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Hey Kids Looking for an Internship? How about BMW Motorsport Gig in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

While I’m desperately searching for a job, I’m blown away by the amazing opportunities that are no longer available to me… but am happy to share the news in case some kids out there may be interested… BMW of North America in Woodcliff Lake, NJ is seeking a candidate for their 6 month Motorsport Intership starting in 2018:

As an independent group of companies, the BMW Group has a commitment to creativity and breakthrough ideas that goes well beyond the racetrack. In order to continuously create ultimate driving machines, we drive our growth and design excellence by staffing our teams with individuals who are innovative and always looking for the next great idea. If you share our vision and view yourself as an independent, creative thinker, we invite you to join our team in this exceptional role located in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

We are pleased to offer a 6 Month Internship starting in or about April 2018 at BMW of North America, LLC.

Motorsport Internship – BMW of North America

Motorsport has been an essential component of BMW NA’s Marketing strategy from day one. Today, the presence and success of BMW Motorsport in North America is stronger than ever with multiple programs run in America’s largest professional racing series, using a wide range of GT and Touring Car products.

The Motorsport Intern will collaborate with the BMW NA Motorsport Manager and assist in the daily business of BMW NA Motorsport, with a focus on Marketing. The Motorsport Intern will work on communication and experiential marketing, liaising with BMW agencies and a wide range of racing partners including sanctioning bodies and race teams. The Motorsport Intern will also assist with various punctual projects related to automobile racing in North America.

Some responsibilities will include:

Assisting and communicating with BMW race teams

Budget management including assistance with purchasing orders and customer racing contingency programs

Competitive benchmarking of customer racing market

Proofreading and validation of communication creative material

What are you waiting for… jump into the driver’s seat and apply for the Motorsport Internship today!

Minimum Requirements:

Enrolled in Bachelors or Masters studies or have graduated no more than 12 months prior to internship start date

Preferred Requirements:

Field of study: Business Administration / Engineering

Concentration: Marketing or Management Courses

Additional skills: Advanced Microsoft Office skills, understanding of the German language preferred

Attributes: Conscientious, responsible, ability to work independently, flexible, thorough, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, good organizational skills, willingness to travel domestically

Passion for cars / racing

Availability of 6 months

Please make your selection below to apply today!

BMW NA is an EO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Apply at: https://www.bmwgroup.jobs/us/en/jobfinder/job-description.170004VE.US.html

 

Obviously a tremendous opportunity for someone lucky enough to be able to take advantage of it here in Northern New Jersey area. And for visitors to this blog that may recognize the name, the Cars & Coffee I often share pictures from is almost directly across the street from the BMW North American HQ.

Good Luck!

PS. please keep me in mind if jobs for old farts like me open at BMW.

Registered Another Domain Before Someone Snatched it: MiataFiata.com

…been contemplating registering MiataFiata.com since last year when Chris, Sakshik and I launched the Miata Fiata Talk podcast. Today I finally pulled the trigger so to speak. MiataFiata.com is the new home of the Miata Fiata Radio podcast… I’m using the Radio and the Talk and the Podcast labels interchangeably but eventually we’ll pick something that sticks. Either way with my NC1 GT PRHT, Sakshik’s NB and Chris’s NC1 GT PRHT with appearance package and the oldie Fiat 124 Spider we have all the boxes covered… (even though yes, I realize the 1970’s Fiat has nothing to do with the current Fiata made by Mazda).

This domain will be a great way to separate my marshaling, my foodie road trips and my general BS from my Miata stuff, although everything is still hosted and lives on MyRoadTrip.net

I am excited with this project!

Got a good deal too taking advantage of 99 cent first year registration and $9.99 each subsequent year. I chose the 5 year option plus some generous % discount from Ebates. Now I have the domain until March 30, 2022

Hire Russ for your Motorsport Business Development Needs!

Russ is looking for a job in Motorsport.

Why hire Russ?

Because Russ is a qualified candidate to do a task at hand with passion and commitment. If you have any doubt about Russ’s credentials just take a look at his hobbies both Motorsport volunteering and the Mazda Miata sections of this blog.

Russ gives 100%

Hire Russ!

Get Closer to the Action! Become a Motorsport Marshal Volunteer!

Russ found a new hobby in 2011: Motorsport volunteering.

Since then he has worked in 15 different countries and for all sorts of racing from Formula 1 to MotoGP.

Russ likes to encourage others to volunteer also.

Get in touch with Russ to find out how.

 

 

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How to Become a Marshal?

by Series

by Event

by Circuit

by Country

Young Marshals Wanted!

 

Events Russ Marshaled

Circuits Russ Marshaled

Mazda MX-5: Join Russ on his Miata Road Trips, Foodie Adventures & Fun!

A few years ago Russ bought a Miata.

A big chunk of this blog is dedicated to this new hobby.

Russ likes the little Roadster. Russ travels the world meeting other MX-5 owners and shares his stories and pictures on this blog.

If you’d like to meet up, get in touch with Russ!

 

 

 

some shortcuts:

MiataFiata.com

MX-5 Road Trips & Meet Ups

Miata Maintenance & Mods

Postcard from SCCA Pro Trans Am, F1600, F2000 & Formula Atlantic at Watkins Glen Int’l

One of the most fun weekends I’ve had volunteering at Watkins Glen International was this weekend working the Trans Am race and all the support series that came along, including one I was most interested to see, the Global MX-5 Cup (I’ll write about it separately)

The HUUUUUGE fields of Trans Am cars was really surprising and very much impressive. I remember the last Trans Am race I did at Lime Rock a few years ago… we had maybe a dozen cars with most of them being TA2 Camaros and Mustangs and just a few TA1 Corvettes which couldn’t put any power down due to rain. This time around there was a huge field of TA1’s… and even a bigger TA2 field. So big that TA2 had a race of their own with about 20+ cars participating… there was a similar size field with the rest of Trans Am pairing TA cars with TA3 BMW’s, TA4 Porsches and even TA5 cars. How incredibly cool!!!

The support series were SCCA Pro or maybe Club Racing: Formula 1600, Formula 2000 and Formula Atlantics open wheelers. To me the Formula Atlantic cars is exactly what formula cars should look like, I wish IndyCar still resembled that look without all the silly bumpers and billboard size front wings.

But enough talk, here’s the pix:

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 2 viper

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 3 viper

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 4 formula 1600

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 5 formula 1600

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 6 formula atlantic

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 7 formula 1600

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 8 formula 1600

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 9 trans am

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 10 trans am

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 11 trans am

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 12 trans am

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 13 trans am

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 14 formula atlantic

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 14a formula atlantic

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 15 formula continental

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 16 formula continental

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 17 forula 2000

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 18 engines

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 19 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 20 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 21 trans am corvette

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 22 trans am mustang

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 23 camaro

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 24 challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 24a challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 25 challenger

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 26 cadillac

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 27 cadillac

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 28 camaro

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 29 mustang

scca pro weekend at watkins glen international trans am f1600 f2000 formula atlantic 30 mustang

I was so impressed with the Trans Am cars I cannot rant and rave more about them… the whole Starter stand rumbled and shook when the big field of cars came full blast under us… What a feeling!

PS. the Trans Am field is as American as apple pie, with TA2 Mustang, Camaro and Challenger dominating the fields with a big battle between Ford, Chevy and Dodge… but I was also happy to see Trans Am BMW and Porsche kicking ass… the cars were former Grand Am and IMSA Continental Tire Series cars refurbished for this purpose and they fit in quite nicely.

Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas Marshal Registration

The registration process to marshal the Pirelli World Challenge (SCCA Pro) headlining event at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is now underway.

It’s not often that you see PWC run as a feature series in an event of it’s own, typically their schedule is aligned with the IndyCar Series calendar or as a support race for the IMSA TUSC Series. There was that one year when PWC was a support series for the V8 Supercars visit to COTA, that was a blast and I’ll include some pictures from that event because it was really a highlight of my marshaling experience:

scca pro world challenge mercedes sls amg

austin v8s 8

Remember the wonderful perk of volunteering smaller big events at COTA is the amount of downtime so you can take advantage of things not typically available during F1 or WEC weekend. I would highly recommend going up to the top of the Mullet of the Americas for an excellent view of the track and Austin, Texas in the distance.

Lone Star Region of the SCCA will be staffing the event, however you must sign up through the COTA web site following this link:

circuitoftheamericas.com/volunteer/marshals

 

Spotter Guide for the Six hours at the Glen

Andy Blackmore has released several versions of the spotter guide for the Six hours at the Glen, one of the four stops on the North American Endurance Championship tour of the Tudor United SportsCar Series.

Download it today from www.sportterguides.com or Andy’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/SpotterGuides

watkins glen six hour race

/DRIVE /SHAKEDOWN news… #sponsoraflagger

It’s the second weekend I’ve spent home when there’s racing happening. Not happy! Why? Well, I could have made more effort to go volunteer somewhere, but I’m realizing more and more just how I can’t afford it anymore. Even on the tightest of budgets, it would still cost me a few hundred dollars to go down to Indianapolis or Mid-O and I just don’t have it. Tim hasn’t sent any updates from IndyCar at Mid Ohio, except for the Shea Holbrook pix I posted on our Sponsor A Flagger Spotted blog: http://sponsor.myroadtrip.net/we-heart-shea-holbrook/ yes We <3 Shea! So, I’m home watching /Drive and reading Jalopnik.

Speaking of those fine automotive online publications and media outlets, I am a big fan. Sometimes I may get pissy when they don’t reply to messages I send them, but who am I to have expectations, huh? I have visited the Jalopnik offices here in Manhattan (back when I worked there) after winning their facebook movie tickets giveaway. Turns out I was one of only three people that participated in that drawing. So pardon the sarcasm. They are great, and I especially enjoy watching /Shakedown on YouTube, Leo Parente seems like a great guy whom I have spotted a few times now at the track while marshalling, but was too shy to say hello. He too did not respond to my “Flagger Cam” message I sent him, but I’m sure once we get some material to work with, they’ll be happy to show some of our footage to the great masses that watch his show.

I love the Jordan Taylor interview from this weekend, where they discuss the hate between American Le Mans Prototype fans and the Daytona Prototypes from Grand-Am. So having my media outlet to voice my opinion, I’m going to air my 2 cents. What a silly thing to have a strong opinion about! People get so worked up about ALMS vs. Grand-Am where, while currently different, many of the drivers get paid to do both series, and its great! Sure, I tend to like the technology in ALMS – like a lot, but the Grand-Am racing is as exciting if not more so in some cases. Especially on subjects Jordan touched on, like the large field of Prototypes: 16 vs. 4. We can’t forget the frustration Lucas Luhr has with no competition in his field of P1’s. Jordan is perfectly right and something I’ve been thinking all along. United SportsCar Series will be an interesting form of racing next year, and if there’s one good thing to come out of it is that there shouldn’t be any overlapping race events on the same weekends, so I don’t have to decide whether it would make more sense to go to ALMS or Grand-Am. USCR it is!

In other news, Tim has created a Twitter account for Sponsor a Flagger so do follow us!  https://twitter.com/sponsoraflagger  Jessie has made a bunch of tweets and retweets, be sure to use the tag #sponsoraflagger so we could join in the conversation.

Speaking of conversation, the three of us from Sponsor a Flagger will be working NASCAR together at Watkins Glen, so expect to see a video or two come out of that meeting. Ironically it will be my immigrant English you’ll probably be hearing on the recording 😉

Filing applications for Singapore and Le Mans from Auckland, New Zealand

Funny how things work, being on an Australia – New Zealand road trip doesn’t prevent me from applying for future events. This week general applications for Le Mans and returning officials for Singapore have been made available. So I’m applying from the Auckland library.

With the traditional French bureaucracy, one can only register having a log-on provided by the organizers. Which I’m working on. But with Singapore GP things are easy. Looking forward to hearing back from both as they would be my premier events of the season.