Thursday, December 24, 2015

So You Want to Autocross With the Big Boys and Girls?

What's the name of that FIAT again?

So far in our autocross adventure dating way back to 2013, Nixon Motor Sports has competed in local and regional SCCA and other club autocross events.  In 2016 though, we will crank it up a bit and take on some stiffer competition. Within the SCCA, that means entering some of the big events that the national SCCA organization sponsors. This is where it gets complicated, because in the national event level, there are various flavors of autocross (or "Solo" as the SCCA terms it) that go by Championship Tour, ProSolo, and Match Tour. One thing they all have in common is sponsorship by Tire Rack, and we have found Tire Rack to be a great company if you're looking to buy tires.

Left to right: NMS Miata, Brian, NMS FIAT

The 2016 schedule for these events was just released this month, so you can see the full list below. For more details, you might want to check out this link: SCCA 2016 national tour and prosolo events LINK  These are all autocross events that attract several hundred drivers at each competition. Drivers compete in several runs on Saturday, then more on Sunday on a different course, and the combined best times determine the winners.

Brian at Carolina Motorsports Park

While we won't be quitting our jobs and traveling the entire USA to hit all these events, just doing one or two will be a good test against national champion level drivers, so we'll continue to keep you updated on this new challenge for the NMS team.For me in the FIAT, I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up at the bottom of the standings at these kinds of events, but I'm sure the experience will be worth it.

Tire Rack ProSolo Championship
April 8-10: El Toro, California
April 29-May 1: Crows Landing, California
May 6-8: Wilmington, Ohio
May 13-15: Washington, D.C.
May 27-29: Lincoln, Nebraska
June 3-5: Mineral Wells, Texas
June 10-12: Swanton, Ohio
July 15-17: Packwood, Washington
July 29-31: Wilmington, Ohio
Aug. 5-7: Blytheville, Arkansas
Sept. 2-4: Finale at Lincoln, Nebraska
Tire Rack Championship Tour
March 4-6: Moultrie, Georgia
April 22-24: Crows Landing, California
May 27-29: Lincoln, Nebraska
June 24-26: Washington, D.C.
July 1-3: Bryan, Texas
July 8-10: Packwood, Washington
July 22-24: Wilmington, Ohio
July 29-31: La Junta, Colorado
Tire Rack Match Tour
April 1-3: Oceanside Showdown, San Diego
May 13-15: Thunder Valley Showdown, Bristol, Tennessee
June 10-12: Heartland Showdown, Topeka, Kansas
June 17-19: Iron City Showdown, Birmingham, Alabama
July 15-17: Heavy Metal Showdown, Wampum, Pennsylvania

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