Have you autocrossed on a race track before?

David S.
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Jun 24, 2024 | Volkswagen, Volkswagen GTI, autoccross, Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park

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What’s your local autocross site? A mall parking lot? Kart track? Airport runway?

Among the options here in the northeast part of Florida: The Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park, the facility also known as the FIRM–and also GRM’s official test track.

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Throw down some cones and, suddenly, the track becomes a fast, flowing autocross course–with some elevation changes, blind turns and a few 90-degree bends. It becomes something new.

We recently ran an autocross at the FIRM with the Central Florida Region SCCA in our Mk7 GTI.

Did we win? Well, not exactly.

But we still had plenty of highlights: hanging with friends old and new while enjoying some seat time.

And a bonus: Competition runs were finished by 12:30 that afternoon.

The one downside, perhaps: just two heats–work or run–meaning no time for on-track photos.

You can call the FIRM our home court. Add some cones and, suddenly, it has a new personality.

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johndej
johndej UltraDork
6/24/24 3:20 p.m.

I've been tempted to but have mostly done just track days. One of the complications early on is that the tracks nearby, despite hosting it as an autocross event, still required roll bars for convertibles. When I was doing more autocross I didn't have one, once I put a roll bar in, if I was driving to the track I'd do a whole day or weekend. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/24 3:32 p.m.

Getting insurance for an autox held on a kart track is harder than it used to be - K&K used to allow that, now they specifically disallow it.

But we've effectively been running autocrosses on a kart track for over 20 years here in Grand Junction. No rollbar required. We don't even have to put out cones, the track is tight enough :)

Driven5
Driven5 PowerDork
6/24/24 3:47 p.m.

I've autox'ed on a small oval track and a kart track... The kart track was a lot of fun, especially in a Miata. The oval with close proximity (no runoff) walls, less so.

roninsoldier83
roninsoldier83 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/24/24 3:48 p.m.

Our local SCCA chapter here in Colorado has been using the infield of Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) to setup autoX courses for years. A few years back, the folks at PPIR apparently thought it was a good idea and also started hosting their own autoX events there as well (aptly named PPIR Track Attack). I believe some other local organizations/clubs started running down there as well. The Track Attack events are especially sweet- they have staff members on golf carts that drive behind you and shag the cones so the participants don't have to work the course! 

A run from last year in my old DC2 GS-R: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIWuKR37z0A
 

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
6/24/24 3:50 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

But we've effectively been running autocrosses on a kart track for over 20 years here in Grand Junction. No rollbar required. We don't even have to put out cones, the track is tight enough :)

Some kart tracks can be perfect venues for autocross.

Here's me doing tire testing for BFGoodrich back in the day at a kart track in upstate NY.

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/24/24 3:51 p.m.

The local chapter of the Corvette Club has held an autocross at Waterford Hills on July 4th for as long as I can remember. I ran it a few times in the late 90s. It's pretty fun, they use about 3/4 of the road course, with some cone chicanes to slow you down in strategic spots. It's still a lot faster than a parking lot autocross, though.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/24/24 3:57 p.m.

I haven't, but the NEPA region uses the Pocono raceway infield once in awhile.  From a recent event:

Pocono Raceway NEPA Event 6/16 65.485 (youtube.com)

turboshadow
turboshadow New Reader
6/24/24 4:23 p.m.

Sugar River Raceway for the Shelby Dodge meet a few years back was a ton of fun.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
6/24/24 4:27 p.m.
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) said:

The local chapter of the Corvette Club has held an autocross at Waterford Hills on July 4th for as long as I can remember. I ran it a few times in the late 90s. It's pretty fun, they use about 3/4 of the road course, with some cone chicanes to slow you down in strategic spots. It's still a lot faster than a parking lot autocross, though.

There was also a day where MSCC did an event at Flat Rock, IIRC?  Used the infield as well as the circle for the event.  Interesting.  Normal speeds, though.

And I also did an AROC convention where the autocross was at a circle track north of Columbus.  Can't remember the name of the track, though.

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
6/24/24 4:29 p.m.
Ian F (Forum Supporter) said:

I haven't, but the NEPA region uses the Pocono raceway infield once in awhile.  From a recent event:
 

Speaking of Pocono, many years ago I attended the CMC National Championship autocross at Pocono held on the track itself.  Saw some very unique elements in that course design.

The Council of Motorsports Clubs was a Tim Suddard brain child offering an alternate sanctioning body to the SCCA at a time when there was way more demand than supply for national level autocrossing.

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