Attention Southwest Motorsport racers, track workers and students!
Southwest Motorsport held its second track session of the year April 13/14 at Sandia racetrack. Several racers and high performance drivers took advantage of the High Performance Driving School and then followed up with a first for SWMS. SWMS has developed a new program “Competition Driving”.
The chief instructors John Slenes and Steve Marino with a cadre of other experienced instructors (there were 7 different cars and drivers in the classes) conducted the High Performance Driving School on Saturday and followed up on Sunday with the new program of Competition Driving instruction.
The High Performance Driving School acquaints drivers under instruction with the basics; learning the track lines and their car, driving safety and dynamics, and prepares drivers to be in the High Performance Driving group. The High Performance Drivers group includes cars from normal street cars to race cars using a tightly controlled set of rules intended to create safe conditions for the car and driver, ie only passing when waved by on a straight.
The Competition Driving classes however are intended to acquaint a driver, and in this case a race prepared car, with the situations the driver will experience in a competitive racing situation. These include practicing starts, close quarters driving and passing in a group. For this training 8 cars were simultaneously on the track and repeating the exercises. The end result of the training and then subsequent observed participation in races as a novice is intended to result in the issuance of a “Competition Driving License” for the driver.
With these classes SWMS is working to help more folks get involved in sports car racing in the safest and most fun way at whatever level they desire and in the widest variety of cars possible. If this interests YOU-just let us know at one of the numbers on the contact page!
SWMS Holds Annual Pre-Tech
On Saturday March 9 Southwest Motorsport held the annual pre tech for this seasons cars. The car and driver safety equipment inspections were held at Enerpulse in Albuquerque. The inspections include the major safety items such as helmets, fire suits, roll cages, fuel systems, and many other critical components for the drivers and cars. Southwest Motorsports prime focus on safety equipment helps to insure that the club events will be as safe as possible. Last years President Larry Pittsley brought out burgers and dogs for all who attended. In addition to getting a check of our cars and equipment the get together was a great opportunity to see what racers have been up to with their cars during the off season!
Southwest Motorsport has 2018 Year End Celebration
Southwest Motorsport had the 2018 racing year end celebration January 19, 2019 at Mario’s. The event was VERY well attended, about 50 club members from all the racing groups were present. Larry Pittsley the club President was the master of ceremonies. Larry recapped the highly successful 2018 racing year. Over 50 different drivers were present at the 5 weekend events put on by Southwest Motorsport. The weekend events included one at the Arroyo Seco track near Demming, and four at the Southwest Motorsport home track Sandia Raceway in Albuquerque. The year also included a Technical Inspection and Worker and Instructor Training day at Enerpulse (Burgers and Dogs included), a Drive Out to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains, and the annual Chili Cook off at Performance Motorcar Investments in Corrales. All in all it was a busy, and safe, year for Southwest Motorsport!
The celebration included the handing out of trophies to the Kart, Open Wheel, Spec Miata, Vintage, and Contemporary class winners. The winners are shown in the “results” section of this website under 2018. That said the overall class winners were Gil Merriman Shifter Karts, Garth Schneider Tag Karts, Ken Adams Open Wheel, Jerry Stoughton Spec Miata, Gordon Self in his Alfa for Vintage, and a very surprised Zane Meyers in his Mini for Contemporary.
Each year the club President hands out a special award for Volunteer of Year. For 2018 the award was given to Megan Tribble. Larry explained that Megan is the Southwest Motorsport starter, but for all the racers she is well known-the lady with the green flag! And then the checkered! Thank you Megan!
One of the highlights of the evening was Larry giving out the club Award of Merit. This award is not given each year and is at the discretion of the club President. As an acknowledgement of his great contribution to Southwest Motorsport the award was given for 2018 to Bob Richards. Bob has been instrumental in not only the conduct of races as Race Steward but as the Chairman of the Procedures and Protocols committee and I’m sure other roles not mentioned. Thank you Bob!
Larry then handed to celebration to the incoming 2019 club officers introducing President Gary Sanford, Vice President Steve Marino, Treasurer Jerry Stoughton, Secretary Zane Meyers, and the At Large Board Members Bob Richards, John Colbert and Scott Claunch. Gary summarized the club plan for 2019, including races at Arroyo Seco, and five at Sandia Raceway (race dates posted in the “about us” section of this website).
With that a wonderful dinner was had at Mario’s with lots of lively conversation getting ready for a great 2019 racing year! A special thanks to Viola Adams for organizing and contributing to the Southwest Motorsport celebration!