Dixie Region Solo 2016 Event #2
Ah, February -- the month of love...AND MORE CONE CARVING! Join us at South Georgia Motorsports Park in
Cecil, Georgia, as Dixie Region SCCA hosts Dixie Points Event #02 for 2016. With the 2016 Tire Rack Dixie
Championship Tour right around the corner, our event this month provides an excellent opportunity for anyone
looking to gain some additional seat-time at a fantastic site.
Pre-Register now and pre-pay to forego the $5 On-Site Registration Fee.
2016 PAX/RTP Factors
PAX can best be described as a relative index for Solo, much the same way a handicap rating is given in the game of golf.
PAX indexes are based on results from over 500 Solo events around the country in 2015, including the SCCA National Championships.
How strong a class performs compared to all the other classes represented determines
the PAX indexes. A Mod is considered the fastest class and has a PAX of 1.00. All other
PAX indexes are a percentage of that. The 2015 PAX/RTP are calculated by
Rick Ruth here.
2015 Dixie Region Turkey Shootout Recap
As the clocks rolled backward, Dixie Region moved forward in anticipation
for a day filled with fun, excitement, and suspense. An accelerated schedule
meant an even earlier start for competitors. Event Staff Crew led by Rookie
Event Chair Aaron Kemmer arrived on-site in preparation for an action packed-day.
Despite the ominous clouds that surrounded the site and scattered rain that dampened the course, preparations continued.
Thirty-four (34) Entrants took to the course during morning runs with five attempts each to
try and win the class. At the end of Competitive Runs, almost 200 successful timed runs were
recorded. These runs would encompass the Dixie Points Event for the day. Breaking for lunch,
a sudden downpour fell upon the Course as both racers and corner workers ran for cover to try and gain some respite from the weather.
As the break drew to an end, the skies around Spence Field began to clear and three Shootout
Brackets were seeded. Twenty-four (24) total competitors were invited to compete in the Turkey
Shootout Bonus, Club, and Super Brackets. The Top 8 PAX Competitors were invited to participate
in the Super Shootout, followed by 9-16 in the Club Shootout, and 17-20 plus 4 random draws in the Bonus Shootout.
All three brackets offered some tight racing and close calls. Winning the Bonus Shootout by a margin
of 0.235 seconds (after also having previously won the Novice Class earlier in the morning) was Ernesto
Boasque in his G-Street #11 Volkswagen GTI. The Club Shootout was determined by an even narrower margin
of 0.172 seconds and won by Brantley Herman who was competing in only his second Autocross Event EVER
in the borrowed STR #38 Honda S2000 owned by Nathan Gordon.
The Super Shootout got underway and the top guns battled it out. Some fast and exciting racing came to an
exciting finale pitting Brian Meyers in the F-Street #85 Ford Mustang GT against Mark Canekeratne in the
D-Street Prepared #22 BMW 330ci. Tensions rose and murmurs from the crowd grew as a prelude to the upcoming
Dixie Allies vs. Axis Solo Event next month pitted an Allied car against that of an Axis Power.
Mark drove through the lights with a blazing time of 35.333 as Brian began his assault on the course
for the deciding run of the Super Shootout. Brian ended the run with tire smoke and
screeching as his Mustang spun through the finish with a scratch time of 35.878 plus four cones, allowing Mark to claim victory in the Super Shootout.
2015 Solo Nationals Recap
September 2015 - Click here for a debrief of Dixie's representation at Nationals. Co-authored by JD Kemp and Robert Ippolito.
2015 Tire Rack SCCA Georgia Match Tour Recap
June 2015 - Under a sweltering sun, the first day of the Georgia Match Tour was marked by lots of grip and lots of cones. With 134 competitors and roughly 10000x as many gnats, our day one class champions were crowned. More at Solo Matters. Results posted here
2014 Solo Class Champions Announced
at Dixie Annual Awards Banquet
January 2015 - Class Champions for the 2014 Dixie Solo season were announced at the January 12th awards banquet.
Top honor of 2014 Driver of the Year goes to Jamie Bell (pictured at right wirh Bryan Batchelor) for winning the most points during the 2014 season in the ESP Class.
The Member of the Year was awarded to Robert Lewis (pictured at left with Steve Seymore) for his dedication and tremendous volunteer work for the club.
The Worker of the Year went to Terry Nitti, Jr. (pictured at right with Steve Seymore, RE) for his extraordinary contributions to Dixie Region.
There were several gag awards handed out as well. Many thanks to Steve Seymore for coordinating the annual banquet, and to his wife, Deborah, for the room arrangements at Sittig Hall.
Novice Driver School Great Success
September 2014 A big thank you to everyone who attended the Dixie Region 2014 Solo Novice Driver School held on Saturday September 27th at Spence Field in Moultrie, GA. Sixteen novice drivers attended the school with a terrific 2:1 driver to instructor ratio. A short drivers meeting and course instruction started the day with plenty of time to practice with or without an instructor. Lunch was provided then a shorter course in the afternoon to reduce the wait time in grid. Dixie plans to hold another school in 2015 around the same time of the year. No worries if you missed the Novice School this year, Dixie Region has a Novice Class at all local Solo events and holds a Novice Walk Thru the course prior to the driver meeting. An instructor or two is usually roaming grid to ride along with anyone looking for some tips or help from a Dixie veteran. Dixie Region prides itself on going out of its way to welcome newcomers and participate in the fun at Solo events. Many thanks to all the instructor volunteers and the Novice class attendees.
Tracy Lewis CPL Champion at
2014 SCCA Solo National Championship
September 2014 Congratulations to Tracy Lewis who brought home the CPL class National Championship from Lincoln, Nebraska in the Lewis Racing Sledgehammer Mustang. Several other Dixie Region members attended the Championship event. Robert Lewis and Russ Clark also picked up trophies in the CP class.
Prepay and Register Online, Save $5
Reminder: Save five bucks by prepaying and registering online for all Dixie Region sanctioned events. It also helps everyone speed through registration check-in the day of the event. Its fast, easy, and means we can get started earlier and offer more seat time for everyone. You can find all the 2014 Solo dates and locations on the Event Schedule page. The REGISTER ONLINE link will take you to the MotorsportReg website to prepay and register online. Do it!
Car Numbers and Class Letters
Lately there has been some discussion about displaying car numbers and class letters on cars for our local Dixie Solo events. Bottom line is your car needs to be appropriately numbered and lettered with your class so the grid, starter, workers and timing and scoring can read them. This helps keep the event moving along which translates into more seat time. Some use reusable vinyl magnets, shoe polish, masking tape, reusable static cling vinyl (for plastic cars panels), or permanent adhesive number/letter decals. The SCCA rulebook spells it out in Section 3.7 VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION: “All vehicles must display numbers and class letters on both sides (of the car), which must be readable by Timing and Scoring, Course, and Grid workers at all times.” The rules go on to explain the “numbers and letters must be a minimum of 8” high with a 1.25” stroke. Class letters must be a minimum of 4” high with a 0.75 stroke. In all cases, the height of the class letters must be between 25% and 75% of the height of the numbers.”
For most of us the convenient numbering system is with reusable flexible vinyl magnets. You can make your own or purchase them. To make your own simply purchase flexible magnetic vinyl sign material online or from a local sign shop. In Tallahassee, many of us go to Apogee Signs. Apogee applied the large decals to the new Dixie orange trailer. The magnetic vinyl material is usually sold in 24” wide sheets by the foot. One or two feet will be plenty to make a set of numbers and letters at a cost of about $10 to $20. The standard color is white but is available in a rainbow of colors for an extra cost depending on the supplier. Or scuff up the white vinyl magnet material with Scotch Bright pad and paint it any color with some spray paint for plastic. Vinyl magnetic material is sold in various thicknesses – thin (0.020”), medium (0.030”) and thick (0.060”). Thin is best used for refrigerator magnets and too light for car numbers. Thick can be too heavy and tends to fall or blow off the door. Medium thickness (0.030” or 1/32”) is best for car number and letter use.
If you’d rather keep things simple and purchase decals online look no further than SPS Solotime. SPS offers an assortment of number and letter materials in all sorts of combinations, colors, sizes, and fonts.
So keep your car numbered and lettered well enough for all to see and help keep events rolling along.