Letâ€™s get this baby resurrected for the new year!
I have plenty of questions, so any help would be appreciated. I am more than willing to call someone direct, if easier, but I thought maybe others would have the same questions?
First off, I am intending on running the driverâ€™s school this year (provided I can get the car done). I also plan to have the car on track for the entire season. I have some commitments that will force me to miss an event here or there but a friend of mine will step in during those instances. My goal for the year (myself) is that I would like to get my full licence (and by proxy my SCCA licence).
- Licence â€“ If I am reading correctly it takes 4 completed races, at a minimum, to be granted a full WHRRI licence. And a full licence is valid to obtain a SCCA one? Yes there is a minimum number of races you need to successfully complete (safely/without incident) to be considered for a full WHRRI license. But also if you complete the WHRRI school, you can apply for an SCCA license because it is an SCCA accredited school.
- Rookie â€“ What is the requirement, in terms of races completed, to remain a rookie? I'm not really sure about this since generally you'd want to progress from rookie status. Randy Smith is your licensing guru.
- Season pre-pay â€“ Is this by driver, or by car? Because of the aforementioned situation it would still be prudent to pre-pay if it were for the car since the intent is that the car is there every race weekend. I believe it is by driver. Keep in mind that the prepay (in the past anyhow) gives you 6 weekends for the price of 5 so it could be a wash if you're going to make it to 5. Also, I'd recommend doing a WHRRI Life Membership if you're buying a track pack because after the second year, you're up $100 at least (not to mention other discounts). Something to consider.
- Points â€“ It is for the driver, not the car, correct? Points are for the driver. In the unfortunate case that your car couldn't run, you could drive another for points (in the same class).
- Reserved Paddock Space â€“ Does the whole season need to be pre-paid in order to reserve one? Yes
- Weekend â€œsplittingâ€ â€“ Obviously a co-driver can run in the â€œcrew chiefâ€ group â€“ but can the races be split in a weekend? In other words, does the same driver have to run in the Saturday class race and the Sunday class race? If not, is there a penalty (like starting last on grid) for switching? I believe the car would have to start from the back if you switch but I am not positive. Otherwise, you could have someone else qualify for you and then get in the car in that position for the race. It wouldn't be fair or safe to have an experienced driver, for example, finish at the front and then potentially have a lesser experienced driver start from the front for the next time on track. Someone else, please confirm?
- Championship race â€“ Similarly, other than not being included in the championship points, is there any â€œpenaltyâ€ (even unwritten) for skipping the championship race in a weekend? There isn't so much of a specific "championship race" as I believe it's just the last weekend of the year is called that since many class championships come down to the last weekend or even the last race on Sunday.
And these were seemingly answered elsewhere but I wanted to post them in case I misinterpreted in any way:
Points â€“ All 12 races count for points (there are no drops) Each weekend if you race in one class consists of qualifying and a class race for points on Saturday. On Sunday there is a second race for points followed by a "feature" race that does not count toward the class championship points. So really it's 2 races each weekend that count toward class championships.
Car Number assigned â€“ generally can pick own, but someone who is doing the full season can reserve it Yes, as long as your number is not already used by a returning WHRRI driver in the same class.
Physical â€“ SCCA physical form would work for WHRRI Yes. And a little tip from experience is make several copies of this form after it is fully complete. Depending on your age you can use it for multiple years (see form) but will need to submit one each year. WHRRI does NOT keep this on file. Have your doctor keep one in your file, too, just in case you misplace your copies. Saves having to get the physical in a pinch when you planned on submitting your paperwork the next year
I know I will have more, but this should sum it up from the first go-roundâ€¦
Spec Neon #41 (hopefully)