May 2016 Pit Stop and Rally #2 of 7 Results posted…

The latest edition of Pit Stop is now available online at

Print version should be arriving shortly for those of you who receive a paper copy.

Results for the “Baskett Case IV” from Terry and Bob have been posted online at

Patch Party Pics

2016 Bonus Program Changes and Introductory Opportunities

Autocross Bonus Program Changes:
Last May, the board made changes to the Autocross Bonus Program in hopes of encouraging more people to participate in more work events. Here’s how it goes:
1 worked day will earn 1 at-cost entry to an event (a savings of approximately $17).
2 worked days will unlock the Autocross Bonus Program Achievement! (Giving an extra scored run in each autocross heat for the year).
3 or more worked days will earn both an at-cost entry and participation in the bonus program.
As in previous years, ‘reconnaissance’ and ‘cut’ days do not count as workdays.

Mark your calendars! April’s patch party dates are our only scheduled workdays:
April 10, 17, and 18 (25 Alternate) at Mid-American Air Center: Lawrenceville–Vincennes International Airport

Introductory Opportunities:
On March 20, we held the first of three preparatory driving events for our 2016 season.
Bob Sonntag lead novices and experienced Ralliers alike through the basics and finer points of rallying.
It was a beautiful day for driving, and a great class. Thanks Bob, and all who attended. I had fun!

There are two more Introductory Opportunities coming up on March 5th that everyone needs to be aware of:
Solo Safety Steward Training: Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. at the Evansville Central Library
Paul Dornburg will train folks to become Solo safety stewards.
Autocross School: Saturday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. at the Central Library
Dave Lehrschall and local autocross experts will share the finer points of setting up an
autocross car, classing it, driving it, and scoring.
Please take advantage of these opportunities!

Upcoming Meetings:
The March 1st Board Meeting will move to: Cihoals, Inc. 3700 Bell Rd. Newburgh, In. 5:30-7:45 P.M.
All are invited, but please RSVP to: Paul Blaylock:, 812-567-FIAT
The March 8th General Membership Meeting is unchanged: Smitty’s Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

If you want it done “right”, do it yourself!
I’m now assigning Rally-Masters and Autocross Event Marshalls for our 2016 Season.
Keep in mind, all designers and assistants earn full points for that event.
I would would also like to schedule Safety Stewards as far ahead as possible.
Please contact Paul Blaylock:, 812-567-FIAT, to claim your dates.

2016 Bonus Program Changes and Introductory Opportunities



TMMI Pictures

Sunday’s Autocross at the TMMI plant was well attended by both club workers and TMMI employees.

From Dave Lehrschall:

Yesterday, seemed to go very well at the Toyota autocross event. We had a very good turnout of SIR members, who spent the day working to insure the TMMI event was safe and lots of fun. Comments were positive and several focused on the professional way our SIR organization went about putting on the event.

Several TMMI drivers indicated a desire to participate from time to time in our SIR autocross events or to think about joining the SIR. They also seemed eager to start planning another TMMI event.

Rain shorted a fun run session after the main event, but many of our members got a chance to run the course several times.

It was fun watching, but I’m getting psyched-up for our autocross event this Sunday. I believe it’s the last autocross points event of the season. I think that I’ve moved ahead of Cone Donkey for 12th position (mainly because the blue cone plow has been parked). I’ve been unsuccessfully chasing Jr. Crowe and Jim Cannon on PAX for several events and always behind by just a bit. I’m trying to copy Jim’s smooth, but fast time and Jr’s delicate use of the throttle for steering control. Maybe this will be the weekend.

Don’t forget, Sunday, October 4, at Lawrenceville’s MAAC.


Rally #5 of 7 Results…

The latest results from Terry Davis’ “The Prisoner Recaptured” Rally on August 16th have been posted here.

Results were very tight point-wise with 4 of the 5 competitors being within 32 points of each other between 119 and 151.

That 5th competitor’s score should not be scoffed at, as they turned in a rather impressive score for their first rally. Jeff Schindler and Brad Burkhart, had messed up the third leg with a 601, but otherwise would have had best time of the day as their worst leg, was a 12 and had two(2) ones and a ZERO!

Congratulations to Matt Beasley and Ben Davis for squeaking out a win in A just barely in front of Stephen Yockey and Dave Lehrschall. But a big congratulations to Ernie and Sue Roales for winning not only class B, but also arriving closest to the rallymaster’s perfect time with a 119 overall. Proving once again, that all the bells and whistle in A do not necessarily add up to an overall win.


The Prisoner’s Farewell Rally Results…

The results from June 28th, 2015’s rally “The Prisoner’s Farewell” Rally from Bob Sonntag and Terry Davis are now available at:

It looks as though there will be at least one team that will be receiving a Zero bar so far at August’s Membership Meeting at The Log Inn. (Because Scorpio’s is closed…) Maybe another team can manage a zero leg at July 26th’s “Ice Cream Rally” in Owensboro to make Matt spend even more money he could have instead put on his new house!

Don’t forget though, that July’s Membership Meeting returns to it’s regularly scheduled location of Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse on Franklin St. in Evansville in less than two weeks on July 14th. We will be presenting trophies for Don Kelley’s rally and Terry Davis’ autocross that evening.