(RIGH T) David Marcus sees much of the success heexperiences today in B Street as a byproduct of earlyluck doubled with a constant desire to improve.
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When David began autocrossing, hebarely knew the basics. Years later,he seems to have a handle on things.
trophy collection that spans four classesand includes National Championshipjackets in 2015 (STX) and 2019 (BS).
David has accomplished all of this
without knowing much before he did it.
“I just jumped in it and drove it as is,” he
says of that first year in C Stock (now C
Street). “The Miata had adjustable shocks on
it – I never touched them in the two years that
I competed in the car. I wouldn’t have even
known what rebound and compression were
at that time. So, I just got in it and drove.”
The way David tells it, not only is he not
a lifelong car enthusiast or someone who
understands whizbang suspension goodies, but
he’s also not a natural talent behind the wheel.
“I feel like I’ve been very lucky in this sport,” heconfesses. So, I dig for his secret because, honestly,it’s impossible to chalk up a 90-percent trophyrate at the Solo National Championships to luck.
Soon, the truth emerges: “I’ve put in a lotof hard work,” he says. “I don’t know that I wasblessed with natural talent, and I didn’t go go-karting as a kid, so for me it’s all just been work.
Not in a bad way, but I’ve put in a lot of effort.
“I still go to autocross schools,” he reveals.
“I went to one a few years ago and everybody’slike, ‘Oh, you’re going to teach?’ I’m like, no,I’m going to learn, because I just feel like I’mnever done learning. To this day, I put in work.
“But the lucky part,” he continues, “is that
I did well early on. I know some people whose
results don’t match their skill level. It could be
they have a class that’s really deep with talent,
and then they have bad luck early on and
I think that dissuades them, makes them doubt
themselves. I think I had good luck early on and
that helped me, because I truly believed in myself.”
And it was quite possibly that confidence
that led David down another road.
“It was maybe a year, year and a half
in, that I designed my first autocross
course,” he says. “Course design seems
like a little bit of an art form.”
The intention of that first event, David
explains, was to show up and assist in course
setup. To slowly learn the ranks. But things
changed. “We were the only ones who showed
up,” David says, “so the president of the club
said, ‘Well, here are the cones. Go ahead
and set something up.’ We didn’t know what
we were doing. We didn’t come to design a
course; we came to help lay the cones down.”
The course, David says, turned out
pretty decent. And that course design led
to another and another, and eventually
he found himself designing the course
for a Solo Championship Tour.
“At the Spring Nationals [at Lincoln Airpark],they usually use last year’s Solo Nationalscourses in reverse, but last year they decidedthey wanted to do new courses,” he explains.
“So SCCA put out the word that they were
looking for course designers. Darrin saw it first
and said, ‘Dave, I know you want to do this.’
So, I immediately wrote to Howard Duncan
at the SCCA, and they picked me to design
the Spring Nationals East Course last year. It
turned out well and a lot of people liked it.”
Every year, the SCCA also searches for
designers for the Solo National Championships.
“I was like, I’ll put my name in the hat,” David
says in his nonchalant way, “and they picked me.”
The truth is, David had been applying
to design a course for the Solo National
Championships for a few years, but it wasn’t
until 2020 that his name came up. When asked
if he’d like to do more, perhaps expand his role
into other specialties, the answer comes quick.
“No,” he shoots back. The truth is, heexplains, he’s helped run events both locallyand Nationally, but it tends to distract him
“I still go to autocross schools…I justfeel like I’m never done learning.
To this day, I put in work”