View Full Version : Gingerman Open Track - Comments and Questions from the Chief Instructor

07-21-2004, 04:31 PM
Ladies & Gents-

I'm looking forward to working with you folks again this year. Generally I've really backed off my duties as an instructor due to my commitments as a Grand Am Cup Crew Chief for Rehagen Racing, but I could not pass up this group - I enjoy it too much.

First of all - the Corvette controversy. I propose that anyone who wants to be on track with a non-Ford powered product need to beat me out in a one-lap sprint time trial. Do you Ford guys like that idea? :D (By the way, my fastest lap during last weekend's NASA American Iron race was only a 1:30.4..... so that shouldn't be a problem with those Corveeeettes, right?)

Okay, enough manufacturer commentary... and on to the real stuff.

As normal, I'll be teaching a ground school classroom session which will be mandatory for all students in groups A & B in the morning, and likely another one after lunch. Also, I'll be running the driver's meetings both mornings (Sunday's will be short - I promise!). But I'd like to plan on offering a little more than that this year. So here are three ideas:

* Advanced Ground School aimed at Group C (and optional for Group A, B, & D) students. Topics might include how to quick learn a racing line at a track you've never driven before, how to make the most of test-n-tune time, how to "drive around" certain car handling conditions.

* Car tuning class. This would include discussions of shocks, springs, bushings, suspension types, IRS vs. Live axle, etc.

* So you want to go racing? A discussion for anyone who is interested in what it takes to go racing, both at the NASA American Iron level, or at the Grand Am Cup level. Topics might include car preparation, how to pass safely, how to get a racing license, safety equipment required, etc.

So let me know what interests you. If I have my way, these classes will be timed such that they will not interfere with your on-track time.

07-22-2004, 08:08 AM
Great idea's, Scott. I would be very interested in sitting in on these sessions. :bounce: :thumbsup:


07-22-2004, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the information Scott. I will pass this along to the rest of the club. Also, a big "thank you" for sharing your expertise with the club. :thumbsup:

08-19-2004, 06:41 AM
uh oh, another one luring us over to the dark side......sounds great!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

count me in!!! :thumbsup:

08-19-2004, 07:59 AM
Let me know WHICH of the three sound most interesting to you, and I'll prepare something.

Right now though, I have to start getting ready. The NASA American Iron National Convention (kind of a national championship) is this weekend at Mid-Ohio, and I'm leaving in about 8 hours - and still have lots to do! Anyone heading down/up?

08-19-2004, 08:55 AM
I'm interested in any of the above, but to pick one, I'd have to go with the advanced driver's school :thumbsup:

08-19-2004, 01:04 PM
I vote for the advanced ground school also! :thumbsup:

08-20-2004, 06:26 PM

Thanks Scott!
were looking forward to seeing you again!!

In speaking for Tim I know he'd like to get going on American Iron next year -
the advanced school would be his wish...
I'll let him know you'll be there!

I don't think I'll be driving on the track this year... :(

but I should be there for Tim cheering him on... and I think our son Tom will be coming as well.

08-25-2004, 12:10 AM

I'd be very interested in the advanced ground school! Or anything for that matter. I'm not fussy as long as I learn some new tricks!

:cool: :thumbsup:

09-07-2004, 05:48 PM
I'm afraid the unfortunate has happened. Due to the destruction of Hurricane Frances, and due to the coming of Hurricane Ivan, our Grand Am Cup race that was scheduled for this coming weekend has been delayed a week.

For more information: http://www.grandamerican.com/News/Article.asp?ID=3061

Because of this announcement, which was made late last night, I will not be able to make it to the SCMC event at Gingerman Raceway on the weekend of the 18th and 19th. My commitments as Crew Chief of Rehagen Racing have to come first. I wanted to apologize to all of you.

I hope to see you all next year.... Have a great event!

09-07-2004, 06:14 PM
Sorry to hear this news Scott. :( Good Luck at the races! :thumbsup:

09-07-2004, 07:22 PM
:( sorry to hear this, but I understand....good luck at the races! :thumbsup:

09-08-2004, 09:18 AM
That is bad news for us Scott.

Good luck with the race, and we'll see you next year!