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Lone Star Le Mans Marshal Invitation, Circuit of the Americas September 15-17, 2016

Just got two invites for the most important races of the year (I think) on the American Racing Calendar. I’ll make two posts to share the invites with anyone who could be interested. My advice, do both!

Lone Star Le Mans is one of the coolest events there are on US soil. It is the only appearance FIA WEC makes in the United States and the circuit couldn’t be better: COTA in Austin, Texas

Interested in volunteering?

I say do it!

What is it; Lone Star Le Mans

When is it: September 15-17, 2016

Where is it: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

Who’s recruiting: Lone Star Region SCCA and COTA itself

Who will be there: Five Race Groups!

  • FIA WEC (LMP1, LMP2, GT Pro, GT Pro-Am)
  • IMSA WeatherTech Series (DP & LMP2, GTLM, GTD)
  • IMSA Continental Tire Series (GS & ST)
  • IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo
  • IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA

How to get there? Fly into Austin which may be pricey, I went twice earlier this year and flew through Dallas DFW, Houston is also doable with Intercontinental and Hobby airports, San Antonio is probably closest of the nearby towns.

Where to stay?  The cheapest place is at the COTA campground. Right outside the Mustering Marshal tent so you get to sleep in until the morning meeting.

I would highly recommend this event!

I went to COTA twice this year already for PWC and MotoGP but I would go again in the heartbeat if I still can’t find a job by late September… my fingers are crossed that I’ll be working for a living, but if not I’ll find a way to come to this event!

To sign up go to COTA web site, scroll down to Volunteers on the bottom of the page and fill out the application on MotorsportReg where it links to. Or go directly to MotorsportReg and do it there.

Good Luck!

Have Fun!

Marshals Wanted Recruitment Video for Circuit of the Americas, Great Job Jeanie!

I think we all say: “Someone should do more to recruit marshals!”  and I’m happy to say someone is actually doing something about it. Jeanie Caulfield, the superwoman that runs event operations at the Circuit of the Americas: including hiring, training, feeding, and entertaining marshals for a slew of events that visit COTA; has spend a small fortune on a very professionally done promo video to help recruit new marshals. Kudos to you Jeanie! and a job well done!

I’ve taken a few screen grabs from the short version of the video which I was lucky enough to be a part of…. special thanks to Brent McNaul – the flag chief of the Lone Star SCCA Region who invited me to participate. I would imagine the longer version that has speech accompanying the vision where I got a chance to be interviewed, would become available at some point in time in the future, but for now please check out the quick promo:

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Link to video on facebook: COTA track marshals volunteers page.  facebook.com/cotatrackmarshals/videos/1899065936986548/

Be sure to follow the link to volunteer:  www.circuitoftheamericas.com/volunteer

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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer
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screen shot of the COTA Marshals Wanted Promo Video, go to: CircuitoftheAmericas.com/volunteer

Again please consider volunteering at COTA it’s a fantastic experience: www.circuitoftheamericas.com/volunteer

SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas Marshal Invitation 2016

Another invitation to return to the Circuit of the Americas this season, this time for the Pirelli World Challenge which plays a support race to the brand new format from the SRO: the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Sounds familiar? It should be. SRO is going head to head with WEC creating a global endurance series championship including Sepang 12 hour which I just did in Malaysia and Bathurst 12 hour which I’ll be going to Australia for in February.

The COTA event is definitely on my to-do list!

Here’s the invite e-mail from Brent McNaul, Lone Star SCCA flag chief:

Happy New Year everyone, entering a new racing season.  Pirelli World Challenge is returning for a 4 day run at Circuit of the Americas, Thurs thru Sun March 3rd-6th (Thurs is a test day).  They’re running all their classes again making 3 race groups (GT/GTA/GT Cup, GTS, and TC/TCA/TCB).

And there’s a very special addition this year, making the 4th race group… A new racing word for us this year, and it’s a special one… Blancpain.  It gets better.  NIGHT RACING.  The SRO Blancpain GT Endurance series from Europe have their inaugural US debut on Satwith a 6 hr enduro, and it runs well past sundown Sat evening until 9:15pm.

Cadillac, Ferrari, McLaren, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and many other manufacturers, plenty of top Pro sports car racing.  Add it to your calendar and make plans to join us if you can.
Please register at motorsportreg.com, more info as we get closer.  Cheers,
Brent
See ya’ll in Texas!

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:

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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

 

Lone Star Le Mans Spotter Guide

Andy Blackmore Design & Spotter Guides has released the latest edition of the Lone Star Le Mans spotter guides featuring cars from the FIA WEC and IMSA TUSC / CTSCC series.

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Download yours today from: http://www.spotterguides.com/nissan-nismo-wec-tudor-uscc-spotter-guides-cota/

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