NUTS & BOLTS by Chris Mosley

January 2014

Happy New Years to all. It’s the start of a brand new year. Did you know that the celebration of New Year’s Day (or New Year’s eve to be exact) on the first of January is a relatively new experience. According to Wikipedia the practice of celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1st began around the year 1751. Prior to then New Year’s was celebrated for thousands of years in February or March, much closer to the first day of spring than the new calendar year. Given a choice, I think the thousands of people who go to Times Square to celebrate the countdown to the new year would prefer March 31 as it would probably be a much warmer experience.

Pocono, it has finally been decided that the Mother’s Day event at Pocono will be on the calendar for 2014. There has been a lot of back and forth as to whether we would be going back there this year. The event will be run by a combination of regions this year. Most likely at this juncture, NEPA, SJR and NNJR.

As you know the track was completely resurfaced last year and a new track layout was used for the Mother’s Day event. Many drivers were complimentary about the new layout and the work that had been done at the track. There were some minor issues in that first weekend as the track owners were scrambling to finish up some of the new buildings and other items. There were also some parking issues as we were not allowed to use either the NASCAR area or the outfield as they were trying to protect the newly paved racing surfaces out there.

I have spoken with Stephen Sodl about some of these issues and have been assured that these have been fixed. New for this year, we will be able to use all of the garage areas for paddock parking. The NASCAR garages that had been previously off limit will now be open for our use as well as the paved areas around those garages. There should be no parking issues this year. Also, all new building construction will be completed before our arrival. The owners and managers of Pocono Raceway have spent millions to improve the track and the grounds. Please plan on joining us at the Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund Freedom Races at the all new Pocono Raceway on May 10 and 11.

Volunteer: (vol uh n teer): noun,
1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.
2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

We need you! We need all of you to step up and volunteer to help NNJR to put on events. Whether it’s racing, solo, rally, board members or just general help. We need you now more than ever. With so many regions and so many new tracks opening up around the northeast the current corp of volunteers cannot keep up with the demand. We’re not asking for you to give up your life, just a weekend here or there. Even if you can only give a day. Your help would be appreciated so much. We’ll feed you, train you introduce you to some great folks and make sure you have an incredible day!

To all our race drivers there are lots of things happening around the SCCA. This month’s “Fast Track” charts all of the changes to many of the current classes.

Go here: http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44415 to find out the lastest info and make sure you are compliant.

Don’t forget the “NEW” Divisional Series. This series will be open to all GCR recognized classes plus some additional regional area only classes. The series will visit eight different tracks and crown “Divisional Champions” at the end of the year. National class leaders will be eligible for SCCA Runoff’s invitations.

Here is the series schedule:

12-13 April - Summit Point
24-26 May - NHMS
14-15 June - Pitt Race (BeaveRun)
28-29 June - NJMP
26-27 July - Nelson Ledges
9-10 August - Pocono
13-14 September - Watkins Glen
26-27 September - Lime Rock

The series rules will be posted on the NNJR website. If you have any questions on the series, please feel free to call me at 973-723-8069 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We have some exciting events coming up to start off the new year:
Wednesday, Jan 15 – NNJR Monthly Board Meeting at Tiff’s in Morris Plains
Saturday, Jan 18 – SJR Party and awards banquet. From 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the NJMP Officers Club
Sunday, Jan 26 – NNJR Party from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Packanack Lake Club House in Wayne
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, March Lions Driving School at NJMP