On April 14th, racing enthusiasts in and around Raleigh will want to head over to the Cary Towne Center for an all-day autocross racing event! Hosted by the Tarheel Sport Car Club, the THSCC Points Autocross #2 is fun for both spectators and racers alike.
What Is Autocross Racing?
Unlike most competitive racing sports, autocross is not about beating other racers at once, it’s about beating the clock on a precision-testing course. A course is designed or laid out, typically in a large, open parking lot or unused airstrip. Orange road cones mark the course, and to check for cone movement, each one is outlined in chalk so it’s clear to see where the original placement of the cone was.
Each driver takes to the track individually with the goal of getting the fastest time while maneuvering the course cleanly. If a driver hits a cone or misses a section of the course, he or she may get a time penalty.
What Kinds of Vehicles Will Be Racing?
At the THSCC Points Autocross #2, all types of vehicles will be represented! Unlike many racing events, autocross allows virtually every car, from stock street vehicles to open-wheeled Formula-style race cars. For safety, vehicles with a roll-over risk like SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans are not allowed on autocross tracks. Otherwise, from Fiats, BMWs, Ferraris, and everything in between may be racing!
It is important to know that if you plan on racing, your must pass a tech inspection and should meet the following guidelines:
- No cord should be showing on your tires
- There should be no leaks or strange noises
- Brakes, exhaust, and suspension should all be in excellent working order
- Battery isn’t loose
Registering to Race
Whether you’re a seasoned racer or you want to hit the track for the first time, the Cary Towne Center venue is a great opportunity in a convenient location. If you would like to register, visit the Tarheel Sports Car Club online and learn more about the event, how to choose your vehicle class, and get some tips, whether your a novice or experienced.
Early registration is $35 and closes at midnight on April 10, 2019. Late registration is open from midnight on April 10, 2019 until 8:30 AM on April 14, 2019.
What to Expect on Race Day
The gates open at the track at 7:30 AM, and the earlier you arrive, the more time you have to prepare. If you’re new to racing, the mandatory novice walk starts at 8:45 A.M, and the first run starts at 10.
Whether you’re racing or watching, get ready to make a day of it! Bring a cooler with drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and anything you may need to make the day more comfortable.
Triangle Imports Is Taking to the Track
We’re excited to join in the race by sponsoring Landon Tallent and Sam Williams, both driving blue BMW 335s. We’re looking forward to seeing how they’ll perform on the track. Triangle Imports owner, Matt O’Rourke, will be at the track that day to cheer on the Triangle Imports’ cars but will also be enjoying watching how every car performs.
We hope you get the opportunity to come out, either as a racer or a spectator. Autocross is one of the most accessible ways to be involved in motorsports and can be a blast for the whole family!
Contact Triangle Imports to Get Your Car Race Ready
If you have an import you want to enter in the THSCC Points Autocross #2 race, get it track ready first! We are experts in repairing, servicing, and maintaining luxury and foreign vehicles and can help you improve your driving experience. Call us today at (919) 828-7900 or fill out our contact form below to get in touch with our team.