Every weekend all over America amateur road racing would not happen without . . .VOLUNTEERS. For without people there to register all the drivers, do technical inspections on their cars, line them up on pre-grid, man the turn stations to wave the appropriate flag to notify the drivers of changing conditions on the track, safety crew workers who come to the aid of a driver who has had an “incident” on track, and timing and scoring staff who record the all important lap times..there would be no racing.
Why do they do it? Many reasons, but first and foremost is the passion for motorsports. To be an integral part of something much bigger than yourself is exciting. For most there is the camaraderie of hanging out with other like-minded enthusiasts. Just imagine getting the best seat in the house for some of the most competitive racing available. In addition to getting breakfast, lunch and a barbeque dinner with drinks Saturday night, you will have the respect and appreciation from every driver there who knows that without you they might as well leave their car in the trailer.
Do I need to be a member of IRDC to volunteer? No, though we do offer free memberships to non-drivers who are willing to volunteer a few hours per event.
How much time is required of a volunteer? We value your time and your efforts. We have small jobs that may take an hour or two out of your weekend, or bigger jobs that take all day.
What type of work will I be doing? There are many different jobs that need to be done on a race weekend. A brief list is below with a basic description. We appreciate anything you can do to help.
Registration Support: Assist in checking driver credentials, process offline payments, make copies and keep drivers in line. This job usually take a 1-2 hour commitment in the morning. (A dry position even on the wettest of race weekends)
Drivers Services Support: Make copies, communicate with timing and scoring, assist with trophy display and distribution, etc. This position can be done by multiple people in a weekend. Minimum commitment is 1 hour. (A dry position even on the wettest of race weekends with this position)
Turn Marshall: This team includes turn workers, pre-grid support, and safety team. These people are on the front line providing advanced notice of incidents, track conditions and other crucial safety information. Each station is in constant contact with race control so you are in the know at all times.
This position requires a full day commitment as well as the following:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- In decent health
- Have 20-40 or better vision (as corrected)
- Have good hearing (aids ok)
- Wear white or light colored clothing (no flag colors) – we suggest wearing layers and bringing either an umbrella or rain coat just in case. We can’t always order the weather exactly as we would like it.
- Must wear closed toe, closed top shoes. The more comfortable the better, you will be on your feet for most of the day.
Where are the races held that I would be Volunteering for? There are 11 race weekends in a typical Conference season. Races are held at 6 different tracks throughout WA, OR and Mission, BC. You can pick and choose any or work them all as many Volunteers enjoy doing. Some tracks offer help with expenses for those Volunteers traveling a significant distance.
For more information or if you just want to chat with someone who can walk you through some typical volunteer positions, please feel free to contact Mark Higinbotham, IRDC VP, at Volunteer Information or 425-466-4590.
Let’s Go Racing!