What a nice weekend. An easy two day weekend of club racing. We had a really good turn out of workers. We were up 10 people compared to last year. I really appreciate the support all season. The racing was good. The car count was a little light but it still was fun to have a low key weekend. We had one new student start his training (Jonathan Palmer) and did very good job. The flag work was very good and the communications were good as well, despite the radio issues that has been plaguing us all season. I have received many compliments from everyone from drivers to stewards on how well the flagging was over the weekend. Keep up the good work!!!!
I still very thankful and humbled by everyone's support. I have stated to many that this last stretch of 4 races in the past 4 weeks would give me an idea where we were. My thoughts are we are heading in the right direction. The worker count has been up roughly 20-25% per event. We have had 7 new recruits begin training and 6 of those have returned to continue training. We have many members come back to give LEC another chance and they have returned for multiple events. I have seen steady improvement in our overall quality of work on station. I feel most are having a good time at the track again. Lots of smiles, laughter and messing around. The evening campfires are getting back to the way they once were.
I appreciate the ideas and suggestions and try to implement many of them when I can. Do we still have work to do....absolutely we do!!!! A lot of people have stepped up and have been helping keeping the ship running and others have stepped in to do the little things to help make the events on-site running smoothly.
We have another 3 week stretch of events coming up starting with IndyCar July 29-31. This our biggest event of the year and need to have the help to make sure that we are covered the best way possible. The next week is Cincinnati Region August 6-7 and ending with NASCAR Xfinity August 12-13. After that we only have three events in the next two months to finish the season. Put-In-Bay August 29-30, SCCA Runoff Test Days, September 16-18 and finishing off the season with the OVR Double Regional October 8-9.
Thank you to everyone that came out and participated for VMD at Mid-Ohio. It very much turned into a very low key weekend for us. Many of the groups tended to be on the small side but did have some nice size groups. The racing was generally good. We had several people that I have not seen in a while and several that traveled a distance to support this weekend. While we had assistance from the Mid-Ohio weekday staff to help cover corners and I thank them for their help. In the end, overall our participation numbers were up from the past several years which Mid-Ohio management and ownership has recognized and made comments to me about during the weekend. Mid-Ohio is very pleased with the efforts of our leadership to turn things around and they are very happy with the results they have seen. We are at the halfway point of our season and our brutal stretch of races. We still need help for this weekends OVR Double Regional and then get a weekend off before a stretch of three in a row with IndyCar and NASCAR with Cincinnati's Double regional sandwiched in there. Let's finish this stretch off strong as the season begins to wind down after NASCAR.
Again, thank you for the support this season. Hope to see you over the next few weeks.
This will be a short blog. First off THANK YOU to everyone that came out and supported this event. We were able to meet the needs of all the series and open up all the stations around the track. We could not have done this with out all of you supporting us.
We ended up in the upper 20's all weekend. The flag work was really good and the communications were good all weekend as well. I do see some issues that need to be addressed to tighten up some of our Com protocols.
I was able to test a new radio Mid-Ohio is looking to move to soon. I felt it worked very well....there are some added features such as tone to alert the net is engaged and disengaged. The radio seems more durable and the battery life is really good. The speaker with and without the headset was crystal clear. One small issue showed but I think it will go away once everyone is on the same radio, The plan is to test these radios during the OVR Double Regional in July and see how well they work. There is also talk of race control going to portable radios as well during the OVR weekend.
Here are some photos taken and shared by Michael Berchak from the weekend....Thank You for sharing!!!!
Look forward to seeing everyone soon.