About this event
The California Sports Car Club in conjunction with the CalClub Autocross and the SCCA is pleased to announce the 2016 Novice School to be held on Saturday, November 26th, 2016, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. There will be an open practice the following day on Sunday, November 27th,. While preference to the Sunday practice will be given to those attending both days, we expect to have plenty of Sunday ONLY spots for those looking for just one day of fun. Students are encouraged to attend both days to maximize the learning experience.
The purpose of the school is to introduce club members and members of the general public proper techniques of autocross and car handling. Everyone with a desire to improve their driving skills is welcome. That includes beginners, novices, intermediates looking to improve on their autocross skills, and to those outside the sport who would like to improve their basic car handling skills.
Autocross, or solo, is a “slow-speed driver skill contest” where single lap times are used to determine the winner. Autocross events are usually held in large parking lots or on inactive airport runways. The courses, defined by orange traffic cones, are designed such that most cars will not be required to be driven in a gear higher than second gear and no faster than driven on the highway. The emphasis is car control, especially when cornering.
Participant safety is our number one priority. SCCA Solo Safety Stewards approve the course and are present the whole day. Our main goal is that the students have fun and build confidence as they learn:
- The basics of analyzing the course during the course walk
- Basic car handling techniques and driving skills
- Competitive driving strategies
Students will be paired with an instructor, based on car type and skill level.
$55.00 – One Day Entry (School Only)
- Saturday, November 26 school only
- Includes lunch
$110.00 – Two Day Entry (School and Open Practice)
- Saturday, November 26 school and Sunday, November 27 open practice priority entry
- $70.00 – Sunday Open Practice Entry Only
Weekend SCCA membership will be included FREE of charge for all School students.
Weekend SCCA membership for non-students is $15.00.
If you are a non-SCCA member, please be sure to add SCCA weekend membership to your online registration.
Those adding weekend SCCA membership will receive a credit of $15 toward the purchase of a yearly SCCA membership.
Saturday will consist of a “chalk-talk” morning session familiarizing all participants in the basics of autocross, course element identification, and driving technique. An instructor will be paired with the student throughout the day, while learning new car control skills through a variety of challenging elements on a full autocross course.
Sunday is an open practice with school students having priority. Instructors will be available during all of Sunday’s run groups. We expect all Sunday drivers to get approximately 12 runs each during the day.
Novice school guide: http://www.solo2.com/MiscDocuments/CSCC_Novice_Guide.pdf
(MUST read prior to attending this school).
Novice School Times: This is a work/run event. Proposed school schedule (subject to change without notice):
7:00 a.m. - Check-in and Tech inspection
7:45 a.m. - Mandatory Drivers Meeting and "Ground School/Chalk Talk"
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (approximate)
5:00 p.m. - End of Event (approximate)
In order to maximize this school, it is essential that everyone arrives on-time and stick to the schedule all day.
Open Practice Day Times:
6:30am - Tech / registration open
6:30am - Course open for walking
7:00am - Novice course walk
7:30am - Course closes for walking.
8:00am - MANDATORY DRIVERS SAFETY MEETING. Novice meeting will follow immediately after Safety Meeting
8:15am - Call for workers
8:30am - First car out
11:30am - Tech & Registration Close
- Safety is a priority. A proper fitting helmet with at least a Snell 2005 or M2005 rating is required. The helmet can be SA, M, or K rated. An open-face vs. a closed-face helmet is a driver preference.
- A limited number ot loaner helmets (and free head socks) will be available. As always, it's best to bring your own or borrow one from a friend if you can.
- One common issue during tech inspection are batteries not securely fastened. Please check to make sure you have a safe and secure way to keep your battery in place or you will NOT be able to race.
- No alcohol or intoxicants may be used on this event site at any time.
- Children under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by both parents.
- Waiver forms and requirements are available at SCCA.com.
- Passengers, other than instructors, will not be allowed on Saturday.
- In-car cameras are only allowed if securely attached to the car per SCCA rules and are approved during Tech Inspection.
- Obey all the Auto Club Speedway posted speed limits (access road 25 MPH max) and do not wander around or enter unauthorized areas outside of our lot.
- 5 MPH maximum speed in the paddock and pre-grid.
- Photographers wishing to photograph from on-course must have a "spotter" and get prior permission from the Event Master and Solo Safety Steward.
- Noise limits: 95dB at 50 feet.
- No passengers, other than official instructors, will be allowed at the school event. Passengers are allowed on Sunday Practice Day.
- Sharing of cars by students cannot be accommodated and therefore will not be allowed.
- No sharing of entry for this event.
- Students of the school get first priority at the Sunday practice.
Novice Coordinator – Leonard Cachola
Event Master – Sean Fenstermacher
Registration – Mike Kazmierczak
Timing and Scoring – Michael Palero
Course Designer – Pete Loney
Tech – Jack Tsou
Gate – Adrian Cardenas
Safety Steward – Quoc-Viet Dang
Workers – Mike Bradley
This event is sanctioned by the SCCA and operated by the CalClub Autocross Region.
It is held under the SCCA Solo Rules and CalClub Autocross Supplemental Regulations
Entry limit is 60 Participants for both days. Entries are granted on a first come/first served basis. Entries over the limit will be place on a waitlist.
Guide to School Placement:
Beginner: Little or no autocross experience. School will focus on the basics of car control geared toward those interested in basic autocross skills and/or improving car control skills for everyday driving.
Novice: Some autocross/race experience with times landing in the lower half of the class. Looking to improve on and discover new basic autocross techniques to improve skill level, faster times, and to move up in the pack.
Intermediate: Mid-pack autocrosser wanting to refine the skills necessary to advance to the head of the pack.
Instructors: By application or invitation of the Event Master only.