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Old 09-15-2017, 01:58 PM   #528
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Our region locally used to have a solo school at the beginning of the season. Format typically is like 10-15 runs day and you get an instructor who will ride along and maybe even drive your car to show you where it may go faster. We haven't had that for a few years though.

More nationally SCCA have a "Starting Line" Program which is usually organized with local region where they will send instructors and do an organized "school" for a day:

https://www.scca.com/pages/sl-autocross

It's not cheap but its actually decent value with what is included. I've volunteered for one and I feel like this school is great for absolute beginner since it has specific exercises for the more typical elements you will see at an event. And culminate in the end with a full course that will help you apply thing things you learned. Unfortunately I think most of the Starting Line School this season have already been completed. You have to wait til next year to see the schedule.

Another one not run through SCCA is the Evolution Driving School:
http://evoschool.com/

Similar idea, but I think this is more focused and can benefit from having SOME autocross experiences. Their schedule is on the site. They also run some smaller school in conjunction with the National Tour events in the area. I've taken the Phase One school and when I did it I've autocrossed for about 2 seasons on and off and I find that to be quite useful. Looks like quite a few California dates coming too.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:33 AM   #529
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Labor Day weekend I competed at the WMR SCCA Autocross at Grattan Raceway
I've never competed at a national event but I'm hoping to try my luck at it sometime in the next year or so. I've been doing this for about 12 years now a couple events a year. This was my first time at an actual track though.
Car is completely stock except for some 224/40/18 Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires. In the events I've done this year with WMR and Furrin group I've gotten 2nd at the DeltaPlex, 1st at Michigan's Adventure, 1st at GVSU, and 1st at Grattan. My brother races his ST in the same class, it feels good to put that car in it's place. My previous car was a semi-prepped MK6 GTI and I struggled to keep up with the ST's in the past.

Lots of room for improvement but figured I'd share some of my runs as well.

https://youtu.be/3Wl3WINgDWE <--Grattan winning run

https://youtu.be/A-htn4XvA_I <--GVSU winning run (lots of wind noise)
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:06 AM   #530
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Our region locally used to have a solo school at the beginning of the season. Format typically is like 10-15 runs day and you get an instructor who will ride along and maybe even drive your car to show you where it may go faster. We haven't had that for a few years though.

More nationally SCCA have a "Starting Line" Program which is usually organized with local region where they will send instructors and do an organized "school" for a day:

https://www.scca.com/pages/sl-autocross

It's not cheap but its actually decent value with what is included. I've volunteered for one and I feel like this school is great for absolute beginner since it has specific exercises for the more typical elements you will see at an event. And culminate in the end with a full course that will help you apply thing things you learned. Unfortunately I think most of the Starting Line School this season have already been completed. You have to wait til next year to see the schedule.

Another one not run through SCCA is the Evolution Driving School:
http://evoschool.com/

Similar idea, but I think this is more focused and can benefit from having SOME autocross experiences. Their schedule is on the site. They also run some smaller school in conjunction with the National Tour events in the area. I've taken the Phase One school and when I did it I've autocrossed for about 2 seasons on and off and I find that to be quite useful. Looks like quite a few California dates coming too.
Thank you for the suggestions! When I didn't see any events for Starting Line, I thought it may have been cancelled. I was planning on waiting till next year anyway for budgeting reasons. I'll be sure to take a look towards the end of the year or the beginning to see when the schedule is up.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:41 PM   #531
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Labor Day weekend I competed at the WMR SCCA Autocross at Grattan Raceway
I've never competed at a national event but I'm hoping to try my luck at it sometime in the next year or so. I've been doing this for about 12 years now a couple events a year. This was my first time at an actual track though.
Car is completely stock except for some 224/40/18 Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires. In the events I've done this year with WMR and Furrin group I've gotten 2nd at the DeltaPlex, 1st at Michigan's Adventure, 1st at GVSU, and 1st at Grattan. My brother races his ST in the same class, it feels good to put that car in it's place. My previous car was a semi-prepped MK6 GTI and I struggled to keep up with the ST's in the past.

Lots of room for improvement but figured I'd share some of my runs as well.

https://youtu.be/3Wl3WINgDWE <--Grattan winning run

https://youtu.be/A-htn4XvA_I <--GVSU winning run (lots of wind noise)

Wow the layout they used for the Grattan event changed from when I last run that.....

They used to start on top of Turn 3 and finish right after the last corner, so the front straight was not used at all....

I wish I can do this event but it conflicts now with travelling out to SCCA Nationals...
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:05 PM   #532
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Wow the layout they used for the Grattan event changed from when I last run that.....

They used to start on top of Turn 3 and finish right after the last corner, so the front straight was not used at all....

I wish I can do this event but it conflicts now with travelling out to SCCA Nationals...
Yeah, I watched a few videos from prior events there because I wanted to see how the track was laid out, especially being my first time on the track. They said this was the first year they were running it this way and it appears as though most people liked it. The rain is the only thing that ruined the event for the last couple of heats. Out of 5 runs they both only had 2 or 3 dry runs.

I wish I could compete more in SCCA but being my daily driver I'm being a little cautious with the event frequency and travel.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:43 PM   #533
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Saw this in the November edition of Sportscar Mag. Nice work RacingManiac! Only 0.2 off that pesky FoST. Looks like it was a competitive group, looking forward to videos.


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Old 11-17-2017, 02:06 AM   #534
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Saw this in the November edition of Sportscar Mag. Nice work RacingManiac! Only 0.2 off that pesky FoST. Looks like it was a competitive group, looking forward to videos.


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Well that was Nats 2017. The car was working great and had to drive like hell to get there. If you have never been to Lincoln you probably won't know the OPR issue(Other People's Rubber). Having an entirely dry week(shocker) with 1300 cars autocrossing on 2 courses means there are a lot of rubber laid down. And despite them sweeping the courses with a street sweeper every night there are still lots out there. GS ran LAST heat of the last 2 days of the competition means we will have a lot of that. Too much in fact that we really weren't fully prepared for. Day one on the west course we had a very fast moving heat(we were barely getting 5 min between me and my codriver's run) with a tricky course means we were fighting a car that drove like there is an inch of rubber under the actual tires of the car(and there was!). 4th and 5th in GS after Day 1 and more than 8 tenth off the lead. My first run with the cleanest tire all afternoon on course ended up being what I stood on:



Day 2 on the East course we recruited other people from our region to help using a electric multitool to scrape the rear tires between every run. East course also runs slower for whatever reason and that helped giving us more time to do that. Fast sweepers and long corners played into GTI's strength in being able to get on power early and hard to use that diff to our advantage and it showed. I ran the fastest GS time of the day to get into 2nd place while my codriver unfortunately coned away a 3rd place run to end up in 4th in GS. Ultimately I was 0.205 off Doug Rowse, who has now earned 5 jackets to his name.



The time ultimately was good for 28th on PAX with the people that ran the same course order as me(around 330 people) and 172nd on PAX out of 1300 people. I am pretty happy with that. A better day one would probably help but hindsight is always 20/20 and we still drove our butts off with what we got.

Haha thanks, the pic above actually has myself and my codriver walking the course too....lol

Also most of the GS group I've raced all year, our local events are like tour events in GS every weekend....hah
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