Solo Report

It’s been a busy month in autocross. Our region only had one event, but our region members have been very busy at National level events.

Michael Jefferies ran the Finger Lakes NY Championship Tour on Jun 8-10 and out of 284 entrants, we had 16 members run the Peru National Championship Tour event at Grissom AFB, IN on Jun 15-17. Of those 16, five trophied: Michael Jefferies 2nd in CS class; Tim Sholar also 2nd in HS; John Billingsley 3rd in CM; Dave Montgomery winning FP by 0.084 secs over Alex Jones and finishing 7th on PAX overall; and Ben Weaver dominating JA by 4.140 secs. Honorable mention goes to Evan Gill who finished in 3rd just out of the trophies in HS and I guess me for finishing one out in AS after being as high as 4th before last runs Sunday. A large group of others also ran the Optima Drive Autox event at Grissom the following weekend and the Norwalk Super Summit event earlier in the month amongst others, but I do not have results from those events. Along that line, ignoring just having fun, the best way to get better is to run events from more than just our region and ask for advice from others whether in your class or not. I highly encourage you to run other local events such as WOR SCCA, MVSCC, OVR SCCA, CKR SCCA, KYR SCCA, etc and the Great Lakes Divisional Series if you can’t make any of the National level events.

Now to our event.

We had a big weekend at Traders World Jun 23 and 24. The Jun 23 Fun event with the Shelby Dodge America Club (SDAC) morphed into a Miami Valley Sports Car Club (MVSCC) event with SDAC after they asked to run a joint event with us. Even with threatening weather, we ended up with 80 entrants at the MVSCC event Saturday including 29 SDAC entrants who came from all across the country – one even drove his car here from Oregon! It was fantastic seeing all the “old” Shelbys, I have many fond memories of competing against the GLH Turbos in CS against my NA Miata. Although not officially part of their national convention, everyone I spoke with were happy to have had the chance to combine this with the other planned events (drag race, car show, etc.) Saturday, MVSCC classes were run, interesting to see how the various cars fit into the NASA classing structure which has far fewer classes and bump to the next class up based on modifications, tires, etc. Made for some interesting competition over the 8 runs they were able to provide.

Sunday, we had 134 entrants and were able to provide 5 runs on a fun course based on one Ben Weaver designed last year (Saturdays course was run in the opposite direction basically). Novice class continues to be strong with 35 entries and 72 of our 136 entrants were in index classes. Max Michenko edged out the closest victory Sunday with a 0.010 win over Steve Munday in DS, Dave Montgomery edged out Robert Pendergast for the fastest index time on the overall event PAX by 0.022 secs, and Christian Moist held off Robert Pendergast by 0.126 secs for the overall fastest raw time at the event. Our new Live Results (can be accessed on our homepage, under “Autocross” Menu) were doing great and praised by many.

Our next event, PE 4, is July 22, again at Traders World (Registration is now open on Motorsportreg.com/). There numerous big events this month at which we need a strong showing of Cincy Region members, such as Great Lake Divisional events Jun 30 & Jul 1 at Grissom and Jul 15 at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne. There are also many national level events with a Match Tour Jul 4-6 and Championship Tour Jul 6-8 at Bristol TN Motorspeedway, Packwood, WA Championship Tour on Jul 13-15 and ProSolo on Jul 20-22, and the Oscoda ProSolo on Aug 3-5.

See you in July!

Kent Weaver
Cincy Solo Chair

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Solo: PE 3 Tentative Result is up

Thank you for attending Cincinnati Region Solo PE3.  

Tentative results are posted.  

Update (06/27/18 17:00)

We have updated the results from our audit, so please review again and contact us if you see any mistakes! Thank you!

Solo 2018 Season Schedule and Results

If you believe your times are not right, please contact “SOLOchair70@gmail.com by July 1st if at all possible.

Thank you.

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Solo: Cancellation of Tire Rack Toledo ProSolo

SCCA made an announcement of Cancellation of July 29-31 ProSolo.

SCCA.com – Cancellation of Tire Rack Toledo ProSolo

ProSolo Enthusiasts,

What we have feared for the last couple of months, but hoped would be avoided, has come to pass; the site we use for National Solo events in Toledo will not be available for the July 29 – 31 ProSolo. Therefore, that event has been cancelled and will not be replaced on the 2018 Series calendar. Refunds will be made over the next two weeks to those entered in the event.

Section 20.10.A of the ProSolo Rules is being modified to address, to the degree we can, the resulting circumstances from this cancellation. The new rule language is below.

We hope you understand that on occasion situations arise that are beyond the control of the SCCA or its Regions and we must make the best of it. The Northwestern Ohio Region and the Toledo Express Airport are to be commended for their efforts in trying to keep this event on the 2018 schedule.

Thanks for your patience on this matter and for your support of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Series.

H.

Howard Duncan
SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo

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Solo Report

Like a good course, April flowed smoothly right into a very successful May.

We started it off with the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Evolution Performance Driving Schools on May 5 & 6, respectively. Both were sell outs (30 students each) and went extremely well. We even had two local instructors who did a fantastic job, Dave Montgomery and Danny Popp, but that takes nothing away from the others who flew in from across the country to instruct! Nothing but kudos for the fantastic job the instructors did and the training they provided. I’ve been autocrossing since ’85, signed up for the Phase 2 school, and whereas I can’t say I learned anything dramatically new, it certainly emphasized and helped me focus on areas in which to approve my skills as well as giving me a whole slew of runs to practice/improve them. Highly encourage everyone to take one of their schools which are held all over the country!

Our second Points Event, May 20 was a huge success too. We hit our online cap on Tuesday, ended up with 136 competitors, and were able to get everyone six (6) runs on a 40-50 sec course with time for fun runs after trophies! Thank you to all who made this possible! At the event we not only had the live timing broadcast via the internet but also broadcast on FM locally. Closest battle was in HS where Sam Warden in his Fiesta ST held off Tom Orf in his Honda Accord by 0.141 secs on the strength of his 5th run. Again our biggest class was the Novice class at 25 entrants where Dan Gravett took the win in his Fiesta ST (I see a trend) by 0.207 seconds over Bobby Blankenship in his BMW M3. The Index classes are really popular with 81 of the entrants choosing those for stronger competition over the standard SCCA classes.

Next event is Jun 23. It is now a joint MVSCC/Cincy/SDAC event with it being a MVSCC points event and the autocross portion of a national convention for the Shelby Dodge Auto Club. Sunday, Jun 24 is Cincy Regions 3rd Points Event. Pre-register and come out to run both events!

Both registrations are open at MotorsportReg.com

See you in 3 weeks!

Kent Weaver

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SOLO – Registration is Now Open for June Events

Registration is now open for 06/23 joint event with MVSCC and SDAC, and 06/24 Cincinnati Region Solo Point Event #3.

Please Register for each event on MotorsportReg.com
MVSCC PE3 / SDAC / CincySCCA Joint Event Registration*

CincySCCA PE#3 Registration

* The joint Event on Saturday will be run by MVSCC and with their NASA Classification. Please visit MVSCC Homepage for more information.
* Also if you are an MVSCC Member but not an SCCA Member, please select the weekend membership option during checkout, and then email us your MVSCC Membership number so that we can remove the $15 charge before the credit card being processed.

If you have questions regarding the classification or the registration process, or autocross in general, please feel free to contact us!

Looking forward to see you at the events!!!

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Solo Report

The 2018 solo season has started! – Okay, it started off with a fizzle but at least we ended April with a bang! Our first event, a fun (non-points) event scheduled on Apr 20 ended up being cancelled due to absolutely frigid conditions. Basically we had to make the decision the potential fun just wasn’t worth the safety/health risks to the competitors or property. Whereas it was disappointing to need to cancel it, it was the right decision.

Starting Line – Two weekends later we followed it up with a return of the Starting Line event on Apr 21st and our first points event of the season on Apr 22nd. The Starting Line event was a huge success and I heard nothing but compliments on not only how well it was run by the Starting Line staff, but also what a great benefit it was to the 22 entrants who took the school. From all accounts, this was great so we will go back to planning on it being an annual event for us after skipping last year breaking in the new site.

Apr 22 Points Event #1 – We had a huge turnout for our first event. Last year we kicked off our season with 133 entrants, this year we had 145 after having nearly 160 preregistered (125 cap with approximately 35 waitlisted) as of Saturday. When Sunday dawned, we still had first car off within a couple minutes of our 10:00 scheduled start time and were able to get everyone 5 runs on a fun, challenging, albeit shorter than normal course. The Novice Class was once again the largest class with 22 novices in a wide variety of stock and street touring prepped cars barely edging out Street Open with 21 entrants and Pro with 20. If you want to better yourself and have strong competition, the index classes are very popular and a must. In Novice, Danny Gravett came away with the win over Hao Ma and Scott Fasse, with the six trophy winners separated by just under 1.4 secs. In Street Open, Jack Burns took the win over Tact Takagi and Terry Prand with the top seven (7) separated by under 1.0 secs. The closest margin of victory was in CAM-C where Mark Parsons edged Wayne Furr by 0.032 secs for the win. We released our “Beta” version of the live timing during the event and it went over very well. (The Live Timing Results are unofficial and may be changed. Please see our Schedule/Results page for our Official Final results.)

Photos Courtesy of Brian Behringer, Scott Schwartz, and Anthony Willey

Event improvements – A lot of off season work by the solo committee went into making this event and hopefully the season go well with the goal of getting everyone more runs, get out at a reasonable time, and making it a better experience for the entrants and their friends/family. We instituted changes in paddock, grid, and registration; re-instituted annual tech; bought new timing equipment, P/A wiring/equipment, and new cones; performed an extensive trailer rewire/rework, got new Bosch P/A speakers; changed to MotorsportReg for registration, and instituted live timing among other things. (See the Live Timing Link (under Autocross menu) on our website and a post on Facebook.) Unfortunately we were unable to provide the typical course map handouts for everyone, but if that is the worst thing think we did pretty well. I’ve listed the solo committee members below, please be sure you tell them thank you next time you see them.

Coming up in May – We have the Evolution Performance Driving School Phase 1 and Phase 2 offerings on May 5 and 6 respectively and our Second Points Event on May 20th. The Evo Schools are preregistration only and already have 34 and 30 entries listed which is a very good turn out and may have already hit cap. These are extremely good schools, if you weren’t able to hit one of these there are many others all over the country as well as probably here again next year. For the May 20 event, please make sure you preregister early so you do not miss the cut if we hit capacity again.

Solo Committee
Course/Equip Robert Clark
Grid Glenn Ellerbe
Novice Ryan Street
Paddock Claire Frimming (was Tavis Spencer)
Registration Shari McCoy
Safety Myke Dziengel
Tech Inspect Jim Zeisler
Timing/Scoring Tim Sholar & Bryan Schafer
Waiver Tact Takagi
Worker Nathan Roberts
Support Team Jo Dziengel, Chris Howell, Tom Mills

Kent Weaver
Solo Chair

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CincySCCA is hosting Starting-Line

Signup Now!

The Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line School is a partnership between the Sports Car Club of America and Tire Rack to give automotive enthusiasts at every level a professional, all-inclusive entry into the sport of performance driving and the chance to have some fun with their cars. The full-day school introduces key concepts applicable to performance driving and offers participants the opportunity to develop motorsports skills while working with professional performance driving instructors. Professional instructors teach:

-Vehicle dynamics
-Traction management
-Vision and control
-Tips and techniques custom tailored to match your needs and ability level

Starting Line participants leave ready for motorsports competition if that’s where their interest takes them, but everyone gains an understanding of the capabilities of their vehicle and is given the opportunity to have a little fun with it. In addition to a full day of instruction, the Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line package includes a complete motorsports starter kit. Participants receive an SCCA membership, entries for optional future events, as well as subscriptions to SportsCar and Grassroots Motorsports magazines. The option to add a Snell- approved motorsports helmet will be coming soon. For detailed information, school calendar / locations, autocross FAQs and more visit the Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line website: Starting Line Info

In addition to a full day of professional performance driving instruction, the $325 Starting Line Package also includes:

-SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour or Match Tour Entry ($110 Value)
-SCCA Track Night in America Entry ($150 Value)
-SCCA Membership ($85 Value)
-Regional Event Entry ($35 Value)
-Starting Line Hat
-SportsCar Magazine Subscription
-Grassroots Motorsports Subscription

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Solo: Canceled Event on 04/08

Regrettably we have decided we must cancel our Fun Event this Sunday, Apr 8, due to the uncooperative frigid weather forecast.

A great deal of deliberation went into this decision by our team as I know many of you were looking just as forward to this event and shaking off the winter as we were. The safety concerns regarding the slipperiness of the cold sealed asphalt, risk of damage to equipment or competitors vehicles, concern over potential loss of site if we were to have an incident, the health of the competitors, and possible performance tire damage all contributed to outweigh the potential benefits for all.

Sorry, we will attempt to reschedule this event sometime later in the season. Appreciate your understanding and patience as we made this decision. For those of you who prepaid, there will be no charge to your credit card for this event. Please contact us if you have any questions or concern.

Look forward to seeing everyone at our Apr 22 event!

Kent Weaver

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