June 1st results.
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Our next event will be at Bisbee Douglas International Airport, on July 7th.
June 1st Event, rev 2
The June event was held at Mussleman’s Kart Track in Tucson. Our June event historically doesn’t count towards any series points, so instead of a typical autocross type event, we had an event at P1 Kart track. The course surface is asphalt and very “good grip”, the course design is very “autocross” style, the straight sections of the course are longer than you see in a autocross course, but the turns really focus on “late” apex type driving. The course lay out was mostly a second gear course’, there were a couple sections that required third if you car had a short second gear (mine).
Gates opened at 5PM, we got our cars safety inspected and had the drivers meeting at 6:15, first cars were on track around 6:45PM, it was a little warm for the first runs, but as soon as the sun went down, it was a beautiful evening racing under the lights, it sure beat racing in 100 degree temps on a normal day in a summer autocross.
All the drivers had 4 twenty minute sessions on the track; each one was followed by a twenty minute cool down, before the next round. It was a great evening of racing, with plenty of seat time.
By looking at the results, the fastest “raw” time was driven by CQ which was the track manager, driving a shifter kart, who has about 8 million runs on the course (he was just showing off)
The real fastest time was driven by Doug McBride in his Lotus Elise driving on race compound tires, his time was 100.957, really fast for a CAR on that track, “nice driving” Doug. Second went to Alex Zust driving a Lotus Elise also with a time of 103.336 and right behind was hubby Fred Zust in a Boss 302 Mustang with a time of 103.377. Now that’s close, WOW!
Thanks to Shannon Schofield for setting up the event and bringing out his travel trailer to use as the home base for between runs, not to mention the “goodies” that Shannon and Debi brought.
It was a great event, we should do it again
Gene Sanders, Saturn Sky
February 3rd, 2013 Event
The February event was held at Bisbee / Douglas Airport. This month’s course design came from Doug McBride, I think he slept with the course design under his pillow, because not only did he design a nice course, but he also drove it extremely well As is normal for most of our course designs, the course design was mostly a second gear course’, there were a couple sections that required third if your car had a short second gear (mine).
The fastest “raw” times was driven by Doug McBride driving his 2005 Lotus Elise with a time of 74.831 (nice driving Doug), followed “right behind” by Rob Rockefeller in a Honda S2000 with a 75.489, and third going to David Rock driving his Toyota MR2.
The Class Results are:
Open Class: Doug McBride driving his Lotus Elise beat me out for first; third going to John Huft in his Honda S2000.That’s the second month in a row where the top three people finished in the same order, I guess John and I need to step it up.
Street Tire Class: The largest class for the day and also very competitive, was won by John Burbano driving 2009 Corvette, second went to Ric Prussman driving his 1994 Miata (Ric was complaining about running on worn out tires, doesn’t seem too bad to me ) and third went to Mike Whitehouse in his 1999 Mazda Miata, Jack Drummond takes fourth driving a 2012 V6 Mustang.
Street Touring Class:
Shannon Schofield was the only competitor for the class this day, but drove very well, recording 80.674.
The winner was Carlos Giordanelli driving a very nice 2006 Black Corvette, followed by Derek Morgan driving a Mazda Miata. Both drivers, it was their first time Autocrossing, both made real improvements over the course of the day.
We had only one competitor in the class, but Susan Love driving the 2004 EVO put down a very good time of 86.347.
Rob Rockefeller won the class and had the highest PAX score, driving his S2000, second went to Dave Rock driving his Toyota MR2 and third went to Joe Austin in his 2007 Mini Cooper.
Look for our next event on March 3rd at Bisbee / Douglas Airport
Gene Sanders, CS Miata
January 6th, 2013 Event
The January event was held at Sierra Vista Airport. Winnie the Pooh wasn’t there, but if he was, he would describe the weather as a “Blustery Day”, no rain, no snow, just a cold wind.
This month’s course design came from John Burbano; the course was named “Johnny B Good” As is normal for most of our course designs, the course design was mostly a second gear course’, there were a one section that required third if your car had a short second gear (mine).
The fastest “raw” times was driven by Doug McBride driving his 2005 Lotus Elise with a time of 58. 032 (nice driving Doug), followed “right behind” by Randy Price in a KGB Kart with a 58.063, and third going to Rob Rockefeller driving his Honda S2000.
The Class Results are:
Open Class: Doug McBride driving his Lotus Elise beat me out for first; third going to John Huft in is his Honda S2000.
Street Tire Class: Won by Art Merideth driving his 2006 Cadillac CTS (who says that Cadillac’s are slow ), second goes to John Burbano driving 2009 Corvette, and third went to Mike Whitehouse in his 1999 Mazda Miata.
Street Touring Class:
Rob Rockefeller driving his “STR” Honda S2000 with a time of 58.928 beat out Dave Rock in his Toyota MR2 with a time of 59.079, WOW that is close. Third went to Scott Meyers driving his Mazda3.
The winner was John Jeremillo in a 1997 Honda Civic, followed by John Suttles driving the same car, and Caleb Ashman driving a Mazda Miata for third.
We had only one competitor in the class, but Glenda Meyers driving the 2008 Mazda3 put down a very good time of 67.870.
PAX Class Score:
Rob Rockefeller received the highest PAX score, followed by Dave Rock with a score of 997.
It was brisk day “weather wise”, but it was “hot” racing day.
Look for our next event on February 3rd at Bisbee / Douglas Airport
Gene Sanders, CS Miata
Rob Rockefeller won the class, followed by Dave Rock.
It was a great day, we finished up early enough to have lunch at “Jimmy’s Hotdogs” in Bisbee, and you should have been there to hear the stories (lies)
Look for our next event on October 7th at Bisbee / Douglas Airport.
Older write ups and results from the past
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The Sierra Sports Car Club has been holding SCCA sanctioned Solo autocross events for over 30 years. We typically hold an event on the first Sunday of every month except December, when we have the annual Christmas party. Check out the Events link for our calendar of events.
Solo autocross is a great way to test the limits of your car and hone your driving skills. No special equipment is needed, and loaner helmets are provided by the club if you don't have your own. Beginners are welcome. Our courses are typically laid out on airfields or parking lots, and send drivers on a timed course marked with pylons. Runs usually last between 40-60 seconds, and you get 4-5 attempts to make your best timed run. We have participants ranging from novices to national champions, coming from as far away as California and New Mexico.
Our events are run/work, so if you wish to run, you will have to report for your work assignment on the course when you are not running. Spectators are welcome and it's free to look and maybe even get a ride along, as long as you sign an insurance waiver.
Cars on the course usually run in second gear, occasionally reaching third in the straightaways, so you are never really driving above the state speed limits. The difference is, it's like driving 60 mph in a 25 mph zone! Safety is key at these events, and we have never had an injury or collision to date. All cars must pass a safety/tech inspection before going on course. If you would like to attend an event and have never autocrossed before, check out "Getting Started" to help you know what to expect and how to prepare for what could be a life changing experience. Did I mention that it can be addictive?
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