Solo Report

The Silly Season
Welcome to the silly season!  July and August (and really September) are the crazy busy months for autocross and our Cincy members in the Midwest and Cincy Region is certainly a part of that.  Since my report a month ago, we have held a Starting Line event, our fourth Points Event, and both a Phase 1 and Phase 2 Evolution Performance Driving School in July.  In August we will have our second Novice 101 School and our fifth Points Event.  All of these are worked around a busy schedule for many of us with the Bristol Summer Nationals (ProSolo and Champ Tour on July 1-4), the Toledo ProSolo on July 23-25, the Oscoda ProSolo Jul 29-Aug 1, Peru CAM Challenge Aug 6-8, Great Lakes Div Solo Series (GLSS) Events Jul 17-18 in Fort Wayne, GLSS @ Grissom ARB on Aug 14-15, Goodguys in Columbus Jul7 9-11, Motorstate Challenge Jul 15-17, UMI Autocross Challenge Jul 24-25, DriveAutoX @ Grissom Jul 31-Aug 1, etc…  Whew, tough to keep track of it all unless you put it in your calendar.  Thankfully, we have a link to the “Area Motorsports Schedule” on our 2021 Solo Schedule/Results page www.cincyscca.com.

Starting Line School, July 10
We had sixteen (16) students at our SCCA Starting Line school on July 10.  The instructors did a phenomenal job instructing the new members on everything about autocross, improving the entrants driving skills, and introducing them to everything SCCA has to offer. Everyone I spoke with during and after the event were very happy with the results.  Highly recommend looking up other Starting Line events across the country and signing up if you are new to autocross or wait until next year when we host another one. 

Points Event #4, Jul 11
The weather forecast once again was horrible and unfortunately it delivered for the 145 of us who braved it and showed up anyway.  To say the first and part of the second heat runs were wet would be an understatement.  During course walks, we had to modify the course to avoid the lake which formed in the middle of the course where the drains just couldn’t keep up with the storms leading to water easily 6-8” deep.  Thankfully, the other lakes were in paddock or grid instead of on course.  Even better, the drains did catch up and we didn’t have the lake issue during runs.  I have to give kudos to my team and the entrants, thanks to everyone’s effort, we were able to give six (6) runs, award trophies, and offer an hour plus of fun runs in the dry and still be done by 5:00!  The closest battles were in C Street, Pro, and CAM S.  In C Street, Shari McCoy put down a runner on her fifth run to take the win over Tyler Fullington in his S2000 by the closest battle of the day, a 0.034 sec win.  In CAM S, Marshall Reinert held off Jamie Elliott by a mere 0.036 secs for the win.  Not to be outdone, in Pro Class, Nathan Roberts on the strength of his last run was able to edge out Rob Clark by 0.040 secs for the win.  Nathan Popp pulled off the trifecta winning CAM T, having Top Raw Time of the Day, and Top PAX Time of the Day.  Congrats to all!

Evolution Performance Driving School, Jul 17-18
We had originally planned our Phase 1 and Phase 2 schools in early May, but those ended up being COVID casualties.  Thankfully, we were able to find a place to squeeze them in the schedule for July 17 and 18.  We had 18 students for the Phase 1 school on Saturday and 17 for the Phase 2 school on Sunday.  If you have never taken one of these schools, I highly recommend them!  Even if you have, they are fantastic refreshers to take again to help you break bad habits or realize where/why you aren’t driving the car to its full limits.  Even with the wet conditions early on Sat for the Phase 1 school, it was still a great help.  Again here, everyone was ecstatic with the instruction they received from Robert Carpenter, Brian Burdette, and Bryan Schafer!

Upcoming Events
Registration is open for our second Novice 101 School and our Points Event #5 on Aug 21 and 22.  Remember, registrations will fill quickly.

 

Support for one of our members
Lastly, I want to take a moment to offer a sincere thank you to everyone for their prayers and support given to Danny Popp and his family.  This really should have been the first thing, because the solo family and friends are far, FAR more important than the competition aspect of any of the events which we get to enjoy.  For any of you who may not have heard by now, Danny Popp suffered a stroke on Jun 29th.  Stacy and Nathan responded quickly and got him to the hospital within 30 minutes of symptoms.  Thankfully the doctors have said there is no permanent damage, but clearly there is a battle ahead for him and his family as he goes through the long process of recovery.  Along that line, Danny reports “Get a little better EVERY day!!”  I have silver or blue “10” stickers available at no cost if you would like to show your support.  If you’d like to donate, there is a GoFundMe page set up at:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/danny-popps-medical-expenses

Solo Report

Novice 101 – It’s been a month since some of you have heard from me and only two-weeks for those of you who were able to make it out to our Novice 101 and/or Points Event #2 on May 15 & 16. Nick Isaac and Bill Hughes did a fantastic job on the Novice 101 event organizing and providing instructors for 52 students. Instruction not only focused on driver skills, but how to read the course during a course walk, driver position, corner/other working positions, getting the car ready, etc. There were two courses in the morning sessions where the students got to focus on different aspects such as a slalom and Chicago Box or a separate course which emphasized looking ahead, threshold braking, cornering speeds, etc. In the afternoon, we hooked it all together and the students got to demonstrate what all they learned on the segments and continue to hone their skills.

Points Event 2, May 16 – The event started off with a sketchy weather forecast in line with the other two Sunday events, all of which have promised rain. Unfortunately, we did not escape totally, but it “only” did that “r thing” during registration, tech, etc and the first three runs of Heat 1 thankfully, with it warming up enough to leave some nice sunburns on those who didn’t use sunscreen. We had over 190 registered prior to the event but with the forecast only 169 took runs. Due to everyone’s help, we were able to give 6 runs again and still be done running by 4:00. The closest battle, and this was really close, was in Novice Street where we had 15 entrants, the top 5 were separated by 0.528 secs, and Tyler Donaldson in his Veloster on his last run dropped 0.214 secs to take the win by a mere 0.005 secs over Bryan Morell in his Civic Type R. Street Open, 17 entrants, also had a very narrow margin of victory where Jack Burns edged out Dale Kunze on his last run both in Civic Si’s by a mere 0.031. Pro Class, seven deep, was another where Rob Clark in his C8 Corvette edged out Dave Montgomery in his Camaro SS by a mere 0.066 secs. In both raw and PAX, Rob Clark pulled off the trifecta taking his class as well as top PAX and top time of day.

Next event, Points Event 3 is Jun 13th. If you haven’t registered yet, please do. We already reached our cap of 175 as of last week (three weeks out), but please register on the waitlist so as people cancel you can still make it in possibly/probably. You will not be charged until registration closes late on Jun 10th. Those who make it in will be notified after registration closes Thur, Jul 10 @10pm.

Reminder:
We have been able to get everyone six (6) runs so far even with 170 entrants because for the most part people have been prompt and on time during registration, tech, worker check-in/change-over, and with their cars when they are ready to be sent. That said, we are starting to get people showing up later for registration and tech. In order to start on-time and maximize the number of runs we can offer, we need everyone’s cooperation in being timely for the following:
Registration 07:30 – 08:30
(Please note, late fees will be assessed or we may have to turn you away if too late. Please contact us if some emergency occurs which is making you late.)
Tech Inspection 07:30 – 08:45
Driver’s Meeting 09:30 or earlier
Worker Change-Over – We have started trying to do worker change over on the fly, please check-in during the last run of the heat prior to your work heat and head out during the last runs to minimize/eliminate down-time between heats. and maximize the number of runs we can provide.

Event Registration – All of our events for the remainder of 2021 are now listed in MotorsportReg; however, registration for each event will not open until six (6) weeks prior to the event. If/when you click on the event registration, it will state when registration opens.

Travel to other events! – There are so many other regions and clubs which put on autocrosses in the area. Be a part of the traveling Cincy crowd and experience other venues. We have many regularly going to Western Ohio Region (Dayton), Fort Wayne (duh) , Indy (Grissom ARB or others), Miami Valley Sports Car Club (Dayton), Ohio Valley Region (Columbus), Central Kentucky Region (Lexington, KY), Akron Sports Car Club, Northwest Ohio Region (Toledo), etc. We also have the benefit of the Great Lakes Solo Series (GLSS) in which Cincy has two events in Sept) but also offers four other weekends at Grissom or Parkersburg, West Virginia, or in Fort Wayne. Don’t forget the SCCA National level events such as the Championship Tour at Grissom this coming weekend, a Pro in Toledo, a Championship Tour and Pro Solo in Bristol, TN, etc.

That’s enough for now,
Kent Weaver

Solo: Registration Open for Starting Line School

Registration Now Open on MotorsportReg.com

Cincinnati Region is hosting Tire Rack Starting Line School on July 10th 2021 @ Traders World!

In addition to a full day of professional performance driving instruction, the $350 Starting Line Package also includes:

  • SCCA Track Night in America Event Entry – $150 Value
  • SCCA Tire Rack National Event Entry – $100 Value
  • SCCA Membership – $90 Value
  • Regional Event Entry – $20-40 Value
  • Starting Line Hat 
  • SportsCar Magazine Subscription
  • Grassroots Motorsports Subscription

The Tire Rack 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 StartingLine 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, and a $15.00 off and free shipping coupon code for a Snell- approved motorsports helmet through Solo Performance.

For detailed information, school calendar / locations, autocross FAQs and more, visit the Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line website: Starting Line Info

Register for event here:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/starting-line-cincinnati-traders-world-scca-national-100068

Solo Report

The 2021 Solo Season has begun!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe

Apr 10/11 Test & Tune / Spring Fun Event 1

Our first two event weekends are in the book! We started out with a limited-entry Test and Tune (T&T) on Apr 10 followed by our first Spring 2021 Fun Event on Apr 11. The weather really didn’t cooperate as it was wet and/or cold, but we had 50 entrants who braved the weather on the 10th and 138 on the 11th even though both events were well over their registration cap limits leading up to registration closure. All in all, it was a good two days of learning (relearning) and competition, a good way to shake off the cobwebs and meet up with friends it seems like forever sine we saw last. As April 10 was run as a true T&T format, there were no times posted. Sunday was run as a fun event with 138 entrants using our standard four heat format and established the initial basis of our four heat system to be used the rest of the season. Run/Work will follow the same basic pattern with the same basic classes together, but it will shift one later each event (exceptions may be made as required for number of entrants, classes, critical work assignments, etc.) Everyone got five runs in an attempt to get dry runs for all but it didn’t quite work out that way.
The closest competition was a battle of the Mustangs in CAM-C where Krzysztof Zielinski edged out Ron Schoch by a mere 0.025 seconds. CAM again set the tone with 28 entrants, and the largest class was the highly competitive Street Open with 17 entrants followed closely by CAM-S with 15 entrants. I’m happy to report the Novice Classes are starting to make a comeback now that we have single assignment loaner helmets with nine (9) in Novice Street led by Christina Harp and five (5) in Novice Modified led by Zachary Eavers. Joel Zeller battled Jason Rector, both of HS for the top two PAX times. Results are posted on our website.
https://CincySCCA.com/autocross/2021-solo-schedule-results/

Apr 24/25 Spring Fun Event 2 / Points Event 1

Spring Fun Event 2 – Our second event weekend came up very quick after the first, seemingly didn’t skip a weekend even though it really did. Again, the weather wasn’t real cooperative as rain was forecast for Sat in what looked like it would be a real soaker and cooler temperatures all day. Due to the forecast, we only ended up with 70 entrants on Saturday (down from over 100) and as a result chose to run it as a Test & Tune format. As it turned out, the rain arrived half-way through the day Sat making for a cold and wet day where times in the wet were lucky to be within 5 – 7 seconds of the dry times, but many of the entrants had eight or more runs. Still a definite learning experience as you never know what the weather will be like for the points events later in the season. The closest battle was again in CAM C where this time Max Mishcenko edged Krzysztof Zielinski by 0.002 secs. CAM again had a large contingent with 17 entrants between the three classes and CAM S had the largest class with 10 entrants. Results are posted on our website. https://CincySCCA.com/autocross/2021-solo-schedule-results/

Points Event 1 – For Sunday, our first points event, we had 197 registered (with a cap of 160), determined we could let in 180, and ended up with 175 entrants after all was said and done. The weather stayed dry, but was cool/cold throughout most of the day with the sun finally coming out late enough to give many their first sunburn of the year. With worker change-overs on the fly, and everyone’s cooperation being on time and ready, we were able to get everyone six (6) runs and be done running by 4:15 on what was described as a fast, fun, yet technical course where one had to really thread the needle. CAM continued to have a strong contingent with 40 entrants (of the 175) between the three classes and the single largest class of the event was CAM S with 24 entrants. The closest battle was in CAM T with Nathan Popp edging out Brian Coney by 0.135 secs in their very different but very fast Camaros. Novice classes continued their comeback with Novice Street being led by Louis Brinkman in his Civic and Corey Pooler in his Focus ST. PAX was dominated by the Pro Class with 6 of the top 10 and the top 5 all being in Pro with Rob Clark and Robert Pendergest in Rob’s C8 bookending Dave Montgomery in his Camaro SS 1LE. Unfortunately due to various delays, event trophies were not available for those who earned one, but will be available at the Novice 101 / Points Event 2 weekend May 15 & 16. Results are posted on our website. https://cincyscca.com/autocross/2021-solo-schedule-results/

Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe
Upcoming Events
  • Novice 1010 School – I already hinted at it, but our first Novice 101 School is Saturday, May 15. Registration is open, but entries are limited so we can provide full instruction.
  • Points Event 2 – Registration is open for our second points event Sunday, May 16.

CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com

Random Reminders:
  • I have the 2020 Year End Solo Trophies for those of you who earned one and still haven’t picked it up. Heck, I still have a few 2019 trophies too.
  • I will have the Points Event 1 trophies for those who earned one at the next event, May 15 & 16.
  • COVID – We are still under COVID procedures, please continue to social distance and wear a mask when you are close to others. Minor changes from late last year or this year: Passengers are permitted if both have face masks or full-face helmets with shields. We do have single driver assignment loaner helmets available.
  • Our events are popular thanks to you, please register early as we have been hitting the entry cap one to two weeks before the event. If when you register the cap has already been met, please go ahead and register on the waitlist. This will greatly increase your chance of making it in.
  • No charges will be made to your account until registration closes @ 10:00 pm on the Thursday before the event.
  • If you are registered and not going to be able to make the event, please cancel before Thur 10 pm so that others on the waitlist can attend. If you cancel after registration closes, there is no refund or credit toward the next event (exceptions apply) as you are preventing someone else from attending.
  • Please come to Tech Inspection with numbers and letters on your car. Numbers must be a contrasting color to the car and a min of 8” tall and letters 4” tall. If using painters tape for the first event or so, please use the 2” wide tape.
  • With the larger number of entrants, please follow the paddock guidelines so all can fit nicely (only large trailers/motorhomes along the building, trucks w/ up to 26 ft trailers in the middle, single cars in the front row or middle nose to tail.)
Sponsors:

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank the fantastic group of sponsors helping us make our program so successful:

  • Continental Motorsports is going to be on-site for all of our events to help you with all your racing goodies. Look for them between paddock and grid. http://www.continentalmotorsport.com/
  • Summit Racing, though not on site has provided a lot of random door prizes and 10% off certificates for all our entrants which will be handed out at the drivers meetings. https://www.summitracing.com/
  • Autocross Digits continues to provide top notch class numbers/letters, vinyl, and magnetic vinyl for your autocross needs. https://www.autocrossdigits.com/
  • Forgeline not only provides the ultimate wheels for your vehicle, but has also donated to the parking lot asphalt repair fund. Still attempting to make arrangements for repairs. https://forgeline.com/
  • Jeff Loewe Imaging Our region’s official photographer. Check out his website for your favorite moment! https://jlofoto.net/

Kent Weaver
Your Cincy SCCA Solo Chair

Solo: Autocross 101 Novice school

Want to get involved in grassroots motorsports?
Check out our Autocross 101 Novice School, where we will teach you all the basics!
Starting with how to sign up for events. Where to park. How to sign in, register and tech.
Car preparation, including tire pressure, seating position, hand position.
Then move on to course walk, learning “the line” and basic car control techniques, looking ahead, thinking ahead, and basically everything you need to know to begin enjoying motorsport at a competitive level!

Registration is currently open:
CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com

CincySCCA Novice Team

AutoX 101 Novice School / PE2 Registration

Registration for May 15/16, the AutoX 101 Novice School and Point Event #2 will be opening on Tuesday April 20th at 8:00PM ET.

  • Due to the technical limitation, ALL registration will be default to “On Hold”.
  • If you register for AutoX 101, your entry will be reviewed, and upon approval/decline of our Novice team, you will receive a status update email.
  • If you register ONLY for PE2, registrar will change your status to confirmed and you will receive a copy of confirmation email
  • If you register for both day, and and get waitlisted for one of the days, even when your entry for the other day is confirmed, your entry will not show up on the entry list.
  • If you are waitlisted, your entry will be confirmed latest by shortly after the registration closes. If you are no longer able to attend the event, please let us know to remove you from the list.

*If you have any questions about your registration status, please feel free to message us.

Autocross 101 Novice School is for the newer driver to autocross to learn about the sports, what to bring to the events, basic car preparations, course walk, driver position, looking/thinking ahead, and worker position skills.  The focus will be to help novices improve their times and have more fun at the events.  Student may opt for the instructions to be provided out of the car, or for the in car instruction with proper safety precautions.

You can find the registration and event details at:
CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com
Please register early as entry is limited!
For any questions, please contact us via Email or send message to Tacti on Facebook Autocross Group

Solo Report

Welcome to the 2021 Solo Season!!!

The first event weekend is a mere ten (10) days away with a Test and Tune on Saturday, Apr 10 and the first of two Spring Fun Events on Apr 11. Two weeks later we have the second Spring Fun Event, this time on Saturday Apr 24, and the first Points Event on Sunday Apr 25. If I am not mistaken, the events on Apr 10, 11, and 24 are all on a waitlist at this point. Along that line, if you are attempting to register for an event and it is waitlisted, I highly recommend you go ahead and register as many get into the event as others have to cancel.

Speaking of cancelling, we have made a change to our cancellation policy effective immediately. Essentially, it states event fees will not be refunded if cancellation is made after the payment is processed when registration closes, Thursday @ 9:59 pm before the event. (Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) Payment is not pulled until registration closes. These changes are being made improve our events and the product for you, the entrants:

  • Reduces no-shows, increases opportunities for those on the waitlist to get in the event
  • Will enable us to plan and advertise the run/work order (as well as the worker assignments) ahead of the event.
  • Effective immediately, includes the Fun Event Apr 11, Fun Event Apr 24, and Points Event 1 on Apr 25. (T&T already has no-refund policy applied) Entrants will be notified via email through MotorsportReg as well.

Sound limits – we will be enforcing a sound limit in the 2021 season, that limit is still tbd. Given the bowl created by the building, highway, and train tracks, it is difficult to get consistent readings. We will likely be collecting data the first couple/few events, letting those who are on the high side know, and set a reasonable limit. Heck, I even bought exhaust baffles for my Corvette which has a Borla catback exhaust just in case it doesn’t meet sound at other events.

COVID Changes:

  • Passengers will be allowed this year if both the driver and passenger have either a face mask or a closed face helmet with face shield down.
  • Loaner helmets will be available for a limited few and cannot be exchanged between drivers.
  • Continental Motorsports will be on-site for many of our events with lots of racing goodies for your habit including helmets.
  • Unchanged – Out of courtesy to others, you must wear a mask when you cannot social distance.
  • Unchanged – Speed waiver is highly encouraged
  • Unchanged – Pre-registration only.

See you at Traders World International Speedway!!!