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Old 03-24-2006, 05:58 PM
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Anyone here do club racing or solo II? I am looking to get into it. Anything I should know or advice?
 
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Old 03-24-2006, 09:40 PM
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I did Solo II for a number of years...great fun, for a low cost.

As far as what to know, I could write a novel. First, don't expect to be competitive without tires. And when I say tires, I mean slicks. If you want to go out and just have fun, street tires will work ok, but expect to chew them up quite fast. The edges near the sidewalls will be the first to go.

Second, if you decide to go to an event...go over your car and check for safety items. All events will have a tech inspection, where they will check things such as a loose battery, lug nuts, seat belt, etc. Also, you will need a helmet, Snell 95 or better. Many clubs have some you can borrow.

As far as driving advice, it's almost a certainty that you will start out slowly, and probably get lost on the course. It's normal. Take it easy on the first run or two, and walk the course prior to the event as many times as you can. The trick to auto-x racing is to look 2-3 turns ahead. If I am coming into a turn, I'm not focused on the turn in front of me...I am looking ahead trying to figure out how I am setting myself up for the upcoming turns.

A fast time is always gained by smooth driving. Whipping the back end around and "drifting" around a corner, while looking awesome, is the slowest way around a corner. Be smooth and steady, no wheel jerks, roll into the throttle. Do not coast, ever. You foot should be in the gas, or standing on the brakes. Trust your ABS (if equipped) and think about getting good brake fluid (Dot 4 or better). Always brake before a turn, not while turning.

I can continue if needed

Anyway, solo II is an absolute blast, and a majority of the clubs will let you ride with other people. That's always fun.

I started out doing local events for a year or two, then moved on to Divisional races, competing against people from around the US. After that, I moved to the National event, in Topeka, Kansas, where I promptly got my tail kicked, but it was awesome!
 
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:44 AM
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Thanks for the input. I ran on Sunday and had a blast. There where only two vettes out there my 96 and a 84 which ran real fast times.
 
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Old 03-27-2006, 04:55 PM
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Think you will go back? What class did you run in?
 
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:28 PM
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They put me in the AS class. I am going in two weeks again.
 
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