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Stepping Down

PRL-Sammy H

Premium Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2017
Messages
290
Location
Whidbey Island, WA
PRL Drivers,

It is with great sadness tonight that I am announcing me stepping away from my duties as iRacing Manager for PRL.  After a short and to the point conversation with Jerome I have decided that in the best interest of PRL that I remove myself from this position for the foreseeable future.  My military career and the break I was in when in Florida has shifted me back to a Full-Time Deployable Command.  Unfortunately this has been overshadowing my happiness, desire, drive, passion, fun, and delicate balance it requires by me as a manager here in the group.  I have told all of you from the very beginning that I am fair and to the point and usually try pretty hard not to keep stuff from you.  Truth be told I have been dreading this day coming around with my career but I knew it was coming when I moved but I just tried really hard to avoid thinking about.  In doing so it has really worn me down mentally.  I enjoy racing with all you guys so much, I love doing my managerial duties for PRL, and Jerome and I have become good friends and somewhat business partners over last 18 months to rebuild PRL and focus on getting us to the top.  We have achieved quite the amount of goals together and there are more to come.  Whether those goals are attained with myself or another manager I know PRL will do great things and continue to strive for the best because that is all we know how to do.

As for me, this decision has been looming for a few weeks.  When I got to my new Duty Station and found out I was not going to be deployed I felt happiness cause I knew I would be able to race and finish this entire season with everyone.  Well, all that has changed now with the stuff going on in North Korea.  So I was told on Thursday last week that my Unit was extended on there current deployment and now they want me to meet them out there.  So since then I have been sitting by the phone waiting on the call to tell me to catch my flight.  It sucks because when you have to mentally prepare for a deployment it takes your mind completely out of the game on everything else going on.  This is what finally brought this decision to the forefront.  It needs to happen because it's the right thing for PRL.  I will not be able to focus as I should and what you all deserve and for that reason specifically is why I made the decision.  I have no idea when I am leaving and to be very honest don't know when I am coming back, it's just a waiting game right now until I get the word.  I really had my mind and thoughts messed up in the race tonight and ultimately just forced me to quit the race, I was completely out of touch with racing.

In my place Chris Perez will be stepping in.  Chris was brought on this season to be an Organizer in the Oval Series but for months now Jerome and I had been flirting with the idea of bringing in another manager.  Knowing what the chances were for my schedule we decided it would be best.  Chris was the hands down obvious choice for us, he has been into the managers role now for a few weeks we just never really announced anything.  Chris has been around PRL for a long time, he has managed many many championships here and basically has done everything I was doing and then some, he will have no issues filling this role.  I have complete confidence in his ability to continue to bring PRL up the ladder.  He's a proven asset to the group and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for the future.

This was quite the post and I do apologize for that.  But I have a few more things that need to be said.  I absolutely cannot put a price tag or a thank you big enough of the guys who helped me manage all our championships.  The Organizers for our series are the backbone of PRL, these are the ones who really take the fight out here daily for PRL and get the job done.  I absolutely would not have ever succeeded here without there help but most importantly there belief in me and my vision for PRL.  It goes without question these guys I truly respect as people.  For my drivers who I have become good friend with since being here, you all are great.  The laughs, the jokes, the funny wrecks, the hot dog stand, the heated battles, the passion, and the dedication is what really makes PRL special.  There are not many words to describe the type of people we have here who have been around for a while that I have grown to respect, and really makes me proud to call FRIENDS!  I would go to battle for you all any day of the week.

In closing, you all will still see me around on TS, I will still be attempting to race until that call comes but knowing it can be at any moment I felt now was the time to say this.  Good luck to all of us, lets keep the tires putting rubber down, and I will be sure to keep my head down so that one day I can come back and fight with you all on the track once again.

Picture here of my new Squadron CO's bird.  VAQ-136 "The Gauntlets"
 

soupflakes

Premium Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2017
Messages
467
Location
United States, Alabama, Mobile
Well all I can say is thank you a ton for your service. And that is for both the league AND for our country. I for one hope to still see you racing whenever you can. And if you go to north Korea kick that stupid kid out of his palace and set up a racing rig so you can still race! :D. In all seriousness though thanks, and hopefully we all still get to hang out, race together, and keep on keeping On.
 

SharkV

Manager
Staff member
Joined
Feb 1, 2017
Messages
1,537
Location
Québec City, Qc, Canada
Full Name
Dany Duchesne
iRacing ID
66775
Hi,

Thanks Sammy for all the work you've done to bring PRL where it is.

I wish you well in your future assignments, and it will always be a pleasure wrecking you anywhere on the track.

We all love Sammy...
 
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
10
Location
Daytona Beach, Florida
Sad to see you go but best of luck out there. You've always been one heck of a competitor, and we will all miss seeing you on the track. Stay safe out there, and may you return home safely!
 

twhite21x

Premium Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
56
Location
Charlotte, NC
Thanks Sammy for all you have done for PRL and the Oval Series. I have been here since season 1 and this has come a long way. However and more importantly, THANK YOU for what you do for our country. It takes a lot of brave men and women like yourself to keep the rest of us safe and for that I am truly greatful. Good luck with everything and stay safe!
 

smattocks

Active member
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
30
Location
USA, Virginia, Lorton
Sammy,
Sincerely sad to see you leave; even though it is for a highly worthy cause.  Things wont be the same without you.  we will leave a light on for ya! ;)
 

Eddie Hawks

Premium Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2017
Messages
83
Location
Navarre Florida, USA
Full Name
Eddie Hawks
iRacing ID
224533
Sammy,
Its been great working with you and i only know to well how it feels sitting around waiting on the call to catch that flight out. I wish you all the best on your deployment and try to stay in touch when you can. We just had a awsome week here as the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew together a few days along the coast... Was a sight to see....Good Luck my Friend and look fwd to flying and racing with you when you return... Go kick some ass !!!!

Eddie
 

Jeffery Ford

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Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
266
Location
La Feria, Texas
Sammy,

Awesome write-up by a well-spoken man.  Look at it all as an adventure, and when you return we will still be here and of course waiting your return.  Will be looking forward to your posts here at PRL about how things are going overseas.  Good luck, and until you leave have fun with us on the track.  We look forward to you returning after you leave.

Jeff
 

PRL-Sammy H

Premium Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2017
Messages
290
Location
Whidbey Island, WA
Appreciate all the comments guys. It truly shows the type of community we have here and that is what makes PRL so special and a place really that we call home, not just someplace that we race. As for me It's been 2 weeks since I was told i was going and still nothing. N. Korea decided to fire another missile yesterday so not sure how long I will be stationary here, but for the mean time I will enjoy every minute of it as best I can which means racing with you all and relaxing with the misses and my pup. Looking forward to getting on the track at Vegas, only got in 2 races so far this past week so ready to rock and roll.

Thanks again all of you and thanks to those guys who constantly txt to check on me also, means a lot!
 

Junkyardspecial

Premium Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2017
Messages
142
Location
Jupiter, FL
Full Name
Jaymes Peter O'Brien
iRacing ID
46387
Thank you for everything Sammy and welcoming me into the league last year. I should check up on here more often.
 

ColtonLayne

Premium Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
180
Location
East Tennessee
Full Name
Colton Layne
iRacing ID
156236
Sammy its been great knowing you for the short amount of time that I have and because of you and the other organizers hard work I felt welcome here from the first time I hopped onto the TeamSpeak. Stay safe when/if you go over there buddy and we will see you when ya get back. Hoping it doesn't come to any kind of conflict but you never know what can happen when you have a crazy man who teaches his whole country that he is some sorta "god" lol.
 
Joined
Apr 6, 2017
Messages
8
Location
USA,Morgantown, Wv
Sammy...I have dealt with you since the first day I was with APBN and brought on to do the broadcasts for the PRL oval series. This is now my third year broadcasting for PRL and I must say it has been my pleasure. You and Jerome and all the drivers have made this an awesome league. Stay safe brother and feel free to join us in the booth for some play by play anytime you would like!
 
Joined
Apr 6, 2017
Messages
8
Location
USA,Morgantown, Wv
Sammy...I have dealt with you since the first day I was with APBN and brought on to do the broadcasts for the PRL oval series. This is now my third season broadcasting for PRL and I must say it has been my pleasure. You and Jerome and all the drivers have made this an awesome league. Stay safe brother and feel free to join us in the booth for some play by play anytime you would like!
 
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