The Importance of Pre-Registration and/or Pre-Payment of Race Fees
(this bit is my opinion only, from my personal observations.)
On the forums and on social media and of course in the pits, we always hear people saying, "You know, we really need to support our local tracks (series' and events)." There are a number of ways beyond racing that racers can support their tracks, such as: accommodating new racers or picking up racers having a rough day, bringing people to races, purchasing food off of track concessions, patronizing on-site vendors and sponsors, writing about your positive experiences, posting pics and video, keeping your pit are tidy (especially upon departure), giving constructive criticism in appropriate ways (to the owner/director), recognizing and supporting race and series sponsors, being on time for your races, be prompt when you are supposed to marshall, and so forth.
But one of the most overlooked ways to support your local track/event is Pre-Registration and/or Pre-Payment of Race Fees.
It seems simple. At some point, you'll put your name in... or maybe shoot a note to someone... or if it's a "laid back" place, you'll show up and they'll "throw you in" like they always do. But if you see some of the benefits to the track/event, you could support your track in a big way by doing a menial task that you should be doing anyway (when required).
Benefits of Pre-Registration
Pre-registering as soon as you know does more than you know.
Benefits of Pre-Payment
Just as much piece of mind that is afforded by pre-registrations is afforded by pre-payment. Sometimes it's required, sometimes it's not.
Management will work with you to help them. If you have difficulties with either the pre-registration or pre-payment process, they will help in whatever manner possible, as a couple of minutes weeks in advance pays off in dividends on RaceDay.
Help your local track to help you, and be an integral part of its success.
Joe Scully, Race Director
Ontario 5ifth Scale Off-Road Championship Series (RC Acres Club & Walton Raceway)
2014 Canadian 5ifth Scale Nationals
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