COM Sports Car Club News

Here you will find club news and announcements.

Event announcement:

The 2020 season kicks off at Thompson!

These are difficult times, but we have some great news!

Our board of directors has decided to move forward with our event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday and Saturday July 17-18!
This will be our first event for 2020. Due to social distancing regulations and guidelines we will not be able to offer in-car instruction, and this event will be for COMSCC licensed drivers only. Drivers that possess recognized competition credentials with other organizations are encouraged to reach out to our Chief Instructor (chiefinstructor@comscc.org) for consideration.

To further ensure the safety and enjoyment for all members, we are limiting this event to 75 participants. We anticipate this event will fill up fast, so please register early to ensure you get a spot.  This is a Time Trial event so participants will receive 2 Participation Points (see section J in the COMSCC Event and Time Trial rules).

There is going to be a LOT of track time! The first day is practice with four twenty to thirty minute sessions, or more.  The second day is a Time Trial with two twenty to thirty minute practice sessions, the Time Trial, and then open track until the checker at 5pm.  If you’ve never run a time trial with COM, you owe it to yourself to indulge in this form of competition.  Our points-based car classification system will fit your car into one of our 8 Touring classes for street cars, or one of our 6 Super classes for more modified or purebred race cars.

To ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff, and to help our venue remains open and operating, we will comply with all CDC, state, local and venue-specific requirements, and we will be limiting the event to drivers and staff only. Unfortunately, we are sorry to report that this means we are unable to safely offer student instruction at this time.  Also, no ride along of any kind will be allowed. All social distancing and PPE requirements shall be enforced. For the most up to date information on the guidelines refer to these CT state links:

General COVID-19 

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Environmental-Health/COVID-19   

Latest Guidance: 

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Latest-Guidance

Our forum contains up to date information on event FAQ’s:

https://www.comscc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5999

Registration opens on Wednesday on MSR. The link is below:

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/thompson-hpde-time-trial-speedway-motorsports-park-com-sports-car-club-209941?utm_source=apis&utm_medium=apim&utm_campaign=apic&utm_content=json

COMSCC Palmer May 30-31 has been postponed

Hi Folks,

Due to the continued shut down and mandates by state and local authorities, our BoD has decided to postpone our event at Palmer Motorsports Park that was scheduled for May 30-31. We are working with PMP to reschedule this event for later in the season. Stay tuned for more details. For now, there will be no further changes to the schedule with regard to the remaining events.

As with the test day and NHMS 1, those participants that have registered for the event will have their CC charges refunded (including dues you may have paid….so you may have to re-up the next time you register for an event). Participants who used previously issued credits will have those credits carried forward.

While we are on the subject of credits – COM shall extend all current credits a full year longer and these will be retained through all of 2021.

So far, 2020 has been about facing some serious challenges. A number of our members are medical professionals who are fighting for the lives for those under their care every day, while doing everything they can to keep themselves and their families safe from contamination. Please keep them in your thoughts, and if you have the means, please donate to your locally organized efforts however you can. We have many members with essential jobs that have been quietly keeping things moving forward while still assuming risk. Do what you can to keep them working. For some of us, it truly has been interesting to see just how much actual work can take place from home for the bulk of other industries and technologies in the area. Online meetings have become a critical component in how things get done. Lastly, please remember that while some of us have been fortunate enough to retain employment, there have been a number that have been furloughed or laid off. If you are a business owner and are searching for new employees, please reach out on our forum and see if a fellow member that is unemployed is a fit for your needs. In short, let’s take care of each other.

Eventually, COM will be back on the track and better than ever once we are out of the woods with this thing. That is a promise. There will be more news to follow very soon.

Until then, keep fighting the good fight,

Troy Velazquez – President

Event announcement:

Schedule Update

Schedule Update

At present, our event at Palmer on May 30-31 is still on the schedule, though registration is currently closed as we, assuming the event goes forward, may have to restructure things a bit in order to have a safe event. We are looking at options for this, but know that our first priority is to the safety of our members, functional staff, and venue partners. We will post updates as soon as possible.

Our event at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant has been postponed for the 2020 season. Since this venue is a club favorite, we can tell you that this decision was not an easy one, but given the current climate of the COVID-19 crisis, and adding in the complications of border crossings (the border is still closed to non-essential traffic at the moment), lodging, and the fact that this event takes place during weekdays when a good portion of our region may be going back to work, played into the discussion. Individuals that have registered for this event will see a full refund within the next week.
The rest of our schedule from July on remains unchanged for now.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to one of our board members or staff.

NHMS event on April 25-26 has been cancelled

Due to the recent order in New Hampshire of non essential businesses to shut down prior to May 4, our BoD has decided to cancel our event at NHMS that was scehduled for April 25-26.

As with the test day, those participants that have registered for the event will have their CC charges refunded (including dues you may have paid….so you may have to re-up the next time you register for an event). Participants who used previously issued credits will have those credits carried forward.

These are critical times, but COM’s leadership team continues to plug away with business-as-usual. We are fully aligned and acting in the best interests of the club, the membership, as well as our venue partners. That said, we are preparing to host events this season and members are encouraged to contact us through the usual channels. As news develops, we will continue to reach out to the group and keep you informed.

Until then….use your self quarantine time to get those cars ready!

Test Day at Palmer canceled

After a discussion (online), the COM Board of Directors have decided to cancel the test day event at Palmer that was scheduled for April 11. All current registrants have been notified. For now, this is the only change to the schedule, but we will continue to keep you up to date on additional developments just as soon as they happen. Live Board of Directors meetings are suspended until further notice, but the board will continue to communicate online. The website has been updated and displays the BoD members names for 2020. If you have concerns that the BoD should address, please reach out to a listed BoD member, or to membership@comscc.org.

Test Day at Palmer!

Great News! COM has booked a test day at Palmer (clockwise) for April 11, 2020. This will be limited to TT license holders. Time to get those cars out from under your garage junk and get them ready to go! The format is….there is no format! We will be running open track all day. Here is the best part. This will be one of Palmer’s loud days, the noise limit for the track will be bumped up to 100 dBa for this event only. The price is 225 to play, which, if you’ve been paying attention, is the cheapest price around to get this amount of track time, regardless of the time of year. I strongly suggest you take advantage of this opportunity. Please use the link below to get started.

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/palmer-test-day-tt-license-holders-only-motorsports-park-com-sports-car-club-595968

2020 COMSCC Season

COM Members,

It is 2020, and your Board of Directors has been hard at work getting things ready! There are lots of great things in the works to talk about, but first, I’d like to take a quick look back to the decade in review.

The club has had a very successful run over the last 10 years, primarily due to the ground work laid by those that came before us. If it were not for the efforts of the folks that have given so much of their time and energy to the club, such as Will Martins, John Spain, Nate Hine, Bill Hosselbarth, Paul Shearer, Mark Swinehart, Stephan de Penasse, Tom Cannon, and a host of others that literally could fill pages upon pages in the sixty-two year history of this club, we would not be where we are. These are the folks that have kept us focused and our path true. The ability of the club over the years to be as member centric and fiscally responsible as it has been are a testament to the example they set and serve as a guide for us as we move forward into a new decade.

There are some new people on the Board this year, and they are already injecting fresh ideas and energy into what we do. We welcome Jason Gannett and Robert Steenson to the Board, and Jon Cowen who has joined the executive team as COM’s new Secretary. Special thanks to Jeff Wasilko who had held the position for the last decade! I’d also like to extend thanks to exiting BoD members James Ray and Matt LeBlanc who served in 2019, and helped us grow and accomplish goals in new areas.

So, what’s new?

Mobile Application – for 2020, we’ll be moving to a new mobile application. The company supporting the previous platform we used has gone belly up, and we were offered a similar deal by another provider. Jeff Wasilko has taken on this task and we should be up and running on the platform very soon. Stay tuned for updates.

COM iRacing League – members Chad Fox, Jon Cowen, Nick Fontana and Bert Schmitz continue to grow the league into a professionally run, organized activity that is useful for building driving skill, reinforces tack etiquette, and is above all, fun. If you are going to take sim racing seriously, this is the group with which to involve yourself. Feel free to reach out them through the FB page.

MotorsportReg – you may notice that the look of MSR has changed to be a little less generic and is more club-centric. As we move forward, the MSR team along with our critical event staff may begin to take advantage of new features that will affect how we manage membership, licensing, financial incentives, etc. Members Peter Fontana and Sash Dias will be hard at work to see that any changes we make are tested and will work upon launch, along with a broadcast to the group.

Venues – relationships with our venue partners are as strong as ever. Our feedback is that COM is a well-respected, professionally run, and organized outfit with fast drivers that are safe, have good track etiquette, and are very respectful to the track officials and staff. I have been told directly by our venue partners that this is an increasing rarity in a market that is becoming flooded with DE clubs whose operations are disorganized, passing etiquette that is borderline dangerous, and do not staff to appropriate levels both in numbers and in quality. In short, we have a good thing going. Let’s keep it up!

Membership – we have a burgeoning group of newer people that continue to breathe life and enthusiasm into what we do. Members Eddy Segal, Brandon Travassos, and Chris Taylor are among the group that is leading the charge to the new…..but guys….it is still called “Time Trialing”.  😊 

Staff – there are some new faces and a bit of shifting around that has taken place. BoD member Tom Cannon has moved from Operations to Chief Steward. BoD member Dennis Herrick has stepped forward to anchor event operations. Accounting duties are now being split by members Mikhael El-Bayeh and Emily Berthier. Will Martins continues to do double duty as Treasurer and Chief Instructor, and VP, Dave Lemoine and I will continue to float to wherever there is a need.

Instructors – what an amazing group we have. These are the best in the region, hands down. Members of this group will continue to be hand-picked based on the intangible qualities that make a great COM instructor. That is to say, it is not enough that one possesses the knowledge to sit in the passenger seat and using only words, get a student safely through an event, but to do so while also promoting our culture, and conveying the expectations of good citizenship within our group are key aspects.

Two pages is probably enough, so I’ll stop here. I’m super excited for the upcoming season, and for the future in general. Stay tuned for more news and information in the coming weeks.

We will see you at the track!

Regards,

Troy Velazquez
President – COM Sports Car Club