Your First Rallycross

 

Preparing for your first event

ALSCCA Rallycross events are held in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the SCCA.  It's a good idea to read through the SCCA Rallycross Rule Book before your first event to get an idea of what is required.

Basically you need to bring yourself, your driver's license, the entry fee and a car in good running condition. Some other recommended items to bring are SUNBLOCK, water/sports drinks, approved helmet (Snell rated within the last 10 years), comfortable shoes, sunglasses, money for food/drinks, tire pressure gauge, a small air compressor/air tank and magnetic numbers/letters.

Preparing your vehicle

Nearly any car can compete in Rallycross events.  There are some exceptions for vehicles with extremely high centers of gravity, but most any sedan, coupe, hatchback, wagon and some trucks and SUVs may be rallycrossed.

To prepare your vehicle, you'll need to have:

  • Removed any loose items from the passenger compartment and trunk
  • Working seat belt or harness
  • Checked all fluid levels and reservoir caps
  • A secured battery with a protective cover on the positive terminal
  • Acceptable pressure/return on the brakes/throttle (and clutch if applicable)
  • No leaking fluids
  • Acceptable tread remaining on your tires
  • Minimal "play" in suspension/steering components
  • All of your lug nuts/bolts in place and tightened to spec

For safety reasons, if your vehicle doesn't meet these requirements at tech inspection, you will not be allowed to participate.  If your vehicle fails any part of the inspection you will have time (until tech inspection closes) to correct any issues present and can be inspected again.

Vehicle classes

Vehicles in Rallycross events are divided in to classes in order to promote balanced competition.  Each class has two parts; the vehicle classification and the drive wheel classification.  These classes are pretty simple, and are listed below.

  • S - Stock - Stock cars pretty much how they rolled out of the showroom.
    • SF - Front-wheel drive
    • SR - Rear-wheel drive
    • SA - All-wheel drive
  • P - Prepared - Mildly modified street cars.
    • PF - Front-wheel drive
    • PR - Rear-wheel drive
    • PA - All-wheel drive
  • M - Street Modified - Heavily modified street/track cars
    • MF - Front-wheel drive
    • MR - Rear-wheel drive
    • MA - All-wheel drive

It's a good idea to read through the rule book and decide which class you belong in before the morning of the event.  If you can't decide, someone at the event can help you. Ultimately, it's the driver's responsibility to know their class.

What to expect

Rallycross is a grass roots motor sport and events are generally held with as little "overhead" as possible in order to keep costs down for participants.  Rallycross events have no designated "crew," only motivated volunteers that handle the different positions in an event.  Because of this, participants must work the course for a portion of the day while other competitors have their chance to drive.  The amount of time you work depends on the required positions and participant turnout for the event.

Competitors at rallycross events come from a wide range of motor sport backgrounds and have varying levels of experience, but they all share a love for the sport and are eager to share that with new participants.  If you have questions, need a tool or just want a ride in the Subaru, just ask! Rallycross is just as much a social event as a motor sport event.

Have questions?

If you would like to attend a Rallycross event, or have questions in general, feel free to post them on the Message Board. Someone here will be able to answer it or know where to find an answer for you.

We look forward to seeing you at an ALSCCA Rallycross event soon!