Looking for the best way to see the rally? Volunteer workers get the opportunity to see the action up close from prime locations. The Lake Superior Performance Rally is a large event spread out over hundreds of square miles in the beautiful Upper Peninsula. An event of this magnitude cannot happen without the volunteers who come out and help. Volunteers of all experience levels are always welcome and can help out by pitching in to serve a number of different race positions.
In the past, LSPR (formerly POR) has been sanctioned by SCCA and Rally America. In 2019 we have a change. The event will be sanctioned by the American Rally Association (ARA). For competitors, this means a few changes in the rules. For Volunteers, this means you are asked to register both with the event and with ARA (a part of USAC).
The USAC/ARA online registration shows that volunteers have registered and signed an online waiver per their regulations and are eligible for event insurance. That information remains with USAC.
Additionally, the Event needs a way to gather information from volunteers for its own use. So we have chosen RallyMasterPRO to gather and manage volunteer information this year. None of the information will be shared outside of the event.
All volunteers are requested to read the information below and select which positions they are most interested in. After completing the USAC registration, all volunteers should sign on and complete the Event registration.
We know this requires you to enter some information twice, but that is unavoidable at this time. The RallyMasterPRO information can also be used at other events, but ONLY with permission of the person registering.
Step 1 – Register with UASC by clicking on the bottom below
- Complete requested application information
- For license type select “VOLUNTEER STAFF”
- You can select all events you want to register for, not just LSPR
- You do not have to become a member of the ARA for this registration
- Your total at the end of registration should be $0 unless you elected to join the ARA
Step 2 – Register with RallyMasterPRO by clicking the button below
- Create a new account if you have not previously used RallyMasterPRO for another event, use the boxes below “New Workers”
- ignore the Rally America ID field
- Click the “Create New Worker Account” button and you’ll be taken to the worker registration page
- Find the LSPR events and click on “Register Now” and fill in the form listing your preferred assignment
- Registration is split by day so please register for both if you are working both days of the rally
- Click on save at the bottom of the form
If you need more information or assistance, please contact the Chief of Controls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most rally volunteers are assigned to the stages with a typical stage requiring a dozen or more workers. Course marshals get the opportunity to the see the cars up close, often at full speed, while helping to control road access, assisting both rally and non-rally traffic and helping spectators. No experience is necessary making this an ideal place to start! Don’t worry, an experienced stage captain will be there to help you find your spot in the woods.
Amateur Radio Operators
Efficient and effective communications are vital to the success of the rally. If you have an amateur radio license your help is needed to provide the “safety net” for the rally by providing the communications link that starts and stops special stages, provides communication between rally officials and provide appropriate action in the event of an incident or emergency. Radio operators are typically placed at the beginning and end of stages as well as at designated spectator areas. On some longer stages radio operators may be assigned to locations along the stage. Radio operators will need to provide their own equipment and some locations may require a mobile while others can be serviced by an HT.
Time control is an essential element of rally racing. A typical stage will have multiple time controls including an Arrival Time Control (ATC) and a Finish Time Control (FTC). The ATC is where the competitors will check in to begin a stage. The ATC workers check the competitor in by recording their arrival time on the competitors score card as well on a log. When race communications gives the go ahead the ATC workers start cars on the stage at predetermined intervals, recording their actual start times. ATC workers interface with the co-drivers to manage the start of the stage.
Similarly, at the end of the stage volunteers will set up the FTC. The cars will race by the “flying finish” at high speed while an FTC worker observes and reports the time the car finished the stage to another control worker. That control worker will meet with the co-driver to complete their timecard as well record the results on a log.
Before entering or when exiting a designated service area (or the Parc Exposé or Parc Fermé) competitors will pass through a Main Time Control (MTC). MTC workers get to see the rally cars up close and personal and are often located very near to service areas. The MTC worker will assign start times and work wtih the co-driver to assure their time card and the control log are filled out.
Stage rallying has stringent rules governing the competitor vehicles as well as the safety equipment requirements for crew and competitors making for a strong safety record. Rallying is a high performance motor sport performed on various road surfaces within close proximity to dense forest – often at night. It is essential that medical assistance can quickly respond in the event of an incident during the race. Medical teams are located at various locations on the special stages to assure minimal response times and are always assigned to spectator areas. Medical workers can be Doctors, Nurses, Licensed EMTs, First Responders, Ski Patrol or Paramedics. Volunteers must be able to provide their own equipment.
Sweep and Course Closing
Experienced teams with 4 wheel drive vehicles travel the course behind the rally cars, usually accompanied by a medical team. The first sweep vehicle follows a minute behind the last competitor onto the special stage. The rest of the team follows along performing various duties such as picking up control logs, rescuing vehicles, etc.
There are numerous other opportunites to help out with they rally if you are looking for something a bit more behind the scenes
- Course Opening
- Putting Banner on the course prior to the event
- Organizing Committee
- Banquet Help
For more information contact the Chairman.