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05-03-2011 09:20 PM
Oh Noooo For your first auto-x tires aren't really important. You're not going to be breaking any records anyway. Actually, learning on all-seasons is good practice, as you'll get a better feel for how the car handles at its traction limit, and how to react when you surpass it. If you were using a sticky summer tire, you would just be going that much faster when you lose control. haha.
04-28-2011 11:41 AM
tukaniSVT Well, the course designers that designated to create the course always think Safety. Safety is always first at the SCCA regionals and any other SCCA related events. They make sure that any major turns have no way of running into anything that could cause injury to you or the course workers.

-Ray-
04-28-2011 11:36 AM
Joeywhat I asked my agent about it and he said 'NO'. I'll ask him again and clarify a bit next time I see him in person...and I'll check my paperwork as well. Sounds like hitting anything hard/solid is pretty rare anyways...I'll just have to make sure the course looks good and doesn't offer any chances to throw myself into a curb or light post or something.
04-28-2011 10:11 AM
tukaniSVT AutoX is a time trial type of race so, you won't need a special insurance for it. Besides the moment you tell your insurance agent that you race your car ... your rates will jump 2,3 even 4x as much.

I asked mine a long time ago, and she said don't bring it up again unless I was doing it professionally. It's really costly.

You would need to be doing the hardcore road rally, road race or rally cross to be in a different insurance bracket.

-Ray-

-Ray-
04-27-2011 07:50 PM
Bellicose just jump into it, you can easily get a ride along before you drive the course.
04-27-2011 04:39 PM
wrc_fan ^^ Don't crash :D
04-27-2011 02:04 PM
Joeywhat Cool I'll check out those tires.

What about insurance when on the track? I've done some searching but didn't find much...I do know my current coverage won't help me there. I was looking for single day coverage but most I found was for driving school coverage and not timed events.
04-27-2011 01:04 PM
tukaniSVT I won't matter to much. Maybe in the faster speeds, but not enough to bother anything.

If you are just starting out ... I would say find a good medium sticky Summer tire that's good for the daily drive. When you come to a point where you want to start better competing then look for separate wheels and tires to run strictly for the races.

For somewhat sticky tires and good on the road ... I like my Yokohoma S.Drives. If you are looking at price. Check out TireRack first then if you want them soon, take the quote from TireRack and walk into a Discount Tire. They will match the price, if you don't want to wait for shipping.

-Ray-
04-27-2011 12:47 PM
Joeywhat Will using the different size tires effect the speedo or odometer? Or will it be too small a difference to matter? I'd prefer to buy some summer tires I can use all season long (road and track), and winter tires on separate wheels. The tires I have now supposedly have pretty awful tread life, and suck in the snow. So I don't want to run them bald and have to buy new tires at the end of the lease, would rather just buy new ones new, use them until the lease is up and put the originals back on to avoid the costs if I don't buyout the car.

I only manage about 10k miles a year right now MAX anyways (usually closer to 8-9k), so if about 2/3 of that is on summer tires I should be able to buy some good, sticky tires and have enough tread to last me through the lease. Do you think that's a proper way to go about this, or should I have dedicated track tires? I'm thinking my way will be a little cheaper at least...don't need an extra set of wheels (snow tires can be on cheap-o wheels), and don't need to keep swapping wheels when I want to go to the track.
04-27-2011 12:39 PM
wrc_fan Regarding tires, look in the 215/45/17 size, tons of options there.
For what to use in competeing, try a few times and see how it goes. From there, another set of stock wheels (find them cheap, used) with some sticky tires could be a good place to start.
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