Salina Evolution Schools April 18-20 - registration open now

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Salina Evolution Schools April 18-20 - registration open now

Postby spitfire4gp » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:22 am


The Salina Region Evolution Schools for 2009

Salina Region SCCA will put on its annual Evolution Performance Driving Schools on April 18-20 (Saturday-Monday). We could possibly have four different schools. It depends entirely on what classes the students want and if enough apply to fill them. Many of the instructors are SCCA national champions.

There will be a Phase 1 and a Phase 2 for sure. Whether the other schools are held depends on if enough apply to fill the class.

What�s possible

● Phase 1 (Saturday, April 18) � This is the basics, Autocross 101. Lines, apexes and how to find them, common autocross maneuvers. Lots of seat time. Evolution does require a Phase 1 before moving on to more advanced schools.

● Phase 2 (Sunday, April 19) � This is the next step, Autocross 102. You begin to learn techniques that translate to quicker times on course. You really should do this next before taking other courses.

● Phase 3 (Monday, April 20) � Also known as the course analysis school. You spend a lot of time learning how to walk the course to find the fastest ways through, with exercises that prove how one approach is superior to another.

● Challenge (Monday, April 20) � This one polishes the lessons learned in P1 and P2 with different exercises on a new course. The challenge is, at the end of the day, your instructor takes a couple of runs in your car; can you beat him?

Class costs

Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Challenge will be $250 each.

The school is sanctioned by SCCA which means all attendant costs apply. SCCA has now mandated that all autocross participants be SCCA members. To that end SCCA now offers a low-cost �Weekend Membership.� For the Evolution students this membership will be covered by Salina Region SCCA -- anyone not already an SCCA member will be given a Weekend Membership which will cover all aspects of the weekend (including the separate Salina Region solo events also taking place on Saturday and Sunday).

A typical day

Most Evolution schools strive for a 6:1 student/instructor ratio. The Challenge prefers a 5:1 ratio. This usually means maximum class sizes of 12 students if we use two instructors, or 18 if we bring in three. Or, we have even done two schools side by side with four instructors.

You do the schools in your own car. The day starts with registration and tech, just like a basic autocross, except it begins sharp at 8 a.m. and runs to about 3 or 4 in the afternoon with a lunch break. Students go out 2 or 3 at a time, 1:1 with their instructors. When your session is not on course you will either be working the course or getting ready for your next time out.

During the lunch break (lunch provided) and at the end of the day debrief sessions go over what everyone has learned.

How to enter

All registrations are now handled through the Evolution website -- This is a new feature and they are still working out the kinks.

Signup is available right now. Click on links under "Upcoming Evolution Schools" or SCHEDULE or go to SHOP EVOLUTION and then �Schools.� Then add the schools you want to your shopping cart. When you go to �Checkout� the website will ask you for your account information.

Companion events

There will also be a Salina Region autocross Saturday and another on Sunday. These are separate events. Entry is not included in the school entry fee.

We do not recommend attempting to do the autocross and the school on the same day, but it gives you something to do on your off day if any. Or to put into practice what you learned in Phase 1.

To enter the autocross, go to the pre-registration on the Salina Region website -- -- a few days prior to the event. Entry fee is paid on-site the day of the event. You will pay the member price, even if you are not a full SCCA member, because your SCCA weekend membership is included in your Evo School entry fee.


Call or e-mail me at 785-827-5143 or Or see the website -- Rocky Entriken
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