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Old 10-13-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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now i don't really want to know how easy auto crossing is. it is racing so i know it is not for everyone. i am wondering how easy it is to get involved. i got to looking for events where i live and it looks like scca is the easyest and biggest this in town. i guess you can say that i am a little nervous to do something like this because i don't want to get out there and slow everyone down. the only racing i have done is at the 1/8th mile near where i live. that is a lot of fun but it is not what my car is best at. autocross is. if i could get alittle help with things i may need before i start getting into it. like safety stuff and convenience stuff it would help alot and raise my confidence a little. thanks guys.


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Old 10-13-2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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well autox is one car at a time on the track, i belive so its not like your going to hold up everyone. and it is the easiest racing to get into and it is designed for newb's and rooks. just give it a try and see what you think, remember everyone out there had their frist day at the track too.
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remember everyone out there had their frist day at the track too.
yeah, that pretty much covers it. everyone else remembers. Unless for some reason you have a couple crackjobs on a power trip running your local events. 99.9% of AX people i have met are "the coolest people in the world" as they say. so dont worry about it, its not like hell's angels or anything like that.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:29 AM   #4
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Both of the SCCA regions that I autocross with have specific course walks for novices, provide pro's to ride along with novices during competition, and even can pair you up with a more experienced worker for a work assignment.

In my opinion, its very easy to jump in as a novice, and compete your first time. As a novice I'd recommend making sure you walk the course a couple times and/or have a pro or instructor ride along during your first run.
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I walked the course SEVEN times my first time out. It may seem like a lot but it was worth it. a few other novices only walked once or twice and got lost a few times. I never went off course, but on my first two runs had trouble with the gates entering one turn at the end of the course. So even with seven course walks, I could have used another one or two.
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here's a good read for newbs to autocrossing:
http://www.tirerack.com/features/solo2/handbook.htm

It helped me quite a bit for my first time out
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wow thanks man. that is a great read and very insightful. thanks everyone this make me alot more confident to get out there. now i have a question. should i just wait till the start of next years or get into it now? is there alot i will be able to do this year or no? thanks again.
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I started on november 17th last year, definitely do not regret it one bit!
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wow really.cool thanks man that helps.
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another quick question. i keep reading about the points racing and the events in autocross where i live. if i was to go to one of these and not be part of the season or event. how does that work. will i mess things up for the points races or how does that work? any help is very apreciated. thanks.
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