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.
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
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.
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!