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 DRIVER'S MEETING
- Arrive as early as possible. 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 your car number and class if you have not pre-registered.
- Receive course map (If applicable)
Prepare your car for 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
- Place your number and car class on the car in a manner that meets the Solo Vehicle Identification Rules.
- Once tch is open, bring your car and helmet to the tech location, often setup where grid will be for the day, A tech official may direct you as you approach. Open your hood up, doors and trunk and a tech inspector will tech your car. Upon passing the tech inspection a small round sticker placed on your front windshield to indicate a tech inspection has been completed on your car. If you failed tech I may be directed to return to paddock to correct the issue if it is not something that can be quickly fixed while in the tech line.
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 car's interior. (As mentioned earlier)
- Helmet – Most Snell (M/SA/K), FIA (8859/8860) & SFI (31.1/41.1) helmets certified 2010 or newer. For complete list please see this document.
DRIVER'S MEETING (ATTENDANCE REQUIRED)
- 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.
- They 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 your 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 completing 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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