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Old 08-22-2008, 05:52 AM   #1
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Our local outdoor offroad track is having some issues on practice days.

1- being turn marshalling, there seems to be a lack of it on practice days. Some are suggesting making it mandatory, some suggesting no marshalls, get your own car when you wreck.

2- water, the track has a sprinkler system and uses it some,and also lets the track dry out too. Some guys are fine with it dry, others prefer it more like the race days and wet.

Can anyone share what your tracks do on both these issues and are these normal things that just come with the hobby ?

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1- Do the "Walk of Shame" and get it yourself.

2- Don't try to please everybody. It'll never happen. Put some hoses around the track. If they want it watered, they can grab a hose and get to work.

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our track is overwatered every night at closing so the next day its ready to go. at practice, some people decide to marshal when they have nothing better to do but watch their battery charge. race days, its sometimes watered between rounds.
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1. Gently remind guys if they are just watching their batteries charge to maybe go out and marshal. Benefits include watching how other people drive the track and for off-road, lets them see any holes on the jumps so that they can avoid them during races. But ultimately remind them its there responsibility to marshal their own car and to let the other drives know where they wrecked so that they don't hit ya.

2. Choose one and stick with it. This minimizes the different types of tires that you have to run. If you run dry, make sure you allow time for track sweeping or blowing off the track to be done.

It's hard to get the volunteer help. This year, I decided to switch and run our on-road program. Finding consistent help for our off-road track has been a nightmare all season long. So I feel the pain!

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1- Do the "Walk of Shame" and get it yourself.
this or if you are not flipped, ask someone else on the driver stand to tap you in the rear to pop you loose
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:17 AM   #6
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How about give some season race points for turn-marshalling?

Or if the racer doesn't want to turn-marshall, they can get their cousin to do it and count towards the racer's season points.
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Just for practice as far as i can remember your on your own basically,unless your just stuck on a pipe then someone should be able to pop you off the pipe!

Watering @ my local track is done on before the start of the qualifiers and before the mains and usually swept too,as for practice maybe once or twice it'll get a quick spray!
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1- I've never been to a track in which marshalling during practice or practice days was mandatory or expected. what I always do is tag-team with a buddy so I marshall for him when he's practicing and viceversa

2- I always like practicing when it's bone dry, and that way I get experience under those conditions and the worse case scenario on a race day. I just figure that extra traction on racedays is an added benefit.
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1. Turnmashalling only exhist during racing... bring a friend or develop a buddy system is best. As far as other guys at the track sure I will flip them over if I am out there... but not if he walked by my car when I needed help.

2. If you want it wet and the track owner is nice coordinate with him and see if its okay for you to turn on the sprinklers for him
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thanks everyone for the info.
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I find that having to turn marshal my own car during practice makes me even less willing to get out of hand and flip the car over...so I think having turn marshals out there during practice isn't a good thing. It's a crutch.

At Hot Rod's there's a hose hooked up so people who practice can water the track down when it gets too dry, if they want. I'm generally just out there to try to practice my racing line and figure out where to apply throttle (and how much) so whether it's wet or dry, I can accomplish that...so it's not a huge deal. I use practice tires anyway, so don't care that much about tire wear.
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come on guys its practice you should never worry none of this stuff. On practice days we soak the track once and thats it. On turn mashalling its just common courtesy with others to help out and they'll do the same.
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You said "practice days". So, you are referring to a weekday when the race is on a Saturday?
1 Marshal yourself.

2 Water cost money. For a practice day, not all tracks charge for practice.
The track is not required to water, because he doesn't know when, or how many will show up. Sweep the corners off some, and have at it.
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