Solo Event Guide
Before an Event
- Check Motorsportsreg.com or our website for any last minute event updates or changes. We highly recommend you pre-register online prior to the event.
- View our checklist page for items to bring to the event, such as tools, clothing and safety devices.
- Spectators can come and watch for free; however they MUST sign the insurance waiver.
- Get plenty of rest…”morning comes around faster than you think.”
Prepare your car (see below)
- Clean out the interior of your car of any loose items which could interfere with driving.
- Remove any hubcaps or wheel trim rings that could pop off during an autocross.
- Inspect under the hood for any loose items or leaks and fix if necessary before the event.
- Check the tightness of the lug nuts, and the overall condition of the tires. Dangerously bald or worn tires will not be overlooked as “slicks”.
- Have at least a half-tank of gas available to run with. This excludes travel usage, this varies with some cars.
The day of the Event, before the Drivers Meeting:
- Arrive as early as possible. Approximately 8:00 ~ 8:30 is suggested for novices. This will allow ample time to get settled, unpack, and walk the course as many times as possible.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions, we were all “rookies” at one time or another. Look for “Yellow” shirt members answer any questions and give you guidance.
- Sign the release/waiver form. This is REQUIRED by anybody in the paddock area, even non-competitors.
- Register yourself and the car at the timing and scoring trailer; pay entry fee and pick out you car number and class if you have not pre-registered.
- Receive course map (If applicable)
Prepare your car tech inspection:
- Inflate “street” tires to at least 5-8 psi above what you use on the street. This dramatically stiffens the tire sidewall, a must for crisp, responsive handling. The pressures can be raised or lowered during the event, this is merely a general benchmark for FWD & RWD.
- Empty your car of all loose items and place your number and car class on the car in a visible area.
- Leave your hood up and a tech inspector will come by to tech your car. A small round sticker placed on your front windshield to indicate a tech inspection has been completed on your car. If this has not been done, please notify a “Yellow” shirt member to help you get your car inspected.
The following items will be checked during inspection:
- Seatbelt condition. (Factory or aftermarket) Not to be torn, excessively worn.
- Tires and lug nuts. (As mentioned earlier)
- Nothing loose under the hood.
- Throttle return.
- Brake pedal feel.
- “Cleanliness” of the cars interior. (As mentioned earlier)
- Helmet – Snell or M2000 or newer.
Drivers Meeting (Required Attendance):
- The Solo Chairperson will go over event schedule for the day and announce any updates, explain the safety rules of the event and the consequences for not following them.
- He will also discuss the general rules, including the guidelines for scoring and penalties, run groups, and worker assignments.
Once competition begins:
- If you are running first, get your car in grid. There will be a grid marshall to direct you.
- If you are working first, report to the worker chief for your worker assignment.
- If you are on break first, relax and watch the event. Talk to the experienced drivers for any tips.
- After you have completed your runs, please return you car to the paddock area.
- Paddock speeds are limited to 5mph or less.
- No burn-outs to heat tires are allowed in the paddock area or surrounding roads.
- Should a competitor be issued a red flag for any reason, he/she is to come to a quick, controlled stop and slowly completiting the course at 50% and return to the grid area.
- The same rule applies once a competitor completes a lap and crosses the finish line.
- Depending on run groups you will either work the course when your run group has completed a heat or you will be on break, if you are not sure, please check with a “Yellow” shirt. Working is required by all competitors. As a novice, request working a station with an experienced autocrosser.
- ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!!!
Once competition ends:
- See if the event coordinators need any assistance cleaning up.
- Gather around for the presentation of the trophies.
- Clean up the area around you of any garbage. If you bring it in, please take it with you.
- Head on home…unpack, clean up, relax, and tell everyone about your first autocross!!
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