Grid Worker

  1. RADIO It’s important to understand how to use the radio correctly.
    • Radio should be set to frequency 7.3 to communicate with workers. (this is also listed inside the radio box)
    • Use the orange talk button to communicate.
    • Don’t use the “Call” button (makes loud chirp/warbling sound and nobody can talk).
    • Always wait to talk for a second after depressing the talk button (otherwise your first few words may get cut off)
    • Face into the wind when talking so that the wind doesn’t blow into the microphone.
    • If your radio “beeps” when you depress the talk button that’s a signal that your batteries are going dead. (some radios now have a battery level display) Call in and someone will bring you replacements.
  2. GRID Create as many Grids as there are run groups.  The Chief of Workers will know the number of run groups.  Each grid will contain 3 or 4 single-driver lines and 1 dual-driver line.  Mark the grid lines in advance with cones so the drivers can easily see where to line up without additional instruction.  Chalk may be used to designate Grid number (typically A or B) and which line is a dual driver line (DD or Dual)
  3. Make sure there is adequate room at the back of grid for cars to line up safely.  Form additional lines if necessary.
  4. It is your job to collect the timing cards in the correct order.
    • Start by collecting the first set of cards from the Dual Driver line, the first driver should be on top.
    • Then go to the Single Driver lines.  Collect approximately half of the Single Driver timing cards
    • Then go back to the Dual Driver line (for second drivers timing cards)
    • Finally collect the remaining second half of the Single Driver lines.  IMPORTANT: Remember what car is the start of the second half of the single driver lines. Tell the driver of that car that he is to follow the dual driver lane.
  5. Once the cars start entering the course, communicate with the drivers in grid to make sure they are ready. It’s especially important to inform the person at the start of a new line, what car he/she is going to be following….so they can get ready in advance.
  6. Make sure people stay with their cars in grid.  If you find an empty car that’s holding up the line, don’t be afraid to shout to try and find the driver.
  7. Make sure the cars in the line move forward so that the returning cars can get back to their grid space.
  8. Make sure the cars returning to grid get back into the same lane and order as they started.
  9. If you’re lucky enough to have a second grid worker to help you, have them work the back of grid, making sure drivers keep their speeds down approaching grid, making sure drivers are with their cars,  and  know when their line will start moving, etc…