Feeding a Volunteer Army

SCCA U.S. Majors Tour events are going on this weekend at Summit Point Motorsports Park, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, MSR-Houston and Buttonwillow Raceway Park.  This is the first time four Majors have taken place at the same time.  And thankfully, more than 300 SCCA volunteers have stepped up to provide all sorts of support from registration and scoring to officiating and flagging.

At most Majors events, a free lunch is usually made available to workers, as well as a social event at day’s end where everyone gets together to reunite with friends or make new acquaintances, and sharing stories is a big part of those gatherings. It’s a chance for the SCCA community to come together, which makes the Club stronger as a whole.  But feeding this volunteer army is no small task, which is why a debt of gratitude should be paid to event grub gurus.

Tracy O’Connor is the Hospitality Chair of the Washington D.C. Region. She has held that position for 15 years and is charged with keeping folks fed at the track.  A TV producer by trade, O’Connor usually starts a month in advance when it comes to planning for a race event.

This weekend during the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour visit to Summit Point, O’Connor said more than 1,000 meals will be served over Friday, Saturday and Sunday to workers, guests, drivers and crew so everyone can keep operating at peak performance.

“The toughest part of my job is figuring out a menu that appeals to as many people as possible,” O’Connor said just before setting up Friday’s dinner at the circuit. “The best part of my job is when people enjoy the meals.  And of course, eating!”

Feeding the SCCA volunteer masses can sometimes be a thankless job. That’s exactly why everyone should take the time to say “thanks” to the food folks, because nobody wants a famished Flagger or to meet with a starving Steward.

Weekend racing action at Summit Point Motorsports Park, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, MSR-Houston and Buttonwillow Raceway Park begins Saturday.  Follow all the action both Saturday and Sunday live at www.scca.com/live.