Inside RallyCross: The Vital Role of Event Organizers

(Each month, Gonzalo “Gonzo” San Miguel, the SCCA® RallyCross® Board (RXB) Chair, presents you with the latest RallyCross news and information.)

Continuing our volunteer path through the world of RallyCross, there exists an indispensable group of individuals: event organizers. These volunteers play a pivotal role in orchestrating every RallyCross event across the country. While drivers command the spotlight with their speed and consistency, it's the meticulous planning, coordination, and execution in the background that ensures these events are not just successful, they’re also a great experience for participants new and old alike.

As drivers navigate through a challenging course featuring various surfaces like gravel and dirt (and anywhere in between), event organizers work diligently to create a safe yet thrilling environment for competitors to showcase their talent.

One of the primary responsibilities of event organizers is course design. Crafting a RallyCross course requires a keen understanding of terrain, vehicle capabilities, and safety protocols. Course designers must carefully select elements such as turns, chicanes, and sweepers to test driver skills while maintaining safety standards. A well-designed course not only enhances the competitive aspect of the event, but also contributes to the overall enjoyment of participants.

Safety is paramount in RallyCross, with no exception. Event organizers invest significant time and resources into ensuring that safety measures are in place to protect drivers, volunteers, and spectators. From the drivers meetings and course inspections to emergency response protocols, every aspect of the event is meticulously planned to minimize risks and maximize enjoyment. Without the dedication of event organizers, the thrills of RallyCross would be overshadowed by concerns for safety.

Beyond the logistical aspects, event organizers also play a crucial role in fostering a sense of community within their RallyCross Region and beyond. These events serve as gathering grounds for enthusiasts from all walks of life, united by their passion for motorsports. Organizers facilitate networking opportunities, provide support and guidance to newcomers, and cultivate a spirit of camaraderie that extends beyond the event grounds. In doing so, they contribute to the growth and sustainability of the RallyCross community, ensuring its continued success.

Moreover, event organizers are instrumental in promoting RallyCross as an inclusive sport. Through effective marketing, outreach, and media coverage, they attract diverse audiences and generate excitement around each event. Whether through social media campaigns or partnerships with local businesses, organizers work to raise awareness and drive attendance. Their efforts not only benefit the sport, but also local economies by attracting visitors and generating revenue for businesses in the area.

In essence, event organizers are only one of the many vital pillars of a RallyCross program, working diligently behind the scenes to bring the thrill of motorsports to life. Their passion, dedication, and attention to detail are the driving forces behind the success of each event. As drivers push the limits of their machines on course, it's the hard work and commitment of event organizers that ensure every RallyCross event is a resounding success.

So, the next time you witness the spectacle of SCCA RallyCross, take a moment to appreciate the efforts of those working tirelessly behind the scenes – the event organizers who make it all possible.

Then ask them how you can help.

Photo by Andie Albin