Everglades Region Autocross – Let’s Drive! / December 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. Here is their 2018 schedule as it stands:
- January 6-7
- February 3-4
- March 2-4
- March 9-11
- April 7-8
- May 5-6
- June 2-3
- September 8-9
- September 29-30
- November 3-4
- December 1-2
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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) :
- David Marcus 61.510
- Mike Lawson 62.112
- Tom Kring 62.691
- Laura Campbell 62.881
- Mike Drake 64.643
- Steve Kidd 64.654
- Joan Clark 65.397
- Jonathan Ponader 66.071
- David Wells 66.357
- John Lanes 67.320
- Tonda Lawson 67.566
- Joe Battista 67.815
- George Ghanem 68.908
- Jana Hawley 68.948
- Wade Huston 70.277
- Sergio Ovalle 72.550
- Jonathan Brownfield 74.749
- Jon Mccain 75.586
- Tom Lindsey 77.009
- Rodney Harvey 77.294
- Gordon Browne 83.782
- Russ Karnap DNS
- Monica Glaysher Wells DNS
- Darrin Disimo DNS
- Marcel Ventura DNS
- 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)
- David Marcus (Subaru BRZ) 49.732
- Paul Wright (Scrap Metal) 50.418
- Terry Tabor (Subaru BRZ) 51.417
- Rad Delgado (Audi R8) 51.720
- Kristen Rosenthal (Subaru BRZ) 51.864
- Tom Kring (Porsche Cayman R) 51.890
- Mike Drake (Porsche 991S) 52.829
- Greg Schumaker (Subaru BRZ) 53.085
- Ernie Revuelta (Porsche Cayman S) 53.344
- Steve Kidd (Porsche GT3) 53.694
- Jonathan Ponader (Porsche Boxster S) 54.336
- William Mitchell (Chevy Camaro) 54.499
- Bob Tamandli (Porsche Boxster S) 55.106
- Dave Wells (Porsche 997S) 55.222
- Maykel Cabrera (Mazda Miata) 55.471
- Todd Freeman (Ford Fiesta ST) 55.957
- John Lanese (Boss 302) 55.968
- Russ Karnap (Porsche Cayman R) 56.072
- Sergio Ovalle (MINI Cooper S) 57.498
- Peter Pietruszko (Porsche GT3) 58.798
- George Ghanem (Porsche GT3) 59.008
- Wade Huston (Porsche 997 4S) 59.087
- Sam Thomas (Porsche 991) 59.262
- Srdjan Prodanovic (Porsche GT3) 60.204
- Phillipe Martin (Porsche 991S) 60.667
- Dave Noelken (Porsche 996 4S) 62.348
- Gene Woloshyn (Porsche 991S) 62.738
- Sam Ponader (Mazda 3) 62.950
- Juan Carlos Muniz (Porsche 997) 63.190
- Jerry Karn (Porsche Boxster) 63.333
- Ted Simpson (Porsche Boxster S) 63.178
- Jon McLain (Porsche Boxster) 65.141
- Clark Rehberg (Porsche Boxster) 66.887
- Jim Price (Porsche Boxster) 68.664
- Gordon Clancy (Porsche 991 Cab) 69.582
- Joe McConaghy (Porsche 996) 70.277
- Stephen Barber (Porsche 991S Cab) 70.426
- Tony Reed (Porsche 991S) 70.588
- Kevin Barnhill (Porsche Boxster S) 71.413
- Caryl Noelken (Porsche 996 4S) 82.895
- Robert Torre (Porsche Panamera GTS) OC
- 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: