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Author:  Johnwick88 [ Thu May 18, 2017 4:48 am ]
Post subject:  Getting Started in Road Racing in the United States.

Autocross events usually cost about $30 to $50, and all that is required to participate is a membership with the hosting club and a state driver's license. For your money, you may get between 3 and 5 solo, timed runs. Each run is usually about a minute or possibly longer. You will have to navigate a number of corners, as autocross courses are rarely very straight. The idea is to keep speeds low, below 60 or 70 miles per hour, so that the event is kept safe. There is nothing to hit and the chances of rolling a car are basically nil. It is the cheapest, safest way to race. It is also appealing for a number of other reasons: there are many "stock" classes that allow you to race normal street cars (indeed, most people actually drive their cars to the event, race them and then drive home), the shortness and limited nature of runs is easy on the car and does not use up much in the way of tires or brakes, and it is a very fast-paced way to drive because the courses are so tight. If all you want to do is quench the need for speed without spending hardly any money, autocross is the way to go.

Unfortunately, autocross competitors are rarely recognized for their accomplishments. Even if you win your region, go to the national championships and win that as well, you will probably not get that much credit for it, even though you will have put in an enormous amount of work, skill and possibly money to achieve those wins. As such, it is inadvisable for an aspiring professional driver to put the effort into learning autocross, unless it is all the aspirant can afford. That said, it is not impossible to use autocross to help you make a professional career. Some professional drivers started in autocross and are currently doing very well. Autocross does demand skill and quickness - corners are tight, so quick steering and pedal inputs are required, and runs are limited, so the driver must get up to speed very quickly to be competitive. Both excellent skills to learn and will form a good basis for moving up to more expensive, more dangerous forms of racing.

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