Autocross: A Performance Driving Event
Autocross is a sport of trying to navigate your car through a defined course of pylons usually on a large parking lot, faster than your competition. Autocross courses are set up using soft orange traffic pylons which will not damage your car, but they do melt! Events are run at speeds usually between 40-65 miles per hour, usually in second gear. Autocross is a “performance driving event” and a safe way to learn how to drive your car at its limit.
Exhilaratingly Fun and Competitive Events
You not only learn how to handle your car at speeds that you drive daily, but you also:
- Gain confidence in your driving ability
- Learn the limits of your car’s brakes
- Learn correct seating, hand, and feet positions
- Learn the limits of your car’s tire adhesion
- Finally, autocross is a social gathering of new and old friends and LOTS OF FUN!
The Pocono Region does not currently have an Autocross Chairperson or Committee. This does not mean that you cannot participate in a PCA friendly Autocross organized by a neighboring region. For information or help in getting started please contact the Region President or attend one of the monthly membership meetings and simply ask. Someone will be happy to point you in the right direction. If you are a Pocono Region member and are already active in Autocross events and are interested in forming an Pocono Region Autocross Committee please contact the Region President.
Things You’ll Want to Bring to the Track
Bring a small cooler with drinks, snacks, and lunch. You won’t really have time to leave the area for lunch. Sometimes lunch will be for sale at the track, inquire with the event chair to find out. Very importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat to wear when you are not driving!
Preparing Your Porsche for Autocross
Make sure your car is prepared – ensure everything is tight, well maintained and ready to be driven a bit harder than you normally would. If you have doubts, visit your favorite Porsche repair facility and have a “safety inspection” performed. Make sure your gas tank is full, your tires are properly inflated, and you have enough brakes and tires for a “road trip”. If you wouldn’t drive cross country on those tires, they’re not ready for an autocross! Take everything out of your car that may go flying around while cornering hard. Bring a helmet (see the rules for requirements). If you don’t have a qualified one, be prepared to rent one at the event. When you arrive in the morning (get there early!) your car will be subject to a safety inspection. If it fails, you will be sent away to fix it, so don’t be surprised.
Want more information on Autocross? Check the PCA website at www.pca.org/autocross-defined.