Sports Car Club of America
Solo Worker Positions
***Worker Check-in for all other heats is at the beginning of each heat.***
These worker assignment descriptions are meant to assist you in completing your work assignment. The event flows smoothly because of you and we hope these notes will assist you in making this event run as perfectly as possible. There are no unimportant jobs. Thanks in advance for giving your job your best. Enjoy the event!
Updated September 2021
- Ensure the safety of all competitors, crew, and spectators
- Solo Safety Steward (SSS) license required
- Perform safety inspections of vehicles as per sections 3.3, 4.3, and 5.6 of the SCCA Solo Rules (rules can be found at www.scca.com)
- Ensure that vehicle numbers and classing complies with section 3.7 of the Solo rules and that required decals, if applicable, are in place
- Make sure everyone who comes onto the site has signed the waiver and has a wristband or hard card visible on their waist or higher
- Sign, date, and list the event name on all waivers used
- Assist in completion of minor waivers. Sign as witness, give parent one copy, and retain remaining copies for Registration
- Must be an SCCA member in good standing
- Assists Chief of Course and Course Designers with course set-up
Note: Corner workers are the most important workers to ensure a safe, fun, and efficient event. Watch the other people in your station. Be aware that a car may leave the pavement if it becomes out of control. All course worker positions should be taken seriously.
Things to DO
- Check-in with the Worker Chief prior to the beginning of your work heat
- Make sure your station has adequate supplies (extra cones, fire extinguisher, red flag, water, and a radio with sufficient battery life)
- Know your area of responsibility and the location of your Corner Radio worker
- Spread out to effectively cover your area and communicate to other corners (ie: decide who is primarily responsible for cones in overlapping sections)
- Make sure all of the cones in your area are in the proper place when you first come on station AND periodically check them all during your work shift
- Read and understand the pylon rules (see Section 7.9.1, 2, and 3 of the current Solo Rules). Pointer cones do not count if hit
- Pay attention to the cars on course for accurate cone counts AND yours and your fellow corner worker's safety
- Replace cones as soon as possible as another car will be through the course in 10-20 seconds, depending on the course
- Be prepared for exposure to sun, rain, wind, heat, cold, etc. while on course. Holding an umbrella is permitted, but ensure that it cannot be mistaken for a red flag
Things to NOT DO
- Use cameras or cell phones while working a corner station
- Sit down or wander away from your corner post
- Turn your back to the cars on course
- Call in all penalties, DNFs, reruns, and parts that have fallen off of cars to Timing Control
- Serves as "Corner Captain".
- Corner Captain does not run for cones unless necessary
- Ensure that runners have properly accounted for downed or touched cones
- Using good judgment, red flag cars on course when necessary for safety or if directed to do so by Timing Control or another worker on the radio
- The Red Flag should be kept in hand, unfurled, held against the leg, and ready for IMMEDIATE deployment
- Use proper radio procedure as instructed by Timing Control. This is typically handled as follows:
- Corner worker: "Control, this is corner 1"
- Control: "Go ahead corner 1"
- Corner worker: "Plus 2 on 13 F Street Prepared or DNF on 59 E Modified or Plus 1 on 46 HS"
- Control: "Thank you corner 1" or "Copy, plus 2 on 13 F Street Prepared", etc.
- Reset displaced or downed cones as quickly as possible
- Communicate any penalties to Corner Radio worker
- Work with other runners and Corner Captain to determine area of corner coverage and spread out to cover the corner area
- Use a radio to communicate with Timing Control and ensure that both parties can hear each other clearly
- Understands correct grid procedures and check every car for a tech sticker
- Determine when the 2-driver break is and modify, if necessary, based on the flow of the heat. One half of the heat may have significantly quicker cars than the other
- Coordinate the timing of reruns and inform those drivers accordingly
- Ensures the cars are at the starting line and in queue at all times
- Directs traffic in and out of grid
- Under the direction of the Solo Chair and Timing & Scoring, start cars at an appropriate interval to allow both safety and smooth event operation. Use appropriate discretion to avoid allowing faster cars catching up to slower cars
- Be alert to cars spinning/breaking on course before starting cars. It is the starter’s job, to the best of their ability and visibility, to ensure that the course is safe for a car to start
- Verify that helmets are strapped on and that seat restraints (if applicable) are tightened
- In the case of poor visibility for Timing & Scoring, will use radio to communicate the car number and class of cars at the starting line to Timing Control
- Attentively listen for any commands from Timing Control, such as "hold start", and control the car at the line accordingly
- Measure and record sound levels for each run of each car from a safe distance defined by the Solo Safety Steward
- Immediately provide to Timing Control the car number and class of any vehicle over 92 dBA
- Must be familiar with the Pronto Timing Software (if you would like to learn, please see the Worker Chief or Timing & Scoring Chief)
- Ensures that times are correctly passed from the Pronto Timing box to the Pronto Timing Software
- Ensures the announcer client is properly running on the external monitor
- Ensures audit laptop is in sync with the main Timing & Scoring laptop
- Enters penalties as directed by Timing Control
- Performs radio check-in at the beginning of each heat for corner workers, grid, starter, and sound control
- Verify with each corner the proper radio etiquette
- Records the beginning time of each set of runs within a heat
- Record all cars on the Radio Incident Log and note penalties, DNFs, or reruns as appropriate
- If the starting line is in sight of Timing Control and car numbers and classes can be seen at the starting line, inform the Starter to not call in numbers and classes
- Inform Master Timer and Computer Operator of any penalties as soon as possible so that live timing will stay current and accurate.
- If a safety situation occurs, inform specific corner workers to Red Flag any car(s) on course.
- If runs need to be stopped for any reason, such as computer error or safety issues, immediately inform the Starter to “hold start” and confirm acknowledgement
- Immediately inform Grid of reruns. If Grid does not acknowledge or cannot hear you, use the announcer or send an auditor to inform Grid of the rerun
- Ensures that both timing heads (start and finish) register on the Pronto Timing box and the eyes are turned ON
- Records all cars by number and class and their corresponding time as displayed on the Pronto Timing box to the Master Time Log sheet
- Works with Timing Computer Operator to ensure that cars are in sequence and that times are being recorded correctly
- Compares times and penalties as displayed to the Timing Audit Client
- Corrects an discrepancies found
- Serves as back-up or extra help in the Timing & Scoring trailer
- Provide an accurate and interesting commentary of the action on the course in a tasteful and unbiased manner.
- Make announcements as requested by Timing or Op Steward (i.e., calling for worker check-in, recognition of sponsors/vendors).
- This is the most important job of the whole event.