Corner workers

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Corner workers are probably the single most important worker at any given track event. They serve as eyes around the next bend before you get there, and they serve as the eyes and ears for the event stewards. They can warn you of impending danger, and even prevent disasters by being trained properly and being proactive when it comes to on-track safety.Stack 06:48, 22 December 2006 (PST)

Their jobs (non-crisis situation):

  • Watch all cars in their area for any signs of trouble
    • Smoking of any kind
    • Visible mechanical issues
    • Audible mechanical issues
    • Rules infractions
      • Windows up or down
      • Passing rules
      • Aggression
  • Watch their area for any off-track dangers
    • Stray animals
    • Stray people
    • Debris
  • Communicate with track and event officials
    • Report rules infractions
    • Utilize flags to keep event running smoothly and safely

Their jobs (crisis situation):

  • Respond appropriately to any incident in their area
    • Call Advanced Life Support and Fire/Rescue when needed
    • Utilize yellow, red/yellow, black, and red flags properly
    • Direct drivers on track what to do after an incident
      • Make sure traffic is clear before allowing a car to re-enter the track
      • Make sure drivers stay in their cars in the event of an emergency (Advanced Life Support or Fire/Rescue on track)

Most corner workers are emplyees of the facility... either directly employed, or contracted out through the local SCCA shapter, and they are paid an hourly rate for what they do. Some groups have volunteer corner workers working in exchange for discounted track time with that club.

The corner workers are almost always motorsport enthusiats just like you. They do it because they want to contribute and participate in any way they can. Most enjoy being out there and watching the drivers. They notice and applaud quality driving and cooperation. Its always a good practice to give all the corner workers on station a wave or a thumbs-up while you're on your warm-up and/or cool-down lap with each session out.