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Get Started in Eight Easy Steps

Here are a few pointers to help you get started autocrossing in our region in Eight Easy Steps. If you have any questions that are not answered here, the Novice Guide PDF, or the 'Who We Are' section of this site, you can E-mail us for help. WELCOME and have fun!

1

Register on Our Forum
Register with your real first and last name on the Cal Club Autocross forum so we can place a username to a face when we see you in person. You can start by asking questions in the New to Autocross/New to Forum section and explore from there.


2

Car Classing and Prep
You don't need a sports car to participate. You can race any car that you want providing that it meets the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) rulebook's minimum safety requirements and is in good working condition. If you would like help classing your car, you can post in this thread on our forum. Your car will be classed according to the rules found on the SCCA website for 'National' classes and the Supplemental Regulations for classes local to Cal Club Autocross. If you don't get your car classed online, you can have it classed at the event at Registration or Tech. Just allow your car to be classed and be ready to learn a ton about driving!

Once you have classed your car, check that your car has no broken, loose, or missing parts, that it has good working seatbelts, that the battery is properly secured, that it has all lug nuts on the wheels, and there are no leaking fluids.


3

Pre-Register On-Line
Event flyers for practices and Autocross Sundays are posted in the Events section of our forum and in orange on our Calendar two to four weeks in advance of an event. Sign up for an event at solo2.motorsportsreg.com. Please read the event flyers carefully because details will vary from event to event. You need to be a member of the SCCA, through either an annual membership available on-line or a weekend membership on-site at one of our events, to participate.

If you wish to participate in our year-long points competition for class trophies or Solo Bucks (discounts earned for future events) and jackets/vests/awards that are handed out during our annual Awards Banquet, get priority entry into practices, join one of our many clubs, and would like a 'permanent' number (6xx and 1xxx numbers are TEMPORARY numbers) for Autocross Sundays, check the Points Card Listings to see if the number you desire is available, then sign up for a Points Card. You must select a club by the end of your first full season of autocrossing with Cal Club Autocross. Please note that numbers are not needed for practices.


4

Park and Prep
Observe the 25 mph speed limit on the roads leading into and out of our sites unless otherwise posted. When you arrive on-site at the event, park your car in the pit area (parking lot), BEFORE racing—remove all loose objects; tools, jack, etc. For more information on what to obtain or bring, consult the Novice Guide PDF.


5

Register and Check-In On-Site
Take your driver’s license, SCCA membership card or proof of SCCA membership, with you to “Registration.” If you are not registered with the SCCA, we offer SCCA weekend memberships with a discount toward an annual SCCA membership. Pay your fee, get a number, and sign up to work in the appropriate work group for your car’s class. 6xx and 1xxxx numbers are temporary and distributed first-come, first-served.

If you would like your own permanent number, check the Points Card Listings to see if the number you desire is available, and sign up for a Points Card. Our events are run/work events where every driver must sign up and work one work assignment for the day of the practice or event to avoid the dreaded “DNW” Did Not Work, which may result in the driver not being allowed back for future Cal Club Autocross events.


6

Tech Your Vehicle
Take your car and helmet to “TECH.” Either look for a sign indicating where TECH is or ask. While in TECH, the Tech Inspector will inspect your car and helmet, if you have one. Helmets should be SNELL or M rated according to the SCCA rulebook. If it passes, the Tech Inspector will affix a “tech” sticker to your windshield. You must get a tech sticker for each driver.

  • “Loaner” helmets are available—when you get ready to run, you may exchange your driver’s license for a “loaner” helmet at the motorhome. PLEASE RETURN LOANER HELMETS AS SOON AS YOU ARE DONE USING THEM.
  • Car numbers should be placed on both sides of your car, NOT the windows, and visible to all course personnel. If you have multiple drivers in your car, only one set of numbers should be visible at any one time. Be sure to change numbers between drivers.


7

Walk Course
Novice course walks are available in the morning before Autocross Sunday starts and during the lunch break. These will give ideas on how to drive the course. Questions and comments are encouraged on the Novice course walk. Novice course walks are not available on practice days unless one has been previously arranged by the Event Master in conjunction with the Novice Coordinator.


8

Run/Work

  • While you run there will be others that watch the course, pick up cones, keep track of cars in pregrid, and watch the entry gate. In return you must do these items for them when they run for your work assignment.
  • Listen to announcements for when you should proceed to the “pre-grid” to run or report for your work assignment.
  • For your work assignment, check in and get instructions from the “Chief of Workers.” Failure to work will result in DNW (Did Not Work) and may result in your being banned from future Cal Club Autocross events!
  • When it is time for your run group, proceed to the pre-grid with your car, helmet, and anything else you might need, like a water sprayer to cool down your tires between runs. Follow all grid instructions. You may ask Grid Worker or Novice Coordinator for an Instructor to drive or ride with you if needed. If you have multiple drivers in your car, line up in the “Multiple Driver” line, which is used to expedite multiple drivers. Passengers are allowed.

If you are new and have questions, or you have information that should be listed on this site, e-mail us.

Finally, go home smiling and tell your friends!

Instructions for Course Workers

There are several different work assignments available, details of which are available in the 'Sign Up for Work' section of The Novice Guide PDF. More than likely, if you are a novice, you will be assigned to work a particular area of the course with cars zipping past you. It’s not too often you get to spend time playing in traffic and this is not a particularly safe place to be, but if you follow certain common sense rules, you should have no problem.

  • ALWAYS STAND ON THE INSIDE OF A TURN, IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIRCLE.
  • NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO A CAR!!! NEVER SIT DOWN WHILE CARS ARE RUNNING!
  • PLEASE DO NOT USE A CELLPHONE OR WALKIE TALKIE, EVER, WHEN ON COURSE!
  • IF A CAR SPINS OR SLIDES — WAIT UNTIL IT STOPS TO APPROACH IT OR PICK UP CONES.
  • NEVER PICK UP ANY CONES WHEN THERE’S A CAR APPROACHING. (Pick up and replace any cone(s) that have been knocked down or out of their respective boxes quickly after the offending car has passed.)
  • NEVER HESITATE TO RED FLAG A CAR IF SAFETY IS A CONCERN. ALWAYS RED FLAG A CAR FROM THE SIDE OF THE COURSE. DO NOT WAIT FOR A RED FLAG INSTRUCTION, BE ALERT.

Report to the Station Captain (aka Radio Worker)any of the following situations:

  • Any cone that is displaced or knocked over using the images below as a guide.
  • If a car goes off course and does not return onto the course in the EXACT same place — this is known as a DNF (Did Not Finish) which is a “course deviation.”

The Station Captain (aka Radio Worker), via radio, tells the person in the timing trailer the cone count or penalty situation of ALL cars that run. Course work is a demanding job. It requires you to be ALERT all the time for a long time. Use the same CONCENTRATION working course that you do driving the course…and don’t forget that your SAFETY is more important than any cone! In ALL cases, MAKE SURE the Station Captain acknowledges your input.

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