Russ Golyak is a Motorsport Marshal volunteering around the world for all types of racing from MotoGP to Formula One.
Hello and welcome to my brief Bio page.
I started marshaling in 2011 while living in Singapore. My first event was the Singapore GP and I went through the SGP training program which involved classroom lessons and hands on learning at the Manitou facility and a simulation on Johor Circuit in Malaysia.
In 2012 I moved to New Zealand where I intensified my participation as a marshal learning how to flag at Pukekohe and Hampton Downs on the North Island. I also frequented other local circuits including Taupo and Manfeild as well as working grid on the streets of Hamilton for the V8 Supercars race. From NZ I traveled to Australia and Malaysia to volunteer F1 events there.
I moved back to the US in 2013 and tried to get involved in volunteering stateside and in Canada, but encountered a lot of hostility and resistance from the local corner workers. So over the years I have drastically cut back my participation where I live.
My most enjoyable aspect of volunteering as a marshal is the ability to do so internationally mainly for endurance events involving sports cars. I have traveled to over 10 countries and more than 30 circuits to flag, work as a track marshal and learn new skills in this global hobby. My favorite events include the 24h of Nurburgring, the 24h of Le Mans, Gulf 12h at Yas Marina Circuit, Bathurst 12h, WEC 6 hour races in Bahrain and US, and the Asian Le Mans Series event at Sepang in Malaysia. I have also volunteered Formula One in South Korea, SBK Superbikes at Phillip Island in Australia, the Maxi Endurance 32h race in Portugal and a number of other events.
It doesn’t always happen, but I was invited to marshal F1 in Hungary but had to pass up that opportunity because of the hostility from my local club which seems to be only interested in their marshals working local club events, which are few and far between in the NYC area. So I’ve joined the Guam region and volunteer what I’m actually interested in working.
With my work schedule I’m down to volunteering one event per month during the Northern hemisphere racing season.
If there are any event organizers that wish to invite me to their event please contact me through facebook and I’ll do my best to participate as well as promote that event through my blog.
I have also launched the Marshal Cam project: #MarshalCam on www.MarshalCam.com where I interview fellow marshals I meet around the world to share their story about why they marshal and what their favorite experiences are. I would encourage marshals to participate in this project to promote volunteering in Motorsports to others. This is a very exciting hobby despite the bullshit that exits. I am very happy to have discovered the opportunity to get involved hands on myself and would highly recommend it to others!