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"Spoiler" alert - 2020 Solo Nationals cancelled [message #122872] Thu, 06 August 2020 15:11 Go to next message
pault1 is currently offline  pault1   United States
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Town Hall online meeting, August 5, 2020, highlights captured by Paul Tibbals of SFR. If you re-post, please credit me.

SCCA staff Heyward Wagner, Bob Davis, Mike Cobb were presenting at the meeting.
Questions and factors that were addressed in SCCA staff discussions leading up this, concerning the 2020 Solo Nationals:
These factors were considered, among others.
-What will the (virus, safety) climate look like in 30-40 days' time?
-Lincoln situation could change at the last minute.
-What about facilities availability for the future, impact of whether problems appeared due to our event?

The decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Nationals, decided by the SEB. Probably the major factor was risk to the future of the event, especially regarding impact to City of Lincoln.
Broad-based uncertainty from the members, as presented in a recent survey, was cited. Do we want to have an event with results with an asterisk? Aren't some of the mitigations going to result in rules being ignored, safety backups being lost for instance inspections? 650 members responded to the survey with good quality feedback - 70% expressed concern; not the same 70% planned to be there with concerns or planned to be there no matter what. This site does not have things like RV hookups that would allow better separation between attendees. Other motorsports facilities at this time are double and triple booked so it would be a big undertaking to try to move to another site. Finally, as our event isn't part of the primary function of the Airport, they could just decide that if there were any negative impacts on the Airport / Lincoln that we were not worth the downside. SCCA could lose out on the best available venue for its Nationals. And SCCA isn't willing to risk that.

Refunds will be processed automatically (UPDATE: SCCA has already processed refunds through MSR). The test course refund will be handled separately as it's run by the local Region.
The Pro Solo finale will also be cancelled.

Will Time Trials Nationals go forward?
How does this compare to decisions concerning other events, such as RallyCross Nationals?
Differences between these and Solo Nats: RCN is a week away. Has 100+ entrants at this time. At a track rather than a City facility. Crowd size will be much more manageable.
Time Trials Nationals, set for later. NCM Motorsports Park is the site, has staff in place, venue is experienced, 250 attendance cap.
Runoffs: How is that different? About 500 people. For comparison: The June Sprints had 467 drivers, 200 volunteers, was "open" for spectators. Well-defined CV19 process was in place, and it was managed very well, and in fact was used as a model for the subsequent IndyCar race and IMSA race.
These differences (Track vs. airport venue, RV hookups and other factors that allow personal spacing, experienced staff, lower impact on non-associated public) allow those events to have much lower impact and probabilities of problems.

Following Champ Tour events will still be supported: The Arizona event will be probably cancelled due to airplanes being currently parked on the site. Future Tour events at NY and TX are planned to go forward though there are some uncertainties particularly with TX CV19 situation.

How will this affect the Club financials? Cobb: YTD actions have left the Club currently at budget as far as expenses, though revenues are certainly down. Yes, the loss of the Solo Nationals and Pro Finale will have a ~six figure impact negatively on income. But additional efforts will be applied to the rest of the year to find efficiencies. And planning has already started to changes to be applied in 2021 budgeting to keep the Club stable financially.

Other questions:
Will there be some class stability for the next year, as people have made significant investments in their cars for this year? Bob Davis stated that there will be an eye kept towards keeping things stable / conservative where possible for the next year.
Will there be some positive things that come out of this procedurally? Streamlining of waivers, tech, etc. Discussions are happening regarding SpeedWaiver, MotorSportsReg, insurance carriers, to see if some improvements can be captured.

Decisions have not been made specifically for the ProSolo Super Pass yet, and likewise for things like Wendi Allen scholarship.
Will there be a change as far as membership fees, for instance 2021 fees being waived? SCCA is primarily a membership organization and funds go back to the Regions. There are other benefits that are gained from membership. So it is important for membership dues to continue to come in and they will not be waived/cancelled.

Other items discussed include a related issue, Karts. From the recent JDP Town Hall (junior development program): This program is currently on hold. From March meeting, questions were asked regarding whether Regional programs being run consistently, and are they all safe events? They didn't have a strong positive feeling for that. A group has been put together to do a risk analysis of the whole program and that work is underway. There are no conclusions yet but there is likely to be an updated Regional Certification process proposed, and study of whether this is a feasible change to make given the differences between karts and cars, courses for each, and so on. At this time Junior Karts will not be coming back in 2020. Bob Davis suggested reaching out to him if anyone has specific questions.

Final questions, on a lighter note: Will the racers named as likely winners in SportsCar just be awarded the trophies? Cool And what happens to all the commemorative watches that were procured? Idea Heyward suggests getting the watches to the projected winners. Very Happy

Paul T. Ford body, Yamaha power - describes my car pretty well, too! Smile Returned to racing the STi-STU but still that #35 you love
Re: "Spoiler" alert - 2020 Solo Nationals cancelled [message #122873 is a reply to message #122872] Fri, 07 August 2020 06:26 Go to previous message
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I appreciate your reporting, Paul.

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