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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #4 (2016)

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Lead photo courtesy of DBH Photo. Autocross #4 is in the books! The highlight of today's event was the pouring rain we had first thing in the morning, which wound up delaying the start of the event by about an hour. I had never yet had the opportunity to attend an autocross in wet conditions, so I was actually fairly excited to see what it would be like. As it turned out, a wet course really helped [...]

Milwaukee SCCA: Autocross Event #6 (2016)

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

I finally made it to a Milwaukee Region event! I was told that this was where the competition was, and it definitely didn't disappoint! It was a fun battle in STX, which was comprised of 8 vehicles, all of which were BRZs, and most of which were more-or-less fully-prepped for the class. And most of these drivers are much more experienced than myself. I still managed to eek out a 4th place finish, even barely [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #3 (2016)

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |

Lead photo courtesy of Meghan L. Autocross #3 is in the books! This was by far the most amazing cone course that I've ever had the pleasure of racing on. However, what made the course so awesome was also what made it one of the most challenging! Came away with 3rd place in STX behind two very nicely-prepped BRZs :) Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016 SCCA Chapter: Chicago Region (Event #3) Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL Weather: Partly [...]

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #2 (2016)

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

Autocross #2 is in the books! Today was a very interesting day for quite a few reasons, as detailed below, but another 1st place result in STX is most certainly nothing to complain about! Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016 SCCA Chapter: Chicago Region (Event #2) Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL Weather: Partly Cloudy, Dry, Windy, 45-55 degrees F ---------- Car: 2015 Subaru BRZ Class: 345 STX Wheels/Tires: 949 Racing 6UL (17x9)/Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (245/40R17) Brakes: Hawk 5.0 Suspension: KW V3 coilovers, Raceseng Cas/Cam [...]