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I plan on getting into some autox/road racing this summer, I'm located in Milwaukee, if you wanted some company or a group to go with let me know if you get anything going... I'm currently looking into the Miller Park Autox
I run SMF in SCCA Chicago Region (Rt 66 Raceway) but I know there are a couple dual region events and will try to run in at least one at Miller Park...Supposed to be a great venue. I'll look up the schedule and post it at some point.

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Fw region has "SMS" which is the same as smf but requires a street legal tire with i believe a 140 or higher treadwear rating.
How do you fare against other smf cars?


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Fw region has "SMS" which is the same as smf but requires a street legal tire with i believe a 140 or higher treadwear rating.
How do you fare against other smf cars?
In the 3 events I ran last year, I was the only SMF car in our region. There were a couple other events that I didn't run in where there were two guys running. If I ran in those two events, I would've won the class, lol.

I'm also still running General Exclaim UHPhphphhhhh Can't wait to get my Star Specs!!!!

I was about 7 seconds slower than SMOD cars on Hoosiers on average. Hoping to pick up 3 or 4 seconds this year. Here's the Chicago Region event schedule as promised...


2012 Event Schedule

Date Event Location
Mar 12 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Mar 31/Apr 1 The Learning Curve (Solo Drivers School) Route 66 Raceway
Mar 31/Apr 1 CenDiv Spring Training and All Worker Training Best Western Milwaukee Airport
Hotel & Conference Center, Milwaukee
Apr 9 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Apr 15 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Apr 18 Prospective Membership Seminar
General Membership Meeting Fall-Line Motorsports, Buffalo Grove
April 22 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Apr 27 Drivers School Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Apr 28 Drivers School Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Apr 29 Regional Blackhawk Farms Raceway
May 13 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
May 14 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Jun 11 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Jun 15-17 WeatherTech® June Sprints® Road America
June 17 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Jul 9 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Aug 12 Solo Event Miller Park, Milwaukee
Aug 13 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Aug 16-18 American Le Mans Series Road America
Aug 25-26 Kettle Moraine Regional (D) Road America
Sep 1-2 ProSolo Finale Lincoln, Nebraska
Sep 4-7 Tire Rack Solo Nationals Lincoln, Nebraska
Sep 17-23 National Championship Runoffs® Road America
Sep 30 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Oct 8 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Oct 13-14 Regional Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Oct 17 General Membership Meeting TBA
Oct 20 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Oct 21 Solo Event Route 66 Raceway
Nov 12 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove
Dec 10 Solo Meeting Dupage Inn, Downers Grove

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I'm not a fan of the smaller style autocross, though it is a good way to spend a morning.




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I'm not a fan of the smaller style autocross, though it is a good way to spend a morning.
It's a good starting point for someone trying to learn though...I had never driven a FWD car to it's limits before and it was a completely different experience than RWD. Hitting an apex is still hitting an apex and I'd rather learn at 30-50 mph than 80-100 mph. Smooth is still fast and learning to look ahead is one of the first things you learn in autox.

Then there's the little things like left foot dead pedal, keeping hands in the right position on the wheel and right hand only on the shifter when you need to shift.

Not to mention, I don't go through a set of pads every event and my tires aren't shot yet either (although I'm ready to shoot them)

I will get on a road course but I want to sure both me and the car are set up.

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Oh I totally understand, it's just a preference for me personally. Though even on a road course I'm not anywhere close to 80-100 at an apex, probably closer to 30mph.

Definitely alot easier on the car as well. I might come out for a few this year, as I've been a touch worried about flogging the car on a full road course with 81k miles.




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Oh I totally understand, it's just a preference for me personally. Though even on a road course I'm not anywhere close to 80-100 at an apex, probably closer to 30mph.

Definitely alot easier on the car as well. I might come out for a few this year, as I've been a touch worried about flogging the car on a full road course with 81k miles.
Think this one is at least 70 mph

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There's a chicane at Blackhawk that's REALLY fun at about 65-70.




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Just discovered this link...pretty cool breakdown of various tracks...

Turn by turn guide to the Blackhawk Farms track - Trackpedia

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Turn #2 is the one, scary fun at high speed.




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