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 convient for some members. So come on out and join us.
AUTOCROSS INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE!!!!!!
Newbie Autocross Coach….. Rich Velardo
If you think that you just might want to give autocross a try, but you’ve held back because of all the uncertainties that face a newbie, all that you need to do is ask Rich Velardo (Click to email). Since Rich is “grounded” for the next few months with a repeat shoulder surgery and cannot drive on an autocross course, he is volunteering to help someone else get started in autocross.
2019 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). Note these dates refect changes by ASCC on 1/21/19. This schedule and the Competition Calendar will be updated as changes or additional information becomes available. Please check the the following for current updates on schedule and times: ASCC Facebook page/ or the ASCC Facebook Group Forum.
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).
The 2019 dates from ASCC are (updated 9/5/19):
ASCC Event 1 – Sunday, April 7 at SMP
ASCC School – Saturday, April 13 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 2 – Sat April 20 at Dragway 42 (cancelled)
ASCC Event 3 – Sunday, May 12 at SMP
ASCC Event 4 – Saturday, May 25 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 5 – Sunday, June 9 at SMP
ASCC Event 6 – Saturday, June 22 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 8 – Sunday, September 8 at SMPASCC
ASCC Event 7 – Saturday, Sep 14 (rescheduled from 7/21) at SMP
ASCC Event 9 – Sunday, Sep 15 at SMP
ASCC Event 10 – Sunday, Sept 22 at SMP
ASCC Event 11 – Sunday, Oct 13 at Dragway 42
ASCC Event 12 – Sunday, Oct 27 at SMP
As was the case last year, the schedule is subject to adjustments. Also, ASCC is planning Test-n-Tune dates which will be posted later and will be variable depending on the weather. Again, it is best to check the ASCC facebook group for current updates on schedule and times: https://www.facebook.com/groups/akronsportscarclubforum/. On that site you may also find information on other events that may be of interest.
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 2019 NEOHIO SCCA Solo Schedule (updated 3/19/19)
Date Event Type Location
4/27 Sat Spring Training Eastlake
4/28 Sun Points Event#1 Eastlake
5/25 Sat Points Event#2 Eastlake
7/13 Sat Points Event #3 Eastlake
8/4 Sun Points Event#4 Eastlake
9/7 Sat Points Event#5 Eastlake
9/29 Sun Points Event#6 Eastlake
10/19 Sat Points Event#7 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 which 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.