Karen Salvaggio Posted January 29, 2011 Share Posted January 29, 2011 Greetings Endurance Racers! I am honored to serve as Series Leader for the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) Series in 2011. The WERC has a long and significant history within our organization, and as we've grown over the years, adding 6-, 12-, and most recently 25-Hour competions to the race schedule, the WERC Series has developed into a truly signature series for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). Many of you have competed in the WERC Series since its inception, and you hold the collective memories from the early days in our Series. You have watched/facilitated the growth and changes over time, and I truly look forward to learning from your experience. The Series has grown considerably from those early days, and has now become the proving ground for semi-pro and even pro teams, as well as the stomping ground of fiercely-enthusiatic, grassroots endurance racers like yourselves, whom we've all had the honor of sharing pitspace alongside and holding in awe their commitment and passion to this sport. To check your level of endurance racing sanity.....If you believe there's nothing like wandering up and down a foggy/rainy/muddy pit row at Thunderhill at 2:00 AM, going trailer to trailer, looking for a replacement part, or seriously considering cannibalizing a friend's (or better yet, a complete stranger's) street car in the name of procuring the parts needed to get your race car back on track....Well, you just might be an endurance racer..;.) As a little personal history....I ran my first endurance race in 1993 in a vintage C-Production car. Now that I look back at it, it was a "simple" little 2-hour enduro, but to our team, it was the greatest challenge we ever faced. Finishing that race, well, you'd have thought we won Daytona or LeMans....I still remember the celebration in the pits (and we didn't win...We just finished!)....That race left an indelible mark in my memory....I was hooked on endurance racing! In the years since, I've grown to love endurance racing even more, and have been very fortunate to share the track with many of you in WERC competitions over the last four years, including the 25 Hours in 2007-2010. The WERC Series attracts a wide range of racers and folks who have the uniquely competitive spirit of endurance racing running through their veins. To me, this Series is following in the historic footsteps of the greatest endurance racing series in the world, and for those of us with a passion for this sport, we see endurance racing as the ultimate test of teamwork, logistics, driving skills, and sheer grit and determination (and yes, Lady Luck has a hand too!). I look forward to working with each of you this year, and in facilitating discussions which will focus on the unique aspects of endurance racing. Working together with everyone here, our seasoned veterans along with racers for whom this may be their first foray into the endurance racing ranks, we will continue to develop and present the finest in endurance racing competitions. (Ok......Off to watch the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona!) Karen Karen Salvaggio FFR #28 Type-65 Coupe FFR #28 Challenge Series Roadster 2010 West Coast Champion 2010 Southern California Champion 2011 Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) April 9, 2011 - Buttonwillow (3hr) May 15, 2011- Thunderhill (1 + 2 hour)* June 25, 2011 - Buttonwillow (3hr) August 13-14, 2011 - Thunderhill (1 + 2 hour)* October 8, 2011- Buttonwillow (3hr) December 3, 2011 - Thunderhill (6 hr) *This endurance race will during 5pm -6pm on Saturday night. The cars will be stopped on track and impounded. The race will continue from 8am-10am on Sunday morning. This allows teams to tow on Saturday and return on Sunday. If also allow a later start time for other drivers on Sunday. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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