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In case you're tired of the crappy weather we've been having lately and can't wait to get to drive your car (and get good at it!)...

Registration for SCCA-Chicago Region 2009 Learning Curve (auto-x school) is currently open.

"A fun, inexpensive and safe way of testing your driving ability and car performance. Solo events are a form of automotive competition in which one car at a time negotiates a prescribed course in the shortest possible time. The events are open to anyone who has a sports car, compact or small sedan. The only requirements to compete are a valid state driver's license and a car which will pass a safety technical inspection. Drivers compete in numerous car classes for stock street cars, modified street cars, race prepared cars and modified race cars.

The Learning Curve
Chicago Region Solo drivers school is an excellent way to learn about and become involved in Solo events. It is a two-part school that consists of a classroom session and a day and a half of on track instruction. Instruction will be provided by experienced, award winning drivers (many with National Championship credentials). Because the entry is limited to only 100 students, there will be a very favorable student/teacher ratio allowing for maximum driving time and personal instruction. The school is for novice drivers with less than one year or no solo experience. Students must attend both days.

WHEN:
Saturday April 4 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday April 5 8:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:
Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

HOW:
Return the entry form with the $120 registration fee payable to Chicago Region, SCCA, no later than March 27, 2009 to: Jennifer Liccardi - 2911 Vimy Ridge Drive, Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 609-9005. To register on line go to http://register.scca-chicago.com

NEED MORE INFORMATION call: Ed Locke (630) 853-2144"

For on-line registration go to http://www.scca-chicago.com/solo/2009/learncurve.html and click the nice, big blue rectangular "Online Registration" button at the bottom of the page.


This is a really fun way to start the season by the way :)

Here is a video of the same course from last years 1st event (same course as the LC). Courtesy of Brent Weibel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5NaeunMNFc

and another one from last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Mrrv5Q9vE&feature=related
 

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Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions for time being.
One of regulars (Ryan) used to auto-x an RSX (now in SM Nissan 240 of pure wrath) :) - maybe he'll chime in on specifics.
 

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what kinda helmet required?
You'll need a current standard (2005) SNELL rated helmet or one with two preceding standards (1995 or 2000). Tech will look for the actual SNELL sticker found inside the helmet. If you can find it and it's of the right standard, you're good to go. If all you have is a DOT sticker on the back, the helmet won't pass.

The SNELL sticker looks like this --> http://araiamericas.com/images/snell-sticker.jpg or this http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayn/148602256

If you don't have a helmet, sign up anyway since we'll have enough loaner helmets on site.
 

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You'll need a current standard (2005) SNELL rated helmet or one with two preceding standards (1995 or 2000). Tech will look for the actual SNELL sticker found inside the helmet. If you can find it and it's of the right standard, you're good to go. If all you have is a DOT sticker on the back, the helmet won't pass.

The SNELL sticker looks like this --> http://araiamericas.com/images/snell-sticker.jpg or this http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayn/148602256

If you don't have a helmet, sign up anyway since we'll have enough loaner helmets on site.
registered :thumbsup:
 

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Registration should help you with classing of the car, but if they aren't sure you'll have to wait till the school to find out. Before the driving part on the 1st day (around lunch), your instructor will go over your car (think of it as tech inspection) - this will be the time to look at things, figure out if and what mods you might have and figure out your proper class based on that. Then just make sure you are in the proper class for the following day. :vtec:
Anything else, let me know.
 

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Registration should help you with classing of the car, but if they aren't sure you'll have to wait till the school to find out. Before the driving part on the 1st day (around lunch), your instructor will go over your car (think of it as tech inspection) - this will be the time to look at things, figure out if and what mods you might have and figure out your proper class based on that. Then just make sure you are in the proper class for the following day. :vtec:
Anything else, let me know.
i got wider than stock wheels with other toys - but not wider than 225, so i think im good for street preped :giggity:
 

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I got 235:(
only mod on my car. I guess I will be going up with the big dogs:tisk:
If the only mod you have are different size tires on a stock wheel, then you can remain in stock class. I've seen 275 width race tires mounted on 6" wheels in stock ;)
 

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Well I actually have 235 tires with 17x8 rims. Does anyone know what class that will put me in?

If anything I can put my stock wheels back on. The only thing is my thread life on those are done.
 

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I did this several years ago... for anyone who is interested in racing, this is probably the best money you'll ever spend. There's almost no focus on setting up the car... it's entirely on tuning the driver.

When you come out of it, you'll be on the path to hold your own again auto-x-ing veterans.

I honestly cannot speak highly enough of this weekend. If you're available, don't even think twice about it. Register.
 

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Well I actually have 235 tires with 17x8 rims. Does anyone know what class that will put me in?

If anything I can put my stock wheels back on. The only thing is my thread life on those are done.
i wouldnt worry about classes too much - its a learnin curve after all. better get ur sticky tires :thumbsup:

where u goin from?
 

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Yeah Im not worried about the classes. I was just curious. Im coming all the way from beach park.
 
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