Cincinnati Region Solo Program is hosting 3 Driving Schools this year. Registration for those driving schools are no open.
Starting Line Driving School -Apr. 27 (www.scca.com/pages/starting-line)
The full day school will introduce key concepts that introduce you to autocross and the dynamics of your vehicle in a performance driving setting. While the focus is on autocross, you will develop performance driving skills while working with professional performance driving instructors.
If you are looking for motorsports competition or just a great way to enjoy the capabilities of your car, the Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line is your complete motorsports starter kit.
Evolution School Phase 1 and Challenge School -May. 11-12 (EvoSchool.com) Phase One: This Autocross training program is great for any skill level, from seasoned veterans to the complete novice. The Phase One features 24 runs with our team of National Caliber instructors, and each student will work with two different instructors throughout the day.
Challenge School: This program is great for anyone who has taken our Phase One and Phase Two, and is looking to take their driving to the next level. Our Challenge program features 24 runs on 3 different course configurations, and all with our team of National Caliber instructors. The Challenge school will review the skills learned during the Phase One and Phase Two, as well as use a technique that will help prove the importance of looking ahead. Challenge students will also be pitted against their instructors in the final session to help push the students to new levels.
If you are one of the 2018 Championship Trophy winners, and did not register on time (the registration has closed) for Annual Award Banquet, you can still come out to try on the jackets (one of the trophy options) for sizing. We have to submit final orders by Feb 6, so if you haven’t emailed Kent and gotten a confirmation email your trophy will be the embroidered duffel/sport bag.
*I have to check prices, may be able to order an embroidered bag or jacket in addition to your trophy or even if you didn’t get a trophy.
There is a link to a surrounding area event schedule. This file will be updated as we receive new event scheduled for the area. It is for your convenience only and Cincinnati Region SCCA is not responsible for the accuracy and/or schedule change etc. Please contact responsible organizer for most up-to-date information.
Well, it’s over…at least the competition portion of our 2018 autocross season is complete. : (
We had our last two points events Oct 7 and Oct 28 at Traders World which capped a great season for all. In all we had 1266 entrants participate in our Test & Tune, Starting Line, Evolution Driving School, Great Lakes Divisional, Joint MVSCC, and 8 Points events averaging 128 per points event up from 124 in 2017. Enough for the math, it was a very good season with a wide variety of events which were fun and well attended by novices and long term members and incorporated several improvements such as new timers, FM broadcast on site, live timing, improved novice program including split novice classes, new trophies, CincySCCA Solo – Autocross FaceBook page, – etc. Class points will be posted soon (if not already) and trophies will be presented at the banquet (Tentative Date: Feb. 02 @ Mill Race Banquet Center) – come out, enjoy the meal, bench racing with friends, and cheering on those who got trophies.
PE #7 – Oct 7 We had a Danny Popp designed course which received rave reviews and included his trademark “Cincinnati Boxes”, an element with essentially two Chicago Boxes arranged in line with alternating openings. We had 135 entrants come out and play with really tight competition in SS (Dean Rindler over codriver Joel Zeller by 0.112), SSM (Russ Charlton over Ashley Irvin by 0.110 secs), FS (Clay Slusher edging Ryan Staup by 0.110 secs), Novice Street (Austin Engen over Lawrence Fasse on his last run by 0.091), CAM T (Nathan Johnson edging Dan Ballard by 0.082), and Street Tire (James Vital setting the mark on his second run winning by 0.043 secs over Eric Wuest). Danny Popp took first place in raw time by 0.706 over Dean Rindler and 0.047 on PAX where there were 11 within 0.787 secs of the lead.
PE #8 – Oct 28 We still had 103 entrants come out and brave the miserable, cold (mid-40s) and rainy/wet weather on our last event. Can’t really complain, the weather held out on most of our events this year even with similarly yucky weather forecasts at times. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Traders World, it is a sealed asphalt lot which means it is slick to start with (compared to concrete), but then when you add rain it gets worse but reasonable, but when you add in temps in the 40s it was nearly ridiculous – might as well been on ice or snow unless you had an AWD car… I can personally vouch for used up, low tread, heat cycled rears not doing much on the Corvette… There were lots of spins and slides by the entrants, but the Tim Sholar designed course featuring a three gate flowing element was still a lot of fun and safe – just wish it would have been dry!!! Tightest competition was in the 17 entrant Street Open class where Terry Prand edged Jack Burns by 0.150 secs. With the wet/drying, and rainy conditions times varied all over the place (41.231 to 61.459), resulting in six entrants within 0.928 secs of the top PAX winner (Terry Prand over Jack Burns by 0.150 secs) and Terry Prand over Aaron Gastrich by 0.286 secs on raw time.
Also, we’d like to thank Mike Riegel for coming out and taking great pictures of our competitors this season. If you have attended our Solo Events and have not seen his photos, please visit our Facebook Group Page “CincySCCA Solo -Autocross” and check out all the photos he has shared with us!
I wasn’t able to give much of a report on the National Championships in the last report, but hopefully you were watching the facebook page for lots of it. Unfortunately whereas I was one of the nearly 1400 entrants registered for the event, I wasn’t able to be there. That said, the one word describing the event would be rain, or perhaps it should be deluge. I heard they had record rainfall amounts of around 6″ of rain a day although not all four days were as wet reportedly. Lots of pictures were posted where you could barely see the car as it splashed through the standing water and deep puddles. Have to believe many pylons got displaced by the water as the car drove by it. Continental all-season tires became the tire of choice over BFG Rivals, Bridgestone RE-71Rs, Hoosiers, etc… Here is how our Cincy members or members from our area did, if I missed someone please let me know…
Still lots of things to work out on the event schedule next year, but we are intending to have an early season Test and Tune, the standard 8 points events, an Evolution School, a Starting Line event, and other dual events with other regions and clubs. Stay tuned starting next year…
To be qualified for the End of the year Championship Trophy, you need to have minimum of 4 events, but best 5 events count toward your points.
In some of the classes, the trophy spot may be up to this last event!
September was a very busy month for Cincy SCCA and our Solo members. We had great representation at the ProSolo finale Sep 1 & 2, the National Autocross Championships Sep 4 – 7, and LSFest in Bowling Green Sep 7-9. After all these marquee events, we also held our two Great Lakes Divisional Solo Series events on Sep 15 & 16. Unfortunately I do not have access to the results for any of these events, but our Cincy soloists represented us well in Nebraska with record number of entrants (>1400) under shall we say less than ideal conditions… okay, a deluge with easily 2-3″ of standing water throughout. Only one I remember off the top of my head is congrats to Shari McCoy who led CSL after day one but was bumped to second in the end – a fantastic first Nationals!!! Sorry for all those who I have forgotten, I will make it up to everyone next month once I can collect all the stats.
Our first Great Lakes Divisional events in many years were held at Traders World on Sep 15 & 16. We had 72 entrants on Sep 15 and 140 on Sep 16 with people coming in from all over the division. I really need to thank Myke Dziengel for chairing these events for me and my solo committee for making these two events go so well since I wasn’t able to be there at all Saturday and only minimally on Sunday. I got nothing but compliments from the competitors, many of whom travel to many other regions and national level events, about how well our events are run, how much fun/challenging the courses were, how large our novice program is, how friendly/helpful our members are, and how impressed they are with all our extras such as live timing, FM radio, unique trophies, etc. Many, many kudos to the team and entrants!!!
As to the remainder of the season, we are quickly approaching the end unfortunately as it has been a great year so far! We have our final two points events, PE#7 on Oct 7 and PE#8 on Oct 28. Year end points are awarded based on the competitor’s top five (5) events with a minimum of four (4) to qualify. Trophies are awarded based on number of competitors qualified by year end in each class using the standard formula of a trophy awarded for each 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, incremented by 4, etc qualifiers like we do at the events. (You can check your current standing on our Schedule and Results Page)
We also made changes to the huge Novice class by splitting it into two classes, one for street category cars (basically stock), and non-street class cars. Novice event points for this season are still going to be combined for year end, but this will give us the opportunity to provide better focus on the novices both during their run hears as well as their work heats. If this works as well as we believe it will, we will likely have two novice classes next year and the majority of the novices this year can help next season’s novices.
We are happy to celebrate the great success with our novice program you’ve made possibly and would like to thank everyone who comes out and has #FunWithCars!
With such a large Novice Class entries, it is necessary to split them into two smaller groups to improve the opportunity to provide greater assistance during each heat. Before we fully implement this concept next year, we’d like to give this concept a try during our last two events of the 2018 season.
For our PE7 (Oct. 7) and PE8 (Oct. 28) events, Novice class will be split into “Novice Street” (NS) and “Novice All Other” (NA).
Those who have basically stock cars which fit in a Street category base class (SS, AS, BS ~ GS, HS, etc) will be running “Novice Street”. Note: Street category allows aftermarket shocks, front OR rear swaybar change/removal, brake pads, and 200TW tires or higher.
If you have other modifications and would like to participate in our Novice Program, please select “Novice All Other”.
For this year, we will pilot the program by running two separate Novice class during the event, but the year end championship will be still be combined as one Novice program.
Next year (2019 Season), we will fully implement this two Novice Class concept potentially with separate championship points and trophies.
As some of you may know, we had a timing computer issue during the third heat and some of the time and penalties are missing/inaccurate. Please review the results posted, and contact us (email@example.com) if you find any errors BEFORE SUNDAY 09/13 by end of the day. Please share with your friends who attended our PE6 this weekend as well.
Also the Season Points will be updated once we finalize the PE6 Results. If you find any inacuracy in Season Points, please contact us as well.