Every season, short track racing welcomes scores of new promoters, courageous ladies and gentlemen accepting the challenge of track operation. Sometimes, track operation and promotion is bewildering, much different and more complex than expected. Against this backdrop, Workshops regulars each year ask, “Where are the first-year promoters? They see the newcomers each year, and stand ready to become friends, advisers and mentors. They remember their first seasons, the weekly tests of their character, how friends in the pits became unfriendly, and they recall the great difficulty figuring out where to turn for answers. “Where do I get a crash course in track operation,” they asked themselves? They remember what a relief it was to attend their first Workshop, how different it was from what they expected, or what they heard it would be. They found promoters willing to share ideas, take time, ready to network and lend a hand, at the Workshops and year ‘round upon returning home, confiding in each other the unvarnished truth. RPM is the place you will find and gather your own “kitchen cabinet” of trusted fellow promoters with whom you can compare notes with every week throughout the season.
If you’re with a regional tour, a series, a club track, or drivers’ club, you might wonder as people do every year, whether you are welcome at an event named a “promoters’ workshop.” Don’t let the name mislead. We welcome you! Much scheduling gets done at the Workshops. Traveling clubs make acquaintances and connections at the Workshops as much as track owners and operators. And they join in the sessions alongside promoters. Some of the most successful driver’s clubs and touring series make the Workshops an annual stop.