Volunteers – Flagging & Communications

Flagging & Communications workers are a vital part of RMVR. Without us there is no racing, period. Workers are stationed at concrete bunkers near the turns of the course. We communicate with the drivers using flags, and with Race Control using the radio. We make the course safe for racing, and come to the rescue when things go awry. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s a lot of fun!

Photo Credit: Dave Philip

Photo Credit: Dave Philip

Don’t worry if it sounds like this takes more skill than you’ve got. We always place new workers on safe corners with experienced Corner Captains. You will be able to learn the basics in just a few minutes, though it may take a lifetime to master. Once you’ve worked a race, you’ll never again be able to sit in the stands and watch from behind the fence. The thrill of being in the center of the action is addictive!

You’ll be amazed at the kinds of information that can be relayed to the race car drivers through the use of flags. You will learn “Danger ahead”, “Look in your mirrors”, “There’s a problem with your car”, and many more “Phrases” to say with flags. You’ll start to see them when you watch races on TV—they’re a part of the race that was always going on, but you’d never noticed before!

Video Credit: Eric Danielsen, SCCA North Carolina Region

Communicating with Race Control over the radio is an exercise of putting the most detail into the fewest words. When describing something that has just happened, you will say the color and number of the car, what it did and where it did it, what it’s doing now, and what help you need to to get things back to normal. Here’s an example: “234 orange spun off driver’s left after my apex and stalled. I need a flat tow now.”

You might be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that’s a lot! Is there any way to learn this stuff in a classroom before I go out on the track?” And lucky you, the answer is, “Yes!” Every spring, RMVR holds our world-famous Fire & Rescue School before the season begins. Many of our experienced workers come to the class, too. Fire & Rescue is a great way to “brush off the cobwebs” after a few months off from racing. In the class, we cover how to keep yourself safe, how normal race operation works, and what to do when things go south. We practice with the radios, the flags, and even with the fire extinguishers. Everyone has a great time seeing old friends, making new ones, and getting ready for the season. Check the RMVR event schedule for details.

If you’re thinking about buying a race car, but you’re not ready yet, working Flagging & Communications is a great way to meet all the people and get into the scene. You’ll make friends who can help you get yourself and your car ready. Since we’re like one big family, RMVR folks love to help each other out, even if they are fierce competitors! Plus, if you work the whole season with us (about 100 hours) you’ll automatically earn a free entry into the following season’s Drivers’ School!

There are a lot of perks that come with being a Flagging & Communications worker. RMVR prides itself in providing the best worker experience of all the Colorado racing groups. Workers get lunch each day they work, we attend the Saturday night parties for free (and we get to jump to the head of the food line!), adult beverages after the track goes cold, accommodations if we travel out of town, a race t-shirt and a commemerative patch, and the best perk of all: lunch-time rides in the race cars!

Not only do you get all of this, but you hang out with people who love fast, beautiful cars as much as you do. Working Flagging & Communications is absolutely the best (and cheapest) way to be a part of the Colorado auto racing scene! Come join us!

Contact our chiefs of Flagging & Communications and they will be happy to help you get started.

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