There are a number of ways to get started - whether you want to drive on asphalt, dirt, or a race track. We're kicking the series off with the easiest sport to get into: Autocross.
You can see the full list of event types here: Get Involved. This page will be updated as each installment is posted. Read on to find out how you can get some quality seat time in your very own car.
This is where most people get started, including myself. Local events are very approachable, and there will be one near you, no matter where you are in the country. The largest organizer of autocross events is the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), which calls these 'Solo' events because you compete independently for time, rather than door to door for position. Speeds rarely exceed 60mph and the focus is on the corners. It may not sound fast, but believe me, your hands will be shaking with adrenalin after your first run.
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Usually $30-$50. It varies by each local SCCA region, and many offer discounts for new folks. Tire and brake wear are negligible for a single event.
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on your paint.
This sport is only as serious as you decide to take it. Most people show up, put painters tape numbers on their car, have a good time driving their car, and then go home. Some people bring special tires they only use to compete. Other people spend thousands of dollars chasing the national championship. Its totally up to you to decide your level of involvement.
Vehicle & Gear Requirements:
These will vary by event organizer, so make sure you carefully read the rules for your event, but you will need the following for most of them:
- Helmet (most events will have loaners available for new people)
- Seat belts
- Car is leak-free (a drip may be OK - we just don't want to create a slick for the person after you)
- Battery is properly secured - new hardware can usually be found at your local auto parts store
- Lug nuts are tightened
- No play in your wheel bearings - hold the top of your tire and push/pull them as though you are trying to take them off, if they move, you need to take it to your mechanic
- Remove all loose items from your trunk and front seating area
- Bring some sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water with you
- Most trucks and SUV's are disallowed due to being a rollover hazard. So are these stock cars:
- Chevrolet Sonic, Dodge Caliber (non-SRT), Fiat 500 (non-Abarth), GEO Tracker/Suzuki Sidekick, Jeep CJ series, MINI Countryman, Nissan Juke, Suzuki Samurai, Scion xB (2004-06), Scion iQ
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What it looks like: