Frequently asked questions
Tips for your First Sunday Event
Registration / Cost
Online registration for practices and events are available at solo2.motorsportreg.com.
Saturday practice registration must be done online
Sunday event registration is also available at the event site on the day of the event
Split Entry—$95 (two drivers sharing the same car, one set of runs, and one normal work assignment)
Junior Kart single entry—$15
An SCCA membership is required
If you're not an SCCA member, you will need to purchase a weekend membership for $15 during the checkout process
This membership is good for the entire weekend should you elect to compete on Sunday
Online Pre-Registration (fees are fully refundable should you not attend the event)
Adult with x-Runs—$60
An SCCA membership is required
If you're not an SCCA member, you will be required to purchase a weekend membership for $15 during the checkout process
This membership is good for the entire weekend should you elect to compete on Saturday
Competition Sunday Events
Each year we schedule 10 to 14 competition events in the LA area. These are almost always on Sunday. Typically, anyone can enter an event. There are no quantity of entry limits (except possibly during short daylight winter months). Anyone that wants to participate can show up Sunday before 8 am, register, pay the entry fees, tech the car, and compete. We encourage competitors to pre-register online because it helps with event management and gives you a discount on the entry fee.
Test n Tune/Practice Events
We usually schedule a test n tune/practice event on the Saturday before a competition event. These events may be limited to 50 to 100 entrants per day and the fees are higher than championship events to cover the cost of lot rental with fewer entrants. These are also work/run events. You can pre-register and pay for a practice event online at solo2.motorsportreg.com.
Split Entry at Practices
At practice events, two competitors may be able to split an entry. This gives each entrant half the number of runs. It is encouraged that each competitor take their runs in different run groups.
Number of Runs at Sunday Events
There are traditionally 3-4 runs at Sunday events. These runs are counted for the championship competition, as well as and team and team challenge points. You run in one group and work in another group (the run/work order is always posted prior to the event).
Time Only (TO) Runs
TO (time only) runs are available at all Sunday events. This is a full entry, like a competition entry, which gives you 3-4 runs, but is not counted for championship competition, or team or team challenge points. You run in one group and work in one group just like the competition entry. You can pre-register for TO entry. You will be assigned your run/work group upon checking in Sunday morning. A passenger is allowed on TO runs. You may also purchase "X" runs if you run TO.
Extra (X) Runs
At most Sunday events, “X” run entries are available. This is an additional full entry after your competition or TO entry and it gives you 3-4 more runs. The fee for an “X” run entry is $25 per person. You don’t have to work an additional group if you purchase an “X” run entry, you just work your normal work group. “X” entries may be limited per run group at the discretion of the event master.
If time allows at the end of the championship event, “fun runs” may be available. These are additional runs on the course for registered entrants. The Event Master determines if there is enough daylight left and enough interest to allow fun runs. He/she will ask the interested entrants to form up in two equal lanes. One lane will give their driver’s licenses to the Event Master and get in their cars to run first. The entrants in the other lane will work first. After half an hour or so of runs, the two groups of entrants will switch, with the first group working and the second group running. The driver’s licenses are returned after all the fun runs are finished. A passenger is allowed on fun runs. Fun run participants must help pack up the motorhome once the event concludes.
A permanent number is selected by competitors when they purchase a points card. That number will also be reserved for the competitor for the next year. Permanent numbers must be in the range from 1 to 599 or 700 to 999. Numbers using leading 0’s or number and letter combinations are NOT allowed. Numbers are necessary on the cars for event administration and record keeping. They are used to track cone penalties for the cars on course which are reported to timing and add penalty time to a competitors track time. Numbers 1 to 199 are highly desirable and are typically reserved for very active members of the region.
Temporary numbers are assigned to visiting competitors at registration on a first come, first served basis. These numbers are reused/reassigned at each event. Temporary numbers must be in the range from 600 to 699 or above 1000. Numbers using leading 0’s or number and letter combinations are NOT allowed. Temporary numbers cannot be used for pre-registration.
Passengers are allowed in our region. If you are competing at our Sunday events, you cannot be a passenger prior to taking any of your runs, or else you will be disqualified. Passengers are allowed at Saturday practices.
A novice is any competitor that has never competed in, or has minimal experience in, autocross events. A novice is currently defined as someone who has participated in three or less events/practices/schools per year during each of the last three years.
What Class Should a Newcomer Compete In?
The novice class! This class is a place for newcomers to compete against other new drivers at our Sunday events, without the extreme competition of more experienced drivers. It is an indexed class to compare times, and trophies are given for each event. The novice competes in the same run group as the class his or her car is classed in, but the raw lap times are indexed and grouped together with the other novices and posted together in the results. Points will be earned toward a season-long trophy given for this class. At the end of the season if a novice competitor has won a trophy in this class at an event, he or she must then compete in the regular class the next season. Lifetime points are not earned in the novice class.
A novice instructor is a competitor with a specified minimum amount of experience and time with the Cal Club Autocross organization. The novice instructors are approved by a vote of the E-Board or the member clubs. Instructors are available for novices during Sunday events.
A novice instructor can, if desired by the novice competitor, drive the novice’s car, with the novice as a passenger, for one run during a Sunday event. Typically you will get 3-4 competition runs at a championship event. The instructor's run does not count against your competition runs. The instructor can also ride with the novice during their competition runs. The instructor's role is to offer guidance on driving, course strategy, and car setup. An instructor cannot instruct, i.e. drive or ride, prior to completing all their competition runs.
In some classes, the cars that are competing together have different performance capabilities. To even out the competition, a PAX index is applied to the times for each car. The PAX indexes are numbers that are updated each year based on the times compiled from classes at a number of national level events around the country, including the National Championships. Class A-Modified is considered the fastest class and has a PAX of 1. All the other classes have a PAX number less than 1. The PAX index is used by other organizations across the country to compare the times of competitors in different classes.
PAX and PAX Ladies classes are open to drivers who may not have a competitive class to compete in at each event. Since the cars competing together have difference performance capabilities, competition is evened out with the PAX index applied to the times for each car.
Every course is laid out differently. Each person who designs our courses has their own style of linking different elements together. Courses are a mix of constant, increasing, and decreasing radius turns, square corners, off-set boxes, option cones, one pylon turns, etc. It is the competitor’s task to figure out the fastest way thru the different elements. Some elements will have to be run slower so that others can be run faster. The lowest total time through all the elements wins. Hitting course marker cones adds two seconds each to your time.
In the morning before the Sunday event starts, competitors are allowed to walk on the course. Do this!! This is very helpful to figure out what the driving line should be for your car and where you should be on course to smoothly and quickly connect the various elements. You can’t go as fast as possibly if you don’t know where the course is going.
Beginner's Course Walk
In the morning before the Sunday event starts, an experienced competitor will take any interested novice drivers for a walk around the course. He or she will explain the different types of corners and elements on the course and recommend a fast line thru each one. The novice course walk is extremely valuable to newcomers!
A point’s card is purchased by competitors that want to compete in the Cal Club Autocross annual series of events. Points are awarded to each competitor according to their time in relation to the first place finishing time in each class. These points are accumulated at each event in the yearly series and a year-end award is given to the competitor in each class with the most points. The point’s card also allows the competitor to select a permanent number with Cal Club Autocross to place on your car and guaranteed entry in your clubs practice event. Buy a Points Card
Individual, Team, Team Challenge, Overall, and Lifetime Points
There are several ways that points are tracked within Cal Club Autocross. Individual points are tracked for each points card holder for each event to determine the year-end championship for each class. The five best team members finishes, according to PAX index time, are added together to determine the team winner at each event and year end. Five members are also selected by each team to be on their Team Challenge team for each event and are also tracked for year-end results. Overall PAX points are also summed at the end of the year to determine an individual overall champion for the region. Lifetime points are also tracked at the end of each year for how a competitor finishes in his/her class (except for Novice and Junior Kart).
Minors / Minor Release Form
Competitors under 18 years old MUST have a waiver signed by BOTH parents; waiver forms are available online here:
SCCA Official Witness Signature Required Version (an SCCA Official can act as witness to BOTH parents signatures...can be completed with both parents present at gate)
CA Notary Required (A CA Notary's signature is required and both parents are not required to attend the event)
Cal Club Autocross tries to put on a Ladies Only school, which accommodates female students and female instructors, and a Novice Only school, which is open to all beginnner's. The list of active schools will be posted at solo2.motorsportreg.com.
What is a Full Weekend at Autocross?
A full weekend at Cal Club Autocross consists of two separate "events": a test n tune (or "practice" day) on Saturday and a competition event on Sunday. Both occur independently from the other, and you can choose to attend one or both.
Does it Cost to be a Spectator?
No, there is absolutely no cost to come watch either Saturday practices or Sunday championship events.
Can My Child Compete?
Children ages 5-16 compete in three Junior classes: Junior A (ages 12-16), Junior B (ages 8-11), and Junior C (ages 5-8). Kids can sign up for both Saturday practices and Sunday championship events.
Ask questions. Everyone is pretty friendly. Please don’t ask questions of drivers just before they are starting their run. Part of this sport is mental and they will be focusing on driving their next run. There is usually a novice course walk by an experienced competitor in the morning before the first runs and at the lunch break. Do this!! You can’t go fast if you don’t know where the course goes. A novice instructor is also available to ride/drive and give instruction. We have nationally competitive drivers who volunteer to help new people. Also read the current rules on the web site for detailed information about how Cal Club Autocross is organized.