COM Sports Car Club News

Archive for April, 2019

The COM 2019 Season is OPEN!!

Greetings COMSCC Members!

Winter is over, 2019 is here, and COM Sports Car Club is moving into its 7th decade of continuous operation. It has been a long journey. The club continues to evolve while remaining true to its ethos, the pinnacle tenet of which is the quest for the perfect lap.

Q: Are we HPDE, or are we a Time Trial (TT) competition outfit?    A: Yes!

For the casual HPDE driver, COM provides a way to enhance focus by having “more skin in the game” while still alleviating the riskier bits of wheel to wheel racing. For the experienced racer, our TT format offers a way to hone one’s skill running qualifying laps in a controlled environment. Our instructors have been hand-picked to deliver a friendly, safe, and above all, fun experience to members of all skill levels. Our TT license holders and instructors are among the best drivers in the region. Many of these drivers are members of endurance racing teams with multiple wins and podium finishes on the record.
In short, COM has something for everyone interested in this kind of motorsport, so members……get the word out. Let’s bring some new faces into the group.

Schedule:

We have a strong schedule of events this year, with dates at Palmer Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen International, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Thompson Motor Speedway, and we finish the season on the epic south oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Visit www.comscc.org to view the schedule, or visit www.motorsportreg.com to register for your next event.

New!!:

New for this year is the addition of a new class; Super E. This is a class that allows the lower horsepower cars that meet the super class requirements a place to compete without having to conform to the rules of the touring classes, which are a little more rigid. Review the rules posted on our website to see if you qualify.

Advanced Coaching:

Our advanced coaching program will continue with COM’s 2018 Instructor of the year, David Wittmer, carrying the torch. The scope of the program may change depending on work load, and the staffing will continue to rotate as needed, but I’m sure we will see the same level of quality that we have enjoyed the last couple of years. Who knows? Maybe I can finally get some help myself.

Aim Solos on loan: 

Also new for 2019, is a loaner program for Aim Solo GPS lap timers. This program is sponsored by Matt Romanowski and https://trailbrake.com/ The Solo2 and Solo2DL units will be available for members to use as part of the advanced coaching program, either on their own or with a coach. As our work load allows, Jeff Wasilko will continue to hold data review sessions for small groups this year, using the AiM devices Matt has loaned us, plus devices members may own as well.

A quick message on volunteerism…

As the club moves forward, there will be positions at the leadership levels that will open as our veteran members decide to move on. This is a perfectly natural thing. Thus, it truly falls to individuals within the membership to step forward to assume some of these critical roles. We have always promoted from within. Our Board of Directors, Administrative and Operations staff, as well as our instructors are all from within our own ranks and is part of why our paddock culture and how we do things is so unique. The crux is…….we NEED you. If you are interested in certain roles within the leadership, please come forward and ask about them.

Communications:

If you haven’t already done so, please download our mobile application. Search “COM Sports Car Club” on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  We use the mobile application two ways. We push out critical communications during events where the public address systems may not provide adequate coverage. We also use it for communications between events for promotions and other benefits, such as perks from our partners at the various race tracks we visit. The application has “in app” text messaging so you can communicate with other members in a convenient way, and there is also a page with links to our other resources such as the website, our forums, our page on Motorsportreg, the classing sheets, and our Time Trial Archive. The archive is updated as results are posted, so it is always up to date, and a super valuable resource to get a snap shot what your competitors have run for lap times in the past.

Social Media:

Don’t forget our Facebook page. We are posting new content daily. COM is branching out on the social side, by offering more ways to get together and share experiences that aren’t necessarily at the race track. One example is COM day at the ballpark. Save the date! Baseball game starts at 7pm, Friday, July 26, 2019. COM Sports Car Club (COMSCC) members and their families are invited to watch the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team play the Nashua Silver Knights, plus see a BIG FIREWORKS show after the game ends!  COM has arranged for group seating behind the Bravehearts dugout on the third base side. Kids will have a chance to meet Bravehearts team mascot Jake the lion and maybe get lucky enough to have him to autograph their souvenir hat. Please put it on your calendar and plan to come and join the fun! Pre-purchase tickets online at www.worcesterbraveheartsgroups.com. The group’s password is all lower case characters: comscc

Swag:

We will be placing the order for our swag in the next week or so. Those of you that registered for the early dues event in MSR should expect a package soon. We are targeting between events one and two depending on how long it takes our supplier. Please bear with us on this. The task to get these items stuffed in mailers and mailed out is quite large. NOTE: If your name is not on the Early Registration Dues event on MSR, you will not receive a package. Never fear…..we will be ordering additional inventory items for sale throughout the season. We will be doing shirts and also a newly designed hat for 2019

Sorry, this is getting wordy, I’m just really excited for the 2019 season and for the future of our club. I plan to follow up this message with a mid season state of the club report. Until then….

I’ll see you at the track.

Troy Velazquez
President – COM Sports Car Club