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Old 02-08-2002, 09:04 AM   #1
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I think a few people out there were potentially interested in this; the Chicago Region Learning Curve school is open for registration.

http://www.scca-chicago.com/solo/2002/learncurve.html
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Old 02-08-2002, 10:35 AM   #2
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thanks for the heads-up dave, im strongly considering this!

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Old 02-08-2002, 10:54 AM   #3
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As am I. I just need to find someone to cover me at work for that sunday, and its all good.
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Old 02-08-2002, 05:00 PM   #4
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I'm thinking about this as well.

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Old 02-08-2002, 05:15 PM   #5
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This sounds cool! Do they teach you in the Parking Lot? Or in the actual raceway? Could someone who has done this before let us know how it was?

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Old 02-08-2002, 05:30 PM   #6
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They autocross on the infield paddock areas (the big parking lot where the CART team transports etc park). The paddock for the autocrossers is actually pit row for the raceway. You drive through a tunnel under the track to get on the inside. You aren't allowed to drive on the bankings or anything, but if I recall correctly, the front straight was open for driving alongside the pit row. Note that we're talking parking lot speeds (people are everywhere changing tires, walking, etc), but it's still a thrill to drive on the raceway (however slowly).

Autocrossing is still a paved lot type activity of course, but doing it in the middle of a speedway is rather cool.

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Old 02-08-2002, 05:36 PM   #7
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From the site, "It is a two-part school that consists of a classroom session and a day and a half of on track instruction."

In this case, since it is a Solo2 school, the "track" is the parking lot at Route 66. ( Adjacent to the drag strip stands, if you've been there. )

I don't remember much classroom instruction from when I took it, perhaps they've added that since then. I expect this will be basic vehicle dynamics, traction circle concepts, and safety.

For the on-track instruction, you will be assigned an instructor. Typically, the ratio is around 2 students for each instructor. Wherever possible, they will assign you an instructor who drives or has driven a similar car.

Saturday afternoon they'll set up two or more mini-courses for you to practice on, with your instructor riding along.

Sunday, they'll tie the smaller courses together into one, and have a pseudo-autocross. Your instructor will continue to be available to help, and ride with. Also, you'll probably have the opportunity to ride with him/her in their car. Times and results will be posted, but obviously no points will be awarded. Not sure if they do trophies.

You can see last year's results and course maps at;

http://www.scca-chicago.com/solo/2001/learn.html

At least, that's how it worked a few years ago when I took it. I don't guess too much has changed.
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Old 02-08-2002, 07:55 PM   #8
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Ah, Conemasher? I think you are talking about ( now defunct ) Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero.

The Learning Curve is at Route 66 Speedway, which is Dale Coyne's drag-strip out in Joliet. The Solo lot is wedged between the dirt oval and the drag strip. The Chicagoland Speedway oval is part of the same complex, just down the street.

There are no tunnels, or front straights, in the vicinty of the lot used for the school currently.

Just one flat, smooth, large parking lot on which I needed 3rd gear twice per run last October.
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Old 02-08-2002, 09:32 PM   #9
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the route 66 parking lot course is a large, smooth, awesome site. In a wrx you most likely will not need 3rd gear, but i about topped out in 2nd last race i was at (two day event on saturday) it all depends on how the course is set up!

yer all gonna have to beat me to the mailbox!

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Old 02-09-2002, 07:46 PM   #10
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D'oh, assumed you were talking about the raceway, not the speedway. Rt. 66 is a GREAT auto-x venue. Highly recommended. One of the best I've been at in all of Chicagoland.

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