The Goodguys autocross is a motorsport that highlights safe competition and energetic involvement. Like most autocross events, the Goodguys event is a timed competition in which drivers navigate, one at a time, through a defined course on a paved surface. The sport is different from road racing and oval racing because only one car is on the track at a time. Racers are against the clock rather than other drivers. The competition is entry-level and provides a stepping stone for those looking to compete in other forms of racing (rally and circuit to name a few).
Goodguys autocross courses are typically one to two kilometers in length and put lots of stress of the suspension and acceleration parts of a vehicle. Handling and driver skill are more important than engine power and speed. Courses marked by cones and can be setup and torn down in a matter of minutes.
The typical sanctioning body for autocross events is the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association. Events are held on flat surfaces, generally parking lots or airport tarmacs, and allow for faced passed action that does not exceed highway speeds.
To get involved, simply visit Goodguys.com and sign-up for an upcoming event. Bring your vehicle to the show and participate in the free track laid out in cones. You’ll likely want to drive the course slowly, taking it easy the first time around. There’s no need to break any parts while learning, so take it calm and observe how your car performs. It’s all about keeping the tires planted and accelerating through the turns.
The Goodguys autocross is split-up between 5 classes; each class gives drivers a better opportunity to win based on their car’s year/make/model. The fifth All American Sunday Late Models, is only held on Sunday competitions. Here are the 4 main classes:
Here is the schedule for the remainder of the 2013 season: