38 SEPTEMBER 2019 scca.com
IN THE DIRT
Dirtfish Rally School teaches us, and other SCCA members,
a lesson or two | WORDS Jeff Zurschmeide | IMAGE Joshua Sikora
Any athlete can tell you about he benefits of cross-training. The more versatile you
can be, the better you’ll be in your
specialty. That even holds true when
driving a racecar. Learning a new set
of skills gives context to the things
you’re already doing, and you might
add a new trick to your toolbox.
To test this theory, we headed to
the Pacific Northwest for a one-day
training session at the DirtFish Rally
School. The school is located about an
hour from Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport in sleepy Snoqualmie, Wash.
A repurposed lumber processing
facility provides plenty of space to
practice without fear of mistakes.
DirtFish, which is largely involved in
SCCA and its RallyCross program, offers
one-, two-, and three-day classes with
the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ and
the all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX STI. We
requested DirtFish sign us up for the
BRZ course because this car’s layout
and performance capabilities are similar
to many common in autocross and road
racing cars, not to mention the fact that
the rear-drive RallyCross classes are
quite popular and exciting to watch.