Racer Magazine just reported that Trans Am (one of two SCCA Pro series that remained with the club’s sanctioning body after many other respectable series bailed) will make Audible Flagging System mandatory in the cars that race with the series… TA1, TA2, TA3, TA4, etc. The system will not cost the team’s extra, instead it will be provided to all in the name of safety. The system will use audible and visual flashing lights to warn competitors of danger reflecting the traditional flags displayed around the track. An interesting statistic used to promote the idea of the system is that 88% of major incidents that happen result from secondary impacts, or not the direct result of the initial crash but crashing into the crash because of failure of adequate warning.
This news fascinates me.
Not sure how to take this news. Be proud? Be insulted by providing an insufficient service as a volunteer?
Do we even need volunteers anymore?
The AFS system will surely cost less than the soggy sandwiches provided to flag marshals every day of the race meeting.
Ironic that the only club in the U.S. with the power to issue internationally recognized marshal licenses had bailed or is in process of dumping its volunteer marshals.
Or are they?
Link to Racer.com article: http://www.racer.com/scca-home/item/146674-audible-flagging-systems-becomes-trans-am-series-flagging-system