FIRST STEP TO GLORY?
cameras to capture your day,” says Wagner.
“Our team absolutely loves bringing
new people into the sport,” he continues.
“We want people to really understand the
dynamics of their vehicle, how to utilize
their vision, and how to find the limits of
themselves and their car. We also want
them to meet likeminded people, learn
“Expect to arrive at the Starting Line
school no later than 7: 30 a.m.,” says
Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line
instructor Darren Seltzer (BELOW),
who went from enthusiast, to SCCA
National Championship autocrosser, to
SCCA road racer in less than five years.
Once on site, the school begins
with a technical safety inspection of
the cars, which is handled by the
Starting Line staff. Then, says Seltzer,
starts the fun.
“After a quick
we distribute helmets
and get into the
cars for the first
exercises: slalom and
skid oval,” he says. “In the afternoon
we set up a small autocross course
where each student gets 12 runs.
A wrap-up session at the end
summarizes the day.”
And don’t fret about your prowess
behind the wheel, or lack thereof, as
Seltzer assures us the Starting Line
school is specifically tailored to meet the
needs of everyone from experienced
autocrossers to first timers.
“Everyone will leave with greater
car control and knowledge of basic car
handling principles, which will help
them at their next autocross or on the
street,” says Seltzer.
(TOP) Starting Line instructors can add to
a driver’s skill set, regardless of their
pupil’s prior talent and experience level.
LEARNING IS FUN
A STARTING LINE DAY
about the sport and its community, and
know everything they need to know to
get started in performance driving.”
Starting Line schools take place all
across America, nearly every month. Some
30 were held in 2015, with 35 more
targeted for the coming year. “The website,
SCCAStartingLine.com, lists all schools, as
well as the ‘Ultimate Autocross Guide,’
which defines terms, answers questions and
lets you check out videos,” says Wagner.
For $325, students get in-car instruction
and personalized, one-on-one time with
SCCA members who are doing exactly what
you’re currently dreaming of. The first step
in motorsports, even on the amateur level,
can be overwhelming, but SCCA’s Starting
Line schools will help set you on the right
path – and do so in as little as one day.
(LEFT and BELOW) Time behind
the wheel on the autocross course
is the core of a Starting Line
school. (BOTTOM) After a short
meeting and the distribution of
helmets, it’s time to get out there
and drive. (BOTTOM LEFT)
Thanks to Starting Line’s
knowledgeable instructors, all
leave better for the experience.