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Refunds have been issued and the event has been canceled.
On May 7, 2023 at 4:00 pm, Phoenix AZ Solo Region will be hosting an awards banquet for the 2022 Fall Series at Ground Control Craft Food & Drink, 4860 N Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.
The Region will provide the Food and Non Alcoholic drinks and will present awards from the Fall 2022 series.
Beer and other alcoholic drinks will be the responsibility of each person on their own.
We are using this event on MSR for people to RSVP and pay for the banquet so that we can give the restaurant an accurate head count prior to the event. Registration opens at 8:00 pm MST this evening. Admission to the Banquet for PASR members is $5 each and all non-members and guests of members $20 each, which is our cost.
The Phoenix AZ Solo Region winds down their Spring 2023 series this Saturday April 15th with some very close competition for championships in several classes. Here’s a look at some of the tighter battles.
Novice class had 36 drivers compete in the series and it’s come down to 2 for the title, David Alter with 2869 points sits in 1st and Ronald Herren right behind with 2846 points.
The Sportsman class of all the top drivers of the Region is very tight with 21 drivers total and 9 drivers with at least 3 events under their belts.
Jason Bucki 2971, Matt Underhill 2962, Bruce Hansen 2925, Brian Peters 2916, Ron Bistrais 2916, Jay Balducci 2882, David Webb 2877, Dave Bahl 2798, Scott Urich 2780
All but Bruce are entered in this last event, so look for some tight racing in this class on Saturday.
CAM-C has 2 drivers in a battle for first, Trevor Drake 2818 and Patrick Sullivan right behind with 2790.
Our largest and closest battled class is CAM-T with 15 drivers having at least 3 events under their belts by the end of Saturday.
Lance Hamilton 2938, Mike Hitt 2931, Mat Leon 2879, Chris Hall 2854, Michael Jakubowski 2775, Juan Leal 2770, Erik Gagnon 2710, Donny Lofstrom 2687, Sean Fowler 2685, Amanda Hitt 2649, James Wolter 2543
Most of these drivers are running in Group B on Saturday, look for a lot of math to be done in between runs for drivers to see where they currently stand.
DS is another well attended class with 6 drivers having at least 3 events in.
Morgan Lee has a strong hold on first with 3,000 points, but will be missing this event. Steve Ashcraft is in 2nd with 2834 points but will likely also miss this event. Tanner Nolen is in 3rd with 2812, Chris Simons 2789, Mat Penny 2754, and Danielle Simons 2644 points. Drops will likely determine the final finishing order in this class.
FS has 3 drivers in the hunt, Craig Borger 2989, James Harris 2931 and Dan Hawrylkiw with 1996 in just 2 events. This one will be tight once Dan gets his 3rd event in Saturday.
STS has 3 drivers in the hunt as well, Brent McCune 2978, Jorge Rios 2927 and Kevin Rasmussen 2919.
And lastly XP, John Harvell leasd with 2965 and is right behind with Jason Jarvie 2952.
Good luck to all of the drivers in each of your classes and thanks to all for supporting our spring series so well.
I have finished assigning Grid #s and work assignments for Event #4 on April 15.
Please review your registration info on the Attendee page and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I think I spread all of the co-driven cars out far enough but please double check.
We have a very full event once again with over 30 people on the waitlist to get in so please...if you do not think you will make this event cancel as early as you can so we can confirm others on the waitlist to get in.
And remember, if you have guests that intend on coming that are not on the confirmed guest list on the attendee page, they will not be allowed to come onsite. Registration will be checking in drivers and guests right after waivers check in and turning away anyone not on the attendee list.
Dave Schotz's Boss Mustang sounds like a good fit...
I have used RIck Alvaraz and Mobile Tire Installers several times now and they are my go to guys for tire mounting.
https://www.facebook.com/MobileTireInstallers(480) firstname.lastname@example.orgHe comes out of the San Tan Valley so can have somewhat of a hefty trip charge to the NW Valley unless you can schedule it when he is already coming to somewhere near you.
20 hours ago, smeyers said:
Regarding #7 about improving the waitlist, I recall sometimes when I try to register, and the Group I ask for is full, I go to the waitlist. In limbo. So I have to email Lance to get released from Waitlist Jail. I’m just stuck.
And, becomes very awkward because I am confused about how to then register my wife, Glenda. What if we can’t later get the same Group, once I get unstuck?
What I’d really like to have happen is get tossed back out with a message like “That Group is full, please select another”.
Is that possible, please?
If I made that change Scott, nobody would get waitlisted... Basically I can turn the option to waitlist on or off. What happens to you when you describe the above is the group you chose has an open spot when you chose it, but someone else took it before you finished checking out. There isn't much I can do about that when 80-100 people are all trying to register at the same time. What I have thought about doing is lowering the available slots from 35 to say 30 drivers per group initially. This would make groups fill up and sell out faster, but it would leave me some leeway to make adjustments to registrations to clean up issues like you mention such as co-drivers not getting in the same group. I did this a little bit for the March events because we wanted to give preference to those that were trying to register for both days and it worked okay, but was way more work for me on this end. Really, I think I've been pretty good about working out getting co-drivers switched around post registration and I think I'd rather handle that after the fact vs trying to come up with a way to prevent it beforehand.
Another remedy is you can cancel your waitlisted registration and start over by choosing another group.
Here was my 47.795 good enough for 2nd place in class on Sunday
And Patrick's 48.035
Couple of fun courses this weekend, hard on equipment and tires, but fun once you got it right.
Here was my 45.283 from Saturday.
After some coaching from Brian Peters I ran a 44.551 in Time Onlys but had GoPro battery issues so no video of it.
And here is my Co-driver Patrick's 44.861 from Saturday
On 2/23/2023 at 2:09 PM, Manfred said:
A long time ago I started autocrossing around the same time as this other guy. We both started on crappy all seasons. The battle between us to win the novice category for the season was really close, so he ran out and bought some good tires. First time out on them, he beat me by a lot. Second time out, he beat me by a little. Third time, I was slightly ahead(!).
The problem is that good tires mask mistakes. You can develop all kinds of bad habits, and the good tires will make those habits feel "fast," but they won't be. Until you have the fundamentals down, your talent will greatly benefit from a tire that makes it very clear when you make a mistake.
I wanna temper this advice: you are (hopefully? probably?) here to have fun. So make sure what you choose sounds fun! For me, levelling up my talent was "fun" and a huge reason why I got invested in the sport; I was willing to grind a few seasons on crappy tires to learn more. That doesn't have to be you if you just wanna have fun with cars.
My learning story was similar only I was in a woefully horrible car and was picking up take off A7s (Hoosier Slicks) to try to be fast on my first year. Several veterans gave me the same advice, sticky tires just help bed in the bad habits I was learning. My second season I switched to a traditional 200 TW tire (Falken 615s at the time, decent but nowhere near as fast as the Rivals) and devoted that year to just driving the car, hitting schools and honing my craft. By the end of that season I was running with the guys on the fast tires and even brought home a third place trophy from Nationals the first time the CAM class ran there... On slower tires than everyone else was running.
Eh, I'll put you in T. We'll only start protesting you once you start winning... 😄
52 minutes ago, Eric Evans said:
I am running a '67 Chevelle in CAM-S.
Nice! 67 Chevelle should be CAM T, want me to change that for you?
Happy to have yet another muscle car in our Region...
42 minutes ago, Ron Brown said:
First time was a blast and also frustrating. Need to learn when to push and when not to. Also need to do better learning the course. Walked it 3 times (with a map). Your perspective in car at speed is alot different. I did learn engine braking is not your friend! (apparently I also need to learn how to post a video. File too big)
Glad you had fun Ron! What most of us do with videos is upload them to YouTube then post the YouTube link here.
Man that was a great driver's course wasn't it? One had to get everything just right to be fast yet it never felt really punitive either, great job Bill!!
I'm going to post 2 videos, this first one was my 4th run and I hit a cone early in the slalom so I turned on "send it" mode just to see how my car would react. It was my fastest raw of the day at 43.173.
I liked how the car stayed under me but I knew I had to clean it up on my 5th. The 5th run I went left entering the slalom just to slow me down and it really helped me get my rhythm in the slalom. I still screwed a couple other places up though that cost me time, one of these days I'll put a whole good run together and get back up there with the fast drivers.
Overall super fun day.
Go Chiefs today!!!
Group C is sold out, if you want me to move you to another group I can.
Great job everyone getting this event in considering the wet conditions. Special kudos to equipment setup, waiver and tech staff that did the majority of their work in a soaking rain. You all ROCK!! Event Chairs were great being flexible with the conditions and it looked like we were on track to be done on time even with 5 runs each during Comp Groups. Very impressive!!
Here was my 49.355, the GoPro didn't record my 49.158 fast lap.
And just for fun, here was Juan trying to learn how to drive my car, in the wet, having never even sat in the driver's seat before. He did fantastic!!
I assure all of you I had a blast racing this day...
A little of what you should do along with one instance of what you should not do... lol...
The Steering committee is monitoring the impending weather closely and today the decision was made to cancel Monday's MLK Day road course event. As much as we all wanted to host and drive in the event, the safety and consideration for our workers and drivers is more important. The rain slick conditions were not the only thing considered when making this decision, course workers having to stand in (and run in) mud for a couple of hours, cars getting stuck in the mud after an off with no way to properly extract them, and the possibility of a bunch of no shows the morning of leaving not enough workers to safely conduct the event were also factors in the final decision. An event like this involves so much more than a regular autocross and we wanted our first one to be done right. Hopefully we can reschedule it for sometime later this year.
Sunday's normal Spring Event 1 on the skid pad will still be held even if it rains. Close lightening or a full all day washout are the only weather related events that will cause it to be canceled. We'll adjust a few things to prepare for rain, like using yellow crayons to mark cone placement and some sort of protection for the timing lights. We will also most likely have registration set up inside the tents on site if they are available to ease with checking in if it's raining. For everything else, please be prepared to do your normal raceday stuff in wet conditions.
Bring extra dry socks and shoes to change into after working, bring hats and ponchos to keep rain off of you, and a couple towels to help dry yourself and your car off if necessary are a good idea as well. As far as when driving, just concentrate on slowing everything down, all inputs have to be much softer, throttle, brakes, and steering wheel need to be treated with care when racing in the wet. It can be a LOT of fun to race in the rain, I've done my fair share of it in the Midwest and I kind of enjoy it to be honest.
There's also a pretty good chance that there won't be that much rain at all so all of this might be for not. Either way...lets have a great day of racing on Sunday!!
On 12/29/2022 at 4:27 PM, JasonT1124 said:
It's a bit of hike for me (east Mesa), but I'll plan to be there. Thanks for being so welcoming to a newbie!
So, was this the satin black early Mustang that made it to the Tech day?
If so sorry I didn't get a chance to talk with you or spend much time looking at it (I was kinda busy). Some of the other muscle car guys said it's a pretty nice ride though. Can't wait to look it over a bit closer.
I like to wear my Tilley hat and a poncho and some shoes that can get wet while working a wet event. It's handy to have a dry pair of shoes and socks with you as well as some dry towels for when you get out of any weather. Typically umbrellas are not allowed out on course at any time as you need to be able to move quick and we can't have an unattended umbrellas blowing across the course during a run.
Regarding car prep, make sure your wipers are in good shape and that your defroster works. Good thing about the defroster is it also activates the AC compressor which takes power away which can be a good thing in the wet.
59 minutes ago, ziemsj01 said:
I expect a whole lot of folks are now thinking how they can get into an "office" like that.
Next time it might be fun to record stats from the weighing. Maybe even had awards for heaviest, lightest, most perfectly balanced, weirdest balanced.
I tried to make every driver take pics of their weights with and without driver...but recording them might be fun also next time.
We weighed a Cadillac (ATS I think?) late in the day at 3900+ without driver and believe he was the heaviest of the day. That newer Challenger would have been a contender as I think they are over 4,000 but he didn't weigh.
Several cars were in the 2700s...the 280Z may have been the lightest I think. My biggest surprise was the Banana, Andy's Fox Wagon. It was like 3300 sans driver, pretty close to what Mat's White Monte weighs. Thought it would be much heavier for some reason. I also saw several cars with 60+ % on the front... and several with 60+% on the rear... And I thought my 57% on the nose was bad...
Video of some of the cars lined up to get teched...
16 minutes ago, DYoung said:
Thanks so much for hosting this event Lance! What a great man-cave you have!
Thanks Dave...I assume you are talking about my "office"? 😄
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Think it'll pass sound? Can't wait to see it in person...