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Ahles and Associates, L.L.C. dba:
Red Light Rescue
Red Light Rescue
Providing Motorsports Rapid Response Teams and Event Operations Staff

Photo of Fleet After Ojibwe 2005 (RLR Numbers-if different)
(Pictured L-R: Rescue One, Rescue (R10), Rescue 3 (R12), Rescue (R3), Rescue 2 (R11), Rescue 9, Rescue 8)
Not Pictured: Rescue 5, Rescue 6, Rescue 7, Rescue 41, Rescue 42, Rescue 51)
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 Sunday, November 17 2019 @ 11:00 AM EST

News from NS and RA

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Current NewsWell it's almost spring, but from the temps over the weekend you wouldn't have guessed that. From the Nord Stern event, the weekend consisted of a number of flat tows and REALLY wet weather to go with the cold. Friday was mostly cold only, but by the end of the night the rain had moved in so Saturday started on the short track in the rain. The rain held on for most of the morning with the afternoon clearing up from the rain but not the clouds. Thus with no real sun to speak of, it stayed pretty cold and damp. Overnight the temps REALLY dropped and there was snow on the ground in the grass and on the cars at the start of the day. Another day on the short track and an early finish still made the day enjoyable for all. From a humor standpoint, Rescue One even had to pull out the shrink wrap to help 4. The west wind was coming right at him in the station so we wrapped the west wall of the station to provide a wind break for the worker (Mike B) It cut down on the wind about 80% so Mike was grateful. But still was a drive by shrink wrapping.

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April News

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Current NewsWell, past April Fools Day and there is news. First, Nord Stern has retained RLR services as has the BMW club for this season. Towards that end I have posed the next two events and when I get them on the white board I'll respond to those that replied.

As for BIR there will be some changes this year...
Bill and Russ are no longer working for the track. Bill will be around as a guest, but I am not sure of Russ and his plans.

Laura has also NOT been retained for the first event as Corner Coordinator. NS-PCA has retained the services of Bruce Retka for that task. Red Light has always supported whomever is in charge of the corner staff and we will support Bruce in this new role.

Let me know if you are planning on attending thru e-mails and see you in a few weeks.
 
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March News

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Current NewsA good day to you all. March has arrived and with it the start of the racing season is less than 2 months away. As of this writing it looks like the season for Red Light will look a lot like last season. All of our anticipated dates are posted.

There are a couple of changes this season, the first being the loss of Bill Johnson at the track as track staff. He'll still be around as the parting was on good terms so look for him at events as a worker. The second change is in the corner staff director for Nord Stern. I am told that they are going to try something different at the first event and see how it goes. Although RLR was not part of the choice to make the change (that is a Nord Stern decision and we do NOT interfere with that part of their business) I have been in contact with the new person and we are working well together. I hope that the first event goes well for him.

That about covers the news I have for this month, look for the first round of e-mails for help in about 2 weeks. Enjoy your Spring and let's start looking for something other than white ground (like GREEN grass)

 
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2011 Update

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Current NewsHey All, I hope Santa was good to you and yours. Couple of things of interest for the next season. As usual the rumor mill is still alive and well. I have verified one rumor as fact and have sketchy details about a second one. When I find out the Facts I will post what I can.

The annual RLR party had some new faces this year and even a couple of folks staying the night. It appears that the January date is the better option so look for that again next year.

For those of you getting 1099's I have sent you the amounts and I'll be sending those off to be prepared. You should have them shortly.

Lastly say on the top side of the snow and stay warm.
 
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Happy Holidays

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Current NewsI hope you had a great Thanksgiving and would like to wish you and yours a happy holiday season. I expect that you have a number of parties and events to attend, so please take due care in your travels and activities during these next few weeks.

Just a quick note to remind you that the Annual Red Light Event is scheduled for Jan 15. Please mark your calendar.

Annual event details to follow during the next week or so.
 
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Dates and Updates

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Current NewsWith LSPR in the books, the car season is for the most part finished for the season. there are a number of dates to add to your calendar for the coming months.

First the annual Chili fest is scheduled for November 13. Watch your e-mail for details. If you have not been to one of these it can best be described as a post rally season social gathering with a Chili cook-off thrown in for entertainment. Categories are car related and the atmosphere is for swapping stories and talking racing or whatever. It is a good time if you choose to attend.

Second date is the annual RLR social. This date is being moved up this year to Jan 15 The suggestion was made at LSPR and based on past attendance it would appear that folks are looking for something to do during the winter months.

Third, dates for Ojib this coming year are 8/25-27.

Enjoy the harvest months and stay safe.
 
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BIR Season Closes for Cars on the Road Course

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Current NewsThe season for cars by the time of this writing should be about finished at BIR for this year. At the last event for RLR the Nord Stern folks did not disappoint. With Multiple Falt tows over the weekend and a major crash on the front straight we were kept busy all weekend. Many thanks to all who have assisted this season.

After participating at the Trans Am race this year it is nice to see that SCCA has returned to the track. It was fun to see all of the faces that have been missing for so long at the track. The downside is that the corporate culture that left with that group has not changed so it was just like it was when they left. If you had a good experience or a less than pleasant one with this group you can expect more of the same as a number of the faces and roles are the same. For those that are not happy with these comments remember that this is MY opinion and that I have not had what could be termed the best of experiences with some of the attitudes I have encountered with this group in the past and this this event showed me that nothing has really changed in that group. I would hope that if you had good time in the past that you had good times at this event. 'nuff said.

In my discussions With Gary from the Driving School I would expect that things will remain the same with them next year. There has been some rumors floating (like THAT ever happens) that the corner staffing might be different but that remains at the hands of the track and Gary to decide. I do not think that those changes will effect RLR. On the positive side of things the changes this year will result in fewer 1099's being sent this year. (Woo Hoo!)

Lastly LSPR is still on the calendar and they are still in need of rescue help and workers for the event. It is a one day event this year because of a lawsuit from another part of the country against one of the big timber companies unrelated to our event. It sucks that that is the way things work but one bad user and stupid lawsuit closes all of their properties to those of use that use and respect what we have as an option. Thus most of the north parts (the old Saturday stuff) is no longer and option. Travel plans are the same with a later Thursday departure for the Rescue One crowd. I'd welcome you to caravan with us.

Enough for now. More after LSPR...Play safe in the meantime.
 
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August News

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Current NewsDuring July, RLR assisted an EMT class with hands on extrication training. I am told that the training went really well with the students talking about it for the rest of the class. I know that the instructor was well pleased as well and we should see some additional opportunities for future events with his future classes.

Heading into this month (august) was interesting. The Nord Stern folks did not disappoint at the National Event. The day started with a 911 doing the rollover maneuver in 2. Had the corner station been rebuilt it would again be gone. The car landed in the same place as the last 2 911's did.

Paul was kept busy with a number of flat tows for the rest of the day (Friday). Saturday it was Brandons turn with most of the tows going to him. Jim did get to run an play somewhat nut for the most part he had the quiet locations to work from (excepting his front row seat to the rollover). Sunday had the Lunacy sprint race and we watched as one of the cars get bucho points for style on a wet front straight. With 6-8 rotations and no wall contact the first time. Unfortunately the second time was not the charm and the car tagged the wall on a second rotation the second time it got loose.

That about summed up the weekend, Ojibwe is the next event on the calendar and as of this writing an still looking for 2-3 crews for the event. please let me know of any options as I can really use the help.

Play safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.
 
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July News and update

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Current NewsWell this month started out with a new situation that I have not had to deal with in the 14 years prior to starting this operation. Fortunately for Red Light the issue was not with a member of our staff at the event. Unfortunately it was with a person that has worked with us in the past and that has led to the rumor mill kicking into high gear.

The long and short of the scenario is this: ANY PERSON showing up at the track that is suspected of being impaired/compromised and is going to be working track side of the fence will be reported to track staff for assessment and remediation regardless of who has hired them for the day.
 
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June News

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Current NewsAs we move into June, the SCCA training School has completed and we know who won Indy and the NASCAR races from the weekend. June for Red Light is a light month for the Corner staff. The next 3 events are for Rescue staff with Corners being handled by others.

The BMW event went well with a small number of tows and no major incidents to speak of. The biggest issue was the birth of a fawn on Saturday morning in the infield. This provided a great deal of concern, as between momma and child they had issues with getting across track safely. Then once across we had issues with them re-crossing during the day Saturday and Sunday. All things considered they were still safe and we did get some interesting photos, but there were a few moments the were a little tense.

Enjoy your weekends and see you at the races...
 
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