We have a need for a registration person on our points race days. Raven was committed for the year but has experienced an unexpected change of address. This untimely move has left her with a drive too long for her liking. This is a paid position selling wristbands and race entries. Skills needed are: operating a computer to generate sales receipts, operating a credit card machine, making change, and responsibility for wristbands signing. Andrea will be able to offer onsite training/assistance for the first hours each raceday. Call us to discuss this opportunity.
Join us on March 28 @ 6PM in the CHMS showroom for a racer meeting. We intend to answer ALL questions concerning this “first of it’s kind” series where Junior High students will be racing for themselves and their school. Topics we plan to explain include registration, format, safety, and sportsmanship. Come and learn about this series for rookies, and even seasoned veterans (if there are any). This is a value at $150 cost for 5 race events.
Last fall we were asked if we would allow LO206 engines in our kid kart class along with the traditional Comer. We said we would consider it. Nothing was brought up about the subject all winter or at the racer meeting. Our staff has also has not discussed it and we did not open the discussion at the racer meeting either. Last Sat we had a signup for the year for LO206 kid kart. Sooooo, we WILL be offering this class. In order to keep the competition fair, we will have to take a “work in progress” style approach for the weight and gearing. Keep in mind that while we offer this class as a competition event, it’s primary goal is to teach young drivers how to operate in the racetrack environment.
Well, we have had time, as staff, to digest and agree on the decisions made Sunday. Thank you to all that came and even bigger thank for some good ideas.
The tentative schedule, along with a number of no-change items were confirmed and will be on the website. The manner in which we handle rainouts did change. Oct 6 will be scheduled as our rain date makeup. That date will NOT be a points race UNLESS we have a rainout during the first 14 races. If we have 2, or more, then the makeup will be a double race. In the event of more than 2 rainouts, we will adjust (from 12) the number of races counted for the championship. Weight was changed in JR206 to 320 (up from 310) since our batch of drivers are getting larger. SR206 was asked to be reduced to 350 (from 380) but no decision has been made at this point. Watch for updates.
FRIDAY NIGHT LEAGUE
The tentative schedules for both road course and oval were confirmed. A driver weight change, from 190 to 200, was suggested and will be confirmed in the early stages of session 1 along with the option of using the Kid Kart track once per session. We will now have a victory lap for feature winners. Our season champ will be identified using the best 21 of 24 races this year. Another choice of changing the podium to picture w/kart has been proposed. We would like feedback and watch for updates.
With Matt Bartling accepting the tech position, staffing needs are complete at this point.
Since the elite and premium karts will compete on the big track, together but in separate classes, it was suggested we include LO206 as an addition so that will mean 3 classes run together but scored separately. We have decided that is possible and we will offer that ONLY on races run on the big track. Watch for a complete schedule and formats.
MEMORIAL DAY “BLOCK PARTY”
This has been a fun day for the past two years and we will continue it for 2018. More details but we will furnish sandwiches and ask for a “dish to pass” from you. Rentals, race karts, and social life are the ingredients for a fun day. Mark it down.
We will host a vintage kart race on June 30 sponsored by White Knuckles Scrambles. See their website for details
JR HIGH RACING
We are hosting a “Friday Night League” format for Jr High students. Look for more details in the future but plan to attend the March 28 meeting for ALL the details.
Our racer meeting is about a week away, Feb 11 @ 2PM, and here are some topics for discussion. These are mentioned here so people can have time to consider the response that is best for the sport. Some of these have been contributed by others.
Tentative schedule: Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 19, Jun 9, 23, Jul 21, Aug 4, 11, 25, Sep 8, 15, 22. This gives us 14 races avoiding: Easter, Memorial day, Mothers day, Independence day, Labor day, Cup north and central, as well as hosting Rt 66. Is 14 enough or do we add some in Oct along with the Halloween Gran Prix on Oct 27 or 28? Do we have 0, 1, or 2 drops? Rainouts – makeup as 2017? Start times OK? Raceday separation times OK? How many want points league? Do we increase entry fees to create a larger banquet gift fund? Continue night races? Possible Yamaha shootout Aug 4? Continue Interloop?
FRIDAY NIGHT LEAGUE
Tentative schedule: Session 1 – Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, Jun 1, Session 2 – Jun 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, Session 3 – Aug 10, 17, 24, Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5. Do we change driver weight from 190 to 200? Do we have max 50 driver ballast? Do we makeup rainouts as 2017? Oval races every other raceday? Honor season champ with 19 of 24 races? Do we want a victory lap?
We are looking for a tech person and possibly a corner person for racedays.
We are thinking approximately 10 races separated 2-3 weeks apart. Formats would vary with 12 hr, 1-2-3 hr ironman, several 4-5 hr on the big track with elite and premium, dice and coin, others? Look for more info on this at a later date.
This is the long awaited announcement people have been waiting for. I started this thought well over a year ago with the idea of creating a rental kart, to run on the big track, and have the speed of SR206 or greater. Decisions included; what chassis, what power plant, how much HP, how much torque, gear ratio, which tire, what clutch, and pricing which is affected by a combination of first cost plus maintenance.
These karts will NOT be available for unscheduled practice sessions, like the existing fleets. Practice sessions, called coaching sessions, can be scheduled most days rental karts are available and are required by ALL who wish to drive these in competition events. You must PASS a coaching session to be put on the eligible to drive elite kart list. In order to pass, you must first demonstrate you respect the course by staying on the track, second, be able to run a competitive lap to ensure speed, and third, be responsible for up to $8000 crash damage.
These karts are not intended for everyone and our premium fleet will be geared for use on the big track, at a slower pace, to also run (scored separately) during some endurance events. Look for more details in future posts or attend the racer meeting Feb 11 to voice questions.
Once again we will have our racer meeting on Sun Feb 11 @ 2PM in the track shop. This is a meeting where we try to identify any thoughts or ideas to make 2018 better. This includes competition raceday ideas as well as all rental karts thoughts. If you plan on driving at CHMS in 2018, this meeting is probably worth your time. We will post tentative schedules for consideration prior to the meeting. If you have an idea to improve 2018, please email it to us so we can publicize it for others to consider before arriving. See you on the Sun after the Superbowl and before the Daytona 500.
Starting with race 9, kid karts will return to using the tunnel during their exit from the track. Expecting them to make a VERY sharp turn at the bottom of the hill, avoid track workers, not being distracted by their crew, while braking over the hill has turned out to be more than they can handle safely.
Brief History: For many years, starting in 1992, the tunnel was the exit of choice for the ALL classes. As karts got wider, it became marginal that they would fit so it was reduced to kid karts only. Earlier this year we had to seek an alternate route when the tunnel contained too much water to navigate. This lead to racers asking to use this route full time.
We have struggled to keep crew (parents) from meeting drivers on the track prior to the scale area. When drivers pay more attention to the crew than the track staff, it leads to confusion for their young minds. We (staff and parents) have asked them to become competent in negotiating a hill descent while braking, watching for traffic and avoiding collisions, making a sharp turn (some karts hardly turn this much) without crowd distractions, and proceed to the scale in an orderly line. When you analyze it from this perspective, it is too much to expect from an entry level driver. We will return to the exit allowing more vision, longer time to brake, less sharper turns, more escape routes if mistakes are made, and expect safer results.
We have received confirmation that the MASS race scheduled for the last weekend in July will NOT be held at CHMS.
MASS has stated that the series has experienced some “confusion” in two areas that have definitely affected their posture this year. Some sponsor commitments along with a series of personal disasters involving series leadership have limited the efforts to market and publicize the events for 2017. They have not made a decision about the 2018 season at this time so watch their website for details about the future.
CHMS will be OPEN for practice/rentals/outings etc. so come and visit us to share the extra time we were given.