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MotoAmerica Should Have Spotter Guides!

My biggest surprise of this weekend was the lack of any visual spotter guides available for any of the three major MotoAmerica series racing at NJMP for the Championship of New Jersey presented by K&N.

How could that be?

It seems like such a no-brainer idea but I was not able to find anything online or after attending the refresh training session on Thursday night. I really think that a sport as popular as this AMA Pro series should totally offer a visual spotter guide much like those offered in IMSA racing, PWC or IndyCar. Even NASCAR does paint scheme stories on their web site ahead of some races to let their fan base know what their favorite driver will be driving and what the livery on that vehicle will look like. I realize that there are potential sponsorship implications, as sponsors change from race to race perhaps, but its no excuse why there shouldn’t be a basic guide to what each team’s and rider’s bikes look like.

I would have really appreciated to have a reference guide to call bikes into Race Control based on what they look like from a distance, it was not always possible to read the bike number, especially in cases where the number was three digits. Those 3 digit bike numbers were pretty much impossible to read when the bike was down, or far away like at Station 12 where I was on Friday.

So yea… if anyone at MotoAmerica is reading please consider making one… Thank you very much for the consideration!

Took me a while to tell the difference between two factory Suzuki teams… turns out the one with a zebra paint scheme was the Superbike team and the one with a single colored stripe is a Supersport 1000 team… Ah hah!

I know this Yamaha team has been using this livery for at least a few years… and so does the factory Yamaha team:

The bikes most difficult to tell apart were the KTM RC Cup liveries:

NASCAR Camping World Trucks Spotter Guide for Labour Day Weekend at CTMP – Mosport

Since I haven’t done a NASCAR Camping World Trucks race yet, I’ve been doing some homework on what the liveries of these racetrucks look like… a spotter guide if you will, or as NASCAR calls them: paint schemes. Unfortunately nascar.com didn’t have them handy. So after some research online, and some weird links to ESPN’s Jayski web site and a random blog, I found a great source here:

http://nascarmockseason.weebly.com/2017-paint-schemes2.html

(to be perfectly honest this site’s spotter guide looks much better than the official ones that NASCAR had on their web site for the Monster Energy and Xfinity Series cars I posted about for WGI)

I’m pretty excited about watching these guys race this weekend. Last year’s event was nuts with crashes happening all the way down the front straight under the starter’s stand. Curious to see if there will be racing if the weather turns wet with what’s left of Hurricane Harvey making it’s way Northeast from Texas and the Gulf Coast. Pinty’s series were amazing in the rain last time I went to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Victoria Day weekend, so hopefully this Labour Day lives up to all the hype… can’t wait!

Red Bull Global Rallycross Spotter Guide for Atlantic City, NJ Rounds 8 and 9

And now for something completely different… this weekend will be my first opportunity volunteering for the Red Bull GRC being held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Other than watching a few YouTube video highlights I know nothing about this series, so a good start to familiarization is with a spotter guide… the GRC web site doesn’t have much other than last year’s guide so I snagged their previous race one assuming most cars will wear the same livery. and as one would imagine car liveries change from race to race, so the same day I posted the Indianapolis spotter guide the Red Bull Global Rallycross web site released the correct spotter guide for Atlantic City:

redbullglobalrallycross.com/news/features/spotter-guides/red-bull-grc-atlantic-city-spotter-guide/

Really looking forward to this event!

Supercars:

Photo credit: redbullglobalrallycross.com

Lites:

Photo credit: redbullglobalrallycross.com

This is probably the best guide on their web site for the Lites, as part of the Pick 5 Fantasy rallycross game.

Added on August 14, 2017… notice something interesting? The CORE Autosport team from IMSA is here complete with their driver line up. Similarly the majority of the other teams had a strong IndyCar affiliation with Andretti Autosport and RLL teams fielding very strong entries.

Andy Blackmore Design Sebring 12h Spotter Guide 2017

Andy Blackmore Design has released the official IMSA Sebring 12 hour spotter guide.

Download it as a companion for watching the race. I always rely on these guides when marshaling.

www.spotterguides.com

Daytona 24h Marshal Spotter Guide 2017

Update January 15, 2017:

Andy Blackmore Design (spotterguides.com)  shared the news that  IMSA (imsa.com) have started adding individual team car liveries onto the official web site. So for you marshals planning to participate in the event, start studying those cars:

(click on each picture to go to the team’s page on the IMSA web site)

Prototypes:

Prototype Challenge:

GT Le Mans:

GT Daytona:

 

Post-Race Update, cars that changed/updated liveries from (correct one shown above, previous one shown below)

 

Download the official spotter guide from Andy Blackmore Design on January 24, 2017 when it officially becomes available for release:


This post will be updated as information becomes more available closer to the event, which is due to take place January 28, 2017

I thought I’d never do Daytona again based on the fiasco last time turned into… but never say never. I am seriously considering the trip down for 2017 season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series championship because of all the new machinery that is going to take part in this event.

As I’m sure everyone else is, I am eagerly awaiting the official Andy Blackmore spotter guide for this event to know exactly who will take part, but until then I will use this post to speculate on the entries as well as share news of those that have already been announced.

This season will see a brand new prototype platform, the DPi, or Daytona Prototype international. The future of what was the merger between Daytona Prototypes of the Grand Am series and the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) of the American Le Mans era. And the future is very sexy!

Mazda was the first to unveil their DPi… and it is the main reason I’d like to volunteer this event. I want to see this car in person!

Mazda Unveils New Prototype Race Car at Los Angeles Auto Show

Cadillac was next with their DP-V.R

http://media.cadillac.com/media/us/en/cadillac/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/dec/1201-dpr-vr-race-car.html

ESM Tequila Patron Team and their Nissan DPi

ESM Nissan Onroak DPi Revealed; Testing Begins

But it’s not just prototypes that are an exciting addition to the multi-class racing program that is IMSA. Several new GT programs look very exciting also. Including entries from Acura and Lexus, as well as the addition of Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, and other existing programs that are just now finding their way to IMSA.

Acura Announces Dual PWC & IMSA NSX GT3 Programme

 

This is all pretty exciting news!

I’m so excited I’m contemplating driving down to Florida again next year for this thing. Not once but twice. The Roar before the 24. And the Daytona 24 hour race. In 2016 I drove down to Florida twice. First time in my own Miata for the St. Pete & Sebring pairing and later just for fun in a VW Bug rental. And to be honest I’m really looking forward to do this trip again.

Stay tuned for updates.

 

Detroit Grand Prix Spotter Guide by Andy Blackmore

With a few days left to go until the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Andy Blackmore Designed has released another amazing spotter guide for the IMSA events of the weekend.

andy blackmore spotter guides detroit grand prix

Download your copy from: www.facebook.com/SpotterGuides/ or pick up a printed version at the gates during the event, which is what I typically try to do. As a huge fan of Andy I have a whole collection of his spotter guides from various events that I’ve volunteered.

Be sure to pick up an official IndyCar spotter guide too… and as the TransAm fields are growing HUGE! I hope they come up with a spotter guide also… only recently I’ve noticed Pirelli World Challenge has started offering spotter guides for their events, I was lucky to pick one up at Lime Rock (and I’m talking about an actual spotter guide and not the magazine program that they printed at the beginning of the season and distribute throughout the year).

See you in Detroit… a lovely city!

Petit Le Mans 2015 Powered by Mazda Spotter Guide by Andy Blackmore Design

Posting this a bit late, but better than never… check out the outstanding work of Andy Blackmore with his latest spotter guide for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season finale, the 2015 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

petit le mans 2015 powered by mazda spotter guide by andy blackmore design

click here to download:  http://www.spotterguides.com/portfolio/15imsa

I’ve had an amazing opportunity to actually meet Andy Blackmore for the first time during the pit walk at COTA a few weeks ago during the Lone Star Le Mans and made sure to thank him in person for the fine job he does with all his spotter guides. I always leave an event with a printed version as a keepsake. Sharing the link on my blog does two things: 1. shows my appreciation for the work especially since this is a very useful tool while marshaling and 2. promoting the sport to others who may not have known about the series or the cars that race in it. The detailed spotter guides sure provide a wealth of information on everything from cars, to teams to individual drivers.

Thanks Andy!

IndyCar Spotter Guide 2015 Grand Prix of St. Pete

IndyCar designer Ryan Long has released the latest IndyCar spotter guide for the 2015 season, in time for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida this weekend. Thanks to Andy Blackmore Design for the heads up on the FREE download:

indycar spotter guide 2015

Download Link: https://d1b8ufspcmikd1.cloudfront.net/~/media/Files/2015/IndyCarSeries/02-STP/indycar_spotterguide.pdf?vs=1&d=20150323T152844

You could also view detailed driver/car info on the IndyCar web site: http://www.indycar.com/Drivers and there’s even a page for the Holmatro Safety Team that travels around following the IndyCar circus: http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDYCAR-101/Safety/Holmatro-Safety-Team

There doesn’t appear to be any links to pages about the ordinary Flag & Track Marshals or how to volunteer in those roles on the site, too bad!

I’m hoping to make an IndyCar event this season.

Updated United States Grand Prix Formula One Spotter Guide

Since the last time I posted an F1 Spotter Guide for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, there have been changes. Caterham and Marussia both pulled out and are seemingly going through financial hardships. While this is in no way a Motorsports news site, it’s important to reflect the starting grid more accurately as the spotter guides are a necessary component of a marshal’s kit. But if I were to make a comment on the happenings, I am amazed that we won’t see these four backmarkers in Austin, I had no idea teams could do that – simply pull out from an event.

2014 Formula 1 USGP spotter guide

Special thanks to Andy Blackmore Design for his excellent work with this unofficial spotter guide. Download the full scale version directly from his web site: www.SpotterGuides.com 

I’m off to Texas tomorrow… Yeeeee Haawww!

Daytona 24 Hour Spotter Guide released

One of the most important marshal aides leading up to an event has been released by IMSA… the Spotter Guide! While I have always been a huge fan of Andy Blackmore’s ALMS spotter guides over the years, they have gotten even fancier now with the merged series, and I’m so glad they produced them.

spotter guide daytona 24

The spotter guide allows marshals to identify a car when car #’s are not clearly visible, this is done using the livery of the vehicle or in some cases even driver’s helmets. So behold the new spotter guide available for donwload here: http://www.spotterguides.com/ (spotter guide download link: http://www.spotterguides.com/tudor-uscc/)

Thanks Andy for a job well done! See you at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. Cheers!