Sat, Oct 26, 2024

2024 Intro to Autocross Open Event #3

Atlanta Motor Speedway

About this event

THIS IS A SATURDAY OPEN EVENT
WELCOME ALL DRIVERS: NEW, ROOKIE, AND EXPERIENCED

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5PM ON FRIDAY!!!

New for the 2024 season, we're shifting the focus of our Intro to Autocross events. We are offering two registration options which allow you to choose between one-on-one, instructor-lead coaching or an affordable day of fun runs without the competition of a standard SCCA points event. If you're interested in one-on-one coaching, be sure to sign up FAST! We fully expect these limited seats to fill up with a long waitlist.

 

Event Overview

Our goal is twofold:

  • Instructor-lead students
    We want to make you faster. You don't have to be a first-time novice to sign up. If you are a rookie and in your first or second season of AutoX and want to improve your times, consider signing up
  • Fun-runs
    We want you to have as much fun as possible while staying safe and learning the basic of how an autocross event is run. First-timers and long-time drivers, come on out for a relaxed day of fun runs! (Timing lights will be up but no scoring will take place)

Both of these options are open to all drivers, from first-timers that have never autocrossed to any driver looking to improve their lap times.

If you register for the instructor-lead segment, you will be paired with an experienced instructor that is familiar with your car configuration and can help you extract the most performance possible. It is common for the instructor to ride passenger during most or all of the morning runs and few, if any, of the afternoon runs, but their entire day is reserved for you and your coaching, so ask all the questions you can! It is also common (but not required) for students to ask their instructor to drive their car for one run as a demonstration of good driving technique. Students comfortable with this should mention it to their instructor.

Fun-run registrants will have access to occasional instructor ride-alongs from a reserved set of volunteers in the morning. During the afternoon sessions, ride-alongs should become easier to accommodate as the instructor-lead students start taking independent runs.

Loaner helmets will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, we do not have enough loaner helmets for everyone, so you are strongly encouraged to bring your own, and it must meet our tech requirements (here is a summary of what is required).

If you want to bring a non-participant/guest with you, no pre-registration is required (no additional fee for guests) No one will be allowed through the check-in gate without having signed the waiver, which can be done at the gate.

 

Optional Classroom Session

Also new for 2024, all participants are invited to join us for a (virtual) classroom session on Wednesday night before the event, April 3 (a makeup session will be held on Thursday, April 4 for Q&A only, due to the reschedule from Thursday to Wednesday). During this classroom session, we will cover:

  • Event Basics
    • What is tech, and how does Tech operate?
    • What is grid, and how does Grid operate?
    • How does Start operate, and how does one get on course?
    • What is a “red flag”, and how do you “work a corner"?
    • What is appropriate communication between Grid, Start, Control, Timing, and the Corner Captains?
    • What is considered “good manners” at our events, and what will get you dirty looks?
  • Driving Techniques
    • How do you read a course and avoid getting lost?
    • What do you do when you DO get lost?
    • What do you do when you lose control, hit a bunch of cones, and/or get sideways?
    • What is the "racing line"?
    • What is "late" v. "early" apex and when should you use each?
    • What are some common autocross elements and how do you form a racing line between them?
    • What is "car balance" and how do you control it?
    • What is "oversteer" and "understeer"?
    • What does it mean to "manage your tires" at an autocross?

 

SCHEDULE

7:30 am Gates open for check-in. Show your SpeedWavier, get a wristband
8:30 am Driver's meeting; Instructor introductions; Tech completed by instructors
8:45 am Course open for walking (Instructor-lead students walk with their instructors; free-run registrants find an instructor that looks pretty)
9:15 am Heat 1 workers to course, heat 1 drivers to their cars
9:30 am First car off (heat 1 runs start)
10:45 am Worker/driver swap
11:00 am Heat 2 runs start
12:15 pm ARSCCA-provided lunch (instructor free-runs)
1:00 pm Heat 1 workers to course, heat 1 drivers to their cars
1:15 pm Heat 1 runs restart
2:30 pm Worker/driver swap
2:45 pm Heat 2 runs restart
4:00 pm Event complete (instructor free-runs)

 

Event requirements

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION.

Pre-Registration is required for our events. Registration fees are $120 for the Novice School and $70 for Fun Runs. Weekend memberships (required for non-SCCA members) are $20. (Please note MSR charges a $2.00 booking fee for each event payment). If you decide to become an annual member, that $20 will be applied as a credit to your annual membership dues.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!! After you attend the event, you will have a credit applied to your account that will cover half an event cost ($23.50). You’ll be able to use this for any Atlanta Region competition (Points) autocross event.

Volunteer Instructors will be given a complimentary registration for the afternoon Time Only sessions.    

MotorsportReg will verify your SCCA membership as you complete the registration process. If you are a current member and get a message telling you that your membership is invalid or expired, make sure the name on your SCCA membership card matches the name on your MSR account exactly. Also make sure your SCCA number has been entered correctly in your MSR account - including any underscores that are a part of your number.

We will determine class heats ahead of time.  Accordingly, registration will closes at 5pm Friday before the Event.  We will not have on-site registration on the day of the event.    

If you want to bring a non-participant/guest with you, no pre-registration is required (no additional fee for guests) No one will be allowed through the check-in gate without having signed the waiver, which can be done at the gate.

 

ARE YOU A MINOR…?

If so, be sure to complete a MINOR WAIVER.

Follow this link for the digital annual waivers.

You will need your login information for the SCCA Member Access Portal (MAP) at my.scca.com.

If BOTH PARENTS SHARE CUSTODY, please complete the “Annual Waiver Minor.”

-OR-

If ONE PARENT has SOLE CUSTODY, please complete the “Annual Waiver Minor Parental Consent.”

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton, GA

Organizer

Autocross/Solo organized by

SCCA - Atlanta Region - Solo

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