MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH
From claiming, among other things, a third and a pairof fifths in a C5 Corvette (as seen on the opening pagesof this story), fifth-, sixth-, and eighth-place finishes in anMR2 Spyder (LEFT), and sixth place in a 370Z (BELOW),Paul Brown has earned himself an impressive 83-percenttrophy rate at the Tire Rack Solo National Championships.
His win rate, however, could be mistaken for a goose egg.
they’re doing, then learn waytoo late that their expertisedoesn’t extend to autocross.
Oh, but don’t stop there.
To make defeat truly sting,discover the problem with thesetup with enough time to applya fix, but then have an over-dogcar get tossed into your class.
Torque is overrated, they say.
Pro Tip: This one is good enoughto keep you out of the trophies,too, not just off the top step.
This next option has tobe applied carefully, as onefalse move can result in aNational Championship: Picka good car, set it up well,and drive it well, but pick aninexpensive class where thosewith boatloads of talent but
About the author:
Paul Brown (BELOW) has attendedevery SCCA Solo NationalChampionships since 1985. Inthat time, he has competed innine different classes and scored
29 trophy finishes, none of whichhave the solitary number “1”on them. He does, however, owna spectacular collection of 11trophies with the numbers “ 2”and “ 3” inscribed on them.
limited resources can afford topresent a properly preparedcar. Apropos of nothing, thelist of champions in E Stock isanother who’s who of Solo.
So far, you’ve succeeded inavoiding the stigma of a winand obtaining one of thoseembarrassing “SCCA NationalChampion” jackets – nowlet’s keep the streak going.
Hop into a car that’sthe polar opposite of whatyou’ve been driving for theprevious decade. No moreputting down all the poweryou have in a small car – let’sgo big on power and overalldimensions. A car that hatesputting that power down isa big bonus. The fact that itresponds completely differentlyto damping changes than theprevious cars can only help.
OK, now we’re on a roll.
When R-compounds weretossed and Stock became Street,pick a car that should do well withthe 200 UTQG rule. However,make sure you fail to notice asuspension binding issue andyou’ve made it past another year.
Yes, there are a lot ofapproaches to avoiding that firstwin, but these should help youon your quest. I’ve applied allyou’ve read – and more. But ifyou ever feel down about yourstreak of near misses, keep inmind that there are a lot ofdrivers who haven’t won, soyou’re in great company.
Want to try you handat equaling – orbettering – author PaulBrown’s record at theTire Rack Solo NationalChampionships? Registrationfor the 2020 Solo Nationals,which takes place Sept. 7-11in Lincoln, Neb., is nowopen for all participants.
Assuming the event hasn’treached its entry cap (as ithas done several times in thepast), head to scca.com/solonats now to reserve yourspace at this winner-takes-allmega event that routinelysees in excess of 1,000autocrossers descend onLincoln Airpark for a weekof fun and competition.
“If you pick a good car but make a major setup mistake,that’s an exceptional way to keep you from the top”