Road racing wouldn't exist without the commitment & professionalism of the various worker specialties. These volunteers really run the show by getting up close and personal with the drivers and cars. They've also been known to have a bit of fun at the end of the day. To become a race official look over the list below and then go to the contact list to find the Regional Administrator for that specialty. We're always looking to add to the crew. Club racing volunteer membership application.
FLAGGING & COMMUNICATION
These are the folks dressed in white, trackside at each turn. They use flags to inform drivers of track conditions, operate a race control radio net, and handle first response to incidents on track. You'll also see them on TV at professional racing events.
Starters handle the flags in the tower. They’re responsible for starting races, tracking progress and throwing the checkered flag at the finish.
The Pit Marshals control action in pit lane, serve as traffic cops during practice, qualifying, and race, and insure that conditions in the pits are safe, taking care of matters such as fire control.
The Paddock Marshall monitors activities in the paddock to ensure vehicles are legally parked, that race and non-race vehicles are driven safely, and watches for potential safety hazards in and around the garages.
The Grid Marshals place the cars in proper order for races and performs traffic control as cars are released to the track. They check driver safety gear and that cars permitted on track have passed inspection.
TIMING & SCORING
Timing & Scoring is one of the most challenging of specialties, responsible for determining lap times and track position. You have to actually see the T&S workers in action to realize all that they do tracking a race in progress.
Tech inspectors check cars for safety and rules compliance and ensure drivers’ gear is in good condition. They manage impound, and verify that the top finishing cars are in legal racing condition.
Registrars sign everybody in and ensure racers have paid their entry fees. If you like working with people, this may be for you. You may work here in the morning and elsewhere in the afternoon.
Sound control is a little known but necessary specialty. Sound Control monitors all sessions on the track and assists cars that may violate rules governing sound levels.
Some highly experienced participants become stewards. Operating Stewards are responsible for overall management of a race. Stewards of the Meeting are responsible for judicial aspects of the event such as handling protests.
The Course Marshals maintain and deliver equipment to the corners and provide equipment and course support as needed during an event.
Race worker Wikipedia entry.
Club racing volunteer membership application.
Note that there are two worker rewards programs, one from the SCCA National Office and one from Milwaukee Region.