March 19, 2016; Elkhart Lake, WI – Sometimes a plan just works out, the chips fall in your favor and a day goes far better than planned. A class win in the final round of Road America’s Wintercross series was more than I had anticipated.
My original intent when entering the Road America Winter Autocross series was to try and get a little more seat time in low grip situations. The first event, held in January was extremely cold, leading to icing conditions. While fun, it did not deliver the seat time goals I was looking for.
February 20, 2016; Waukesha, WI – Seat time. Ultimately the main reason last year became more and more successful as the season went on.
In the Milwaukee area two different groups hosted the majority of autocross events as Miller Park. The Milwaukee region of the SCCA and a second group known as Wisconsin Autocrossers, Inc.
February 20, 2016; Elkhart Lake, WI – If you live in Wisconsin, you’ve come to accept that the weather can change at any minute. In winter, it can mean snowstorms and below zero one day, and an early spring thaw a couple days later.
January 16th, 2016, Elkhart Lake, WI – The “off-season” did not last quite as long as expected! Road-America along with the Fox Valley Sports Car Club presents an annual “Wintercross Series” for those who want to enhance their winter driving abilities.
This year marked the third season of the activities at the Road America grounds.
Since I consider driving in “low-grip” conditions one of my weaker driving abilities I decided to join in the fun this year perhaps hoping that anything I learn might help me in auto-cross events on days where we might run under rain conditions.
January, 2016, Appleton, WI – The Fox Valley Sports Car Club held an informal banquet to reflect on their 2015 season and introduce the 2016 season schedule. More casual than the SCCA event in Milwaukee a couple months ago, the FVSCC banquet was well attended.
The difference was that while the SCCA banquet had awards given to autocrossers as a side note the FVSCC banquet was all about the autocross events.
December 1, 2015; Appleton, WI – Getting back behind the wheel resulted in a great “rookie” season! I’ve enjoyed I’ve enjoyed motor sports as a hobby. In some aspects, I’ve had great success as a promoter and publicist. My time competing in it has been limited to a sporadic few seasons here and there. Some oval track in my late teens, some karting in my mid-20’s. While I didn’t win championships I did compete successfully. I won a few events here and there, set a few quick times and spent a fair amount of time at the front of the pack. For me, my biggest challenge to competing again was overcoming the doubt that I could still match the driving of a more fearless, younger self.