July 2015 REmarks
Posted July 1, 2015
The 2015 Chicago Region June Sprints are now officially added to the 60 years of rich history of the Sprints, and I couldn’t be more proud. Proud of all the Chicago Region members who have worked so hard for months before race weekend to get every last detail planned and organized so that everything went off without a hitch. Proud of the 250+ volunteers who showed up on race weekend to ensure that from start to finish all ran smoothly; that drivers, crew and volunteers got registered, that race cars were safe and legal, that cars were directed to the proper area before going out on track, that starting lineups were lined up correctly, that cars were timed and scored accurately, that they didn’t violate sound rules, that the drivers were watched over while on track and warned of issues ahead, that disabled cars (and drivers) were promptly moved to safety, that disputes were resolved, and finally, that the post-race podium ceremonies were not only the best in all of amateur racing, but rivaled many pro podium ceremonies.
Add to that having David Hobbs serving as Grand Marshal, Randy Owens artwork on event T-shirts, posters and the program cover (the best Sprints program in years, in my opinion), both Hobbs and Owens available to autograph said items, a vintage car display in the paddock, over $80,000 in cash and merchandise awarded to racers, and the fact that between Friday and Saturday nights we served over 850 dinners to volunteers, drivers and crew, there’s no disputing the June Sprints is the best event on the SCCA calendar. Like we say, “it’s not just another race™”. Proud indeed. Thank you to everyone who made it happen.
Oh, and if you weren’t there to hear David Hobbs speak at dinner on Saturday, well, …