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Work 3, get 1 Free

So you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the PDX program, or to at least attend one to check it out, or maybe your friend/spouse/other is running his/her car and invited you to tag along. You don’t just have to sit there watching cars zoom by. There are a number of ways you can help out.

W3G1F: What it means to you.

“Work 3 Get 1 Free” means if you volunteer for day at a PDX event you will get credit for it. After you volunteer 3 days you’ll earn your own PDX track day OR you can give it to another person! Other benefits include getting fed lunch, a cool tee shirt and, if you are so inclined, a thrill ride riding shotgun with an instructor on track. You will also be deeply appreciated by the PDX staff and participants, because the events can’t run without volunteers!

Grid is where much of the action is all day. PDX tech inspection is in the AM and you can help collect the pre event tech forms, look over each car for on track safety concerns and generally keep cars moving. Once the on track sessions begin, you can help line cars up on the grid, release the cars on track and guide them back into the paddock at the end of each session. Repeat as necessary. Club Trial tech inspection is normally done in a different location but it’s another great opportunity to help out and make new friends.

Another position which works hand in hand with Grid is the Announcer. This person keeps track of the schedule and makes appropriate announcements to keep things moving along. This position is the communicator between grid, paddock, and the classroom. Friendly but Firm is appreciated!

Flagging is a very important position, if not the most important. You will be sent out to a corner with an experienced flagger to keep a careful eye on the cars on track. You’ll learn what the various flags mean to the drivers and what to do it there’s an incident. Learning to flag with the PDX program is a gateway to flagging in our SCCA MARRS races and beyond.

EV (Emergency Vehicle) is another very important position and requires some special training and love of adrenaline. This position is key to keeping our participants and instructors safe as you will be one of the first responders to the scene of a run off into a gravel trap, contact with a tire wall, or a fluid spill on track.

Timing and scoring. Are you comfortable with technology? Do you pay attention to those details when a car goes by at speed? Timing and scoring only takes place for our Club Trial group so you will have a lot of down time in between. This position is great for someone with children, or someone who enjoys reading books or doing basic crafts. This is an indoor position, so air conditioning may be available.

So come on up and join the family!