TOPEKA, Kan. — Rob Vargo, of Grand Junction, Colo., was named the inaugural SCCA Pro Racing Field Staff Member of the Year presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
The award will be given to Vargo during the SCCA National Convention March 7-9 in Charlotte, N.C. As part of the prize, he will receive a new set of four BFGoodrich Tires of his choosing for a passenger car or light truck.
Vargo started working with SCCA Pro Racing in 2006, attending a handful of Pirelli World Challenge and Mazda MX-5 Cup races. Part of what sets Vargo apart is his willingness to learn new things, including one of the most demanding jobs during the race weekend.
In his first few seasons as an SCCA Pro Racing official, Vargo was part of the Tech/Ops team responsible for helping with the setup and teardown of the series hospitality and tech area, in addition to pit lane officiating responsibilities during a race. Before the beginning of the 2013 race season, Vargo had volunteered to become the Chief of Timing and Scoring for the Mazda MX-5 Cup series.
“Working in the tower is totally different (than pit lane),” Vargo said. “Timing and scoring, I have learned, is really easy until it’s not. Then it’s instant craziness. Sometimes systems fail or events occur on the track that necessitate working with race control, quickly, to resolve issues or provide info so they can make a call, or even just have the trophy presentation. What makes it even more difficult is that information needed is needed right now.
“It can be a little stressful at times. But when you get it right, the race is managed as it should be and the show goes on for the world to see without a hitch, it rocks.”
BFGoodrich Tires has signed on to sponsor this new award to accompany its long-standing partnership with SCCA, which includes the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Club Racing Worker of the Year for the past three years.