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    So just wondering do rallycross seasons in snow states run events all winter? I live in California and not where it snows.

  • #2
    Not usually. Snow is typically too wet, which turns into mud, or too deep, which results in stuck cars. If conditions are perfect and you have a perfect base at your site it can work out, but it's rare. Typically things move to ice racing, which often is structured like a rallycross on a plowed frozen lake.

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    • #3
      Detroit region runs all year round. The winter events are usually run at their most northern sites as it's generally guaranteed that the ground will be frozen.

      This is not always the case.



      Even when it is "snowy", cars quickly remove it like removing grass from a field. What is left is either frozen mud, or ice.



      I also have a video compilation of all of my failed attempts at that dang hairpin. It was glare ice.
      Pete
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      Last edited by Pete; 08-21-2019, 11:06 PM.
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      • #4
        Nice winters where I live mean rain and that's about it. Man the starting guy doesn't look like the cold bothers him one bit. He did dress correctly.

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        • #5
          Ner runs more events in the winter than summer. We have run in January with over 100 entries and long courses.
          Winner of five national championships in a row.

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          • #6
            Iowa Region has a nice site for our winter events where the soil is 85% sand. This eliminates the mud problem referenced above, but restricts us to racing when the ground is frozen. If the sand is thawed, you'll end up with feet deep ruts in the blink of an eye.

            We've also learned that if there is more than 8" of snow on the ground, the course needs to be pre-driven a fair amount by a truck to minimize the possibility of high-centered cars. You'll want to have a truck on tow duty too, as it's very easy for a car to get stuck if someone goes off course.

            Last, the cones get quite brittle at sub-zero temperatures. We shattered 21 cones in one event when the high for the day was -6.

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            • #7
              New England Region runs in the winter as well. One of their biggest events is Stafford Springs in Feb and usually has snow. Badlands and Finger Lakes run a few on the ice.

              Mark
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              • #8
                It all looks like a lot of fun. If your heater works in the car....lol

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