SWMS RACE SCHEDULE
March 28-29 Event Cancelled
April 18-19 Event Cancelled
May 30-31 Event Cancelled
Bonus Arroyo Seco Race Date TBD
*Note: Social distancing controls specially implemented to permit temporary removal of masks for photograph
Southwest Motorsport Sandia Supercup II Review
Sandia Supercup II
July 11th and 12th
Sandia Speedway, ABQ
Sandia Super Cup II a rousing success! Twenty five race cars and nine karts came out to have a COVID safe weekend. And have fun in the process!
In addition to fixing the track truck (well still drips oil), putting into place a new website, new communication system, and implementing a new insurance carrier, Southwest Motorsport successfully put into place many new processes to fully comply with the Sandia Raceway phase 1 opening guidelines. These included a touchless scoring system using Speedhive and new hardware in the tower, on-line registrations, drivers meeting on the PA, staying outdoors, masks and social distancing in accordance with stringent requirements, and a new Sandia Raceway track waiver including no touch temperature checks.
It was a really hot weekend, temperatures in the 100's. We were right on time with an early start and early finish (before the real heat hit) schedule, drivers used cool suits, we figured out how to get karts off the track or restarted in the heat, SWMS provided ice and water for those in need. We successfully did not have any issues with the heat...either. Wow!
SWMS also completely changed the High Performance Driving School format to proactively reshape driver classroom sessions and on-track training in the new COVID environment to now use a Zoom classroom and single-driver Lead/Follow on the track. Three students participated and had REALLY positive feedback on the weekend.
AND we also awarded the Sandia Super Cup II! This year the Super Cup was a 'team format'. Jerry Stoughton and Eben Cahan handicapped the teams. The scores from Saturday's races were used to award the custom trophy (thanks to Andrew Sanford's new welder and a bunch of Saab Viggen engine parts). Just to say how close this actually was, the spread between the top 5 teams was just 6 points! The teams were made up of 4 racers whose finishing place points from their respective races were combined to achieve the highest point total. The winning team was "Hass F1" represented by Larry Pittsley (contemporary), Walt Hollowell (vintage), Dan Girand (vintage) and Gabriel Cahan (karts) with a winning score of 34 points. Congratulations Hass F1!
Southwest Motorsport is looking forward to and preparing for "Fast Heat III" on August 22/23 and we hope to see you out there! Announcements will be out in a couple weeks.
Note: Special social distancing arrangement to permit temporary removal of masks for photographer.
Southwest Motorsport Event Announcement
Sandia Supercup II
July 11th and 12th
Sandia Speedway, ABQ
Attention Southwest Motorsport racers, track workers and students. Sandia Speedway has received permission to operate and the first SWMS Sandia race track weekend is approaching! The Sandia Super Cup II will be held July 10-12, 2020 and include a full weekend schedule for all classes including Contemporary, Vintage, Spec Miata, Open Wheel, High Performance Driving, Karts, and Lunchtime Lapping. The High Performance Driving School will also be held. The track will be open from 3-6pm on Friday for those who would like to check in and get their cars technical inspection done early. If a racer and car have had an annual inspection this year, and no major changes since, SWMS will again perform only a document review in lieu of a full technical inspection at the track. The drivers meeting on Saturday will be held at 0830. Time to get yourself and your equipment ready!
“This year, as you can imagine, things are a little more complicated! So here goes.....but the bottom line...Preregister, do the forms and pick up your package at the gate. Put on your wrist band. From there on out this looks pretty much, from a racing perspective, like any other SWMS weekend.”
Registration will be via the Motorsportreg website or via email through Marci at firstname.lastname@example.org. All registrations need to be received by July 9! Students must register by July 7 5pm (in time for web based training in advance of the weekend) We need to know how many racers we’ll have for the event, and Marci will have your driver packets ready for a smooth start. Packets will be picked up at the gate where check in will occur, if you have any renewals they will be in your packet. This year in addition to the normal Sandia Speedway and SWMS release paperwork the check in will include the Sandia Speedway covid 19 waiver (attached). These waivers must be completed prior to entry into the pit area and SWMS will have folks at the gate to hand out driver packets, complete releases, collect covid 19 waivers and assist entrants with a no-touch temperature check. All entrants, crew and track workers will be required to wear a provided wrist band for the weekend.
Once in the facility the following covid 19 precautions will apply to racers, crew and track workers. Wear a cloth mask indoors and in staging, if not in the car, and wear it within 6ft proximity of others. The tower will be closed to access. Trailers and cars must be parked in every other pit space. The snack bar will not be open, drivers and crew bring your own lunch and drinks. SWMS has developed a new time sheet "no touch" lap time distribution process for use this year that will be briefed during the PA drivers meeting. The new process will require a smart phone as the times will be sent electronically via text, email, or posted on https://speedhive.mylaps.com.
Workers that are planning to attend, please coordinate with Tom and Gary. We need to know who's attending so that we can plan for you. There will be a briefing in the pit area using social distancing for the workers following the drivers meeting. Workers will be required to bring a mask to utilize if approaching a race vehicle, no mask required while at the assigned station. Masks and gloves will be provided if needed. Just so folks know the weekend package for track workers, it still does include cold drinks at the stations, lunches, and a $50, 75, 100 drawing for the two day workers (hey there aren't many so the odds are really good to win one) and the best seat in the house for the action, no kidding!
The high performance driving school has been redeveloped. The classroom sessions will be provided ahead of time using a new on-line and the on track sessions will be done using a lead-follow format. This format is now in use nationwide in order to make it the best covid 19 safe practice. If you are interested in taking the school please contact email@example.com.
Weekend camping is allowed, no charge. The track informed SWMS that there is a drift event planned for July 10 so it will be noisy till late Friday night.
Well...there you have it. I don't know about you but I'm ready to get back out there. I have been stuck in this house long enough! And you now what-the silver lining here is that these requirements drove SWMS to update our equipment and practices. If you have questions please do not hesitate to email me, Gary Sanford, President SWMS and event coordinator for the Sandia Supercup II at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Motorsport, Sandia Raceway, and Bernalillo County have worked together to get us back out there, "Safer than going to the grocery store" So come on out!!!
UPDATED: 2020 SWMS Annual Technical Inspection
Saturday, June 20 10am-2pm
See Location Below
Racers time to get ready! Southwest Motorsport is conducting the annual pre-technical inspections for club racers and race cars. These important annual inspections will be performed under the supervision of the Chief Technical Inspector for the club. Items inspected will include those listed in the Driver and Race car safety requirements posted on the Southwest Motorsport web page. At successful completion of the inspections the car and log book will be annotated.
For the 2020 racing season, Southwest Motorsport will continue the new inspection process. For cars and drivers that have successfully completed the full annual pre-technical inspection no track day inspection will be required unless something significant has been altered on the race car. The driver will be responsible to show the car log book with successful 2020 annual pre technical inspection documentation.
Where: Dave Porters shop/residence at 2909 Arno St NE, ABQ.
When: 10am-2pm June 20 (next Saturday)
What: This will be race car technical inspection only, there is no charge, no training or other activities will be conducted, no other club activities will occur-this will only be tech'ing of cars.
Large trailers/haulers can park about 1 block south on Edith at the Business park, in front or behind. Usually empty on Saturday. Dave has a circular drive, cars on open trailers can stay on the trailer, cars in box or large trailers will need to unload and pull through. The plan is to have Dave/Ken stationary and pull through one at a time for inspection. We're going for spacing this out so you need not be there at 10 but before 2.
Please RSVP (and put in a time-ish) so that we have an idea of how many folks will be there and can take a shot at knowing the spacing.
There is also a Mike Travers organized track session at Sandia Raceway on June 21. Get your car teched on Saturday and head up to Sandia to test and tune (or race) on Sunday! Let Mike know if you're planning on Sunday at Sandia email@example.com.
Getting your cars tech done June 20 will ensure that drivers don't miss any track time waiting for tech at the first SWMS weekend July 11/12! Announcements for the first SWMS event will be out before the end of this month-but it is expected that SWMS will have a full schedule both days. We're putting this together quickly so if there are questions please don't hesitate to ask!
A couple reminders for tech day!
Be sure to bring your car log book and a filled out tech inspection sheet available from the website.
This is a reminder to fellow racers attending annual tech that while restrictions are easing, we’re still operating in a pandemic. While we’re continuing to learn about this disease there are three things that are important to keep in mind.
People without symptoms can carry and spread the disease
The disease is spread primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
While the length of time varies with conditions the virus can live on surfaces for a while and touching your eyes mouth or nose after touching an infected surface and infect you
There’s more information in the attached CDC fact sheet. Keeping these things in mind we’re asking that participants in the SWMS annual tech follow the following guidelines:
Only one person per car during the tech inspection
Masks highly recommended
Maintain proper social distancing
Thanks for your support!! Please let me know if you're attending!
Southwest Motorsport Club Update
Club Activities Approved to Resume
Southwest Motorsport is re-commencing the 2020 season! Sandia Speedway has received authorization to recommence activities. The first event for SWMS is the annual pre-tech inspection of cars and safety equipment. See below for the details for that event June 20. Sandia Speedway has also been given Covid 19 safe practice guidelines which will be observed by all users of the track. In addition SWMS is developing specific protocols to be utilized by club members while at the track. With these Covid 19 safe practices and protocols in place SWMS is gearing up for our first full schedule race weekend of the year July 11/12 at Sandia raceway. As some other clubs have published our goal is "safer than going to the grocery store." More information to follow and hope to see you there!
During the off season Southwest Motorsport has implemented a new website and club communication system. The website has been modernized and I hope that you find it much easier and faster to use. Communication will be much easier and targeted at the correct audience. In addition SWMS with our sponsors Travers Mechanical, Car Crafters, Yearwood Performance, and generous donations from club members has repaired the track worker truck. As you can see we're ready for the rest of the years' schedule. Courtesy of another sponsor, Highway Supply, we actually have a printed schedule for this year! It will be in your drivers packet for our first weekend with a poster size available at track weekends for $10.
Southwest Motorsport Club Recent Events
Volunteers Rejuvenate Track Truck
"Hello racers! Well it's been a busy off season. First, Southwest Motorsport has COMPLETELY changed the official website. The address is the same but that’s all! I recommend that you check out the new one-we have updated the pics and all the software that runs in the background to the latest IT stuff. We will also be using this same system to send out all club communications. If you read this and you are not on the all club list, and want to be, please let us know so that you can be added.
In addition Southwest Motorsport, working together with our generous sponsors Travers Mechanical, Car Crafters and Yearwood Performance, have performed some badly needed maintenance on the track truck. After some trials and tribulations and with the guidance of Mike out at Sandia Raceway, Mike Travers hauled that monster down to Car Crafters where Jim Guthrie met the caravan that included Tom Wolicki and club president Gary Sanford. Jim said "don't worry, we'll give it the once-over". A generous donation of parts from Yearwood Performance allowed the leaky carburetor to be replaced (including a new air cleaner), electronic ignition put in, oil change, and more. In just a couple short weeks new life was breathed into the track truck-well it still smokes so don't breath close to the exhaust. But it's running great! To get it back to the track club member Fred Cordova took his BIG trailer down and picked it up. Thank you Fred! The track truck is ready for a big year out at Sandia!"
Southwest Motorsport Club Recent Events
SWMS 2019 Year End Celebration!
Southwest Motorsport had the 2019 racing year end celebration November 16 at the home of John and Lisa Colbert. The event was well attended, about 30 club members from all the racing groups were present. Gary Sanford the club President was the master of ceremonies. Gary recapped the highly successful 2019 racing year. Over 60 different drivers (13 through the High Performance Driving School) were present at the 7 weekend events put on by Southwest Motorsport. The weekend events included two at the Arroyo Seco track near Demming, and five 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). 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 “results 2019”. That said the overall class winners were Ayrton Cahan Shifter Karts (won by 1 point over Gabriel Cahan!), Garth Schneider Tag Karts, Larry Haynes Open Wheel, Jerry Stoughton Spec Miata, Ross Kells in Vintage, and Larry Pittsley who won by 2 points over Zane Meyers for Contemporary. All-in-all a VERY competitive year!!
This year two custom made (thank you Andrew) new trophy’s were awarded! Earlier in the year the “Sandia Super Cup” was awarded to Scott Claunch for winning the first ever time handicapped, reverse order start, 30 minute, all classes combined race. This race had 22 entrants each with a chance to win! Scott was fortunate to start near the front, run lap times consistent with his best, and “keep it clean”. The second trophy was given out at the celebration, the “John Deere” award, for the “most creative use of the landscape”! This award was scored and awarded by the club president Gary Sanford. Gary explained that based on his observations this award was more competitive than folks might think! The John Deere trophy was awarded to Dub Girand.
Each year the club President hands out a special award for Volunteer of Year. For 2019 the award was given to Vic Yarberry. Gary explained that Vic is the Southwest Motorsport timekeeper, and without his tireless support we drivers would have no idea how the races turn out! Especially the Sandia Cup-a challenge to score since it is a timed handicap, reverse start race. Thank you Vic!
One of the highlights of the evening was Gary 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 2019 to Jerry Stoughton. Jerry has been instrumental in the success of SWMS, not only the conduct of races as Race Chairman, but as the Treasurer. Gary explained that Jerry not only keeps the checkbook, writes the checks, but also puts into place the race schedule working with the track managers and if thats not enough Jerry also negotiates and puts into place the SWMS club insurance policy….phew! Thank you Jerry!
Gary then thanked the outgoing SWMS board members and welcomed the incoming 2019 club officers introducing President Gary Sanford, Vice President Zane Meyers, Treasurer John Colbert, Secretary Andrew Sanford, and the At Large Board Members Megan Tribble, Jerry Stoughton, Steve Marino and Scott Claunch. In addition, Gary thanked our sponsors for their generous support-Car Crafters (Jim Guthrie), Performance Motorsports (Russ Kelso), Highway Supply (Dub Girand) and Travers Mechanical (Mike Travers).
With that a wonderful dinner was had at John and Lisa’s! Lots of lively conversation getting ready for a great 2020 racing year! A special thanks to Wendy Meyers and Viola Adams for organizing and contributing to the Southwest Motorsport celebration!