Working Course

Because SFR is entirely a volunteer organization, we rely on you, the drivers, to help make the event run. Below is a quick run down of the different worker positions, what they do, and some tips and tricks for working course. If any of the positions are of interest reach out on the Facebook Group or to anyone at registration the next event!

Worker Positions

  • Event Chair
    • The Event Chair is there to make sure the event runs smoothly. You’re the “taskmaster” for the weekend making sure the event runs smoothly, and helping to direct workers to help cover any gaps. We are always in need of event chairs, and if you’ve never chaired an event before we will pair you with an experienced chair so your first time goes smoothly.
  • Course Designer
    • Ever thought “man, it really would be fun to have a 15 cone slalom?” Well now’s your chance! The course designer is responsible for designing the course, and then working with the Safety Stewards to ensure what they have designed meets all the safety standards. While not the best role for someone brand new to autocross, you don’t need 20 years of autocross before you can design your first course. Reach out to one of the course designers at any event and ask about what it takes.
  • Safety Steward
    • Our Safety Stewards are one of the most important positions at the event, making sure everyone gets to have a fun day with cars, and gets home in one piece. This is one of the few roles that requires actual certification (go figure), but if you have interest reach out to one of the Safety Stewards or Event Chair, and they can talk you through the process of getting certified.
  • Setup
    • Course Setup
      • Ever thought “picking up cones in the 100 degree heat sounds awful, I wish I could get my work assignment out of the way at 7am when it’s nice and cool”? Well then setup might be for you! Setup workers arrive before the event starts, and help the course designer place and chalk the course. It’s a fantastic way to get intimate with the course before you even run, and is usually about the same time commitment as a course worker role.
    • Waiver
      • Want to beat that heat, and say “Hello” to every person that comes through the gate? Morning Waiver might just be for you!
  • Timing Trailer
    • Trailer workers are responsible for running all the equipment inside the trailer. Entering in each car as they are about to run, marking cones the course workers radio in, and ensuring every car is getting an accurate time. Experienced trailer workers are always in hot demand. If you’re ok with the fast pace that the trailer can be from time to time (you’re a racecar driver right!?) then reach out to a Chair, and we can help find you a shadow role at the next event to learn the equipment there before jumping in first hand.
  • Novice Coach
    • Our Novice Coaches are there to help you driver faster, but also to make sure you know what you are doing off the course at your first few events as well. While being a quick driver helps, the biggest requirement is being willing to help someone new navigate the event, and be a mentor to help answer questions.
  • Course Workers
    • Radio/Corner Captain
      • We usually try to have one experienced person at each worker station who mans the radio and red flag. They are there to make sure each corner is safe for both the drivers and the workers, as well as make sure penalties are called in correctly.
    • Course Worker
      • The majority of workers will end up working course. Laid out in further detail below, your job is to pick up cones, tell the Corner Captain when to call in penalties, and most important of all stay safe. If you ever see a car coming, don’t worry about picking up cones. The car will get a re-run.



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Hitting Cones

  • Penalty for a down cone: 2 seconds
  • How do I call it in if someone hits a cone?
    Ex: 1 cone on car 68 CS at station 4.
  • How should I pick it up?
    Run, put it back in the box, run!
  • Which Cones Count?
    Type Of Cone Condition Does It Count?
    Pointer Cone Doesn’t matter No
    Standing Cone Hit cone and it’s on its side Yes
    Standing Cone Hit cone but it’s right-side-up AND touching chalk box No
    Standing Cone Hit cone, it’s right-side-up AND NOT touching chalk box Yes

A Did-Not-Finish is when someone doesn’t do the intended course. This happens when someone exits the course and re-enters it from further down in the course. If someone exits course and re-enters where they left or up-stream of where they left, it’s not a DNF.

Radio Calling
Format for calling into the trailer is: “Penalty Type” on Car “Car Number” “Car Class” at Station “Number”.
Ex: DNF on Car 192 SM at Station 1

Red Flagging

  • Keep flag bunched up and to your side. Don’t roll it up or else you won’t be able to get it out and wave fast enough.
  • When you use it, make yourself visible and wave it rapidly. Don’t stand in front of the car but make sure you’re somewhere the driver can see you.
  • When Should I wave it?
    • One car spun and can’t get moving while another car is closing in on it.
    • There’s a course worker who isn’t paying attention and could receive injury.
    • A car gets lost and heads the reverse direction on course.
    • Something is going horribly wrong with car like leaking oil or broken exhaust hangers.
    • If you think someone is going to get hurt somehow, wave the flag. Better safe than sorry.
  • Do NOT red flag if the course is broken and there’s a car coming. If the car comes to a stop and points, he/she will get a re-run.
  • If you get red flagged, stop and wait for the course workers to tell you to go. Then finish the course at 50% pace. You’ll get a rerun.

With all those penalties, when can you get a rerun?

  • If you get red flagged, you’ll get a re-run.
  • If you see a part of the course not setup right, come to a stop and point at the down cone(s). Then finish the course at 50% pace.
  • If something goes awry with the timer, you’ll get a rerun.
  • Note: If you get red-flagged or stop for a down cone but proceed to drive the course at 100% pace, you lose the chance for a rerun.

Clean Up – People not on course
At the end of the day, everyone should help pick up so we can get out as quickly as possible.

  • Pick up the grid cones not in use.
  • Fold up tables and put down canopies.
  • Empty our trash bins into the locally provided ones.
  • Grab random stuff and put by trailer.
  • Help us pack stuff into trailer.

Clean Up – People on course
After the cars are done, doing the following really helps:

  • Stack up the cones in your area.
  • Bring in walkie-talkies.
  • Bring in fire extinguishers.
  • Bring in station signs.
  • Help us pack stuff into trailer.