March 8th, 2021 by Seth Reid
One of the great things about both the sport of autocross and rallycross is the extremely low barrier to entry. To compete in either sport, you don’t need a racing license or a caged racing car. All that is required to compete is possession of almost any basic road-going vehicle, a helmet, forty bucks, and the willingness to go have some fun with cars. It is this simple inexpensive formula that has made both autocross and rallycross extremely popular. Driving a car as fast as you can around a timed, coned race course spikes adrenaline and it allows people to find the limits of their car in a safe and legal space. Both sports are immensely safe for drivers, and the wear and tear on cars is very minimal. For autocross you might find that the tires you thought you were going to get 20,000 miles out of may only last 15,000 miles after some aggressive driving at events. For rallycross you are going to find dirt in places on your car you never thought possible. Good news: dirt washes right off. In both sports cones line the track, so if you lose control the worst thing that can happen to your car is you hit a floppy cone. There will be no damage to your car; of course, the cone may not fare as well. The Sports Car Club of America doesn’t care, they have thousands of cones. They won’t even charge you if you destroy one.
Read more about it in the February 2021 issue of The Wheel!