New to Autocross?

Event Basics

 Cost

  • $40 with online prereg
  • $50 on-site

Temporary Membership
Additional $15 in addition to event entry fee

Full Membership
See http://www.scca.com/

When Should I Show Up?

-Running in the morning: 8am at the latest.
-Running in the afternoon: 11:30am at the latest.

When Can I Register?

-You can prereg on Motorsportreg when the link is posted.
-You can register on site as well for an additional $10 fee.

When Do I Sign Up For Work?

-Sign up on the worker sheet when you check-in at registration.

What Should I bring?

-Sunscreen
-Water/Snacks
-Tire Pressure Gauge
-Blue Tape
-Helmet if you have it (We have a few loaners)
-Torque Wrench and socket for your wheels
-Cash if you haven’t prereg’d

How Does the Event Flow?

-Check-in/reg and sign up for a worker assignment.
-You run one group and work another.
-If you run but don’t work, you won’t be allowed to come back.

What Class Is My Car In?

-Check out the Solo Rule book

What Should I Put On My Car?

-Check the requirements here.

What If I Want a 2nd Set of Runs?

-It’s an additional $25, you need to reg on-site, and you need to work another group.

Working Course

Survival Guide for the New Autocrosser – Or what to do at your first autocross

Check the Solo Rules and figure out what SCCA class your car belongs in. You will probably want to run in one of SFR’s Novice Classes described in the SFR Supplementary Regulations.

Pre-register.

For SFR Solo and many other clubs an online registration website is available to pre-register yourself and your car online. SFR provides online pre-registration as a way to get your own name and address and car information entered correctly for quick registration at the events.After you pre-register print the web page with your car information and barcodes and bring them to the registration table. With this printout you can go to the front of the registration line.

Arrive.

For SFR events, you may only have to spend a morning or afternoon to compete. Check out the Event Schedule and see when you will compete. Arrive by 8:00 AM for morning runs, by 11:30 or earlier for afternoon runs. That way you will be able to walk the course before you run.

Sign the release waiver at the gate, if one is offered there, and put on a security wristband.

Please obey site speed restrictions — 10 MPH. Higher speeds, tire warming, burnouts or drifting practice on site will get you removed and banned, and may lose the site for autocrossing permanently. Please help us out here!

Register.

These procedures are the ones we use in San Francisco Region, and others may vary but they will generally be similar.

Tell the folks at the desk that you’re a new autocrosser. They can answer your questions and may be able to point you to someone who will help you through your first event.

  1. Sign the release waiver and put on a security wristband if you did not already do so at the gate.
  2. Sign up for work assignment. Look for your Novice class on the assignment sheets.
  3. Present your driver’s license and SCCA membership card — these must be in your possession when you register.
  4. If you have a Solo barcode sticker on your SCCA membership card (you had to have put it there previously, the one printed on the card does not work) or your web printout of your barcodes, you may proceed to the front of the registration line.
  5. Otherwise, you must wait through the line to have your identity and other information entered into the database. You will be given a bar code sticker for your membership card. This will speed registration next time.
  6. The registration worker will scan the special Solo barcode sticker that you previously stuck on your SCCA membership card, if you have one. If you have brought a printed web page with your barcodes, that works just as well.
  7. Pay the registration fee if you did not enter online.
  8. Get your bar coded event sticker for the window side of your helmet. This will be scanned at the start line and identifies you to the timing system.
  9. If you need a number, ask for one at the registration desk. The normal procedure is to get two sheets of paper with a unique number printed on them to be taped to your car. Alternatively you can use masking tape or white shoe polish to print large numbers on your car. Pick a number greater than 200 that nobody else would think of.

Walk.

The course is open for walks before the first run group, and during lunch break between groups 4 and 5. There will generally be an organized Novice course walk led by an experienced driver at most events. Otherwise just tag along with someone who looks as if they have done this before.

Listen.

Announcement are often made over the Public Address system. At some events no PA is allowed, and you must get information from different sources. The latest rig transmits a weak FM signal which can be picked up by your nearby car radio or other FM receiver, Find out what frequency is in use. You will need to pay close attention to the progress of the event so you will be ready for work time, grid time, and run time for your run group. Pay Attention! to the

Meet.

Listen to the announcement of the Drivers’ Meeting. You must attend it. You will be informed on your work assignments, Tech. Inspection, instructional course walk, grid procedures, and other organizational details. Please ask any questions that you have at this meeting.

Prepare.

  1. Take EVERYTHING out of the car: spare tire, jack, tools, maps, old Big Mac wrappers. EVERYTHING. It’s simple safety precaution. You don’t want to discover the book you like to keep under the seat jammed under the brake pedal at the end of the fastest part of the track, or have your windshield blocked by the map that came flying trough the cabin.
  2. Remove wheel covers, or hub covers that are not screwed in. They will become projectiles on the course. Once you have them off, make sure your wheels lugs are properly torqued.
  3. Check the tire pressures. If you are running the street tires you probably want to bump it up few pounds more than you normally run. If you’re not sure, ask somebody with the same or similar car, one of the Novice Mentors, or somebody who looks like they know what they doing ( usually folks with funny looking cars covered with stickers). .
  4. Attach your car numbers. Make sure they are easily visible and readable.

Tech.

You will be told where the tech is conducted during Drivers’ meeting.  If you run in the first group, your car will be tech’ed on the grid. Drive your car to the Tech inspection site for inspection. Tech will check for safety and numbers visibility rather than class conformance. Your car’s legality is policed by your competitors, who can protest you for illegal modifications, and get you disqualified.

Work.

Depending on the event schedule, you may have to work before, or after your run. You must work to pay for your runs, non-workers will be banned from future events, not to mention disliked and shunned. When your group is called to work, report to the Motorhome. Event Chairman will check your name off the worker sign-up sheet. If you do not work, you will not be listed in the results and may be banned from future events.

Grid.

When your group is called to grid. There will usually be someone controlling the grid. Pay close attention to this person running the grid and do not leave your car unattended from this time on. Note that one or more lines are for two-driver cars, use these only if you have a co-driver. If you need a loaner helmet, get one just after you grid your car.  Leave your fully filled out registration card under your windshield wiper or on your dash in clear view.

Drive.

Other drivers often are happy to coach you on your first runs. Ask for help and you will usually find a friend who can help you with staging, starting and actual driving.  SFR rules permit passengers on any run, and other drivers often give rides when asked, though most often on their first or second runs only. Don’t be afraid to ask, don’t be deterred if one declines — ask the next person.

During your run, watch for any red flag being waved by a course worker — STOP AT ONCE if the red flag is waved, until the workers direct you to continue quickly but not at racing speed through the course.

After you cross the finish line SLOW DOWN and STOP to pick up your timing slip, then proceed SLOWLY back on the grid to prepare for the next run. After the last run SLOWLY drive to your pit.

Congratulations! You’ve done it!