In case anyone read the prior post, and was confused about the acronyms there or in this post or possibly unsure about the sport of auto crossing let me provide the briefest of primers.
SCCA – Sports Car Club of America The largest amateur motorsports club in America. Knowledge dropped…BOOM.
WDCR -Regional chapter of the SCCA around DC
SOLO – SCCA’s autocross program
AX – Autocross abbreviation
The SOLO series is administered on 7 levels: Starting Line (Where you start at school), Regional (local SCCA clubs run these events, and where everyone starts), Divisional (tougher competition when you’re ready after doing consistently well in the Regionals), Match Tour (Part of the Tire Rack SCCA National SOLO series), Championship Tour (you get the idea, right?), CAM Challenge (Classic American Muscle series), ProSolo (SOLO racing against a competitor on a mirror course – who finishes first?), and finally Solo Nationals (the championships).
The premise is you show up, and run in a heat (run group for your car) based on your class. You are generally allotted four runs, but the minimum amount is three. These runs are one and dones. You make a pass, and the time is recorded. No practice laps on the course. You are allowed to walk the course before it’s closed for traffic. They even offer a novice walk allowing the competitors to walk the course with an accomplished SOLO driver who will impart their take on the lines to take, technical challenges The SCCA has compiled a class list where most every late model is classified so to group cars into classes where one model does not necessarily have a leg up on another car allowing the drivers to differentiate themselves. Now, it stands to reason that Car A with the same physical dimensions as Car B with the same amount of cylinders may not post the same times on the same course.
My first competitive SCCA event was daunting, only until I signed in, and the volunteers helped me. The DC region holds the Regional SOLO events at FedEx Field in Landover. It was a great time! Not because I was competitive or even in the top of my class, but because it was just great hanging out with other enthusiasts, and soaking in all the pointers and tips these people lavished on me. I’m not sure why I waited this long to participate, but now I can’t wait for the next event! Finally, let’s review the humbling results…
Pass # 1 Pass # 2 Pass # 3 Pass # 4
Final Official/Unofficial Timing