“What most parents and kids don’t
understand is that autocrossing isn’t
dangerous at all. In fact, it could very well
make you a more competent, in-control
driver on the road. So, by taking our school,
we are teaching them the basics of the
sport and, in return, they receive a full
season to work on car-control skills.
Because let’s face it, a weekend-long
defensive-driving school won’t stick with
kids, because they aren’t continuing to
Autocross, called “Solo” in SCCA
lingo, is the perfect proving ground to
hone your car control skills. While
some attend Solo events and never
return, possibly confused about the
cone-marked courses or sub-60mph
nature of the sport, those who stick
with it have their eyes opened beyond
what they could dream.
Yes, SCCA Solo events are
conducted in parking lots with a
course constructed of orange cones,
and speeds stay safe and sane for the
duration of each 60-second run, but
the nature of Solo challenges both
driver and vehicle for every
millisecond. The result is drivers
developing crisp car control skills that
quickly become second nature.
In fact, a number of professional
racers, such as Randy Pobst and
Peter Cunningham, got their start in
SCCA’s Solo program, and openly
attribute some of their road racing
success to the car control learned at
Solo events. Solo even challenges
some of road racing’s greats, as Al
Unser Jr. proved last year when he
finished second in class at the SCCA
Solo National Championships.
Find out more about SCCA’s Solo
program at www.scca.com/solo.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner
Al Unser Jr. competed in last year’s SCCA
Solo National Championships (ABOVE).
practice those car-handling techniques.”
As for his own efforts, Garfield plans
to continue his Solo career for 2016,
and when he settles on a college and
an engineering path, he also plans to
investigate his chosen school’s Formula
SAE team. But for the time being, Club
Racing is taking a back seat.
“If I’m making enough money in the
future, I’d like to get back on track,” he
explains. Until then, Solo and the SCCA
continue to fit the bill perfectly. “I’ve
learned just about everything I know
about motorsports through the SCCA,
and the competition brings you some
of the best drivers in the country,” he
says. “Not to mention, I wouldn’t trade
the friends I have made in both Solo
and Club Racing for anything.”
IN THE SCCA FAMILY
“In 2008, three generations
of the Garfield family
competed at the Solo
Julian Garfield (LEFT) has grown up as part of the SCCA family,
becoming involved both behind the wheel and behind the scenes.
As he ponders which college he’ll attend, his future is wide open –
but one thing you can count on is it will include the SCCA.
INTO THE FUTURE