Autocross

Everglades Region Autocross – Let’s Drive! / November 2017 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

For 2017, the February 19th event at Buckingham airfield is in the books. More event photos can be viewed in the Autocross Gallery tab on this website.

 

We have one more Everglades Region autocross scheduled before the end of the year:

Sunday, December 10th at Buckingham Airfield. This “Dueling Porsches” event is a unique take on autocross. Check it out at clubregistration.net 

Watch for email blasts with more information on all this event and the 2018 schedule.

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. There is one more event in December and the first 2018 event has been scheduled:

  • December 2-3, 2017
  • January 6-7, 2018

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

=============================================================================

Everglades Region PCA Autocross – February 19, 2017 at Buckingham / RESULTS

Sponsored by: Porsche of Naples & Porsche of Fort Myers

A record 45 drivers, including 24 Porsches, participated in our season opening autocross at Buckingham Field in Lehigh Acres. Driver Chair – Tom Kring, presented another challenging circuit to challenge men, women and their cars. Thanks again to the Gulfcoast Autocrossers for providing timing & scoring, as well as track setup & teardown. Steve Kidd, PCA Zone 12 Rep, made the journey across Alligator Alley to set third quickest time in his GT3. 

Kudos to Everglades Region members Mike Drake and Jonathan Ponader for coaching the Novice drivers. 

Raw Pos. Pos. Class Driver Raw Time
1. 1 STR DARRIN DISIMO 43.936…Mazda MX-5
2. 2 STR DAVID MARCUS 43.954…Mazda MX-5
3. 1 SSR STEVE KIDD 44.362…Porsche GT3
4. 1 SS TOM KRING 44.390…Porsche 718 Cayman S
5. 1 SSP RAD DELGADO 44.750…Corvette Z06
6. 1 CS MIKE LAWSON 45.024…Toyata FR-S
7. 2 SS ERNIE REVUELTA 45.065…Porsche Boxster S
8. 3 SS JOSHUA WORTZEL 45.354…Porsche 718 Boxster S
9. 4 SS MIKE DRAKE 45.474…Porsche 991S
10. 5 SS HOWARD MINTZ 45.491…Porsche Cayman GTS
11. 1 AS WILLIAM MITCHELL 45.572…Chevy Corvette
12. 1 STX DAVID WELLS 46.168…Subaru BRZ
13. 1 STU LAUREN DIRUZZO 46.486…Subaru STI
14. 2 STU BEN LEVY 46.825…Subaru STI
15. 2 CS JONATHAN PONADER 47.403…Porsche Boxster S
16. 2 SSR ED YOUNG 47.403…Lotus Elise
17. 3 CS TONDA LAWSON 48.190…Toyota FR-S
18. 1 FS JOHN LANESE 48.262…Ford Mustang
19. 1 BS JOE BATTISTA 48.515…Porsche Boxster Spyder
20. 1 DS KRISTEN ROSENTHAL 48.742…Toyota FR-S
21. 2 SSP STEVE WEBSTER 49.492…Porsche Cayman GT4
22. 6 SS DAVE NOELKEN 49.757…Porsche 991S
23. 2 DS DAVID CASTILLO 49.769…VW GTI
24. 7 SS CHASE MAYHUGH 49.777…Porsche 991S
25. 1 HS TODD FREEMAN 50.034…Ford Focus ST
26. 1 ES SERGIO OVALLE 50.069…Mazda Miata
27. 8 SS WADE HUSTON 50.074…Porsche 991 4S
28. 3 SSR NANCY JUDD 50.693…Lotus Elise
29. 3 STR JUSTIN GONZALEZ 51.174…Mazda Miata
30. 9 SS JUAN CARLOS MUNIZ 52.007…Porsche 997 C2
31. 1 N JON MCLAIN 52.269…Porsche Boxster
32. 4 CS JONATHAN BROWNFIELD 53.936…Porsche Boxster S
33. 2 N MARK SETTER 55.140…Porsche Carerra 2S
34. 10 SS VICKI HUSTON 57.356…Porsche 991 4S
35. 11 SS ROBERT ZYBLUT 58.172…Porsche 911
36. 12 SS TOM LINDSAY 58.555…Porsche 996 TT
37. 3 N STEPHANIE SWANK 60.709…Porsche 911S
38. 4 N DOUG SWANK 60.904…Corvette ZR1
39. 5 N TOM MATEY 61.494…Audi S7
40. 5 CS CLARK REHBERG 61.762…Porsche Boxster
41. 6 N CARYL NOELKEN 65.213…Porsche 991S
42. 7 N PETER RENTSCHLER 67.431…Porsche C4
43. 8 N DON LEITOW 68.793..Porsche Boxster GTS
44. 9 N RAHUL CHALLAPALLI 71.826…Porsche Turbo S
45. 13 N JOE GROCH OC…Porsche 911

==============================================================================

Everglades Autocross – October 9, 2016 at Buckingham / RESULTS

Sponsored by: Porsche of Naples and Fort Myers

21 drivers tackled the Tom Kring designed autocross circuit at Buckingham Field on Sunday. With Hurricane Mathew out of the picture, we enjoyed a near perfect SW Florida day. Special thanks to Gulfcoast Autocrossers, and especially Becky, for providing timing / scoring and handling much of the track setup and support.

Congratulations to Rodney Harvey for posting the most improved time of the day!

Results (Raw Times) :

  1. David Marcus                                     61.510
  2. Mike Lawson                                     62.112
  3. Tom Kring                                          62.691
  4. Laura Campbell                                 62.881
  5. Mike Drake                                        64.643
  6. Steve Kidd                                          64.654
  7. Joan Clark                                          65.397
  8. Jonathan Ponader                           66.071
  9. David Wells                                       66.357
  10. John Lanes                                        67.320
  11. Tonda Lawson                                  67.566
  12. Joe Battista                                       67.815
  13. George Ghanem                             68.908
  14. Jana Hawley                                     68.948
  15. Wade Huston                                  70.277
  16. Sergio Ovalle                                   72.550
  17. Jonathan Brownfield                      74.749
  18. Jon Mccain                                       75.586
  19. Tom Lindsey                                     77.009
  20. Rodney Harvey                                 77.294
  21. Gordon Browne                               83.782
  22. Russ Karnap                                     DNS
  23. Monica Glaysher Wells                   DNS
  24. Darrin Disimo                                   DNS
  25. Marcel Ventura                                 DNS
  26. Jonathan Keese                                 DNS

Trophy winners for the day:

SS: 3 trophies (7 Drivers)

1st. Mike Drake

2nd. Steve Kidd

3rd. David Wells

AS/BS: 1 trophy (2 drivers)

1st. Jonathan Ponader

ASP: 1 trophy (2 drivers)

1st. Tom Kring

Novice: 2 trophies (5 drivers)

1st. Jonathan Brownfield

2nd. Jon Mclain

Non-Porsche: 4 trophies (10 drivers)

1st. Mike Lawson

2nd David Marcus

3rd Laura Campbell

4th Joan Clark

==============================================================================

Everglades Autocross – February 28, 2016 at Buckingham / RESULTS

Sponsored by: Porsche of Naples and Ft. Myers

Our inaugural 2016 autocross event was a success, with 42 drivers posting times. Special thanks to Gulfcoast Autocrossers for providing timing / scoring and handling much of the track setup support. Event photos can be viewed in the Gallery Section under the Autocross tab.

Results (Raw Times)

  1. David Marcus (Subaru BRZ)                    49.732
  2. Paul Wright (Scrap Metal)                       50.418
  3. Terry Tabor (Subaru BRZ)                       51.417
  4. Rad Delgado (Audi R8)                            51.720
  5. Kristen Rosenthal (Subaru BRZ)             51.864
  6. Tom Kring (Porsche Cayman R)              51.890
  7. Mike Drake (Porsche 991S)                     52.829
  8. Greg Schumaker (Subaru BRZ)                53.085
  9. Ernie Revuelta (Porsche Cayman S)        53.344
  10. Steve Kidd (Porsche GT3)                         53.694
  11. Jonathan Ponader (Porsche Boxster S)   54.336
  12. William Mitchell (Chevy Camaro)             54.499
  13. Bob Tamandli (Porsche Boxster S)          55.106
  14. Dave Wells (Porsche 997S)                       55.222
  15. Maykel Cabrera (Mazda Miata)                55.471
  16. Todd Freeman (Ford Fiesta ST)                 55.957
  17. John Lanese (Boss 302)                             55.968
  18. Russ Karnap (Porsche Cayman R)           56.072
  19. Sergio Ovalle (MINI Cooper S)                  57.498
  20. Peter Pietruszko (Porsche GT3)                58.798
  21. George Ghanem (Porsche GT3)                59.008
  22. Wade Huston (Porsche 997 4S)                 59.087
  23. Sam Thomas (Porsche 991)                       59.262
  24. Srdjan Prodanovic (Porsche GT3)             60.204
  25. Phillipe Martin (Porsche 991S)                  60.667
  26. Dave Noelken (Porsche 996 4S)                62.348
  27. Gene Woloshyn (Porsche 991S)                62.738
  28. Sam Ponader (Mazda 3)                              62.950
  29. Juan Carlos Muniz (Porsche 997)               63.190
  30. Jerry Karn (Porsche Boxster)                       63.333
  31. Ted Simpson (Porsche Boxster S)               63.178
  32. Jon McLain (Porsche Boxster)                      65.141
  33. Clark Rehberg (Porsche Boxster)                66.887
  34. Jim Price (Porsche Boxster)                          68.664
  35. Gordon Clancy (Porsche 991 Cab)              69.582
  36. Joe McConaghy (Porsche 996)                     70.277
  37. Stephen Barber (Porsche 991S Cab)          70.426
  38. Tony Reed (Porsche 991S)                            70.588
  39. Kevin Barnhill (Porsche Boxster S)              71.413
  40. Caryl Noelken (Porsche 996 4S)                   82.895
  41. Robert Torre (Porsche Panamera GTS)           OC
  42. Lazaro Castillo (Jaguar F Type S)                       OC

Fastest Times of the Day

Raw Time: David Marcus STX   49.732

Street: Mike Drake SS   52.829

Prepared: Tom Kring ASP   51.890

Modified: Paul Wright EM 50.418

Most Improved Novice Drivers:

Srdjan Prodanovic

Gene Woloshyn

Caryl Noelken