event or two.  Jeff Chesnut will be stepping in as interim.
Possibly get another timing display so we could see times from more than one angle.
Corpus club may be interested in buying our old trailer.

To Do List
Create talking-points list for announcer
Add to Event Meeting: no ecigs, throw away trash
Purchase clip boards to store cards and wristbands

Upcoming Events
Apr 29        -    SASCA #5 @ RCCC
May 7         -   Spokes @ COTA
May 21        -  Spokes @ COTA
Jun 10        -    SASCA #6 @ RCCC
Jul 15        -    SASCA #7 @ RCCC
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