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Old 05-17-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Anyone rallycrossing?

Hey, I've been passively interested in rallycrossing but wanted to know more about it. Anyone have experience or know of where to find interesting material?


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Old 05-17-2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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I'm going to try my first RallyX in June - not in my SVT though.
I'm sharing a Neon with someone in my local club.

All I know so far is:
- Your time is a total of all runs, so you can't have any throw-away runs (not sure how they handle DNF'd runs, probably a big time penalty)
- From the videos I've seen, things can get really dusty, so you'd better know your course well (I read if you can't go through the course in your head, you need to walk again, not bad AX advice either)
- Another thing I've read is to vary your position on the start so you don't dig deeper and deeper ruts with every run.

Hope someone with experience will jump in and help me be ready too!

I'll post links to the club videos when I can find them again.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:44 PM   #3
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Some video:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...16203264645473

Can't wait!
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:01 PM   #4
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The SAAC Rallycross Rules make for interesting reading.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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You should talk to roush_rally since he is our resident expert on rally racing!
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:05 PM   #6
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... so many rules and regulations... why can't we just... drive... free. Like a leaf on the wind!

j/k... interesting. I don't think I'll be using the SVTf for it. Perhaps the Sentra...
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:59 AM   #7
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I'm going to this rallycross, I can let you know how it went. Anyone else in the area to go?
http://www.dcrally.com/oakland_acres.html
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:59 PM   #8
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Most rallycross is sanctioned by the SCCA. I have participated in it since its origination in the U.S. Our region was the first in the US to be sanctioned by the SCCA. It helped that the national offices were in the Denver area at the time. I sat on the committee that set up the original rules which have been massaged over time. Basically there is accommodation for just about any street legal car (convertibles basically the only exception). Check the SCCA national web site and regional web sites for rules.

The Focus is a good car for rallycross use. I suggest using a tire with some tread. All season tires work well. Snow tires are even better but in some regions those may put you in a different class. Check both the national rules on your local regions amendments.

Basically all you need is a helmet (check rules for required certifications) entry fee, pass a tech inspection - (no loss items in or on car) good ball joints and tie rod ends etc. Here in colorado we get as many as 8 runs plus some fun runs. You get more for your money than autocross because there are usually fewer competitors. While the courses are on dirt or gravel the rules state that the course must be reasonably smooth to prevent damage and any possibility of rollover.

You'll have a lot of fun. If you in a good region a lot of Rally America boys will slow up with there rally prepared cars and get your juices flowing to want to join them in the future. You'll actually learn and develop handling skills quicker than the autocross people.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:32 PM   #9
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Since you are in California, let me suggest you go take a look at www.rallyxportal.com . Also check out www.formularallyx.com . We are pretty much THE rallycrossing organization (not the only, but the most active) in California. We've got events in Socal, Norcal, and Nevada coming up. I don't pop in here much, but I'm on that site, and on FJ. Or feel free to email me at rkaslo at yahoo dot com. I've been pretty heavily involved in CRS and FRX for the better part of a year and a half. If there is an event coming up, I'll be there and can give you any help or answer any questions you may have. :)
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:05 PM   #10
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I've done it twice it's a load of fun. My advice is don't be surprised if you blow a tire..

And DO NOT use wiper fluid...lol
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