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Fantastic affair! Look for my article about the SCNAX Cup to appear in North American Pylon! You can pick up the North American Pylon at Auto Books, in Burbank, or get subscription info online at http:/www.napylon.com/about.htm. It will be posted here sometime after publication.
-- Elizabeth Bacon
Team Attacks! 3rd Annual SCNAX Cup
by Elizabeth Bacon


Normally, Solo2 autocross competition is a highly individual sport, but the Cal Club region's SCNAX Cup is a novel event featuring teams of four drivers who take turns driving each other's cars. Eight teams entered the 3rd Annual SCNAX Cup, held October 9-10, 2004 at California Speedway in Fontana, each team representing a mix of car types, with none allowed to be entirely RWD, AWD, or FWD.

Hosted by Los Angeles' own SCNAX (Sport Compact National Autocross) Club, the Cup was eagerly anticipated by previous participants and those relatively new to the sport alike. Each driver was given six runs per car to prove their mettle. The tricky scoring system established drivers' indexes according to their results from the previous two competitions, and cars' indexes according to standard class formulae. Trophies were offered for the top three teams overall, plus Fastest Driver (measured in raw time with only the car's index applied), Most Valuable Car (contributing the most to its team versus its index), and Most Valuable Driver (contributing the most to their team versus their index). A well-designed spreadsheet let current standings be announced after each run group, for maximum competitive effect.

Few team strategies - other than picking amusing names like The Conin' Barbarians and Team Half Fast - were worked out in advance, as demonstrating your seat-of-the-pants racing skill is a hallmark of the SCNAX Cup. Excitement grew as people walked the well-balanced course designed by hard-working event chair Art Rinner. Noteworthy challenges of the 70-second course included the "Kalman" (a tricky faux-slalom setup that threw numerous competitors for a DNF loop) before a long right-hand sweeper, followed shortly by the ever-popular Chicago box.

With the general lack of advance team preparation, the SCNAX Cup was a great example of the trust that autocross competitors have in each other, and their ability to work together under pressure. Technical difficulties forced one team to withdraw Saturday afternoon, but team member Bill Hogan reported: "My standout SCNAX Cup memory was racing to Home Depot trying to fix Tom's NSX cooling system with PVC Glue and duct tape. I felt like a real pit mechanic at an enduro - anything to keep the car going!"

For many people unused to co-driving, having pre-grid turn into Pit Row was a thrilling experience. As drivers came in from their runs, team members swarmed the car with water sprayers and pressure checks for often overheated tires, and helpful words for occasionally perplexed drivers. Learning the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ins and outs of how to handle a slalom in a well-set-up MR2 versus a stock S2000 between a morning run and an afternoon run was an intellectual and physical challenge. Six runs was just enough time to get almost comfortable in a particular car before having to switch gears - yes, literally - in the next.

The SCNAX Cup tested competitors' mental and emotional stamina, as well. Jayson Woodruff, driver of an orange Dakota Sport Truck, said his greatest dread was finishing up in a teammate's car and having to ask, "Is that cone mark new?" Meanwhile, his fellow Team Reckless member Bob Beamesderfer, long-time CSP Miata driver, expressed his greatest fear as: "Spinning the Dakota!" Fellow competitors waited in vain for the Dakota to be spun, though, as Team Reckless ended up dominating the event by Saturday afternoon, eventually taking the first place SCNAX Cup team trophy by an impressive 14.7sec margin.

The Conin' Barbarians started out as the top-ranked team based on their drivers' indexes, but they were galled to find themselves living up to their name with too many dirty runs. As team member Will Kalman said: "Fast or clean, pick one!" The Conin' Barbarians eventually finished in seventh place. Nevertheless, Will won himself the coveted Fastest Driver trophy with an insanely fast - and clean - time in an STX Evo VII.

Many people felt that the Most Valuable Car trophy should be awarded hands-down to Art Rinner's STS Nissan SE-R. Driven by his Team Spin as well as the all-women Vixen Racing team, it racked up 48 runs over the event. Two Vixen Racing team members found themselves too short to reach its pedals, but clever manipulation of padded racing seat parts did the trick. One of those Vixens, Samira Mahjoub, ended up winning Most Valuable Driver, in part thanks to her smoking time in the SE-R. Ultimately, it was Eric Clements' STX BMW 325 that won the trophy for Most Valuable Car.

Perhaps the central drama of the SCNAX Cup weekend was the battle for second and third place among Vixen Racing, Team Spin, and Team Featherfoot. (Team 4 Bangers and Team Half Fast ended up placing fifth and sixth, respectively 23sec and 24.3sec off the winning time.) The vocal Vixen Racing team were eager to show they had the driving skills to back up their cute matching pink tank tops. After trading positions all day Sunday, the determining factor came down to the last two drivers of the last two runs. Jonathan Lee of Team Featherfoot put down a good time, but so did veteran racer Renee Angel of Vixen Racing, who nailed her final run even as Mari Clements provided nail-biting play-by-play that had all competitors' eyes glued on that Nissan SE-R.

Art kept the competitors guessing as to the final team results until the remarkably fancy trophies were awarded. Team Spin was out of the trophies by 1.06sec. When Team Featherfoot was announced in third place, at least one Conin' Barbarian was slightly injured in the ensuing glee as the Vixen Racing team realized they'd placed second - just 0.51sec ahead of third. Finally, Team Reckless was roundly applauded for their solid performance, to cries of: "Gotta get me an orange truck! I want to be FIRST next year!" Everyone agreed that the SCNAX Cup was a rousing success, and the hype is already building for next year's Vixen Racing win.

-- Elizabeth Bacon

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Event Information
Sport Compact National Autocross Club
presents a Practice Event:
SCNAX CUP
When:  Saturday, October 09, 2004 through Sunday, October 10, 2004
Where:  Auto Club Speedway
Fees:  http://www.solo2.com/even...3.pdf" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM AND FLYER (PDF)
 
Times:  Everyone should be there by 7:30 - 8:00 for the Saturday Practice. Sunday entrants can come later but remember Tech and Registration will close at 9:30.

Run groups will be as follows:
Morning Run Groups
1.Red
2.Blue
3.Green
4.Yellow

Morning Work Group
RG1&2 Yellow
RG3&4 Red

1/2 hour lunch

Afternoon Run Groups
1.Green
2.Yellow
3.Red
4.Blue

Afternoon Work Group
RG1&2 Blue
RG3&4 Green

I will assign the run work groups Friday night. The reason for this is that the SCNAX Cup teams need to be evenly spread among the groups. And some people share cars so it will need some manipulation. I will post them when I am done but thats the best I can do. There will likely be fun runs on Saturday.
There definately won't be any on Sunday.

By the Way I reserve the right to change anything that I want.


Art 
Safety: 
Special Rules:  I have 43 spots open for each day. If you want in email me starting 12.01am 10/4 (monday). I will accept the first 43 requests for each day. I will respond to your email to let you in. Do not send me any checks, bring cash or check made out to So Cal Solo2 for $40.00 for each day entered to the event and pay at Registration. If you email me and don't show up you go on the SCNAX Club black list for our next practice.

Include a day time phone number. You must be there by 8:00am on Saturday or Sunday for registration. Once the practice is full I will post your work group. We will run the practice with 8 run groups and 4 work groups. You will get 6 runs in the morning and 6 runs in the afternoon and will work two run heats only once. There will be free lunch provided by Cal Poly Pomona FSAE if you wish extra lunch tickets there will be a $5.00 donation payable at registration. 
Event Officials:  EventMaster -
Registration -
Timing and Scoring -
Course Designer -
Tech -
Gate -
Safety Steward -
Art Rinner







This event is sanctioned by the SCCA and operated by the Cal Club Region.
It is held under the SCCA Solo Rules and Cal Club Supplemental Regulations


Pre-registration is not available for this event.