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Monday, July 28 2014 @ 11:03 AM CDT
Contributed by: RLRescue
What a weekend! WOW is about the best word... followed closely by whew [forhead wipe].
Friday started with a number of flat tows and then a Mayday into the wall at Johnson Road. Driver was fine but the car needed to be tilted off. Later Friday we get a call for a car fire at 4. The "CarBQ" there caused a red flag and took Brandon, myself and Jim to get out. There were a couple of times that both Brandon and I thought the BIR truck would have to deal with it, but our teams perseverance prevailed and it was out before the BIR truck got to the incident. We still used the rig for overhaul before tilting that car off. Many thanks to Dan at BIR for his help.
Saturday didn't really lighten up at all. we had numerous flat tows over the course of the day. About mid afternoon during the 10 lap sprint race we had two cars get together at 7 and end up in 8. The race was red flagged (great call by the corner staff there as it was the RIGHT call for the scenario). The big excitement came at the end of the day when during the Pace Lap one of the cars was dumping oil as he left pit lane. Mike at 1 called it in to stop the lap, but because of the need to work thru a race steward and the speed of the pace lap the car ended up oiling the entire track. The cleanup took 25 minutes before we got things started again for the Sprint race. After the race started we ended up with a car off drivers left at 4 in a bad spot so Rescue One was dispatched in race traffic to go fetch and remove. That finished out the day with the added note that race Control got hammered with radio traffic during the last few laps after the car had been cleared. Chris, with the help of Bruce, did a great job under VERY difficult conditions Saturday afternoon.
Sunday (actually Friday and Saturday too) provided a number of cleanups for gravel and a couple of tows, but the brief rain shower mid endurance race provided the inevitable crash on the front straight. After a delay for debris clean-up the restart provided some entertainment, as the still wet front straight was run (by choice) in single file for about 4 laps. It's pretty entertaining to watch a gaggle of cars come out of ten and see then all get single file to traverse the dragstrip for multiple laps. It went far better than most road construction single lane stuff and was really fun to watch. We finished sunday with the fiberglass door from a car actually coming apart and coming off the car on the front straight during the last DE session.
A welcome to Nolan a new rescue person that assisted us this weekend. About the only thing we didn't get to do was an extrication, but I think myself, the team and the race group are ok with that detail.
Next event on the calendar is Ojibwe. otherwise I'll see some of you at PCA in September...Stay safe.
Headwaters is less than 2 weeks out as of this writing. Still can use some help for this one day event. The last few months have gone by fast. The track events for RLR have been for the most part quiet, with nothing more than flat tows. I have heard of response vehicles getting hit by race cars, and some major issues at other events, so thankfully we have not had to work that hard. Those working for us ARE the best in the business and the safety record for our events shows and has been complemented by members of the groups we serve. Thank you to ALL our staff.
June brings in a couple of more events as well as July, Pleas put Ojibwe on the calendar for August and stay safe....
Merry Christmas to all! (no, I'm not going to be politically correct.)
I and my family hope that all of you have a happy holiday season in you celebrations and family visits.
The annual social is scheduled for 1/18/14. As in the past it will be here in Hopkins and accommodations for overnights can be provided with sufficient notice of plans. I will take names and counts for planning for food and beverage. I am also taking suggestions for food and beverages. Just remember the if you suggest I will expect you to show to help consume your request. If you need details or directions let me know and I will get them to you.
for now BIR has the calendar up but a number of the race groups don't have the dates up yet, so I am guessing the the BIR calendar will get tweaked as the groups confirm dates. I'll post in the calendar what I know as I get confirmations of dates...
LSPR: Other than the rollover on the practice stage (visions of ojibwe dancing in ones head) the event went well. The Uphill is now the Goal Post with new paint, and some remodeling. Tina may regain her senses and not schedule vacation during the event next year.
Couple of items of note on that front, Dean has a daughter getting married a few weeks before the event and has stepped down as Chair. The leaves an opening for the position and there is a possibility that the event may move host cities and roads this next year. Fell free to contact members of the LSPR staff that are on the committee and pass along to them how you feel about moving the venue. The time to do that is NOW, before the venue changes.
Although a possible option for a new chair has made themselves known to Dean, the email to the committee hinted about the venue change. MY gut says, that option will move the venue to the lower peninsula, and the city of Atlanta, MI. Use of the Sno*Drift roads without snow. There are other options but the hinting that the roads used for LSPR would change strongly suggests that. There are already rally roads, rally savvy folk there, and a host city that understands what is going on. For rescue that translates into 4 more drive hours, They pretty much have rescue covered as the local ambulance service is based in Atlanta with all stages starting less than 10 minutes from base. Whatever Sno*Drift does now (without the MN contingent help) will not require our help if this move occurs. We in essence will become spectators for this event. I will update you as I find out more.
With the end of the season there are a couple of dates for you to make note of:
First, the annual social event is planned for Saturday, the weekend of January 18. This is the usual RLR event with beverage and other goodies provided. Start time is after 16:00 at Red Light HQ. If you are staying the night let me know so we can plan for breakfast Sunday.
Second: the chili off is this coming weekend. If you are registered thru the Rallymaster site you should have details. This event is in St. Paul on Saturday night and is kind of a pot luck event with the participants being asked to provide the main course. Prizes are awarded for chili and non-chili food items. A great place to get to sample MANY different Chilis and desserts. The rally movie "Easier Said Than Done" will be playing as well at this event. If you need details please advise...
Until December then, Have a great thanksgiving and play safe....
The 2013 Ojibwe provided way more fun than past events. With the return of the National Series Ojib again got the "big boys" back for this running.
The fun actually started on Tuesday with an all day test session from 10am to 5 pm, Attendance was a little light, and 95+ degrees with no wind and no AC in the truck made for a tough day.
Wednesday provided more of the same with Ken Block having exclusive use of the stage for 3 hours and then the masses for the last three. The masses did not disappoint, as they managed to roll a car in the stage. That rollover was pulled to the end of the stage and the stage then resumed without further incident. (footnote: the rolled car was back for the start of the rally on Friday.)
Thursday provided Recce fun and entertainment as the rather large pickup truck for crew 48 managed to get off the road at about a 40 degree angle and high center the truck. With Devons help, he and I extricated the vehicle to the disbelief of a couple of on-lookers.
Friday provided the largest part of the entertainment value of the weekend (sans the 8am knock on my room door on Sunday). Whilst sitting at the intersection of Steamboat and Spur 2, I had a rally car stop and inquire if I had a radio as there was a rally car on fire on the stage. I did, it got reported and when it was safe I was sent to the car to assist the Start Medical (Devon) with putting it out. After exhausting most of our resources we decided that "defensive" was best and that keeping it out of the trees was the best plan. The Facebook Photo was taken shortly after the gas tank breached and although impressive we were VERY thankful that the heat was short lived and the tree went out. Devon and I got to rescue Akeley fire as well as after the fire was out they managed to drop a full sized pumper tire off the road going past other vehicles on the road, so Devon and I went into action and pulled them out too.
Sunday was interesting as after the party some of the party goers of the group ended up on a boat after bar time and one awoke on the beach having "time traveled" from the boat to the beach (dry) in an apparent instant. The 8am knock was to allow for the use of the rest room and then to find the way back home. Debannering went as expected with the rather LARGE severe storm rolling in just after we got out of the woods.
Next up two BIR trips and then LSPR.... Stay safe!
Monday, August 05 2013 @ 09:42 AM CDT
Contributed by: RLRescue
The new track at BIR provided for some fun race watching during the PCA National event. When was the last time you watched a three wide pack enter 4? Now that will get your heart pumping. From a rescue standpoint between Jim and I, we were kept busy all weekend. Numerous flat tows over the three days and 5 cars that didn't go home like they arrived. The carnage included: Blown engine in 1 a nose to tail at about 4 (the nose lost, but both drove in), a driver that felt he could beat mother nature and lined up on the left drag line with a wet front straight (all four corners and about 6 spins) and lastly during the race, a racing porsche lost it at 10 came to a stop in front of victory circle sideways in the line and got t-boned by a second race porsche. Spendy crash...Watching that was a (in my best Scooby voice) Roouuut Roooowwwww.
Next up is Ojibwe. We are still looking for teams to staff that so if you are not getting those e-mails and want them let me know, but more inportant is that if you are planning on being there let me know. I am currently 2 teams short for this event.
Red Light has two remaining race events. PCA 9/20-22 and Quattro 10/5 Watch for e-mails on those and be safe out there.
With the completion of both the Slowpokes event and the BMW event RLR's activities at BIR are complete for June. Slowpokes provided a quiet day with no incidents to talk about. This makes it about the 3rd or 4th event for them that is incident free.
BMW was not as lucky. On Saturday we had a car get wide at 12, find it's way back to the track and at the same time traction. That combination coupled with the aim at the wall drivers left launched the car into the wall drivers left just past twelve. Other than ego and a nice 1990's BMW there were no other injuries. Sunday was no better with the day ending in a rollover at 11. A driver broke the rear end loose at 11 got sideways, corrected and the counterskid took the car off drivers right at 11 and sideways into the pea gravel. the pea gravel did what it's supposed to do and stopped the tires. unfortunately the top part of the car was still moving faster than that and the car ended up upside down. Again no injuries, and my complements to staff and RLR folk as the clear time was 10 minutes on that.
Look for July e-mails in a couple of weeks as those two events are rescue only events.
Well as I sit here writing in my WARM home, I can say that it is was an interesting weekend at the "revised" BIR track. Between the cold on Friday, the rain and cold on Saturday, Sunday was actually pretty tolerable with sunshine and warmer temps.
Between Friday and Saturday Rescue was kept busy with 4 cars into the walls, We had one DR just past Johnson Road, One DR between 5 and 6, One DR just past 13, and one DL brushing Victory Circle and stopping just before impact with the pit lane wall in front of Comm Tech.
Observation is that the new configuration is far faster with the PCA Race cars turning 1:53 laps on the big course. By comparison John Schaller was turning 1:38 laps in a Formula Atlantic on the long course. I am told that Gary Curtiss was saying on a Brainerd station this winter that Jed and Kristi wanted to have the fastest road course in North America and that they do. I am not going to argue that point.
Our next event is Quattro I'll see some of you there. All of you play safe and I'll talk at you soon.