RACE: Runoffs 97-JPMD #36: Big Thanks to....

Now that I've had a few hours sleep, I realize I have not yet thanked some of the people who were most critical to my success as your correspondent. Ann McHugh, who was in charge of the press room, did an outstanding job of keeping everything...

Now that I've had a few hours sleep, I realize I have not yet thanked some of the people who were most critical to my success as your correspondent.

Ann McHugh, who was in charge of the press room, did an outstanding job of keeping everything straight, checking the facts, setting up the printing, and doing all the thankless stuff that needs to be done. THANKS A MILLION, ANN!

Eddie Mallinak took care of much of the actual writing of the official press notes and generously gave me the information as soon as I could get it out to you.

Greg Rubinstein, who leads the SCCA Pro PR effort, insured that I would get copies of the Runoffs Ramblings for you, as well as the usual results data files. Greg delegated some of the actual file management to Eric Prill, in addition to his other responsibilities. Thanks, Eric, for keeping me up to date.

Thanks to the Weather Steward who provided an outstanding week of blue skies, warm temperatures, and scenic beauty. Dennis Dean said if he could find out who the WS was, he'd hire him in a heartbeat for next year.

For technical reasons we did not have a feed from the worker communications network, which has helped us in the past with the race notes. However, Ann made sure that there were spotters on course calling in the action so that Eddie's notes would reflect the race, so that you could read about it. Thanks to Bette French and the others who worked these "media outposts." Also, thanks to those folks like Bette and Karen (?) and others who assisted Ann in the day-to-day stuff like melting down the copiers and keeping results current.

The folks in Timing and Scoring were wonderful, and I especially want to recognize Bill Skibbe and Dave "Killer" Killian, the chiefs, who worked through every worker party in order to get results out. We'd look across the track and see their lights on just as we were getting ready to leave, so we know they were working late.

More Thanks.... --------------- To the SoPac worker crew who clued me in the on-track happenings; who filled me in on who passed whom where, the good dices versus the duds, and for accepting me into their motorhomes for conversation when they could have easily slammed the doors.

To Jeannie and Marian and Steve Sanders and all the Mazda folks for the great feeds and even better cameraderie.

To the drivers who worked hard all year to make it to the Runoffs, and who gave us a good show--and not too many disqualifications!

To Jane Anderson, who filled in some of the technical details that my layman's mind couldn't grasp. To Dennis Dean, for taking the time to answer questions and for keeping it all straight. To Mid-Ohio, for being such a beautiful track. To Andy Banta for his encouragement and support. To Richard Welty for all he's done for the club, and for convincing me to attend.

To those of you whom I've forgotten in this bleary-eyed missive, my heartfelt thanks as well.

I've caught a lot of heat for trying to keep our membership informed about the doings of the club, but thankfully, there are those like Eddie, Greg, Eric, and all the others who helped me to reach you. We can't afford to retain our "secret car club of america" moniker, but we also can't feed the audience the sweets without the sauerkraut or we lose our credibility. Only through open information can rational dialog occur. Thanks to all of you who have endorsed and supported this concept. And thank you to the founding fathers for their forethought in framing the first amendment.

Lastly, to each of you, thanks. Thanks for putting up with over 40 postings; thanks for your suggestions and feedback; thanks for making this trip happen and a happening; and thanks for letting me ramble on even now.

Have a good holiday (or racing season, depending on which part of the country you're in) and I look forward to meeting more of you next year.

John Dillon

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