COM Sports Car Club News

Here you will find club news and announcements.

Event announcement:

Registration for Palmer on August 8-9 is now open!

COM Members,

As with the Thompson event, 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. HOWEVER… We will be considering a limited number of student members who have run with COM at Palmer before. If you would like to be considered for entry, please register for the event, where you will be put on a wait list, and our Chief Instructor will reach out.  Drivers that possess recognized competition credentials with other organizations are also encouraged to register or reach out to our Chief Instructor (chiefinstructor@comscc.org) for consideration. You will not be charged for the event until you are in.

Due to the short time frame,  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, crew, staff, and immediate family only. Unfortunately, we are sorry to report that this means we are unable to safely offer in-car student instruction at this time.  There will be no passengers of any kind. All social distancing and PPE requirements shall be enforced. For the most up to date information on the guidelines refer to this link:

General COVID-19 https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-public-health-guidance-and-directives

Please RSVP  to the Palmer event on the new COM Mobile Messaging App to get up to date info from our operations team on specifics relating to the event.

Registration is open now! The link is below:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/palmer-2-hpde-time-trial-motorsports-park-com-sports-car-club-505745

Registration for Thompson now open

COMSCC is opening up the 2020 season with at the Thompson Speedway road course on Friday and Saturday July 17-18! Come and enjoy this historic and challenging track and experience COM’s unique blend of camaraderie, sportsmanship and spirit of competition. We welcome drivers with a COMSCC TT Competition license. Drivers that possess recognized competition credentials with other organizations are encouraged to reach out to our Chief Instructor (chiefinstructor@comscc.org) for consideration. Cars of all makes and levels of modification are allowed. (safety rules apply).

You can register for the event here:

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

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.

Please review our 2020 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 at comregistrar@comcast.net

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) please review the following forum thread:
https://www.comscc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5999

If you have any additional questions you may contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org.

See you at Thompson!

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.