Autocross is driving as fast as you can in a safe and controlled environment. The course is temporary (often in a parking lot) and tight (using cones to mark the exact course) and emphasizes handling over raw speed – thus runs are relatively low speed. There are more events this year and a second location for some events which may be more convenient for some members. So come on out and join us.
2020 Autocross Schedule:
Akron Sports Car Club Autocross
The autocross events sponsored by Akron Sports Car Club (ASCC) are held at Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH (click for directions) and at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH (SMP in list below) (click for directions). This schedule and the Competition Calendar will be updated as changes or additional information becomes available. Please check the following for current updates on schedule and times: ASCC Facebook page/ or the ASCC Facebook Group Forum. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, these Events are subject to change or cancelation – so you MUST check for schedule updates.
Generally Tech inspection and registration open at 8AM. Note that again this year you cannot use tape for your car number and class. On-line Registration is available at https://www.motorsportreg.com/ (you will need to set up an account with MotorSports Reg).
Scheduling proved difficult due to SMP not opening, the COVID-19 restrictions and the weather. The original schedule was for 10 points events but only 7 could be scheduled with the last 2 a double header.
The 2020 dates from ASCC are (updated 11/1/2020):
ASCC Event 1 – Sunday, May 24 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 2 – Sunday, June 27 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 3 – Sunday, August 9 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 4 – Sunday, August 23 at Dragway 42
ASCC Test & Tune – Saturday 9/19 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 5 – Sunday, 9/20 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 6 – Sunday, Nov 8 at Dragway 42 (double header)
ASCC Event 7 – Sunday, Nov 8 at Dragway 42 (double header)
NE Ohio Region Sports Car Club of America:
Events are held at the Lake County Captain’s Baseball Stadium overflow parking lot at the corner of Som Center and Vine in Eastlake, OH. Registration & Tech 8:15 – 9:15, course walk 9:30, first heat 10:30, second heat after lunch break. This is the “classic” autocross – cones mark the course in a parking lot. The course is shorter than ASCC, but there are fewer drivers. The SCCA schedule is still tentative so please check for updates on NEOH SCCA schedule page. On-line Registration is available at https://www.motorsportreg.com/ (you will need to set up an account with MotorSports Reg).
Tentative 2020 NEOHIO SCCA Solo Schedule (updated 4/25/20)
Date Event Type Location
4/25 Sat Spring Training Eastlake – Canceled
4/26 Sun Points Event#1 Eastlake – Canceled
5/17 Sat Points Event#2 Eastlake – Canceled
6/14 Sun Points Event #3 Eastlake
7/25 Sun Points Event#4 Eastlake
8/22 Sat Points Event#5 Eastlake
9/13 Sun Points Event#6 Eastlake
10/3 Sat Points Event#7 Eastlake
10/17 Sat Points Event#8 Eastlake
Introduction to Autocross
Rich Velardo has prepared several documents that together are a very through introduction to competing at the autocross held by Akron Sports Car Club (ASCC) at Dragway 42 (items 1 -8 below). Item #5 is a video of the standard Drivers’ Meeting by ASCC and should be watched prior to attending an autocross. In addition, there are links to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) rulebook governing autocross events and details of what cars are in what classes. Please click on the following links to get prepared for autocrossing.
1. Introduction: Autocross at Dragway 42
2. Miata Classification Guide for Autocross
3. Quick Reference to Autocross Prep
4. Autocross Arrival Guide
5. Drivers’ meeting YouTube video by ASCC
6. Other Information about Autocross at Dragway 42
7. Map of typical Autocross course at Dragway 42
8. Videos of Autocross runs by Rich Velardo in his Miata – a driver’s eye view of both autocross courses.
This first one is at Summit Motorsports Park and shows the tradition “traffic cones in a parking lot” course that is similar to, but longer, than most autocross courses. This course is laid out in the East Parking lot and shows why walking the course several times before the event is very critical to know where to go.
There is a second location at Summit Motorsports Park, but on the west side, which has a course laid out on the roadways in that parking area. So it is not the traditional “sea of cones in a parking lot”. The autocross events at Summit Motorsports Park are run on one side or the other depending upon scheduling requirements.
The following video is at Dragway 42 and shows an autocross course that is laid out on actual roadways in the padock area which makes it nicer and faster than the normal “sea of cones” at most autocross events.