In a Solo competition (SCCA’s term for an Autocross), drivers compete over a relatively low-speed course marked by pylons (traffic cones), but you are still trying to go as fast as you can, and hitting a pylon adds 2 seconds to your time. In an average Solo competition, a driver gets 3-5 runs, but usually no practice. A walk through the course (or several) is the only look a driver gets. No special safety gear is required beyond a helmet, and loaner helmets are usually available. Solo has 44 classes for cars in Stock, Street Touring, Street Prepared, Street Modified, Prepared or Modified trim (including 125cc shifter karts), plus parallel Ladies classes for most of them (not CAM). Many Regions also have added classes for novice drivers or cars running on street tires. Often two or more drivers share a single car. Beyond the Regional level, MiDiv conducts the Solo Performance Specialities/R&S Racing Midwest Division Solo Championship series which brings together drivers from throughout the division. Drivers must be members to compete for points in the Solo Performance Specialities/R&S Racing series, as well as for regional championships, but non-member entries are always welcome. The ultimate goal for autocrossers is the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals, conducted every September in Lincoln, Neb.
Wonder what class your car runs in? Here’s a nifty classifier tool to find your class depending on the car’s prep level. The green boxes tell where you’re classed. Click HERE