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Old 12-05-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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Arizona autocross guide

Sticky maybe? I don't want to dig all this up over and over again, and maybe we can get a regular group of Celicas out to autocross.

Basic info
Autocross is a timed event; it is NOT racing, there is no wheel to wheel action, it's just each car against the clock. There is a course set up on a very large parking lot, marked with cones. The objective is to drive through the course in as little time as possible. Knocking over a cone is usually a two-second penalty, missing a gate or going the wrong way around a slalom is usually counted as a DNF. The courses are technical and emphasize handling over power.

There are four groups in Arizona that hold SCCA-sanctioned autocrosses. I'll list their websites here.

www.azsolo.com - This is the Phoenix-area group. Currently we're running our events at Firebird International Raceway, on one of the skidpads. We try to hold events once per month, depending on site availability from Firebird (which can get very busy, with all the different tracks they have out there).

www.azbrscca.org - This is the Tuscon group. They run at Southwestern International Raceway, in extreme southeast Tuscon. Their lot is a bit tough on tires while not being very grippy, but it's the largest lot in AZ so you get some decent course length. They usually have an event the last Sunday of each month, with a few exceptions.

www.sierrasportscars.net - This is the Sierra Vista group. You have to pass a border patrol checkpoint to get to them...however, they occasionally get to run at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport. It's a pretty nice chunk of tarmac, and best of all, it's pristine concrete. Extremely grippy (though very tough on tires). They hold events usually the first Sunday of each month.

www.flagsolo2.com - This is the Flagstaff group. They run a few times a year, during summer break, in a relatively small NAU lot. The high altitude makes things a bit interesting, although the size of the lot makes horsepower an unnecessary luxury. It's worth mentioning because the weather is much milder than Phoenix (try autocrossing in 100+ degree temps...not fun). During monsoon season they have rather regular rain showers, making it a nice chance to autocross in the rain (almost never happens otherwise).

Virtually all autocrossers in AZ are on the local forums: www.azsolo.com/forums/. You can sign up and ask questions, people are very friendly to complete and utter noobs (and this comes from personal experience!).


Here's a couple links that go way in depth about how an autocross is run, what to expect, etc.

http://www.azsolo.com/noviceguide.html

http://www.sierrasportscars.net/default_007.htm

http://www.tirerack.com/features/solo2/handbook.htm

http://www.sfrscca.com/solo2/faq/auto.htm


A few links to help you class your car:

http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/index.shtml

http://www.azsolo.com/classes/car%20...0worksheet.pdf

There's also lots of local classes in the various groups - most include some type of novice class and a street tire class (for cars in a class that allows race tires, but for competitors who prefer to run street tires instead). The local street tire class should not be confused with STS/STX/STU, which are National classes.


Feel free to post any questions about what class your car should be in, as well as any other questions, in this thread and I'll answer them.

We do have loaner helmets for people to use, they are free. Spectating is FREE but you're gonna wish you signed up. You can ask random people (or me) for rides and most will be happy to give you one or two as long as it's not one of their last competition runs.


Our next event is...

We do have morning (registration between 7am-8:15am) and afternoon (registration between 10:45-11:15am) run groups. These are run-work events, so you have to do a work assignment for your run group. Let me know what your other committments are and I can suggest a run group for you.
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Nice... I'll add to it later on (cooking on the grill right now).

I would like to get back in to auto-x, but my days with the Celica are probably numbered so I'm going to probably start on a new platform so this is some good info.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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I should also include a link to the 2007 Solo rule book. Almost all the sites I posted are unofficial, the rule book has the last say. It can be pretty dense to read though, it's a 2.4mb download. If you're going to start a new platform from scratch, I would probably wait for the '08 book to come out and then read it very carefully to make sure you don't do something wrong.

http://www.scca.com/contentpage.aspx?content=61

http://www.scca.com/documents/Solo%2...7SoloRules.pdf
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:33 PM   #4
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So which class would I be in since I have the PPE header?? Either way I have no clue about which is for me?? lol. So many rules.
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Probably Street Mod (SM). Tough class. Your CF hood throws you there too.
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Old 12-07-2007, 09:50 PM   #6
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Ouch. What kind of cars compete in that class??

Edit: Also, would I need to get a helmet??
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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Check my post, I said we all had loaner helmets (that means for free).

There's all kinds of cars that compete in that class. It's made for sedans and 2+2 cars. Engine swaps from the same manufacturer are legal. Engine mods are free. Transmission mods are free. Suspension mods are free I think, as long as you don't change the original geometry. Kinda close to a free for all class, with some limits.
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:34 PM   #8
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Yup, I must have read it as you didn't have loaner helmets.

I'm not sure if I'll be competing, but I'll definetly show up for support!! It'd be cool to get a few more people to come out, even if it's just to spectate!!
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:01 PM   #9
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Just letting you guys know, our next event is Sunday, January 20th. I will be running sometime around noon. Sign up if you're interested...or just show up and watch.

http://www.azsolo.com/details/event20080120.html
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Hey, that event looked like fun!! Maybe I will try it out next time instead of sitting in the sidelines! Sorry I couldn't stay any longer, but I had to get ready for work.

BTW, I saw you up on three wheels as soon as you started!
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I'm sure having 7lbs. less per corner made it easier to get that wheel up.

Thanks for coming out Brady. Hopefully we'll see you out there soon!

Next event is Sunday, February 10th.
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Yup yup! Alright, Feb. 10th it is!
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Just a reminder, the 10th is right around the corner.

If you wanted to register, do it today...preferably before the evening.
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