Originally Posted by johnycakesg
why do people say that autocrossers make good track drivers, but track drivers do not make good autocrossers?
This is wishful thinking that doesn't take the facts into account.
How successful are your road-racers before they tried solo?
How successful were your soloists before going to the track?
As a stepping stone, solo weeds out the slugs and they quit before going to the track.
For most amateur rich guys, racing is a hand to hand combat rather than a science project about handling, it is a war of wills.
Most (rich) guys who bypass solo and start their racing career right on the track would have a hard time ratcheting back to something as juvenile as making a fast turn into a driveway and usually quit before finding any value in learning an efficient way to do it.
Solo is pretty tame after dicing wheel to wheel and you have to be pretty dedicated to a quest to better understand vehicle dynamics to continue being harassed by the in-crowd while learning.
Road racers as a group are more welcoming and as long as a soloist is able to drink beer, they're OK with them.