SCCA – Autocross at Ft. Riley
1st Infantry Division’s Combat Air Brigade. On Saturday of the two-day event, soldiers and the public are invited to participate in a Solo Novice School in which the students learn the basics of the sport of Solo Racing, vehicle dynamics, and how to identify proper racing lines. Students are paired up with experienced veterans of SCCA Solo Racing, and, while driving their own personal cars, learn how their cars behave when driven at the limit of their performance envelopes and how to control them at that edge of that envelope.
The vastness of the site did make visualizing the course difficult for many, and most of the first runs in Heat 1 Sunday morning were either very dirty runs (collecting many cone penalties) or complete DNFs for failing to follow the course. As the day went on, the DNFs were fewer and the times began to drop. It finally came time Heat 2 and all of a sudden I was at the line looking out at a sea of cones. The starter gave the “Go!” signal and off I went! …right into the inside cone on the first turn. *sigh* At least I did a good job of looking ahead and following the course, even if I was a bit slow. The second two runs we just won’t discuss.
Work duties during Heat 3 meant that I was only able to image the pre-race activities and Heat 1. If you were in Heat 1, then I probably have an image of you in the gallery below.