Update on SCCA Board of Directors Action

In response to the incident that took place at the end of the American Sedan race during the 2016 National Championship Runoffs, the SCCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to suspend indefinitely the membership of Tom Sloe, driver of car No. 156 in the American Sedan class.

In accordance with SCCA Bylaw Article II Section 4.d, “The Board of Directors or the governing body of a Regular Member's Region may suspend a Member at any time for infraction of any Club rule or any other cause if the suspending body deems the action in the best interests of the Club.

“The suspending body shall immediately notify a Member who has been suspended, in writing, of the suspension,” Article II Section 4.d states.  “The suspended Member shall then be entitled to a reasonable opportunity to be heard, in person or through a representative, by the Board of Directors or a committee appointed by it. The Board of Directors may thereafter continue for a definite term, terminate, or rescind the suspension, or expel the Member, and its decision shall be final. In addition, if the Board of Directors is the original suspending body, and a hearing is held prior to any action, then the Board of Directors may suspend for a definite term or expel the Member without affording a second opportunity to be heard.”

Per the SCCA Bylaw, Sloe can request a hearing on the suspension.  If that occurs, the club’s Board of Directors will select a hearing board to address the matter.  If a hearing takes place, findings will be published in a future edition of SCCA Fastrack News.

Raquel Keefe

(While at Track Nite last month, as a volunteer, I learned that a large metal shaft or rod type object fell off the back of a member's car out on a run. I missed seeing what had happened while trying to learn how to perform new, other tasks as a beginner worker there. I'm glad no one including the driver was hurt.)

It is my hope that I will continue to learn more about more advanced levels of SCCA volunteer work at higher levels of competition (maybe I really will not get to work to the expectations of a Sedan expert level ); but, I feel safe that the drivers are held accountable for infractions by the Board of Directors. It keeps everyone safe at the racetrack/speedway--volunteers, drivers, and, yes, the, spectators. 

I also learned about correct humor at my first Track Nite as a volunteer. Do not try counselor type "talk therapy" with Track Nite drivers especially in the month of October with Halloween. Two guys told me "tis the season" when I tried using my psychology major & talking to them because I thought they were going to lose their lives on the track that night they were going so fast there on it (at least to me). There are also many times I must confess that I have observed the real ones receiving counseling and taking psychotropic medication attending appointments looking like the stuff you see in really bad and sad Halloween costumes--e.g. witch costumes along with very poor attitudes! I'm going to have to find another major at the university or another university if I'll ever make a career change (a small one at that for a newbie like me) in SCCA volunteer work.

Anthony D.

I just watch that race. Sloe does have some issues. The first touch at the start ok shake it off it happens. But when Sloes left front got damaged he should have just stayed right where he was. He was targeting McDermids car. 

Col Michael R Kowalsky

Note of clarification:  None of my rant had to do with the Porsche racing incidents. I am addressing the "wait on the side of the track and t-bone McDermid's car as it passed" decision. This clearly demonstrates a lack of anger management and a whole lot of unsportsmanlike conduct. Not cool!

Anthony D.

I take it that I have alot of catching up to do.

Col Michael R Kowalsky

It is about time! Mr. Sloe has been a rabble rouser for many of years. Karma has come to collect him. He believes that none of the rules apply to him and will spend an indefinite amount of time arguing against any SCCA ruling. In the past, the SCCA finally would wear down and cave in. Once again, the child known as Tom Sloe gets his way. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that this recent action will eventually be dismissed in his favor. However, I hold out for our club's long time stance against poor sportsmanship to rise above all of the politics of this matter and show people like Mr. Sloe above all, we must play well with others. This is road racing, not demolition derby.  Mr. Sloe, take your car and go home. You are not welcome anymore. 

Donald E Harrington

The rules apply to all competitors. If they can't write the rules correctly, why is it his fault to apply the rules as written.

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