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Introduction

Well hello there. 

Welcome to the NASA section of the MSF forums. It is my goal to serve as a valuable resource for the entire group on topics relating to NASA and safety. Please don't hesitate to ask/share any questions, thoughts, or opinions you may have on a certain subject matter. 

I have served as an official with the Southeast and Florida regions of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) since 2009. With over 10 years of experience in the motorsport industry working as a corner marshal and assisting in scrutineering for regional and national events. I currently have the roles of Chief of Race Control & Race Director with NASA Southeast, NASA Florida, and NASA's Eastern States Championships.

In addition to volunteering as an official, I also race in the NASA Performance Touring D and Time Trial D classes. I campaign a 2013 Scion FR-S and have been one of the few pioneers developing this platform into a competitive club racer. When not at the race track, I can be found at my local kart club, 103rd Street Karting Complex, in Jacksonville. My plans for the foreseeable future involve LO206 kart racing and some endurance karting events with friends and family.

I currently reside in Fernandina Beach, FL with my wife and 2 young children. All the time spent in the tower and as a marshal have shed a significant light on the importance of safety in motorsport, and I consistently put in an effort to spread this awarenes and share what I learn with others. 
 

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Are head and neck restraints mandatory or optional in NASA non-racing events?

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Head and Neck restraint devices are optional for non wheel to wheel groups in NASA. Since it is considered High Performance Driving Experience (HPDE), anyone is able to bring their street car as is and work on improving their driving skill. The only requirements are an approved helmet and a car in good working condition.

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Hello, I work within NASA as well under the Arizona Region. I served a short time on grid starting in 2006 before moving to race control in early 2008. In 2013 I moved again to event director to take some pressure off of the regional director. I currently manage the minute to minute actions of all our events including hiring and training of race control and flagging staff and am able to substitute for the race director or any other group leaders as needed. 

Along with my work within NASA, I work as a part time fire fighter, full time EMT on an ambulance, tower coordinator for Phoenix International Raceway, race control for Global Time Attack, and member of Response Motorsports Safety which is the current safety team for Red Bull Global Rally Cross. I have worked with the BMWCCA and Lotus Cup series and local PCA regions as well as local drift series all conducting events within NASA AZ events. I have also worked with Shift Sector, Speed District, and the SCCA Trans-Am Series while working for Global Time Attack. 

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