For those interested in sharpening up their skills when volunteering, NASCAR is hosting a training weekend at Watkins Glen Int’l this April 11-12. I want to take advantage of this opportunity.
The training event is on the same weekend as the MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, which I signed up for last week but haven’t heard back until today. And with the rising airfare costs and other accommodation arrangements it was too late to change course.
Since I already have built up the urge to do something that weekend and put the wheels in motion of requesting the time off from work (I work weekends) the training event with NASCAR is a logical alternative. It’s something that I wanted to do for years but because events often overlap, like the MotoGP at COTA scheduled for the same weekend, it wasn’t possible to commit before.
Like the video I shared above, I hope NASCAR will have some live demos and hands on training, like fire school which is what I’m most interested in. But while enrolling on their web site I noticed a whole bunch of self pace modules that facilitate learning of proper NASCAR and IMSA guidelines from crash response to radio etiquette.
I’m looking forward to sharing my experience there.
PS. since the drive to Watkins Glen will take 5 to 6 hours and I’ll probably drive overnight to make the early 8am meeting on Saturday, I’ll have to do some tinkering with the Miata. My check engine light has popped on and off a few times now suggesting the thermostat is lazy and I wouldn’t trust driving it in that condition on such a long trip. So now there’s more urgency to install the new thermostat which I bought the day after I bought the Miata but have yet to mount it on the car. Fingers crossed all goes well.