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Old 07-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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NWORSCCA help getting started...

anyone race around here, nw ohio?

i wanna get started, but idk how. cuz i wanna be as good as Travis P. lol. yeah. i do not understand how famous racers get famous....so all advice is welcome. cuz i want to spend the rest of my life around cars. racing is awesome.

autocross only. as for mods, i am thinking, i wont need to save up for a turbo. maybe a new clutch and flywheel, tires, and a Short throw shifter?
i got a cai, exhaust, and just bought a predator.


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Old 07-24-2010, 11:12 PM   #2
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You should start by reading through the rule book for autox. You will need to read about car classes and have to decided which one you want to be in and build your car towards that. I have run up there once and will probably be running there more in the fall once school starts up.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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o alright. i think i might run up to the airport on the 29th, and just watch how it goes. i read some of the rules, still a lil confused.
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The rules are very overwhelming. Did you read any of the information stickied at the top of this forum? That has some useful tips.
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o gosh. thanks for warning me. i will take a look, but this is what i want to do, so i better get used to it.
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ok, sooo. the video i just watched kinda scares me. just cuz, i didnt see the track. if ya know what i mean. thats why they walk it huh?

but i think i am gonna go out and try this heel-toe shifting thing now. anyway... solo II or autocross is like, road atlanta stuff too? or not..... if not im lost. cuz i wanna race on "real" tracks.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:31 AM   #7
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ok, sooo. that was hard. lol. idk, its hard to practice with speed limits.
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but i think i am gonna go out and try this heel-toe shifting thing now. anyway... solo II or autocross is like, road atlanta stuff too? or not..... if not im lost. cuz i wanna race on "real" tracks.
I'll try to cover stuff for you here, SoloII is just another name for autox, the SCCA trademarked it in the '80s (I think). Autox is typically ran on large parking lots, airstrips, and rarely on a track. Speeds are kept no faster than highway speeds with autox per the SCCA rule book. Autox events are also run by regional car clubs, Porsche Car Club, and BMW Car Clubs. Autox is a good way to learn driving your car at its limits, and developing the driver while keeping the driver in a safe environment, cheaply.

If you want to get on a real track, at a faster pace, you'll want to find a track day. SCCA calls it PDX, NASA its HDPE, and there are also private ventures such as Track Daze and others. You have an instructor riding shotgun, keeping you safe, and teaching you how to drive fast on a track. The previous mentioned car clubs will PCA, and BMW have track days too.

Graduating from this, you can move on to time trials and wheel to wheel racing, but this involves schools, and an investment in safety gear. The previous mentioned stuff, you can get away with a helmet, racing on a track requires suit, helmet, roll cage, etc.

As for car modifications, well, the advice that is given (and often ignored) is to learn how to drive your car stock or with minimal mods first. Once you find an event you like doing, and a class you can run it, start modding the car.

One last thing, many SCCA regions have pretty good novice schools, and novice groups during events. I'd shoot an email to the event chair of your local region to see what they have. They can often pair you with an experienced autox'r who can let you ride with them to see the track, then ride with you to give you pointers. Hope this post helps, now get out and race
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:42 AM   #9
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woah. alright, thanks for the help.
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