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  • First RallyCross Nationals?

    Is this your first SCCA RallyCross Nationals? Get ready to have a blast! Here are a few pointers get the most out of the weekend.

    This is a three day event. You will only race on Saturday and Sunday, but you HAVE to be there Friday. The earlier the better, but I would definitely get there no later than 3pm so you can be ready for class inspection. Check In and Tech will start at noon, but I would suggest getting there before then. That will give you time to find a paddock space and get settled in.

    The Practice course will open at 1pm and run until 4:30pm. It will be $4 per run or 3 runs for $10. The practice course is a short course that will give you a chance to get a feel for how your car will handle in the Heartland Park soil.

    The Saturday morning National course will be open for walking from 2pm to 6pm on Friday.

    Class Inspection will begin at 5pm. DON'T MISS CLASS INSPECTION. If you miss it, you won't be racing. If you have never been to a National event you may not have experienced a class inspection. This is where all of the cars in your class are parked together and the drivers in that class get to inspect the competitor's cars to make sure they are legal for that class. You should be registered and teched with all of the proper decals on your car BEFORE you get to the class inspection. You also need to fill out a Class Eligibility Disclosure Form. You can get this form from tech or can print it out ahead of time and have it ready. It is available on the 2017 DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Championship page under Disclosure Forms. The form is self explanatory. Just fill out any modifications you have done to your car and then place the form on your windshield for the Class Inspection.

    There will be a welcome party Friday night at 6pm and a Town Hall at 7pm. The town hall is where everyone can discuss RallyCross issues, rule changes, etc.

    Saturday morning starts early. If you are running in the first heat (all of the stock classes, yeah......) you need to have your car in grid no later than 7:45am. There will be assigned grid spots, so make sure you check which spot you are assigned. They will be posted that morning. If you are working the first heat, you need to check in by 7:45am also. Driver's meeting is at 8am and competition begins at 8:30am. We will run all of the cars in three heats and then break for lunch and then run again in the afternoon. In the morning the run order is randomly selected. In the afternoon it will run in the reverse of that order. Racing will end around 6pm (approximately). Then it will be the night out in Topeka. This is where we all go out and spend money in Topeka. It is a great way to show support for the local community and have fun with your RX friends. There is no set schedule for this. Just go out and have some fun!

    Sunday morning is when the excitement and the tension builds. Cars need to be in grid by 7:30am and competition begins at 8am. This is where you go for the gold! (Insert "Eye of the Tiger" music here.) We will only run in the morning. Competition will end about 2pm and the awards will be presented 30 minutes after the last car runs.

    This will be a wonderful experience. You will meet RallyCrossers from across the nation and see some amazing cars and competition. We will see you there.

    Written by Michael Lasater - KC Region RX Chair.
    Mark Macoubrie
    RXB
    Kansas City Region
    2005 STI 41 PA

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    When you arrive you MUST go to the registration tent and register. You get our event packet but more importantly they check you in so they know are there for the race.

    Make sure you get your car through tech inspection and do it before class inspection. You won't be racing without going through tech inspection.
    Mark Macoubrie
    RXB
    Kansas City Region
    2005 STI 41 PA

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    • #3
      BTW 48 of the current registered 123 competitor or 39% will be attending the event for the very first time.

      WELCOME ALL ! ! !

      Hope to meet most of you during the event and hope everyone has a great event.
      Mark Macoubrie
      RXB
      Kansas City Region
      2005 STI 41 PA

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      • #4
        Please read the supps. There is important information there that must be followed.

        1. I'll reiterate do not be late for class inspection. Get there early. Park your car and go walk the course if you have time.
        2. Bring your tires and tools to grid. Non-competition vehicles will not be allowed in the grid once competition starts.

        If you see the big tall guy from New England driving the black Evo, give him a hug for me
        Charles
        MA 1995 Subaru Impreza
        SA 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
        ex-SEDiv RallyCross Steward

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        • #5
          Bald and grumpy
          Winner of five national championships in a row.

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          • #6
            Great write-up. One question though, how do the grid positions for Sunday get determined? As you can tell, I am a first timer at this, as is my daughter who will be co-driving with me. To top it off, we are driving a car that I just bought so that we could participate in nationals after I blew the head gaskets (winning the class in my last event) on the SA Subaru we had been driving all year - and this car is rwd so it should be a whole new experience! We are looking forward to it.

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            • #7
              Never mind, I saw the answer to my question covered in the supplemental regs.

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              • #8
                Check out the Survival Guide Article.

                https://www.scca.com/articles/200833...l-championship
                Mark Macoubrie
                RXB
                Kansas City Region
                2005 STI 41 PA

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                • #9
                  What to expect with Tech and Class inspections at the DirtFish SCCA National RallyCross Championship
                  Numbered text is taken directly from the Supplemental Rules, and we’ve added some tips to get you through:
                  1. All vehicles must pass the pre-event safety/tech inspection to ensure the vehicle meets applicable safety requirements. Safety/tech inspectors are not responsible for determining a vehicle’s compliance with the preparation allowances for that vehicle’s class. Vehicles are to be presented at safety/tech inspection ready for competition. Any vehicle that has mechanical trouble and requires assistance to exit the course must pass an additional safety inspection before it is allowed to return to competition.
                    • Tech will be located at the south end of the paddock, along the road
                    • Bring your vehicle and helmet in race-ready condition (loose items cleared out, race tires mounted)
                    • Have all decals required by the Supplementals applied in the appropriate locations, or be ready to apply them. You’ll need them to pass tech.
                    • If you’re competing for contingency awards, have your claim forms filled out and ready for the tech inspectors to sign off on any required decals. Claim forms can be found here: https://www.scca.com/pages/rally-contingency
                    • Reminder, tech inspectors are reviewing the vehicle for safety compliance, not class eligibility.
                  2. All competitors must complete the “Class Disclosure Form” prior to class inspection. Competitors in the Modified classes do not need to list the modifications. The form must be displayed on the vehicle windshield at the class inspection. Forms will be collected by the Event Safety Steward at the end of the class inspection period.
                    • Class inspection forms can be found here:
                    • Fill out one form per car, and list one or both drivers. If the car is competing in multiple classes, fill out a form for both classes.
                  3. No vehicle will be allowed to participate without the safety/tech inspection sticker on the driver’s side edge of the windshield.
                    • If you escaped tech without getting a sticker, fix what they needed you to fix (if anything) and go back to tech
                  4. Each class will hold a mandatory class inspection prior to the start of the official competition where class competitors may inspect all the other vehicles in their class and question eligibility at that time. Vehicles competing in multiple classes must be presented in the most restrictive class in which the vehicle is competing and with only those modifications allowed in that class. The class inspection time is posted on the event schedule. Any entrant ten (10) minutes or less late will be assessed a ten (10) second penalty on their first run. Any entrant more than ten (10) minutes late will receive a DNF for their first run.
                    • Class inspection will be in the Grid area
                    • Have your car in Grid for class inspection before 5pm Friday, to avoid penalties
                    • Pop your hood, open your trunk, and make the car presentable for others to inspect
                  5. A representative of each car should be present in the class inspection area to answer questions during the entire inspection time
                    • You don’t need to be right by your car, you’re allowed to go look at other vehicles.
                    • However, this isn’t the time to just drop off your car and go walk the course… you’ll need to remain in the grid area.
                    • If you see something questionable on a vehicle, ask the owner/driver about it.
                    • If you aren’t satisfied with the answers given, or suspect something may be outside the rules, review rule 5.2 in the RallyCross Rules
                    • After reviewing rule 5.2, if you still haven’t found a satisfactory answer to your objection, the next step would be an Inquiry or Protest. That process can be found under Rule 5.3 in the RallyCross Rules.

                  Provided by the National Championship Planning Committee.
                  Last edited by gsxnut; 10-18-2017, 07:18 AM.
                  Mark Macoubrie
                  RXB
                  Kansas City Region
                  2005 STI 41 PA

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                  • #10
                    Make sure and bring rain gear, as of this morning the local news stations are showing an 80% chance of rain Saturday afternoon and evening.

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