October 2020 Track Report

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October 2020 Track Report

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Drivers –

Please give it up for your entire track team and its efforts to salvage an abbreviated GGR track season this year. Admittedly, it has been a bit hairy, scheduling four events within a seven week time frame. Since our last report, we have completed our DE/Club Race events at Laguna Seca and Thunderhill. We have one more event October 10-11 – another Club Racing Only at Sonoma Raceway.

Of significant importance, we presented, during lunch on Saturday at Thunderhill, recognition of three dedicated track program volunteers.

First, we presented in absentia the Don Lang Memorial Award to our Tech Chair, John Teasley. (The Don Lang Memorial Award is presented annually to the GGR member who most exhibits the spirit of good sportsmanship and service to the Club as shown by Don Lang, in whose memory the award is presented.) John Teasley is so much more than deserving of this award for his tireless work as our Tech and Safety Chair. John has made many improvements to the tech inspection process, has been integral to the updates to our DE rules, and is a wonderful ambassador for GGR to all of our track events participants. Congratulations John!

Secondly, we presented, finally, our 2019 Instructor of the Year award to the amazing Parker Merrill. Parker spent over 40 years as a teacher in Oakland. In 1986 he and a fellow teacher started the Engineering Academy at Oakland Technical High School where he focused on introducing kids to “what engineers do.” His knowledge of math and physics combined with a vast amount of teaching experience put him in a great position to excel as an HPDE instructor.

Parker began tracking with GGR in 2002 and became an instructor in 2015. Since that time he has consistently demonstrated a calm demeanor and a willingness to volunteer his time and expertise. Parker always sticks with his students until they accomplish the goal(s) he has set for them. He provides excellent feedback to both his students and the CDI with recommendations for the student’s further advancement. In his spare time at the track he often works on the safety crew with Paul Marty.

We concluded our presentations with a Proclamation of Appreciation for Ken Mack, for all of his outstanding support of PCA, GGR, and all Porsche owners for 50 years. Ken has been a PCA Golden Gate Region member in good standing since 1970. It is said that he has owned over 100 Porsches. Ken owned Porsche Technique and Ken’s Sportech, and has been a sponsor of the DE and Time Trial Series. He has served as Competition Director and its Time Trial Chair. Ken has served with dedication, enthusiasm, dependability, openness, helpfulness, and a most importantly, a cheerful spirit appreciated by all who have known him. Ken served as Track Steward for the last time at this most recent event at Thunderhill, and will serve his last stint as Pace Car Driver at our Club Race at Sonoma October 10-11. Thank you, Ken, for all you have provided us, and for setting such a wonderful example of what it means to serve our club!

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Ken’s Main Course Ken’s Dessert

We are often complimented on how well organized and smoothly our track events run. (“…down to a science,” a PCA national steward recently claimed.) Of course, what appears swan-like on the surface is backed up by furious paddling below. Your track team, led by the example of Ken Mack, makes it look easy, but they are working hard so you have a great experience on track with us!

No peeking, though. Eyes up, drivers!


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