Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #2 (2017)

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Lead photo courtesy of Austin Boynton. Autocross #2 is in the books! I think the most interesting thing about this event was the course layout, which was quite odd. There were the two long, sweeping turns towards the beginning that were difficult to get right, and then there were a lot of slaloms that led into sharp turns which I kept forgetting existed. Nothing like coming out of a slalom at full throttle only to [...]

TSSCC: Autocross Event #3 (2017)

By | May 21st, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |

Lead photo courtesy of Brandon Wilk Photography. Ohhhh boy! Stiff competition! TSSCC's first event was won by myself in STX. The last event was won by a gentleman co-driving someone's BRZ. This event was won by a different driver in a white BMW 135i. This makes for a very interesting, and exciting STX battle this season! All of our times were very close to each other, and we were each clawing away at our times on each run. [...]

TSSCC: Autocross Event #2 (2017)

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |

Autocross #2 for TSSCC is over, and it was definitely an interesting one. I got my butt handed to me by someone co-driving my nemesis Chris's BRZ (who was also called Chris!) 2nd place will have to do! I've learned to completely despise the Lake County Fairgrounds surface, because it brings out all of the weak points of my current suspension setup (street-oriented vs. autocross-oriented) which makes it difficult for me to be competitive. Of [...]

TSSCC: Autocross Event #1 (2017)

By | April 30th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |

Lead photo courtesy of Meghan A. Yay! Grissom Air Force Base! I'd always been told that this was a fun surface to run on, but never managed to make it down here the one time a year that TSSCC does so, as it is 3 hours south of Chicago and I always had schedule conflicts. Not that I picked the best weather to finally attend the event. It was basically raining most of the time, [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #1 (2017)

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

We're finally back to autocross season, and kicking things off with Chicago Region SCCA's first official event of the year! I had hoped to return this year with a more competitive car (read: header and tune) but financial obligations prevented that from happening. The only change this year is the Fujitsubo Authorize R catback exhaust I installed last November, though realistically the only "performance improvement" I'll be getting out of it is a few pounds [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #9 (2016)

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Autocross #9 is in the books! This marks the last autocross event for the Chicago Region, and likely the last autocross I will attend this year. Ended things on a good note with another 1st place win! More importantly, this was THE most exciting course I've raced on thus far. I was shifting into 3rd gear in not one, but TWO sections of the course! It was a relatively wide and open course with lots [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #7 (2016)

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , |

Autocross #7 has come and gone, and I don't think I've ever been more pleased with how an event turned out. The car handled beautifully, and I drove a little bit more aggressively, and I was able to really put down a good time today. 1st place was had in STX, by a healthy 1.5 second margin to 2nd place (a nicely-prepared BRZ). Of course there's another well-prepared BRZ that will gladly beat me by 1-2 [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #6 (2016)

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Autocross #6 is in the books! What a fun course. I can't explain why it was so weird, but many folks agreed that it was a bit unusual. Something about the layout made it difficult to remember all of the elements offhand. This meant, at least for me, that I had to drive the course "in the moment," so to speak. It worked out fairly well in my case, though! Wound up taking 1st place [...]

TSSCC: Autocross Event #6 (2016)

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |

I figured I'd pop up to the TSSCC event this weekend since I had nothing better to do, in order to make up for the kind-of-rained-out Chicago Region event at Route 66 last weekend. I like these events because they typically have less people, which allows for more runs, and a more laid-back atmosphere. I am, however, not a huge fan of the surface they run on at Lake County Fairgrounds. No matter, though! I [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #5 (2016)

By | August 28th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Autocross #5 is in the books! This was kind of an awkward event due to the weather, which forced it to be canceled at about the half-way point. As such, this will be a shorter post than usual. I wound up in 3rd place in STX (only 0.003 seconds behind my nemesis in second place), but he was actually further ahead of me until the results were "adjusted." I'll explain below. Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016 SCCA [...]