20 JANUARY 2019 scca.com
But nothing is flawless.
“Indianola’s Memorial Balloon
Field looked picturesque, but
drivers would learn that looks
can be deceiving,” recalls Stock
Rear Wheel Drive competitor
Larry Smith. “The trouble
began with Friday’s ‘fun run,’
which typically offers a chance
to learn the conditions – but
some drivers were forced to
climb out of the course in reverse
as they struggled just to finish
the mud-covered track.”
The problem, however,
was somewhat limited, and
once the competition began,
it was business as usual.
By the time the flying dirt
settled, some 119 competitors
had wound their way through
three distinct courses over two
days of competition, making 10
runs each. The narrowest margin
of victory came in Prepared Front
Wheel Drive with just 0.635sec
separating the top two after
they had each logged more
than eight minutes at speed on
course. The largest margin of
victory, meanwhile, came in the
newest class, Constructors 2WD.
While the Constructors class
didn’t attract the masses, it’s a
builder class in its infancy, so a
small turnout was anticipated.
As for that dramatic finish we
mentioned at the beginning?
Well, you’ll want to read the Stock
Front Wheel Drive coverage
that follows. Just remember
that a cone penalty is worth
two seconds, so striking a cone
on your last run and losing the
National Championship by 1.9sec
has to sting. And it probably
stings even more when the
same thing happened to the
same driver the year before.
Motorsports can be harsh.
Before you jump into the event
coverage that follows, it should be
noted that planning for the 2019
DirtFish SCCA RallyCross season
is well underway, so head to scca.
com/rallycross for the latest news.
“ The narrowest margin
of victory came in
Prepared Front Wheel
Drive with just 0.635sec
separating the top two”
FIND THE LINE
Even with frost on the ground,
RallyCross competitors would not be
deterred from walking the course.