Autocross

Everglades Region Autocross – Let’s Drive! / October 2019 Update

Porsche owners take a lot of pride in their cars. After all, Porsche is one of the world’s iconic automobile brands, renowned for innovative design, advanced engineering, reliability and world championship performance. We care for them, we admire them, show them, cruise and commute in them. But above all, Porsche’s are designed for spirited driving!

PCA has long supported performance driving events. They provide a safer, more controlled environment for members to explore the limits of acceleration, cornering and braking. Club Racing, Drivers Education and Autocross events are on the calendar at PCA Regions across North America.

Everglades Region is fortunate to have a premier autocross facility right in our backyard. For 18 years, Buckingham Airfield in Ft Myers has been home to the Gulfcoast Autocrossers (GCAC). We have the opportunity to collaborate with GCAC and neighboring PCA Regions. Our goal is to provide Everglades members with expanded autocross opportunities in the future.

So What Is Autocross?

An autocross is an all-forward–motion, skill driving event in which a car is timed over a course laid out on a paved area and is marked by short, soft road pylons (cones) and in some cases, white lime or chalk. An autocross is often competitive, but is always educational and social. No passing is allowed and the cars are spread out on the track so as to maintain a safe distance between them. Continuous laps are specifically prohibited unless it is a closed course where a practice and timed lap are run together.

The competitive aspect involves negotiating a pre-designed course averaging about one to two minutes in duration. Cars are usually divided into classes according to performance capabilities. The elapsed time for each car is timed and recorded.

A two second penalty is assessed for each pylon tipped over or knocked out of place and the penalty is added to the elapsed time. The corrected times are compared with others in the cars class and are used to determine event placing and in some Regions / Zones, season long championships points.

The educational aspect involves learning the characteristics of the car, it’s strengths, and limits and how it will respond to the driver input in a variety of conditions.

The social aspect includes getting to know the other drivers from within the Everglades and from other Regions in PCA Zone 12.

Everglades Region Events & Opportunities

Watch this space and your email inbox for information on our upcoming autocross events. 

Everglades Region AX results and time sheets can be viewed below.

 

More event photos can be viewed under the Autocross Gallery tab.

Beyond Everglades Region

As mentioned, Gulfcoast Autocrossers host regular events at Buckingham in Lehigh Acres. You do not need to be a GCAC member to participate. Here is their remaining 2019 schedule as it stands:

  • November 2-3
  • Nov 30 – Dec 1

These are typically two day events with Saturday focused on novice training, practice, testing and tuning. Sunday is for competition. If you are not familiar with autocross, we recommend visiting one of the GCAC weekend events. Their Saturday morning novice school costs $25 and is a great way to hone your driving skills with an experienced instructor at your side.

A number of your fellow Everglades members are regular participants and will be more than happy to share their experience with you. For more information on GCAC, visit their website at http://gulfcoastautocrossers.com .

Suncoast PCA Region ( http://suncoastpca.org ) and Gold Coast PCA Region ( http://www.goldcoastregion.org ) are both active in autocross and offer an opportunity to get involved within PCA Zone 12. At this writing, their 2016 autocross schedules have not been published. We’ll update you when we have them or keep an eye on their websites.

Getting Involved

There are not many requirements to participate in autocross. As a Porsche owner, you already have a car with outstanding performance capabilities. No special modifications or upgrades are necessary to get started in the Stock classes. A technical inspection is required prior to the event with a focus on vehicle safety. You will need an approved safety helmet meeting Snell SA2005 or SA2010 standards. Often these are available to borrow from the hosting organization. Pre-registration is needed for some events and all drivers must possess a valid state drivers license. To observe or drive in an autocross, you will be asked to sign an insurance waiver.

Motorsports, including autocross, are potentially hazardous activities. The ultimate responsibility for the safe conduct of a motorsport event lies with the hosting organization and the participants.

Autocross Rule Book

Throughout 2014, we ran our events under PCA National Autocross Rules.
Effective January 2015, we switched to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Solo Rules. This change better enables participation by non-Porsche drivers in Everglades Region events. To view the SCCA Solo rules, go to their website at http://www.scca.com and look under Programs – Autocross – Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is autocross dangerous or will it hurt my car?
A: While there are inherent dangers to any type of motorsport, autocross is considered one of the safest. The traffic cones are soft rubber and will not damage your car.

Q: Do I need to get my car tech inspected prior to the event or do anything special?
A: Most host organizations have an onsite tech inspection the day of the event. This inspection is not as comprehensive as one for a driver education event. Autocross basics include cleaning everything out of the car, tire condition, tire inflation, lug nut torque, inspect for fluid leaks, firm brake pedal and no excessive steering play. Newer, low mileage cars that are properly maintained should not require any extra work. Generally, older cars will receive a more thorough review and should be in good, safe roadworthy condition.

Q: What about increased wear and tear on my Porsche?
A: At a typical autocross, you will have an opportunity for five to eight runs on course. Since each run lasts one to three minutes, your car will be “on track” less than 10 minutes a day. Tires and brakes do get a workout in autocross. Wear is also influenced by the tire and brake compounds you are running (street vs. competition).

Q: Is autocross mainly a “guys” event?
A: Absolutely not. Women frequently participate in autocross and are often among the fastest drivers on course. What a great opportunity for your wife to hone her car control skills and take that experience back on the crowded streets of SW Florida!

Q: Our kids love riding in the Porsche. Can they ride along at the autocross?
A: No. The PCA insurance coverage that we purchase for autocross does not permit minors under the age of 16 in the cars at track events. For 16 and above, they are required to sign the event waiver and wear a helmet. If they are a licensed driver, they can register to drive the autocross.

Q: I have heard that drivers must “work” during an autocross event. Is this true?

A: Yes. Autocross requires course workers to monitor the cars on track and re-set plastic pylons that get knocked astray. All participants alternate as drivers and course workers during the event.

What’s Next ?

As Everglades Region Driving Events Chair, I’m committed to expanding the autocross opportunities and experience for all Region members. Watch this space and the Everglades website for continued information on the sport and upcoming events. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to phone or email me.

Tom Kring 239-691-0652 mnymgr@yahoo.com

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AUTOCROSS RESULTS

Everglades Region PCA Autocross – October 13th, 2019 at Buckingham Airfield, Lehigh Acres

Raw Times

1. Darrin Disimo     57.748
2. Terrence Singh     58.035
3. Joe Wright     59.100
4. Trevor Jones     59.757
5. Teddie Alexandrova    59.803

6. Rad Delgado     60.117     
7. Tom Kring     60.131
8. Steve Kidd     60.488
9. Mike Lawson     60.783

10.Greg Hahn     60.820
11. David Wells     61.131
12. Mike Drake     61.244
13. Kyle Stulak     61.572
14. Eric Cardenas     61.820
15. Lander Lambrada     62.322 

16. Howard Mintz     62.468
17. Giovanni Alvarez     62.518

18. Ken Marion     62.624
19. Adrian Carvajal     62.801
20. Tonda Lawson     62.842
21. Ed Young     62.865
22. Russ Karnap     63.946
23. Amauri Fuentes     65.596

24. Ian Guzman     66.478
25. Nestor Sanchez     66.575
26. Damian Cohen     67.093
27. Bill Keese     67.204
28. Ron Assee     68.534

29. Wade Huston     69.175
30. Jaret Rapp     69.682
31. Aimee Morfa     70.984
32. Christopher Lopez     71.348

33. Jef Adenine     71.728

34. Fred Mundie     72.186
35. Rene Hernandez     72.199

36. Frank Vermaak     DSQ

37. James Jones     74.074
38. Joe Grouch     74.545
39. James Stammer     74.886

40. Michael Patton     75.163

41. Richard Longmore     75.528

42. Julie Klahr     75.711
43. Robert Rosenbaum     78.813

44. Andres Rodriguez     80.098

45. Patricia Wagner     85.833

46. Wayne Bauman     89.282

47. Peter Franck     90.544
48. Thomas Stoll     91.659
49. John Dent     95.570
50. George Wagner     100.616

PAX Times

  1. Darrin Disimo     46.718

  2. Joe Wright     48.521

  3. Mike Lawson     48.687

  4. Trevor Jones     49.060

  5. Teddie Alexandrova     49.516

  6. Steve Kidd     49.660

  7. Tom Kring     49.788

  8. David Wells     49.821

  9. Kyle Stulak     49.934

10. Mike Drake     50.281
11. Tonda Lawson     50.336
12. Ken Marion     50.624
13. Terrence Singh     50.780

14. Howard Mintz     51.036
15. Eric Cardenas     51.1215
16. Rad Delgado     51.279
17. Ed Young     51.360
18. Greg Hahn     51.879
19. Adrian Carvajal     51.936

20. Russ Karnap     52.499
21. Ron Assee     53.456
22. Ian Guzman     54.179
23. Amauri Fuentes     54.247

24. Jaret Rapp     54.352
25. Lander Lambrada     54.531

26. Giovanni Alvarez     54.703

27. Nestor Sanchez     54.857

28. Bill Keese     55.174
29. Christopher Lopez     56.222

30. Wade Huston     56.792
31. Jef Adenine     58.458
32. Aimee Morfa     58.703
33. Damian Cohen     58.706

34. Richard Longmore     58.911

35. Fred Mundie     59.481

36. Rene Hernandez     59.708

37. James Jones     59.999
38. Frank Vermaak     DSQ

39. James Stammer     60.732

40. Joe Grouch     61.201

41. Michael Patton     61.408

42. Julie Klahr     61.855
43. Robert Rosenbaum     64.705

44. Andres Rodriguez     66.000

45. Patricia Wagner     70.726

46. Wayne Bauman     73.300

47. Thomas Stoll     74.243

48. Peter Franck     74.608

49. John Dent     78.749
50. George Wagner     82.907

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Everglades Region PCA Autocross – April 28th, 2019 at Buckingham Airfield, Lehigh Acres

SS

            Michael Drake 51.505, 50.729, 50.370, 50.426+1, 49.685                49.68

             Wade Huston DNF, 58.289, 58.443, 58.310, 56.548, 55.428            58.428

            Jeff Cull   DNF, 57.674, DNF, 57.544+1, 57.244, 57.497                      57.244

            Rodney Harvey DNF, 63.836, DNF, 59.566, DNF                               59.566

             Robert Zyblut 66.184, DNF, DNF, 65.065, 59.760, DNF                     59.760

AS

            Howard Mintz 51.595, DNF, 51.613, 50.735, 51.247, 50.955           50.735

            Gregg Eisenhardt DNF, 58.919, 58.040, DNF, 57.752, 56.213           56.213

 BS

            Ed Vogt   50.358+1, 50.029, 49.923, 53.316, 52.442, 50.006+1          49.923

            Kristen Rosenthal DNF, 51.049+1, 48.609+1, 53.500, 53,712           50.609

            Jerry Karn 64.164+1, 62.825, 63.412+1, 62.661, DNF, 62.659          62.659

 CS

            Jonathan Ponader  55.251, 61.919+1, 54.857, 55.277+1, 54.115      54.115

            Ron Lindensmith  57.974, 56.900, 56.886, 55.993, 56.078, 55.242   55.242

            James Jones    63.630, 62.810, 61.998, 60.564, 60.489, 58.358          58.358

FS

            Tom Kring   51.290+1, 51.094, 50.457+1, 50.797+1, 51.998               51.094

            Michael McCartney  DNF, 61.196, 57.002+1, 56.150, 56.263            56.150

 GS

            Trevor Jones   51.479+1, 51.644, 50.330, 50.190+1 50.288                50.288

 SSR

            Ed Young DNF, 61.356, 54.217, 50.195, 49.712, DNF                        49.712

            Nancy Judd 60.205+1, 58.693, 57.172, 54.761, 55.176, 54.862        54.761

            Victor Unruh DNF, DNF, 56.554, 55.080                                            55.080

            David Stemler DNF, DNF, 64.626, 64.780, DNF, 64.767                    64.626

 SSC

            Mike Lawson 50.090, 50.383, 50.182, 49.803, 49.653, 50.147         49.653

            Dave Marcus 51.213, 50.978, DNF, 49.747, 49.572+1, 49.720+2     49.747

            L Campbell 54.184, 51.991, 50.953, 51.084, 51.120+1, 51.165        50.953

            Tonda Lawson 53.394, 52.719, 51.788, 53.295, 52.593, 52.878       51.788

 ASP

            Jay Casiano DNF, 56.242, 55.514, 62.661, 53.659, 55.611                53.659

            Joe Groch DNF, 68.941, 64.661                                                             64.661

 STH

            J Lawson 50.474, 49.706+2, 49.499+3, 49.645, 50.028, 49.422    49.422

 

STR

            Laslo Kis DNF, 52.569, 52.164, 51.421, 50.810, 50.130                     50.130

            Steve Sulatycki 51.172+1, 51.077+1, 50.554, 51.009+2, 50.212+2   50.554

            Sergio Ovalle 53.683, 54.264+1, 52.983, 53.433, 53.226, 53.546     52.983

            Danie Salazar 71.282, 67.242, 66.318, 62.883, 63.076, 64.313+1    62.883

 STX

            David Wells DNF, DNF, 50.924, 50.479, 50.733, 50.306                    50.306

            Nihuel Martinovic 60.994, DNF, 58.005, 56.351, 55.022, 54.823     54.823

            David Castillo 66.206, DNF, 58.028, 57.173, 56.843, 56.075+2        56.843

 Novice

            Matthew Donnelly 65.197, 60.466, 59.515, DNF, 57.662, 56.342    56.342

            Michael Haines DNF, DNF, 63.910+3, 62.388, 58.859                       58.859

            Russ Renton 79.961, 65.795, 61.823, DNF, 60.363+1, DNF              61.823

            Tom Pitser 81.089, 83.240, 79.377, 76.180, 69.562, 66.883             66.883

            Peter Franck DNF, 73.135, DNF, DNF, 69.357+1                                71.357

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Everglades Region & Gold Coast Region PCA Autocross – September 15, 2018 at Sebring International Raceway. Results – Pax Times:

  1. Tom Kring 19.448
  2. Mike Drake 19.656
  3. Kyle Robertson 19.877
  4. Maykel Cabrera 20.199
  5. Carlos Dejesus 20.345
  6. Tony Rodriguez 20.405
  7. Steve Kidd 20.448
  8. Nestor Sanchez 20.635
  9. Zsa Zsa Blyden 21.046
  10. Jake Kooser 21.138
  11. Juan Carlos Muniz 21.335
  12. Guy Bartolotta 21.758
  13. Don Cross 21.877
  14. Chuck Limroth 22.188
  15. Dave Doll 22.362
  16. Nicholas Fiorentino 22.433
  17. Michael Fiorentino 22.453
  18. Daniel Vargas 22.550
  19. Fernando George Parra 22.555
  20. Carlos Bernal 22.635
  21. Joe Groch 22.669
  22. Julie Klahr 23.138
  23. Richard Longmore 23.461
  24. Jerry Karn 23.511
  25. Kristle Ward 23.611
  26. Wendy Limroth 23.757
  27. Michael Patten 23.950
  28. Peggy Raben 24.064
  29. Frank Vermaak 24.596
  30. Jack Fuller 24.721
  31. Brent Fraser 25.068
  32. Douglas Irlandi 25.419
  33. Peter Franck 26.816
  34. Noemi Sanchez 27.206
  35. Stephen Oldfield 27.992

To view the raw times, click here: Sebring Raw Times September 15, 2018