- Last Updated: Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:38
Autocross events are low-to-medium-speed races against the clock that offer a fun, affordable, and safe way to hone your driving skills and explore your car's handling. For newer performance drivers, PCA Potomac's emphasis on in-car expert instruction will help you quickly learn the basics in a fun, encouraging environment. Each run teaches you more about your car's acceleration, braking, and cornering characteristics--so you're very soon enjoying the challenge of cutting seconds (and tenths) off your time. More experienced drivers find that autocross is a great way to fine-tune their precision-handling abilities and race their cars at modest cost and time commitment. For race drivers, autocross polishes their skills at swiftly learning new circuits and "finding" hundredths or tenths of seconds in tight corners and quick transitions--which add up to seconds and more on bigger tracks.
PCA Potomac runs our autocross (often abbreviated "AX" and also known as "Solo" or "Autoslalom”) events primarily on large parking lots, with one special event on a modified road-racing course. Autocross courses are marked out with traffic cones/pylons and typically involve a mix of slow- and medium-speed corners, short straightaways, and slalom sections. One driver at a time negotiates the course as quickly as possible against the clock --with two-second penalties for each cone knocked out of place. Drivers are awarded the fastest time (inclusive of any penalties) of all runs taken.
Autocross is a participatory sport, and when drivers are not running in a heat they perform important tasks that support the event--such as flagging the course and reporting downed cones. Working the course is another great way to learn as you watch your fellow competitors drive. PCA Potomac also puts a strong emphasis on camaraderie, with participants enjoying lunch together between heats and gathering at the end of the day for a review of the results, the awarding of prizes--and raffle drawings!
Autocross Event Registration Fees:
Our typical event schedule is below. Additional info will be provided if a particular event deviates from this schedule.
7:15 -8:30 AM: Registration
7:30 - 8:45 AM: Tech Inspection
8:15 - 9:00 AM: Course Open for Walkthrough
8:30 AM: Registration Closed
9:30 AM: First car off
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Typical ending time
Junior Participant Program
Young family members, under the age of 18, of current PCA Members can participate at our Autocross Events. Autocrossing is an excellent way for new drivers to learn good driving skills in a safe and controlled environment. See links below for additional IMPORTANT information about the Junior Participation Program.
Junior Participants will be entitled to Discounted Registration Fees.
The Autocross School will be $50.
Regular Autocross Events will be $25.
Forms/waivers must be correctly provided at each event in order to be eligible. If a Junior Participant would like to be considered for an event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Junior Participants do not need to pre-register; they can pay on-site, provided their documentation is current & acceptable. If a participant under the age of 18 does not have the proper documentation onsite, and is not accompanied by their parent and/or their family associated PCA Member (if not the child of the member), then they will not be allowed to drive in the event. If the Junior Participant is not the child of a current PCA Member, then the family PCA Member AND at least one of the child's parents must be in attendance at the event. Event Schedule, directions, and other info are provided further in the schedule pages of this site.
Additional information about the Autocross Program is available in our Autocross FAQ Page