Cancelled my Participation for the Trans Am at Lime Rock

If I didn’t have bad luck I would have no luck at all… or so it seems.

Two days before my first event volunteering at Lime Rock for the Memorial Day Trans Am weekend I’ve pulled a muscle and/or pinched a nerve in my lower back and now cannot walk or stand upright rendering me useless to marshal this weekend.

It’s a damn shame because I was really looking forward to this event. I have volunteered for the Trans Am race at Lime Rock for the past two years. But the condition I am in right now would make me a liability to be trackside.

I did reach out to the registrar at the event to see if there was another role perhaps I could still volunteer for. She forwarded my message to the flag chief and he didn’t think there was anything suitable for me.

In a way I am a bit saddened by this, especially since whenever people talk about volunteering in motorsport they always say how many different positions there are to be filled, there’s something for everybody they say. But in this scenario either all the positions have already been filled, or they just didn’t want me there.

So the sensible thing to do is what I’ve done I think. Cancel my participation well in advance while avoiding to be a liability on a SCCA Pro race weekend.

Between this unfortunate incident and the a severe attack of the gout arthritis earlier in the year I have been very injury prone, which is not a good thing for this hobby. But in the end what can you do? Just have to take things one day at a time, and hope for a better future.