Autocross Event Tips

The Top Items To Remember On Event Day

Here are a few basic rules to follow to ensure a smooth flowing event:

SCCA Rule Book

Texas Region Supplementary Rules

1. Please listen to announcements from the trailer regarding worker check-in. You will be asked to check in for your worker assignment with approximately 15-20 cars left from the current heat that is running. We understand that some heats cannot check-in immediately for their worker assignment because they are on course. When you’re finished with your last run please report to the Worker Chief(s) ASAP. If you have time during your heat please check-in before your next run.

2. Please schedule your lunch run in advance. Do not leave for lunch in the middle of a heat, especially if you are working or running the next heat. Try and schedule your lunch break in advance and leave for lunch at the BEGINNING of a heat.

3. Double-check the entry list to make sure that you are entered properly in the right class with the right number. If you pre-register your information will be on the side of the trailer.

4. Before you make your run, double-check to make sure you have the proper magnetic numbers, letters (correct size) on your car, especially if you are a 2-driver car (remember to swap out the numbers between each other’s runs).

5. Please do not grid your car and leave the grid area and be aware at all times of where the grid marshal is while he/she are sending cars so you won’t be left behind when it’s your turn to run.

6. Pay attention to the Grid Marshall. The Grid Marshall will be wearing the orange vest. Don’t get too caught up socializing in grid. Again, stay with or very near your car. Make note where the Grid Marshall is and when he is at least 5 cars away from your car, get in, buckle up, and get ready to roll. You CAN be skipped if you are not ready to go. Grid Marshalls do not wait for someone to get ready. If they are not ready to go, go to the next car and come back to the car that is not ready. It is better to have too many cars in line at the start than none at all.

7. Each corner station has extra cones to replace those that are nabbed by cars that run them over. Always have them handy. If a car gets out of control and takes out an entire wall, run to fix that wall with the extra cones. This is much quicker than running after the flying cones and putting them back in place. Some cones get punted and the next car might need to be red-flagged while a corner worker finishes setting up the downed cones. This can be avoided by always having extra cones near you. Recognize when to use them!



10. Be sure the radio stays at the worker station with the flag. One worker holds BOTH the radio and the flag at ALL times.

11. Be Aware At All Times. This is an event of many sounds, noises, music to our ears. Please pay special attention to all announcements and squealing tires (you never know if they’re squealing to avoid smacking into you!).

General Event Information

All times are Approximate      
7:30am – 8:30am…. Registration & Tech Inspection Open
8:00am (approx)….. Course open for walking
8:30am (approx)….. Novice Walk
9:00am (approx)….. Mandatory Drivers Meeting
9:30am (approx)….. 1st heat Drivers in Grid, 1st heat Workers on course, First Car Out!
Trophies at conclusion of runs     4:30 PM
PRE-PREP – Before leaving home

Clean your car out thoroughly, this includes glove boxes and pockets.

Your car will need to pass a TECH (Safety) inspection before you are allowed to compete. Your battery must be properly secured (not sliding around in its tray), all tires must have a measurable amount of tread (no cord showing) and the car can not be leaking fluids.

Helmet requirements. This link shows Required Helmet Certification Decals. If you have a Helmet bring it to tech inspection. They will issue a sticker for the season if it is approved. Both drivers helmets are required at tech. If you don’t have a helmet, don’t worry, a few loaners are available.

You will be in the sun/rain for the full day, so come prepared for it. Comfortable clothes and covered shoes are a must.

Food is usually available near the sites we frequent, however you will probably want to pack a lunch and plenty of water.
Highly suggested items include

    * Lunch (of your choice)
    * Water and other liquids (No Alcohol! This includes spectators.)
    * Sunscreen
    * Sunglasses
    * Hat (of your choice)
    * Umbrella (good for sun as well as rain)
    * Tire pressure gage


A suggested arrival time is between 7:30 and 8:30. The course is normally ready to walk between 8:00 and 9:00.

Find the Registration table near the timing trailer. Let them know this is your first time out, and they will help you through the waivers and answer questions you may have. Remember to wear and display the arm band they provide. If you need to make any class or number changes this is the time to do it. Don’t just change your number or class without telling the registration people. That can hold up the event if you make a change and not tell anyone.

Once in your pit space you need to prepared the car for inspection. Floor mats, hub caps and all loose items must be removed. Be prepared to store your items from wind and rain. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Ask them any questions you have. People really do help each other at autocrosses.

After you have checked in at registration locate the Tech Inspection area. This is normally a number of cars in line and it is fairly apparent as to where this is located. If not ask around the pits and someone should be able to point it out. Put your car in line and wait for the Tech Inspector to check your car (and helmet if you have one). Remember that you normally run tire pressures higher than you do on the street. Ask the tech inspector for a starting pressure for your car. If you see someone else at the event with the same type of car ask them what pressures they run. Most people will tell you. Remember to have your car numbers and class on the car before you go to tech. The numbers and class should be visible from a good distance and of contrasting color. Don’t use duct tape. Tape on number panels can be found at tech.

For the first timer it can appear to be a “sea of cones”. As you walk, put yourself in your car and visualize what it would look like from behind the wheel. When walking the course, watch others and ask lots of questions from those around you. Most will tell you their ideas or will tell you they don’t know. You don’t have to know where every cone is. Just a few of the key important cones. These are the ones in the center of a corner or the entrance and exit of a corner. Remember the number of paces between cones in a slalom. This will help you judge speed from event to event. A 19 pace slalom is tight and hard to drive for large cars. Something that is 24 paces or more is quicker and easier. Generally a tighter line is the fastest way around a corner.

For the first timer, A MUST. Listen for the announcement for Novis Walk Thru. Gather at the start line when they announce it. The walk Thru is normally given by a National Champion or National Trophy winner. Listen carefully to what these folks have to say. Number one suggestion for the Novice walk through; Try and walk near the front. This makes it easier to hear and see what they are talking about.

The mandatory Driver’s Meeting is scheduled for 9:00, this is required! They will make specific information event announcements. Such as where Grid is located, all safety announcements, identify key personnel, and any changes to the planned event operations.

The event is broken into heats. Usually four to five depending on the number of entrants for the day. You are required to work one heat the exception is in the case of you working Registration, Tech. or course design or setup. An example of a run work designation would be. Your class is assigned to Run 2nd/Work 4th. This means you will drive in the second heat and work during the fourth heat. The run work format rotates each event. Example if your drive in the 4th heat at the first event your next event it might be the 1st heart.