I am one of your 2015 candidates vying for your vote to represent you in one of the vacant BoD positions. My deep roots in SCCA energizes my reasons to seek election. It started years ago when I started racing in New England (NER) and had the thrill of joining Paul (PL) Newman's campfire after races provided. I brought him a cold Coors for him and others at the campfire like Roger Penske, Bob Tullius and other notables. I also had the honor of being invited to attend the Mark Donohue Advanced Drivers Clinic at Lime Rock! Fast forward to the WDCR events I joined 15 years ago. I have had the opportunity to get to know tracks, people and the leadership of our Club from a more realistic perspective.
So I have seen the "Golden Years" of SCCA. Our Club seems to be well-run and continues its effort to drive this “Jumbo Region” of 2,400 members through the challenges facing automotive clubs these days. I have grown to know many of you in our Club, and will expand into other sectors to understand the complexity of the many demands in operating our Club. I offer leadership knowledge from my Army experience, growing a successful Commercial Real Estate Company, and understanding the effort to lead - whether it is coaching racecraft, winning races, or solving a difficult problem. Please vote for me to achieve positive, creative, dedicated leadership to safely steer the Club toward its apex of continued success.
|As a Washington D.C. Region SCCA Member since 2000, I have been devoted to the club since first joining the SCCA for the discipline of Solo (autocross). I joined the WDCR Solo Committee in 2001 and immediately began to tackle the need for schools to educate new drivers and bring in new members. I have organized, taught, and run over one hundred schools to date, with as many as 20+ in a season.
My entire family has also been actively involved over this same time period with my father, Craig Garfield, having served as the Solo Region Chairman for 10 years, in addition to my mother Jane, wife Lisa, and now older son Julian having served on the region's Solo committee. Currently, Julian and I are the Novice Coordinators for the region and Craig and Lisa actively remain on the committee as well. In 2011, Julian began Club Racing at the age of 13 with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) where I crewed for him and learned about the environment of a major competing organization. In 2013, we spent an equal amount of time Club Racing with the SCCA. During those Club Racing years, my family and I still participated in SCCA Solo with the Washington D.C. Region.
During the last 15 years, my family has traveled the Eastern half of the country for National level SCCA events, including 14 Solo National Championships, one of which saw six Garfield family members compete (Craig, Jane, Lisa, Brian, Julian and his younger brother Carson). I have also served on an SCCA Solo National Advisory Committee for several years to help make rules, rule changes, and solve issues within some of the classes.
At 43 years of age, I consider myself a traditionalist at heart but know that the younger generation is what will continue to be important to a growing program. I see the need for each of the SCCA disciplines, and appreciate the connections that can be made to help each program thrive and grow.
- Incumbent -
have been a frequent Solo competitor in several classes and cars
since 2003, and an SCCA and WDCR member since 2004. I joined the WDCR
Solo Committee in late 2004. After learning the art from Greg Olsen,
I designed several autocross courses per season from 2006 through
2011. I have proven (to myself, at least) that the course designer
has absolutely no advantage whatsoever over other competitors. I
managed to win my first autocross in 2006 on a course that Sam Strano
designed, that happened to (greatly) favor my 2005 STi. I'm still not
quite sure how that happened, but I have the trophy, and I'm keeping
have attended two SCCA conventions as a WDCR representative, and have
a very good understanding of how the Club works. Since 2011 I have
been a volunteer for the Region at the Grand Prix of Baltimore
supporting the track marshals.
been a motorsports fan since my teens, first motorcycles (AMA and GP
racing), then CART/Indycar. I currently follow any racing that is on
2 or 4 wheels, on any surface, and is timed, not judged. I've been
racing on computers since early 90's starting with Indycar 1.0, and I
currently race on iRacing.
of the club:
am married to Evanthe Athena Irene Sophocleus Salisbury, and I have
no earthly idea why sometimes people can't pronounce her name. We
have two great kids, DJ and Elektra. DJ is just starting to drive an
electric kart, and I am using my course design skills on our
spent 8+ years in the US Navy in the late 80's and early 90's, and
that started me on my Information Technology career. I have been in
IT for 20 years, and working for a large local bank for 13 years. My
team's area of responsibility is networking, security, and
I can help the club:
day job is in an industry that has a problem defining its core
product. I observe the daily struggles of a very conservative
industry fight for relevance and fail to understand what customers
really want. Today's business culture and climate impart a constant
drive to add "features" and "technology" to
anything and everything, no matter result or relevance of the change.
Many industries and companies fall into the trap of trying to provide
an endless stream of new products and services, and in doing so, lose
focus on the core value they provide to customers.
SCCA and the regional clubs have a good core product. Several, if you
want to count each discipline separately. While considering new
technologies, changes to the rulesets, or entirely new business
plans, we must remember to always focus on the core product that we
are providing, and make sure any changes serve the customers of our
core product first and foremost. I can help the Region by bringing
clear vision of how to use (or avoid) technology and change to serve
the customer and improve the core product, because I want to go fast,
and I want to have a place to do it*.
This by no means indicates that I actually CAN go fast; refer to the
last 10 years of Solo results for confirmation.
- Incumbent -
I am a retired submarine officer,
and a civilian faculty member at the Naval
Academy. I attended my first SCCA club race at Laguna
Seca more than 30 years ago.
I have been a member of the WDCR
Board of Directors for the past 6 years.
I club race a Honda in ITA. I am a member of the region PDX/Time Trials organizing
committee and not very long ago I was a participant in both the region Solo
program and Autocrossers Incorporated. I
am also lucky that, the SCCA is a family activity that involves my son and
daughter, as well as my wife. Once your
kids reach their twenties, it’s hard to find common activities.
While I consider club racing to be the
corner stone of the SCCA, I believe that the SCCA Solo program is the strongest
motorsports activity in the country. I
consider PDX to be the crossroads of the Club Racing and the Solo programs. Many of the PDX students come from Solo
seeking their first high-speed track experience. Without the selfless contributions of members
of the club racing organization to instruct, and work the events, PDX and Time
Trials would not exist. I am fortunate
to have this opportunity to work with such great folks. I also strongly believe that a driver that
works his way up to solo driving status in our PDX program will be a far safer
and successful driver at a club racing drivers’ school.
As a club
we are entering interesting times. We
survived the great recession, mostly because the club has worked for 40 years
to establish a substantial war chest to fall back on if the operating fund ever
became depleted. This allowed the BOD to
act boldly establishing both the PDX and Rallycross programs that operated at a
loss for several years. Contributions
from these programs to the club’s operating fund now apply directly to the
margin of excellence for all parts of the club.
It allowed the BOD to maintain a
robust racing program, refurbish the tech shed, replace vehicles and to
contribute substantially to improving safety at Summit Point. These bold actions have allowed the club to
grow in the face of ever increasing competition.
It is tempting to declare victory
and rest on our laurels. But of course things are as complicated as ever. How
should we respond to the new track, Dominion Raceway? How do we secure our
position at Summit Point? How do we find
new venues for Rally Cross and Solo? With your approval I would like to
continue on the BOD and contribute to finding answers to these questions.
I am a
Maryland-based Club racer and PDX instructor and running for a Board seat for
the first time.
relative newcomer to the sport – I had never even sat in a competition car or
kart until 2007 – I can’t offer much in the way of institutional knowledge or historical
context regarding Club activities; I’ll let you decide whether this factor will
help or hinder my effectiveness as a Board member.
professional life has been in business - helping companies grow their
franchise, optimize their processes, understand industry trends as well as their
operating and financial data, and reduce expenses. I approach business matters with a
forward-thinking view that focuses on maximizing the lifetime value of a
customer; industry best practices; data-driven and technology-oriented
solutions; and a conviction that regularly testing new programs, pricing
strategies and distribution methods will make an organization better informed
and more responsive.
for your consideration.
I’ve been active with the DC Region since 2008 when I began competing in
STU class in the solo series at FedEx Field and with Autocrossers, Inc., as
well as doing track events with the PDX program. The next year I was
instructing PDX events and doing time trials, and in 2011 took the double
competition licensing school and leapt into club racing in a D Sports racer. I
can’t entirely blame the SCCA and WDCR for this slippery slope; I grew up in a
family with a couple old Jaguars and an aptitude for fixing and making things.
I’ve raced bicycles, motorcycles, karts, RC cars…show me a nice, relaxing
pastime and I’ll start racing it; generally not successfully, but
In 2011 I converted the DSR to a CSR and I learned all about the turn 8 tire
wall at Summit the last weekend of 2012. After acquiring a set of body molds I
rebuilt the car and set a goal of the 2013 MARRS CSR season championship, the last
before the sports racer classes would be restructured for 2014. Achieving this
will remain one of the hardest and most rewarding accomplishments of my life. I
continue to campaign the #51 P2 car at MARRS and NEdiv events. I set a P2 lap
record at Pocono on my birthday – another great SCCA/MARRS memory.
What else do I do? I’m a laboratory instrumentation and automation
designer/fabricator for NCATS, an institute of the NIH. I live with my wife/crew
chief Abigail Grossman and our cats Isetta and Angus in Maryland near NW DC
where I have a machine and fab shop where I make stuff for robots and race cars
and enjoy cycling, rowing, cars and food. I spend a lot of time that should be
spent renovating our midcentury house on maintaining the race car…
If elected to the BOD I’d like to represent the interests of the
owner/driver/crew privateers that make up the majority of the paddock, and are
The Club’s primary (and I’d say most important) customers. I’ve had a
tremendous time participating in Solo, PDX, TT, and Club Racing and it’s been
very rewarding giving back by instructing with the PDX Program and with the
open wheel group of the Competition Licensing School. I’m open, direct, and always
look for the best solution that makes the most of what’s on hand while
simplifying the process if at all possible. I’m absolutely amenable to
structure and rules, but prefer to eliminate bureaucracy that doesn’t make
things easier whenever I can. The DC Region has provided me an arena in which
to compete and many friendships; opportunities and challenges and the
experiences which make life more meaningful. I hope to lend a hand to the WDCR
to enable it to continue to do this for all its participants in every