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Old 10-13-2009, 12:51 PM
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Hey there,

I posted in AutoX board, but think this board gets more hits.

Anyone have some links for Autox how to's for the rookie autox-er?

I have a buddy coming out for his 1st autox, and want to give him some reading materials.

-I did give him some HPDE stuff, but autox is kinda different...

TIA!
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:31 PM
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I liked Henry Watt's "Secrets of solo racing" as a good introductory book to Solo (AX) events.

Like DE/Racing, AX success comes down to Seat time. Since its his first time, you need to make sure he stays on course, first and foremost. To do that, you must walk the course as much as possible. You need to make sure you know the course in your head. Making decisions at 40mph becomes much harder. Also, if you don't know where you are going, it makes for a VERY long day, lost in a sea of cones. KISS (keep it simple stupid).. don't worry about shifting. Most courses can be run in 2nd gear only. Limit the shifting to keep the mind on the learning.

Besides seat time, and knowing the course, another skill is to "keep your eyes off the hood"... do not look at the cone/gate you are at.. but look 2-3-4-5 gates ahead. Most first timers are SO focused on the immediate gate, they don't see the "course" in front of them.

Most importantly, have fun!
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+2 on the Watts book and other recs ... Good advises racer.

The only other thing is to tell him to take a ride with one of the better drivers at the event (prob afterward during the charity or fun runs) to see how they attack the course. Tell him to pay attn to where they brake and add throttle and to the turn in points in relation thereto.

He will have fun. AutoX is a blast!
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thanks guys,

I'll probably order this...

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Solo-R.../dp/0962057312

I was really hoping for something online to give my buddy, now, so he'd stop pestering me...

I've created a monster! LOL!

1 track day as a passenger, and he can not get enough info... every day its an hour conversation on driving skills. and what he needs to buy for his car...

I forget how addictive this is to a newbie...
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Oh, sorry; Tell him to begin searching/reading here:

http://www.autocross.us/forums/index.php?act=idx & http://www.trackpedia.com/forums/

The Board here is good too but not that active - the in car vid thread is fun.

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