What is Autocross? I'll let the SCCA explain:
"Solo® is the brand name for SCCA® Autocrossing and on paper it seems very simple - use traffic cones to make a mini-roadcourse in a large parking lot or unused airport tarmac and see who can drive it the quickest without hitting any cones or going off course. The hazards and barriers are low and that makes autocross one of the easiest and least expensive ways to compete in a car. While speeds are generally no greater than those encountered in highway driving, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering teach you fundamental car control skills"(SCCA.com).
Low cost. Low risk. Fundamental car control skills. This is why Solo is so great, but then there is another element...the people. Almost everyone that regularly attends these events are full of knowledge, from car setup and preferred tires to driving practices and classing rules. The relationships you form at motorsports events add value and happiness to our racing passion.
1-Current Drivers License, if under 18 you will need a waiver.
2- Vehicle in good condition, or co-drive with another participant.
3- Current Snell certified helmet, or use a loaned from the timing trailer.
4- If you are not an SCCA member you can expect to pay an additional $15 for a weekend pass + the actual event cost of $30-45.
How to find an event:
1- Go to www.SCCA.com/events and enter your zip code, then click on one of the upcoming events.
2- Visit the website of that events host region and follow the registration process, or ask for assistance
3- Find out your run/work group so you arrive on time
What to expect at the event:
1- Registration. Show up early to get this over with, provide your license and pay the fees.
2- Vehicle inspection. The crew will inspect your car and helmet to be sure everyone is safe.
3- Walk the course. Everyone gets a chance to walk the course before the heats begin, the courses are set up the day of the event so no one has an advantage.
4- At some point you will be required to work, or pick up downed cones. This normally takes an hour.
5- Drive: When its your turn to drive you will pull your car into the grid, and wait your turn to run. Most regions allow for 3-4 runs. If its your first time an instructor can ride with you to help with course navigation.
I hope this information is helpful and you will consider joining us out there. The way classing is set up, you will get a feel for just how important driver tuning is. You can start in "Stock" class with just tires and alignment changes to keep costs low, but the competition is fierce. -OR- If you already have a modified race car you can run that too, the SCCA has a class for everything. Also, you can join the "X-class/time only" if you just want to run for fun. Check out the video below for more information.
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