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Watkins Glen registration now open!

We’re only a few weeks away from our annual trip to the Watkins Glen international circuit. Most of our members don’t need an introduction to the Glen, but did you know it hosted the US F1 race for 20 years from 1961 to 1980?

We will run open lapping and an HPDE school on Monday September 9th, and open lapping and the time trial on Tuesday September 10th.

You can register for the event here.

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Please review our 2019 Rule Book  for safety and car requirements.  If you have any rules questions you can email our Chief Steward at rules@comscc.org.

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) please keep an eye on our Event Announcement Section on the forum or contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org.

If you want to drive up a day early, the Hilliard US Vintage Grand Prix takes place on September 8th. Want to make it a family trip? Check out some of the best wineries in the region!

See you at The Glen!

Palmer (Clockwise) registration now open!

As you may recall, our COMSCC August event at Palmer Motorsports Park was to be run in the direction decided by our members. The results of the poll are in and the majority of our members voted for the clockwise direction (a.k.a the New Way).

Registration for the event is now open and you can sign up on the registration page here.

Garages can now be reserved directly on MSR when ou register. Please remember, our last event was sold out so we would highly recommend registering ASAP!

Palmer 3 - 2019

Please review our 2019 Rule Book  for safety and car requirements.  If you have any rules questions you can email our Chief Steward at rules@comscc.org.

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) please keep an eye on our Event Annoucement Section on the forum or contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org.

Event announcement:

On to Thompson Speedway!

Almost half the season is already over, and next up on the COMSCC schedule is our HPDE and Time Trial at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Thompson has been a racetrack since 1940, and the 1.7 mile course offers plenty of technical, challenging corners and a high speed entry onto the start finish straight. We will run open lapping and an HPDE school on Friday July 19th, and open lapping and the time trial on Saturday July 20th.

Our Thompson events are generally sold out, so make sure you sign up ASAP on the Thompson Registration Page.

Thompson

Please review our 2019 Rule Book  for safety and car requirements.  If you have any rules questions you can email our Chief Steward at rules@comscc.org.

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) please keep an eye on our Event Annoucement Section on the forum or contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org

Register for Circuit Mont-Tremblant now!

Tremblant FB 2019

COM is once again returning to Circuit Mont-Tremblant!  Our much-anticipated return to this legendary track last year was a tremendous success.  If you went last year you already know you want to get back there.  If you missed it last year do not miss this incredible opportunity.  This is a Monday-Tuesday event on 6/24-6/25.  For students making the trip to this high-speed haven we will be offering instruction on both day one and day two as needed.  You can register HERE.

Did you know Circuit Mont-Tremblant was the host of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in 1968 and 1970?  This is an amazing circuit located in one of the most beautiful and enjoyable venues.  If you have never been then follow these two steps:

1.) Check out the video below to get a taste of what this place is all about.

2.) Sign up immediately to drive one of the best tracks in North America!

A few more items:  You will need a passport to cross the border in to Canada and back into the US.  It is highly recommended to have paperwork (registration and/or title) for all vehicles that will be crossing the border.  Yes the one on your trailer too.  You can call your car insurance company and they should be able to mail you a Canadian insurance card that will cover you in the event something happens on the drive up.  Here is a link to some good advice for crossing the border:

Tips for Driving Across the Border into Canada

Don’t be intimidated by the drive up to this track.  It is the exact same travel distance as Watkins Glen.  The Mont Tremblant area is beautiful.  It has many family-friendly things to do in the summer and there are oodles of houses and condos for rent.

All other event details and information can be found on our web forum HERE

  • If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net
  • If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org
  • Please review our 2019 Rule Book  for safety and car requirements.  If you have any rules questions you can email our Chief Steward at rules@comscc.org 

David Wittmer driving his Miata around Circuit Mont Tremblant

 

Event announcement:

Registration for Palmer 2 is open!

Registration for our second HPDE driver school and time trial event of the year is now open. This is the first time COMSCC is running Palmer Motorsports Park in the newer clockwise direction!

The event is a Saturday-Sunday event on 6/1-6/2. You can register HERE.

Garage rentals this year will be handled directly by our MotorSportsReg signup – make sure you add a garage before checkout if you need one.  All other event details and information can be found on our web forum HERE 

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net.

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) contact our Chief of Event Operations: comoperations@comcast.net

Palmer 2 - 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

Registration for Palmer 1 now open – our first event of the year!

Registration for our first HPDE driver school and time trial event at Palmer Motorsports Park is now open!

The event is a Saturday-Sunday event on 4/27-4/28. You can register HERE.

Garage rentals this year will be handled directly by our MotorSportsReg signup – make sure you add a garage before checkout if you need one.  All other event details and information can be found on our web forum HERE

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: operations@comscc.org

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) contact our Chief of Event Operations: comoperations@comcast.net

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