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Go through anything on the car, make sure everything looks safe and not worn or broken

Whatever you bring to the track in the car, make sure that you can take it out and store it in something, maybe bring a tupperware container to hold your CDs or nonsense
make sure that you don't have anything that can roll around or fall over and get lodged anywhere

add tire pressure, at least 5-10lbs over recommended, If you have something to mark the sidewall of the tire, you can check how much of the markings have been removed to check rollover that way you can see if you need to add more air pressure.

to clarify on the battery, make sure there is an actual battery hold down and that it's working properly.

someone should have a helmet for you to borrow, and someone should have a window marker to put your numbers on, but you might not want to count on them

but, most of the time, you'll either be sitting around waiting, or you'll be working the course. bring water, maybe a snack, and a folding chair.
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someone should have a window marker to put your numbers on, but you might not want to count on them

I use painter's tape to do the numbers on the doors, as the windows will be down the whole day.
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1. Put on clothes you would typically wear on a hot day. Run in place, in your shower, with cold water cascading down on you, and sporadically bend over and pick up something. Do this for 1 hour.

2. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

3. Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face. Leave the ice on your face until it melts. Let it drip into your clothes.

4. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

5. Put on clothes you would typically wear on a cold day. Go to a steel plant and run in place next to the smelter and sporadically bend over and pick something up. Do this for 1 hour.

6. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

7. Got to a tanning salon and get a good sunburn on your face. Then, put your face in front of a fan, turn the fan on, and throw sand into the back of it.

8. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

9. Crawl under your car and sporadically drop nuts and bolts, hot oil, grease, and old rubber hoses on your face. Scrape a hose clamp across your knuckles.

10. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

11. Pour oil and anti-freeze all over your body, put sunscreen in your eyes, and stand in the sun for 1 hour.

12. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

13. Don't drink any liquid for 12 hours. Then quickly drink 4 cans of beer.

14. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

15. Drink 3 cups of coffee and wait 6 hours before going to the bathroom at the worst gas station you can find.

16. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

17. Push your car up and down the block 3 times wearing your helmet with the visor down. Intentionally "forget" that your e-brake is engaged.

18. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

19. Find a highway construction area and run over every orange cone you can see. Then get out, walk back, and put every cone back in its place while arguing with each construction worker you encounter.

20. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

21. Get up at 4:00am and drive in heavy traffic for five hours - anywhere - towing your race car.

22. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

23. Push a small bucket over your head before you go to bed each night.

24. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

25. If you wear glasses, begin wearing them with glue smeared on the lenses. Sporadically pop one of the lenses out and scrape it on the ground.

26. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

27. Buy a new pair of driving gloves or shoes and immediately throw one away.

28. Throw $30 away right now (club members throw away $25).

29. Slam your thumb in a car door. Take a short length of 2" round pipe and bash yourself in the head with it. Run over your foot with your car. Periodically stumble and fall.

30. Repeat all of the above every Sunday until it's time for the real thing.
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Take all the junk out of the car.
Ask to ride in somebody's car!!!
Ask instructor to ride with you!
Fill the air to 45-40 psi in the front and 40 in the rear, if your tires can take it.


This is with 43psi in the front Nitto Neo Gen tires.

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I use BLUE painter's tape to do the numbers on the doors, as the windows will be down the whole day.

Fixed, buy a roll, 2" stuff is best.
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Take all the junk out of the car.
Ask to ride in somebody's car!!!
Ask instructor to ride with you!
Fill the air to 45-40 psi in the front and 40 in the rear, if your tires can take it.


This is with 43psi in the front Nitto Neo Gen tires.


43 wasn't enough.
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OP, if it's an SCCA-sanctioned event, go really early, and attend the Novice meeting and walk thru. The walk-thrus are divided up into RWD and WWD, walk with the appropriate one. If you are AWD, ask ahead for time who to walk with, then pick his brains with as many questions as he'll take. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS, and always listen. Be respectful. Try to ride with as many others as will have you, especially the ones with the same WD as you.  (yes, I know you're WWD, but I don't want to rewrite this)Q  As asa said, get instructors to ride with you if they can (even if it's just experienced club guys), they will be invaluable.

Your first runs are basically reconnaissance runs, to learn the course and apex points. Your goal is to improve each time, and go as fats as you personally can. You are really only racing yourself, so relaxe and enjoy, and learn.
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Fixed, buy a roll, 2" stuff is best.

Thats exactly what I use.
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SUNSCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other than that just have fun and don't worry about looking like noob. We all hit cones and spin out at times. I took out a whole wall of cones at my last event on the last run trying to get that last tenth and win my class.
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SUNSCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other than that just have fun and don't worry about looking like noob. We all hit cones and spin out at times. I took out a whole wall of cones at my last event on the last run trying to get that last tenth and win my class.

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If i designed a student driver car I would incorporate rubber airbags that squeak like a dog toy when you brake or punch the throttle...

The goal i guess would be to minimize the noise/encourage smooth driving plus it would be funny...
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My brakes are... a little mushy to say the least. Hopeful guess: just some air in the lines and I need to bleed them. Next guess: leak inside the master cylinder. How firm does the pedal need to be?.

Why the fuck are you going to autocross your car without fixing your fucking brakes first? What the fuck is the matter with you?
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Why the fuck are you going to autocross your car without fixing your fucking brakes first? What the fuck is the matter with you?

I haven't had a chance to work on them, and I have to use someone else's place and tools to work on my car or drive 4.5 hours home to do it. My brakes work, just not as well as they should and they have shitty brake feel.
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I'll be driving a stock 2004 Mazda3. What tire pressure should I be running front/rear? Manufacturer recommended is 32 all around. During tech inspection they check for brake pedal firmness. My brakes are... a little mushy to say the least. Hopeful guess: just some air in the lines and I need to bleed them. Next guess: leak inside the master cylinder. How firm does the pedal need to be?

Any other advice welcome..
Basically, you want the car to be in top form, although they'll probably let you in as long as it's not egregiously unsafe.

Fix the brake issue. You should do this regardless of whether or not you're competing in autocrosses. If it really is a master cylinder, that's a major safety problem waiting to happen.

Fix anything else that could be perceived as unsafe.

Any play or slop to the suspension or wheel bearings? Jack up each corner, grasp the wheel firmly and give the wheel a tug side to side and up and down. If there's any perceptible play, diagnose and fix the problem as needed.

Do you have the stock battery box and tie down? (My 2011 Mazda3 completely encloses the battery - I assume yours does too). If not, source and install suitable replacements. This is big with my club. You absolutely can't run if you don't have the appropriate battery tie down.

I assume your car has a drive by wire throttle, but if not, make sure that the throttle body opens and closes all the way without sticking. This is another deal breaker for my club.

Make sure your tires are in good condition with some tread remaining. If you wear them through to the cord during the event, you're done. Make sure that's not going to happen. For novices, a couple PSI over the stock recommended pressure is generally appropriate.

Make sure you don't have any fluid leaks. Seeping oil seals are OK, but anything that would leave drips or puddles is severely frowned upon. How strict they are about this will vary at an autocross.
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