Meeting Minutes For CNYR SCCA, Wed. June 13, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:17 p.m. by ASST.R.E. Ed Leubner.

R.E. Mike Donofrio was unable to attend due to a training class for his new position on the Cicero-North Syracuse Board of Education.
Asst.R.E. Ed Leubner welcomed all to the meeting noting that we had a speaker for the evening, 20 yr old Brandon Kidd, from Manlius, NY who normally races on oval tracks and has now added road courses and would discuss his experiences.
Ed thanked Rex Franklin for bringing our stock of CNYR merchandise to the meeting and many sales were made during the evening.
Ed reminded those present that Mike Donofrio would not be running for re-election as R.E., especially with the extra demands of his new position on the Board of Education.
Ed urged those present to consider candidates for the position.
Beyond that and apologizing for missing our last SOLO event, Ed had nothing more either for the R.E. report or the A.R.E. Report.

Jay Cartini had nothing new to report.

Bob Holcomb made a correction to the May CNY Meeting Minutes, replacing the word "April" with the word "May" to cover the May meeting request to delay approval of the April minutes wait until the April issue of Snarling Exhaust was available.
As the April issue was already published, this needed correcting.
Bob made a motion that the April & May minutes be approved as corrected.
Mike Levy seconded, motion carried.
Bob had nothing more.

Rob Sgarlata checked with Jay Cartini to make sure the caterer is booked for our August 8th picnic at the Onondaga Yacht Club.
Jay Cartini verified that we are all set.

Mark Bizzozero said everyone had a good time at our latest event held at the Shoppingtown Mall.
Mark thanked Rex Franklin for chairing the event.
Rex noted that Dunkin Donuts had a stand set up with coffee and donuts and that they seemed very pleased with the response from competitors and spectators.
Rex also said the staff at Shoppingtown are looking forward to our next event there.
Rob Sgarlata asked how many workers were on the Safety Crew?
Mark said four and a discussion followed as to how they could best be used at future events to avoid any delays or lapse in coverage for certain areas.
Rob noted that one should be assigned to help handle waivers.
Mark said our next event is July 8th at Cherry Valley with Scott Newton chairing and the event will be an enduro.
Different changes to the standard enduro format were discussed, with a total distance after so many laps probably being the one they will try.
Mark said he needed someone to move our SOLO van from Shoppingtown to Cherry Valley and several members offered to help.
Jay Cartini mentioned that Evan Haas is looking into new computer equipment for our SOLO program.

Jim Quattro said our last event was at the SPCR event in Pennsylvania and was considered a good marketing event for our program.
Jim also said he sold several multi-race packs which cover entry for the season.
He also said that our web-site is one of the best advertising tools for our events with several entries coming from out of state and requiring many hours of driving to attend.
Our next event will be July 14th at the Walczyk farm near Weedsport.

Mick Levy said the turnout for the recent SVRA event at Watkins Glen was low, well below estimates, which had optimistically reached toward 700 cars.
Between authentic Cobras, GT-40's and Shelby Mustangs, plus on track cars the total was probably below 400.
Unfortunately the recent passing of Carroll Shelby may have affected attendance.
Upcoming events at Watkins Glen include the Rolex 6HRS June 29th through July 1st, The SCCA Glen Nationals July 6th to 8th and the SCCA Glen Regional July 21st to 22nd.
Mick also mentioned that he learned the hard way, a 1965 Barracuda does not RALLY well due to it's rather inadequate brakes!

Andrew Beyer arrived mid-meeting and had no report.

Mike Gagliardi said that the Central New York Raceway Park start up is coming along with approval of the required permits being the starting point. The drag strip portion of the plan has been dropped due to concerns from the local community. The track will hopefully be available for events in 2013 and the buildings to house a restaurant and other facilities completed by 2014.
Mick Levy and Bob Holcomb reported that Watkins Glen is due for a complete repaving after the 2013 season.
Mick said the rumor during SVRA was that IRL may be back at The Glen in 2014.
Perhaps IRL & ISC have been working on their differences and hope to offset some of the glamour of having two Formula-1 events in the U.S. by then.
Rumor so far, just rumor.


Ed Leubner mentioned the MG Car Club sponsored event coming up at Lorenzo in Cazenovia.
He then introduced Brandon Kidd, who has now added two SCCA Mazda MX-5 Playboy Series races to his resume, Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio.
Locally Brandon normally runs a crate engine late model on dirt tracks.
He also runs a limited ARCA schedule on asphalt.
All in all, a good mix for such a young racer.
What most of the veteran racers in the region appreciate with Brandon is that he considers each form of racing "FUN" and a challenge to enjoy, especially the famed "Corkscrew" at Laguna and of course, the Playboy Bunnies brought a smile to his face as well.
His Mid-Ohio MX-5 ride was with T. J. Wilson Racing.
Brandon started 9th and finished 9th of 22 starters, pretty good for just his 2nd road race.
His next ARCA starts will be July 13th in Iowa followed by Indiana July 27th.
To keep track of Brandon's racing activities you can access his web-site:

Wes Davis won it for $17.

Lee Hidy made a motion to adjourn.
Rex Franklin seconded, motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:19 p.m.

Submitted by Bob Holcomb, Sec. CNYR SCCA

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