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ECR is OPEN - Adult Day Care!!

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If you are not a member, NOW is the time!! WHY?!?!? Even MORE track time...the latest update:

---latest email update (3/19/2020)---

If we were not used to being out of control in our cars and bikes all the time … this COVID thing might intimidate ECR Members! 
 
The world has changed, again, since out last letter. And it is our collective and individual responsibility to do everything in our power to minimize the COVID 19 risk to each and every one of us -- and to our friends and family. We control risk through behavior; we can do specific things to reduce and mitigate it. 
 
Some Good News: 
 
  • You are not a Pro Driver… otherwise you’d be very dazed and confused on weekends. 
 
  •  The core activity in Driving is an individual and essentially (when you are in your car) quarantined activity.
 
  •  We can be Safe (at least from COVID – we can’t protect you from your driving) by being rigorous about social interaction. 
 
So – in answer to many of your questions: 
 
  • ECR will not only continue to operate, but we will add track time during the week. Consider it Adult Day care ! 
 
  • This week we will add (and advise week to week): 
  • Tuesday March 24th: 9:30 – 1:30
  • Wednesday March 25th: 9:30 – 1:30 
  • We are keeping regular hours for the other calendar Member days. We are Running our open track days with much smaller number of attendees
  • Cancellations of larger Events (PCA – NASA) = More member track time.  
  • Let us when you will Drive/Ride – short notice is ok. 
  • [email protected]
  • Text or Call: (951) – 283 5680
 
  • We MUST control the risk. More track time with reduced amount of guests means any social interaction can be well under the CDC guidelines. 
 
  • ·      We are evaluating other Member activities – including advanced clinics with a small number of drivers, that can be safely conducted at the track. This will also mitigate another risk – Poor Driving Technique. Stay tuned.  
 
  • We are changing our behavior and Member Day format: 
  • Smaller Groups – No more than 8 people in any clubhouse areas. We are moving furniture to account for that. 
  • Social Distancing – More than 6 feet apart – 10 Feet better. Just Do it – you might end up liking it. 
  • Don’t Shake Hands !!! That is probably the single most significant behavior change. Just Don’t Do it. And follow other CDC guidelines.
  • Protective Gear – You are welcome to wear Masks and Latex Gloves: we will offer them in the clubhouse based on availability. 
  • Shake and Bake – Closed. B/Y/O lunch please. We will provide Water / Coffee and very limited, pre-packaged snacks.
  • Guests – It pains us deeply, but we cannot accommodate spectators or guests. If you want a family member to come along, we have to limit it to 1 Family member per driver and we need prior notice ([email protected]). We may have to turn them down if we are above our limit. Any family member will be briefed and need to follow ECR guidelines.
  • We will continue the process of ‘hyper-care’ in disinfecting all surfaces several times a day and washing table cloths (wash cycle kills virus – so as effective on whole surface as thorough wiping). Disinfectant Wipes and Spray will be available in multiple locations. 
 
The Bottom Line:  If we work together, we can get a bunch of seat time, and develop a safe ‘new’ normal. Help us protect your access to driving at the track!  
 
And stay tuned as we continue to explore ways to get through this.
 
Best,
 
Your Friends at ECR. 
 
P.S. As always – questions and feedback welcome! 

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I was at ECR for 3 hours this morning.  No motorcycles so all car time.

I only went in the clubhouse at the start to sign in wearing a disposable glove and using my own pen.   Stayed in my car or in parking lot the rest of the time.  

On track alone, or with one or two cars all morning.

My second time out of the house in 7 days.

Jeff

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There you go, Jeff!

I was planning to run tomorrow but the guys found a fouled-up fuel pump during prep - the spare (a used one) backup had a leak, so rather than send the guys on a goose chase for one, I'll run another day / time. 

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Latest update - things are on hold for the time being....

---email update to members---

Is a track a Shelter ?  We'll have to find out...

Yup… it’s us again. 
 
We hope you and your family and loved ones are healthy and safe. 
 
Life at ECR is generally not boring – but recent events are taking it to a whole new level, for all of us. 
 
We have been able to operate member and open track days until now -- and even had a visit from the Sherrif’s office Saturday to verify what we are up to. Happy to report that they were impressed with our social distancing efforts and they now understand that driving, at its core, is a very individual activity. They sent the local paper to document – complete with Member interview (thank you John Shofner for representing) 
 
Many of you have written to encourage us to stay open. We have turned our protocol upside down – and turned ECR into close to a ”drive through”. 
 
Unfortunately – most counties in DFW (including Wise county) now have a ‘shelter in place’ order. We have requested a specific opinion from Wise county to confirm that we qualify as an acceptable, safe, outdoor activity. Our opinion is there is a protocol for a member to register for a day, show up to the Paddock and Grid and just Drive or Ride. It makes the experience ‘touchless’ and super safe from infection.  
 
We think we have a fair shot with Wise county but cannot speak to how it interacts with the many other Counties you live in. It is hard to understand if it is acceptable to commute to an approved and safe activity. It passes the common sense rule but that’s not the legal standard. 
 
So – we are cancelling the schedule for Tomorrow March 24th and Thursday March 25th. For those of you that signed up – we are sorry, but you cannot drive/ride. 
 
We are currently trying to keep Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the schedule as member days (with strict new rules to be safe from infection), We are hoping we get a favorable answer from Wise county. We hope to know tomorrow. 
 
Stay tuned for more updates. Crazy times! 
 
Your Friends at ECR !! 

 

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I got out for 3 1/2 hour sessions yesterday.  It was a good setup as the clubhouse was closed except the bathrooms.  Signed in in garage unattended.  Easy social distancing.

 

Jeff

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Awesome!

It's back open to members, with some changes / social distancing. Even has the blessing from Wise County! Planning to run the Monte this Saturday.

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