Corner Captain


The Corner Captain is one of the most critical positions to the safety and efficient running of the event! They keep both the workers on course and the drivers safe. They prevent unnecessary reruns by ensuring that the course is properly set up at all times. And they watch for any other safety issue that might arises. The most experienced available people are normally selected to be Corner Captains. However, any driver that is not registered as a Novice may be selected if needed. So, be sure you’re watching and learning when you’re a novice assigned as a Course Worker, you will eventually be called upon to be a Corner Captain.

  • The Corner Captain is the voice of experience on every corner station, there to assist and train new course workers so that they will learn and stay safe.
  • The Corner Captain will ensure it’s clear for workers to proceed onto the course.
  • The Corner Captain will monitor the movement of the workers resetting cones to ensure their safety. (Watch each others’ backs!)
  • The Corner Captain will normally hold the flag and radio while other workers assigned to the station run for cones. A sufficiently trained worker may be given the flag and radio, but it is still the Corner Captain’s responsibility to ensure that they are doing the job correctly.
  • Communication:
    • Mentally note the number and/or description of each car as it approaches your station.
    • Radio in any cone penalties or safety issues to the timing crew promptly.
    • The radios do not transmit immediately when you press the talk button, give them a second before you start speaking.
    • Speak clearly and distinctly, but do not yell.
    • Always give the car number or make/model/color of the car.
    • Listen for acknowledgement. If your call is not acknowledged by timing, either ask if they got it, or repeat the call.
  • Prior to the course going hot, ensure the following:
    • Enough workers present at station. (normally two)
    • Ensure fire extinguisher is present and serviceable.
    • Have a red flag present, unrolled, but furled and in-hand.
    • Have a radio present, tested and in-hand.
    • One worker should handle both the flag and the radio, additional workers will be cone-setters.