One usually expects our February rallycross events to be knee in snow and bitterly cold, but thanks to this unusual winter, we had a balmy 40 degree day.  This weather was a welcome break from January, where dangerous wind chills forced us to cancel the race.  The fine day allowed us to draw a crowd of 26 racers, despite it being Superbowl Sunday.  There was a diverse mix of cars, with a 35 year age gap between the newest car to the oldest.  We also had a good mix of veteran racers and new attendees.  As always, rallycross is a blast, no matter what car you’re bringing out or what your skill level is.

Five drivers took the field in Stock FWD, one being a surprise entry of a Toyota Prius!  From the first run of the day, Charles and Devin P resumed their constant father son battle for first place.  Devin took advantage or the extra HP of his RSX to open up roughly a second gap over his father on the morning course.  However, the tables turned quickly on the afternoon course, with Charles taking the lead by the second run.  It looked like there was chance that Devin was going to reclaim the lead, but he got out of sorts on his final run and tagged 5 cones at the finish line, cementing Charles in first place in class and 7th overall.  Andy L’s Prius was a crowd favorite as he blew all of our minds with how quick it was!  He had no hesitation in wheeling the car for all it was worth, only missing out on third place due to missed gate on his final run.

Subarus filled the Stock AWD class as usual and surprisingly, they all finished the day without breaking!  Things started off very close between Jay K and Hugh H, with only fractions of a second separating them.  Jay slowly opened up the gap on the second course, but a whopping four cones on his last run put his win in jeopardy.  All eyes were on Hugh but despite putting down the fastest run of the class, he couldn’t make up the difference.  In addition to taking first in class, Jay also captured 3rd overall.

Prepared FWD was a class of four drivers in two cars, pairing Dodge against Mitsubishi.  David C roared off to a large early lead and never looked back, taking first in class and sixth overall in his Neon SRT4.  There was more of a battle for second, between Cliff J (Neon SRT4) and Tristan S (Lancer).  Freshly disappointed with the news of not winning Cone Killer for the fifth straight year, Cliff got to work mowing down cones, hitting 7 cones just on the morning course.  All these penalties allowed Tristan to keep things close, but sadly the Lancer had to retire from the race prior to the afternoon course.  Cliff ended up with second, despite a healthy 15 cones for the day.

Prepared AWD was a class of one, allowing newcomer Anthony C to focus on improving his times without competition pressure.  He dropped significant time between his first and last runs on each course as he got the hang of rallycross.  He could be a driver to be reckoned with at future events.

Newcomer Vincent H put his bright pink Accord through its paces as the sole entry in Modified FWD.  For his first time rallycrossing, Vincent put down respectable times while also getting faster each time on course.  We hope we’ll see him back at future events!

We took a trip back to the ‘80’s in Modified RWD, with our competitors piloting an ’85 Porsche 944 and an ’81 Ford Mustang.  Things were looking good for Keegan S in his American muscle, opening up a 13 second gap over Steve M (Porsche) on the morning course.  Steve attacked the afternoon course with a vengeance, looking to redeem the Porsche’s reputation.  A gap of only 3 seconds kept Keegan in the lead with one run remaining for each driver.  Sadly, something failed in the read end of the Mustang, forcing Keegan to forfeit his last run and handing the win to Steve.

The Subarus (including one rebranded as a Saab) were out in force in Modified AWD.  The battle to watch was between Eric L and Aaron B.  Aaron was rocking a freshly built high compression engine, which allowed him to put significant pressure on Eric.  Aaron had a few struggles as he relearned the car with so much more power on tap, allowing Eric to take the first in class and first overall by a few seconds.  The remaining drivers were father son duos squaring off against each other.  Experience prevailed over youth for the day, with both fathers taking the wins over their sons.

We also had two drivers racing in our Constructors class, home to custom built vehicles or caged race cars from other racing series.  Clayton S and Alex P battled it out in Clayton’s ’02 Ford Ranger.  Things looked like they might be close after two runs, but then Clayton hit his stride, opening a large gap up over his friend to take the win.

Thank you again to everyone who raced with us and then helped us clean up afterwards!  I honestly think it was one of the fastest clean ups we’ve had in a while.  We’ll be racing again at CFMP on March 10th, so head to the event page now to get signed up!

Upcoming 2024 AutoX Schedule

Iowa Region SCCA AutoX 2024


April 2024

AutoX #1 IC Airport


Iowa City Airport, Iowa City, Iowa


April 2024

AutoX #2 Hawkeye Downs


Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


May 2024

AutoX #3 Hawkeye Tech Transportation


Hawkeye Tech Transportation, Waterloo, Iowa


June 2024

AutoX #4 IC Airport


Iowa City Airport, Iowa City, Iowa


June 2024

AutoX TNT#1 & AutoX #5 Hawkeye Tech


Hawkeye Tech Transportation, Waterloo, Iowa


July 2024

AutoX #6 Hawkeye Downs


Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


July 2024

AutoX TNT #2 & Autox #7 Hawkeye Tech


Hawkeye Tech Transportation, Waterloo, Iowa


August 2024

AutoX #8 Hawkeye Downs


Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


August 2024

AutoX Nationals TNT Hawkeye Tech


Hawkeye Tech Transportation, Waterloo, Iowa


Sept 2024

AutoX #9 IC Airport


Iowa City Airport, Iowa City, Iowa


Sept 2024

AutoX #10 IC Airport


Iowa City Airport, Iowa City, Iowa


October 2024

AutoX #11 Hawkeye Tech


Hawkeye Tech Transportation, Waterloo, Iowa

“It has been too long since the AutoX Season ended, I’m excited to get racing again. Thanks for releasing the scheduel! We’ll See you Soon” – Joe J DMod

Venue Event Counts

  • IC Airport 4 Points Events
  • Hawkeye Tech 4 Points Events
  • Hawkeye Downs 3 Points Events
  • Hawkeye Tech 3 TnT Events

2024 AutoX Begins

at the Iowa City Airport, we have 11 points events on the schedule this year with 3 additional test & tunes. We have 3 venues again this year; IC Airport, Hawkeye Tech Transportation and Hawkeye Downs. Registration for events will open the first week of February. Before the 1st event at IC Airport we’ll likely have a clean up of the airport. The Nationals test & tune is open to all Iowa Region members, but people headed to Nationals get first registration chance.  If you’re new to Iowa Region we look forward to seeing you at our events, if you’ve been racing with us for a while welcome back! We’re excited to get back racing as much as you are. See you in April.


Well, we lied in our advertising as Mother Nature was awfully kind to us this year with highs in the 50’s for both days.  No complaints were heard from anyone, especially given the miserable weather from 2022.  Racers from six states and at least five regions took on the very long courses that the Darlington venue is known for.  The average racer got 20 minutes of seat time on Saturday and 16 on Sunday, leading to lots of fun and big smiles all around.  We’d like to thank Mayhew Tools for sponsoring the event and providing tool giveaways for our racers.

This write up gets a bit long, so the TL,DR version is: you absolutely want to plan on making this event next year as you’ll get a huge amount of seat time while hitting speeds you typically don’t see at a rallycross event.  There’s also a great social element, as nearly everyone stays at the same hotel and we invade restaurants as a group.


51 drivers tore up the 3+ minute course that flowed over the rolling hills of the 35 acre farm field.  The course was a good balance between horsepower and technical, leading to some interesting battles.  Tire choice played a large role as usual, with a wide mixture of course conditions.

Stock FWD looked like it was going to be a class dominated by the father & son duo of Charles and Devin P.  Devin’s first run in his Acura RSX was over 3 seconds faster than the next closest driver.  He proceeded to speed up with his following runs and open this gap up further all day long, taking first by over 51 seconds.  By the end of the morning heat, his father Charles held second in his Honda Civic by over six seconds.  However, an error on his first run of the afternoon heat had him giving up second to Aaron D.  Aaron used the high revving 2ZZ engine is his Matrix XRS to widen the gap and take second place by a solid 14 seconds over Charles.

Stock RWD had the largest range of vehicle age, ranging from a 1989 Volvo brick to a 2023 Subaru BRZ.  Joe T gave us all a lesson on how to be fast in a RWD car, taking no prisoners right from the start in his 2003 BMW 325i.  Joe took first by almost 43 seconds while making it look easy to be so fast in a RWD car.  Joe even cracked into the top 20 overall, taking 16th ahead of many AWD cars. Second went to Nate K in his family’s beautiful blue ’23 BRZ.  Nate had second place completely locked up by the end of the first heat, so he switched to his dad’s ’89 Volvo for the afternoon to save abuse on the BRZ

Stock AWD was one of our larger classes, completely filled with Subarus or Subaru derivatives (Saabaru).  Michael G from Land O’ Lakes looked to have the advantage in his STI.  Unfortunately, disaster struck on his first run, with an intercooler hose bursting, leading to a DNF penalty of roughly 40 seconds. Sean H capitalized on this, laying down quicker and quicker times every run, using every last bit of HP that his Legacy had to offer.  Jay K was initially right on his heels, but fell back as the gearing in his Outback Sport really created power delivery problems on the long course.  In the meanwhile, Michael convinced an MA car to donate an intercooler hose and got back in the running.   His individual lap times were much faster than everyone else, but he was only able to cut the penalty deficit down to 10 seconds behind.  When the flying dirt settled, Sean had first (11th overall), Michael second, and Jay third.

In Prepared FWD, it was the age old (well, technically only four years) rivalry between David C and Travis H from WI.  David had an all-day problem with cones, picking up 12 seconds of penalty.  However, horsepower seemed to provide an advantage, as he piloted his SRT4 to a win over Travis.

Prepared RWD looked like it was going to be a battle of older straight axle cars, with Sam S’s ’98 Mustang and Jay B’s ’66 Plymouth Belvedere.  Unfortunately, after only one run, the ignition module failed in the Belvedere, forcing Jay to retire.  Sam didn’t coast to the win though, dropping significant amounts of time each run all day long.

Prepared AWD had nearly as many Audis competing as Subarus, which is quite unusual.  There was even an AWD BMW E30, which are fairly rare cars these days.  From his first run, Jamison W of Milwaukee Region jumped off to a commanding lead and never hesitated for the rest of the day.  He ended up wheeling his Audi A4 to first by over 70 seconds as well as fourth overall.  Second place was where the action was, with Scott M (Audi TT) and Eric E (Subaru Impreza) trading the the lead back and forth throughout the day.  Scott’s first run was very fast, but then he followed it up with rather slow second run, allowing Eric into second.  Eric built on this lead, getting it up to 12 seconds at the heat changeover.  However, he struggled with the afternoon course whereas Scott turned up the heat. They both pushed hard on their final runs, but Scott came away with second, by ONLY 0.050 seconds!  This was the closest margin of the day.  There was some additional excitement early on in the heat, when the engine in Jessica T’s ’18 WRX decided to seize and blow a large window in the block, letting the oil catch on fire on the red-hot turbo.  Thankfully, this occurred near a worker station, and a quick application of a fire extinguisher prevented a serious situation.  This tragic end to the day earned Jessica the Hard Luck award, a small consolation given what had happened.

Hondas dominated the Modified FWD class, with a tight battle between Nick L in his stage rally prepped Civic and Shane B (normally piloting an MA Stealth) in a CRX.  Shane’s CRX had been purchased just a scant two weeks before and had some issues that weren’t fully ironed out.  Despite a very close start, Shane started putting down times that were just a bit faster than Nick.  The additional weight of the cage and other safety equipment contributed to the gap in times.  The first-place trophy went home with Shane who also took fifth overall.  Nick took second by a large margin over the remainder of the class.

10 racers started the day in Modified AWD: nine Subarus of various flavors and one GMC Typhoon.  While this later seems like an oddball choice, it was actually the vehicle favored to win the class.  Its driver, Chris E, had brought home the national championship just a month prior by a large margin.  Sadly, a repeat of his blazing fast performance was not to be, as his cooling system failed on his first run.  This allowed Ben H, our friendly local crack, err I mean tire, dealer to walk away with first by a considerable margin.  Eric L took second, hitting a lot of cones (9, Eric?!?) as usual, which prevented him from closing the gap to Ben. Adam D was hot on Eric’s heels for most of the morning, but was unable to pass him before the end of the day.  Ben and Eric tool second and third overall as well!

We also had one entry in the Side by Side class, Piotr B.  His SxS is fully prepared for rallycross and it definitely showed with the blazing fast times he was putting down.  It seriously looked like a go-kart ripping around the course.  Piotr took first in class and first overall by almost 37 seconds!








Sunday dawned on some beautiful weather.  Many of our racers returned for more fun and we even had a few new faces. 

Stock FWD was again dominated by Devin and Charles P.  Devin stayed *just* ahead of his dad all day long, taking the win by six seconds thanks to a late run cone penalty on Charles.  It was amusing watching these two racing, as they rode with each other for every run.   While obviously both were very competitive, they were also encouraging each other to get faster.

Stock RWD was quite the battle for Sunday, between Joe T in his BMW and Luke W in his ’90 Miata.  Luke was hot on Joe’s heels until run #4 when he lost traction and slid outside of a gate, picking up a 10 second penalty.  In the meantime, Joe’s BMW was wounded, with a rear control arm bending.  Not giving up, Joe was able to hammer the arm back into roughly the correct shape and continue on, albeit slower than he would have liked.  Luke turned on the fire, putting down his two fastest runs of the day.  This late effort was not quite enough, with Joe taking first by only three seconds.

Stock AWD was filled with all the same suspects from Saturday, with Michael G having macguyvered a fix for his intercooler coupling.  He jumped off to a large lead, ten seconds after only two runs, but sadly, his fix blew out on the third run, forcing a DNF penalty.  Sean H capitalized, putting numerous seconds on the rest of the field for the remainder of the day.  Hugh H came in second, putting that H6 motor to work in his bright red SVX. Author’s note: I just love seeing this SVX out on course.  Most of these cars have been long sent to the junkyard, so it’s great to see one being driven aggressively.  Jay K brought up third, with a constant stream of frustrated words pouring out thanks to his gearing issue.

Prepared FWD picked up a new contender, Jake W in his RSX, and the class looked like it would be a knife fight all day.  Unfortunately, Jake’s alternator failed during his second run, forcing him to retire for the day.  David and Travis ran neck and neck for most of the morning, with as little as 0.2 separating lap times.  Travis ended up with a few issues on course in the afternoon, allowing David to open up the gap and take first during the afternoon.  Both drivers ended up in the top 10 overall.

Prepared RWD saw the return of Jay B, having fixed the ignition problem in his Belvedere.  Jessica T also switched to this class, racing her husband’s stock BMW.  For the first few runs, Jessica held the top spot, but then the previously mentioned control arm damage occurred, and she decided to retire for the day.  Sam S continued his streak of dropping time every run, minus one that we won’t discuss, and ended up taking first.  While not the fastest car, Jay’s Belvedere was definitely the crowd favorite as it powered through the course.  His high compression engine and exhaust sang a beautiful song all through the rolling hills of the venue.

There was the same eclectic mix of cars in Prepared AWD, though we did lose a few Audis.  Jamison was back in his A4 though, and put a hurting on the class from his very first run.  He ended up in first in class by nearly two minutes, despite picking up a handful of cones.  In the meantime, Maciej M put down solid times in his Mitsubishi Eclipse, taking second by a little over 24 seconds.

Modified FWD was the same Honda crowd from the day before, with Nick determined to take first.  He kept things close all day, despite Shane picking up the pace, having become more comfortable with the new car.  On Nick’s last run, he went for broke, trying to make up the last bit of deficit.  Sadly, he got out of shape entering the cone tunnel on the back half and picked up ten seconds in cone penalties.  This allowed Shane to go home with first place again.  It’s interesting to note that four of the overall top 10 cars were front wheel drive.  This goes to prove that you do NOT need AWD to be fast on the dirt.


The same hooligans returned for Sunday in Modified AWD, minus the Typhoon.  Eric got off to a great start, being aided by Ben getting out of shape and picking up a missed gate penalty.  However, Eric’s taste for cones dragged him down while at the same time Ben was picking up the pace.  By the end of the day Ben was comfortably in first by 21 seconds over Eric.  Adam D put on a good showing again, but couldn’t close the gap to Eric, taking third comfortable ahead of the rest of the class.

Piotr returned in his SxS to give us all another lesson on how darn quick they can be on a rallycross course. With zero cones for the day, he took first overall by just over a minute.  Thank you for making us all feel slow Piotr!

This whole event is also a competition between all the regions of CenDiv SCCA.  Each day, each racer earns points for their region, basis their standing in class.  For the third year in a row, Iowa Region brought home the bragging rights, this time by the larget margin yet.  The results for this competition can be seen below.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that assisted with the event as well as to those who came out to race.  We hope you all had fun!  Please plan on being there again next year on the first weekend in November!

P.S.: I’d like to apologize for how late this write up is.  Shortly after the event I came down with a nasty case of covid that put me out of commission for over two weeks.  Other things then got in the way after that, making this get ignored until now.  Cliff and Dawn would also like to apologize for the late photos from the event, as they have both been overworked with paying work since the event.

On Sunday, October 22nd, Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa was the place to be. 20 racers showed up for a beautiful late October day of rallycross. The raw results are a little skewed, as a heavy overnight watering of the track meant the first run group had some slick conditions to contend with.  As the course dried out, the elusive grip was finally found and times dropped significantly.

Our fastest time of the day went to Eric L, who, starting in the second run group, took advantage of the drier conditions. Aaron B was just 9 seconds (and probably 130 horsepower less) behind Eric. Clean driving helped Aaron to keep it close and take second fastest of the day despite the lack of power.

Third fastest brings us to one of the surprises of the event, Aaron D piloting his 03 Matrix XRS (your author is a closet Matrix/Vibe fan).  Aaron drove it fast enough to outrun his own muffler on one run.  Cones and a missed gate kept Charles P and his Civic in second, who without the penalties was running almost the same times as Aaron. This should be a fun battle to watch in future events!

Fourth fastest brings us to your author, and on paper a SA win, however I must confess to cheating. Due to our safety stewards needing to be split amongst heats, I was running a modified WRX in stock class. There was no betting involved, so I hope for no lifetime ban.  Your real SA winner was Hugh H, who despite battling the slick early conditions, managed to have all 10 runs be clean! Way to pilot that SVX Hugh!  True second in SA goes to Brian L, piloting the Bugsaabaru, while holding off his son.

Nick L took 7th fastest, and won his class of one in MF. Nick was our course designer, and made sure his stage rally prepped Civic was eating a healthy diet of cones. 

10th fastest, and winner of MR was Keegan S, in his ‘81 Mustang.  It was a joy watching him put down good times, while running one of my favorite engines, the Lima 2.3. 

PF was a class of one as well, but that didn’t stop Jon J from pushing his ‘95 Tercel hard. He managed to only hit one cone for the day too!!

Finishing out the classes is SR. Luke W was pushing his Miata to some pretty impressive times, even while battling the slick conditions of being in the first run group.  Second goes to JJ P., who’s still getting the feel for his Boxter, getting faster every run. Good Job!!!!




I want to thank everyone who made it out, I know we were stretched a bit thin, but you all stepped up to the challenge, and we appreciate it!! I hope everyone had a fantastic time, and I’d love to see each and every one of you November 4th and 5th for our Freeze your Curds event! If you haven’t been to one, it’s an enormous course and lots of fun!!!

Until next time, Jay


Sunday September 17th 2023 was a borderline perfect Iowa day. Temps weren’t too bad, wind wasn’t wild, few picturesque clouds floating around, and 48 screaming fast drivers bombing around Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. Couldn’t ask for more. 

The Course was setup and tested on Saturday morning, Hawkeye Downs always uses a similar layout, this time was no different. We did tweak a couple spots to pinch speed and create a more technical element here and there. I personally really like the 6/8 packs in the back slalom to break up the monotony of the back and forth. This isn’t East Course at solo nationals 2023 afterall.

Sunday morning rolls around and we began the final setup and prep for the event. Competitors began rolling in when registration opened at 7:30. This event we had multiple father son combinations at the track helping with early morning prep. Both 12yr olds were planning on riding along with their dad’s, they both got roped into helping their dad in their work assignments. Good father son bonding putting them to work! haha. Once registration was closed we ended up with 48 drivers! 

Racing heats went pretty smooth throughout the day, the course was pretty quick with some nice technical points. Patience and threading the needle was critical. As people tried to push they did hit cones. Course workers got their steps in on Sunday no question. The Novice group was 7 drivers, Isaac, David and Ben pulling out the top 3 spots respectively. It was great to see drivers drop time. Isaac cleaned up from his 1st run AND dropped 4+ seconds. David dropped over 3 seconds from his first run. Ben dropped over 12 seconds over the course of the day! Jeremiah in the Novice class dropped over 14 seconds from his first run! that’s wild. Great driving for the Novices.

Pro Class also had 7 drivers, but they had a combined 66 cones in 49 runs….whoopsie doodle. David Price said “No cones No Cones No Cones” before the event, but I forgot to tell everyone that.  Pro Class is organized a little differently from the other classes. For Class points and rankings only your first 3 runs count. This is to emulate the importance of “Getting it done in 3” like you experience at a National Tour, where you only get 3 runs. The other 5 runs from each Pro Class driver still counts towards top Pax, FTD and year end “Soloist” of the year awards but the Pro Class championship is based on your first 3 runs! NO PRESSURE. Top 3 in Pro on Sunday were Spencer, JJ, and Jeff. They were within .7 seconds of each other! Spencer went into his 3rd Pro Class run dirty, which means he had no clean runs and had one chance to pull off not only a clean run but a fast one too! He managed to squeak past JJ and Jeff for the top spot in Pro Class on Sunday.

“You guys built a Kart Course on accident” – KMod driver Eric.

He’s not wrong, we didn’t build it for him on purpose but it worked for him. He ended up with FTD and 4th in PAX for the day. Joe, Bryan, John, Teresa and Leah were also in Mod cars for this event, split into 3 different classes. Joe took the DMod win, John won EMod and Lean took the win in DMod ladies.

Street Classes had 7 drivers Aaron took the win in DS and Aaron took the win in GS (pretty sure they are different Aarons, I’ll let another Aaron confirm). Street Touring had 5 drivers in 3 classes. Fastest of the bunch being Troy in his STU STI. CAM had 7 drivers in 2 classes. We saw an influx of corvettes this event and I’m 100% on board! The Corvettes of CAMS couldn’t catch Chance in his CAMC Camaro though, he took the CAM win Sunday. He kept complaining the course was slippery but he managed a fast clean time! XSA and XSB had 2 drivers each, Brady pulling out the top time between the 4 of them. Rounding out the remaining classes are Andrew in EVX with a flying time and 3rd in PAX, Aaron (pretty sure there were 3 different ones) in his RallyX spec Impreza laying down some very consistent times and lastly Jim in HCS (I keep forgetting to update his class in the main results, it’ll be updated for year end points) Alfa Romeo cracked off a 57.002 just .002 from a 56.

Top PAX was Andrew in his STU STI and I’ve stolen his youtube video from the run, take a look and enjoy. This is a flyer!

Check out where you and your competitors stacked up on the complete results here.

Final Results | Pax Results | Raw Results | Pro Class Results

See everyone in a couple weeks at Iowa City Airport! don’t forget to register there is a cap.



RE Iowa Region SCCA


Was that a haboob coming through the town of Independence yesterday? No, it was just the Iowa Region rallycross event!  Absolutely epic clouds of dust were generated by our racers, thanks to a bone-dry surface that just kept crumbling into, well, more dust.  28 racers braved the choking clouds, having a blast breaking in a new venue, the Independence Motor Speedway.  The course used some of the pit area, the 3/8 mile oval, and the infield.  The crumbling surface and technical corners rewarded those who gave up speed early to keep tighter lines and stay out of the piles of moon dust.

Our field of racers included racers from four states and three log-booked stage rally cars.  We had five rallycross newbies who, based on the smiles and comments, will definitely be back for future events.

Stock FWD was one of our largest classes for the day with six racers, three campaigning GM products.  Charles P jumped off to a nice lead with his first run of the day in his ’06 Civic, but one run later, his son, Devin P took the lead from him, putting his new (to him) ’02 RSX through its paces.  At the conclusion of the morning runs, Charles had regained the top spot, sitting 1.1 seconds ahead of his son.  During the afternoon, Andrew A found his groove in his ’10 Cobalt SS Turbo, clawing back from a 6.3 second deficit to take the class win by 11 seconds and the sixth spot overall.  Despite tagging a number of cones, Charles widened his lead over Devin, taking second by a comfortable 3 seconds.

Stock RWD saw a long time autocrosser, Hans V, trying out rallycross for the first time in his 2022 Toyota GR86.  Hans definitely takes the award for the best dirt rooster tails.  Paraphrasing Hans, it was very difficult to take the fast line around the course as it was so much fun taking the car sideways around the course.  By the end of the day, Hans was already scheming about buying a car just for rallycross.

Stock AWD was an all Subaru class, with models ranging from a 1996 SVX up to a 2018 WRX.  Always fast Jay K (06 Outback Sport) threw down the gauntlet with his first run and then maintained this gap through the morning runs.  Michael G (13 STI) kept nipping at Jay’s heels, taking the lead from him on run five after Jay tagged a cone.  Michael ended up first in class and second overall, only 1.5 seconds ahead of Jay (3rd overall).  The remaining four drivers were all putting down times very close to each other in their fight for third, exchanging positions several times.  When the dust settled, the big surprises was that sixteen-year-old Ian L had claimed 3rd in class and 8th overall, besting his dad for the first time and two other more experienced racers.  Nice work Ian!

Prepared FWD was a larger class than usual this event, with four racers mixing it up!  Yours truly started off the day with the fastest run and never looked back, taking first in class and first overall by comfortable margins.  Second place was a fight between Travis H (02 Civic Si) and Keith B (98 Neon), with Travis jumping off to an early lead.  Keith soon learned to trust the grip that his new rally tires were providing and clawed back a large extent over the remaining runs.  Travis managed to hold on to second by 7 seconds.  Newcomer Jon J (95 Tercel) spent the day learning his new car, dropping nearly 17 seconds from his first run to his fastest, even laying down a run that bested Travis’ best run.

Prepared RWD saw the return of Brent L in his 96 Mazda Miata.  Being the only car in class, Brent spent the day paring down his times, dropping over 18 seconds from his first run to his best run.

Prepared AWD saw three racers from three different states.  John F used the 100+ HP advantage of his 2022 WRX to jump out to an early lead that neither Kim K or Noah W would overcome.  Instead, the battle between Kim (06 Outback Sport) and Noah (Audi TT) was the one to watch.  They traded the leading position several times through the morning runs.  Sadly, this battle came to a premature finish, as a coolant leak on the Audi was determined to be a head gasket failure.  The final results came in with John taking first by roughly 36 seconds.

Modified FWD saw the return of Nick L in his stage rally prepared Civic.  Despite carrying around the added weight of the full roll cage, Nick put down blistering fast times, including the third fastest individual run.  Nick ended up first in class and fourth overall.

Modified RWD brought Neil T from MN in his stage rally prepared Mustang SVO as the only competitor.  This car was my personal favorite of the event, between being a rather rare car to begin with and having the factory asymmetric hood intake for the intercooler.  Neil hasn’t had the car for very long, so his goal for the day was learning to drive it well and to shave time off every run.  He succeeded in doing so, even getting his last run under the 100 second mark.

Last but definitely not least was Modified AWD, with five drivers slinging dirt.  Tire choice on the always slippery surface was the big question of the day, with at least one driver making a tire change in an attempt to gain an advantage.   Of our top three finishers, Aaron B (95 Impreza) and Pete S (stage rally prepared 07 Impreza) opted for rally tires while Shane B (95 Stealth RT) tried summer tires.  After two runs it became clear that rally tires were the way to go and Shane was making a quick tire change mid-heat.  Through the morning runs, Aaron stayed firmly in first, with Pete seven seconds back and Shane five more.  For the afternoon, Shane came out swinging and took second place from Pete in just one run.  Shane kept widening the gap over Pete, but a couple late cones prevented him from catching Aaron.  Final standing ended up with Aaron first (5th overall), Shane second (7th overall), and Pete third (9th overall).

We’re racing next at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on October 22.  Make your plans now to join us, as Oskie is one of our best venues and you’re guaranteed to have fun!  You can find more details about all our events on our events page.

What do you get when you take a clay dirt track and add rain?  A surface so slick you can barely walk on it, let alone race cars on!  23 racers came out to the Southern Iowa Speedway this past Sunday to put their rallycross skills to the test.  Mother Nature really upped the difficulty level with some unexpected rain.

With the forecast calling for dry weather and the track being in good shape, yours truly had designed a highly technical course on Saturday afternoon.  The skies and radar on Sunday morning indicated that the dry conditions might not be the case for long.  Shortly after getting racing under way, it began to sprinkle and then actually rain.  The technical course became a painful course, as the lack of grip from the mud required very cautious and slow driving.  Laps times were INCREASING by 10-20 seconds a lap and many cones were being smashed flat.  After only three runs by the first heat drivers, we were forced to pause for safety reasons.

The radar started looking promising about 30 minutes later and the rain soon stopped.  After another hour or so, conditions had dried up enough for racing to resume.  The first few laps were rather slow as grip was highly inconsistent and even non-existent on portions of the track, but the wind and some sun soon helped make for a fast course.  By the end of the day, many racers were putting down laps that were over a minute faster than their wet laps.

Stock FWD saw Charles P returning in his Civic and a new contender, Brandon G in a 2020 Veloster N.  This was a rather unfair fight, with Brandon having 100+ more horsepower and a limited slip differential.  Brandon jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  However, Charles did put down several laps with a few seconds of Brandon, before experiencing a mechanical issue that ended his day.  Brandon ended up first in class for the day.

Stock AWD was our big class for the day, with nine racers.  Class favorite Jay K had only brought tires for dry conditions and faced an uphill battle against other racers with snow tires.  Newcomers Aaron D and Collin C, co-driving an 03 Outback Sport took off running with their first runs, proceeding to open up a gap that Jay couldn’t overcome.  Aaron ended up first in SA and third overall, Collin was second, and Jay brought up third, despite laying down the fastest individual lap of all classes in that heat.  We also had two father/son duos co-driving Subarus in SA, having a great time competing against each other.

Yours truly was competing by myself in Prepared FWD, so I tried to benchmark my times against Nick L in his MF Civic (more on this car later).  I had brought somewhat aggressive tires, so the treacherous conditions didn’t hurt me quite as bad as others.  I couldn’t match Nick’s early times, but as the course dried out, I ended up besting his times for a number of laps.  I ended up first in PF (not very hard in a class of one) and eighth overall.

Prepared RWD had our oldest vehicle of the day, a 1977 Datsun 280Z piloted by Steve M.  Steve showed all of us some lessons on car control, ripping around the slick course in his RWD beast.  Steve took first in his class and ended up mid pack overall.  If you want to check out the video he put together of his race experience, you can watch it here.

Prepared AWD again demonstrated the importance of aggressive tires when the conditions are difficult. With the advantages of horsepower and aggressive tires, Michael G was able to hold off Kim K to take first in class and fifth overall.  Michael did shed more than a few parts on course, so perhaps we should have protested him into Modified AWD? 😀

Modified FWD was a class of one with the aforementioned Nick L in his stage rally prepped Honda Civic.  Always a fast contender, Nick had dug out his mud tires prior to leaving home, giving him quite a leg up on nearly everyone.  His first run in the mud was over 30 seconds faster than the next fastest car in the same heat.  Nick’s tire advantage dropped off as things dried up, but he still put down exception fast runs with very few cone penalties.  This consistency allowed him to take first in class and second overall, besting the times of 17 AWD cars.  This is especially impressive with the additional weight of a full roll cage. Nice work Nick!

Our final class for the day, but certain not the last, was Modified AWD.  Tire choice again played a significant role.  Shane B, racing his unconventional Dodge Stealth RT/TT, brought along highly aggressive tires, allowing him to open up nearly 25 seconds of gap between him and second place while the course was muddy.  He then swapped tires for the late afternoon dry conditions, allowing him to take first in class by 33 seconds and first overall by 18.  Competition for second was equally lopsided, with Aaron B taking second by 23 seconds.  Third place became a competition of who could shoot themselves in the foot the least.  Cliff J & Eric L resumed their cone battle from the July event from the first run of the day, picking up cones on every single run but one.  Cliff set the bar high early, picking up 5 cones on a single run.  Eric struck back the following run, taking out EIGHT.  When the broken cone pieces finally settled down, Cliff held on to third by barely over 2 seconds.  Eric does hold the honor of the fastest individual lap of the event, on his ONLY clean run of the day.

Several of our newcomers described this event as the most fun racing they’ve ever participated in. With feedback like this, how come you haven’t tried rallycross yet?  Your next opportunity will be on Sept 10th at the Independence Speedway.  Registration is now open so get signed up so you don’t miss out!

Cones, cones, cones!  A rallycross event wouldn’t be a rallycross event without lots of cones being slaughtered, and Sunday was no exception.  While we only had 11 racers, a total of 69 (haha!) cones were hit, an average of 6.25 cones per racer!  Every racer got in 11 runs between our two courses.  The heat and dust made for an exhausting day, but everyone had a lot of fun!

After a long hiatus, Charles P returned to rallycross in Stock FWD piloting his 06 Civic to competitive times throughout the day.  While taking first in a class of one, he ended up 7th overall.  Charles also takes the honor of our only racer who didn’t hit a cone the entire day!

Stock RWD was also a class of one, with Ryan W tearing things up in his Infiniti G35.  Having added snow tires on all four wheels, Ryan was now able to put down surprising fast times for a RWD car.  Starting off a touch slow, he found his stride on our afternoon course and put down times that were quicker than some FWD and AWD cars.  There were also some impressive rooster tails of dirt coming off the car!  Perhaps it’s time to add some mud flaps Ryan?

Stock AWD had three contenders: the always fast Jay K and the father & son duo of Brian and Ian L.  Brian and Ian went over to the dark side and replaced their Miata with an 05 Saab 9-2X (a Subaru disguised as a Saab).  They had owned the car for barely a week, so it was a trial by fire.  Jay decided to show no mercy and began laying down blistering fast times starting with his first run, carrying him through to victory at the end of the day.  Jay also managed to hit only one cone for the day!  Brian and Ian spent the day learning their new car, with their run times dropping significantly throughout the course of the day.  They had huge smiles on their faces, so it appears the AWD switch was a hit!

There was another class of one in Prepared FWD, with David C wrangling his SRT4 around the course (hey, that’s me!). With no one in my class, I decided to chase the Mod AWD guys to have a gauge on how fast I was driving.  I unfortunately tagged seven cones, but managed to put down times quick enough to beat all but one of the MA cars and end up second overall for the day!

Kim K battled her way through the day in Prepared AWD despite having the AC fail in her car early in the morning.  Knowing that she was in a class of one, Kim decided to just have as much fun as possible. With music blaring, and her co-pilot dancing in the passenger seat, Kim put down respectable times all day.

Have you noticed the mention of drivers that had far less cone hits than the 6.25 average?  Well, that high average was thanks to the hooligans in Modified AWD.  Between the four drivers in MA, there were 40 cones hit— and one of the drivers only had one cone!  The cone massacre started with the first run of the day and didn’t stop until the end of racing.  Cliff J, our reigning Cone Killer, spent the day trying to defend his title.  The heat and dust must have gotten to him though, as he only managed to hit seven for the whole day.  Eric L seems to be determined to stop Cliff’s reign as Cone Killer and really gave the cone murder his all.  He was definitely seeing the orange mist as he ended up nailing 18 (!!!) cones for the day.  Not wanting to be left out on the fun, Aaron B also steered for the cones and managed to smash 14 of them!  Devin P only took out a paltry one cone the entire day. You gotta pump those numbers up Devin!

Oh wait, this is racing so you might actually care about their times?  Cliff and Eric ran neck and neck all morning, with Cliff in the lead by only 0.033 seconds after the first course.  Cliff opened this lead up as the day progressed and with his cone problem, Eric couldn’t make up the gap.  Eric did manage a blisteringly fast clean run in the afternoon of 46.374, over a second faster than the next fastest run in MA. Cliff managed to take both first in MA, and first overall, while Eric ended up second in class and third overall.

Our rallycross season continues with events planned for every month through the end of the year.  Be sure to check out the schedule to ensure you don’t miss out!

Super fast update from event 7

Rain. It did that. 2hr delayed start.

We managed to pull off 6 runs for every run group and out by 4:30pm, not bad.

Course was fast and technical, course workers deserve a huge round of applause for all the running they had to do. Someone should count the total cones hit. Rumor has it Pro Class had 5 clean runs total out of 27 in the morning. Overall I think people enjoyed the course. 

We got to see some old and new faces! Jade who drove in from Baltimore, the GRR Miata Contingent + Turbo E36 + Lotus were there, Hans in his now top 10 at Hawkeye Downs DS Twin joined us, and we had a Nebraskan drive our normal route home from Nationals for some extra seat time before next month’s event. 

I’ll let you comb through the results, but a few highlights.

Emery took top Pax and a Pro Class Win, with a 50.444 he had 2 sub 50 second scratch times. IN A GStreet CIVIC!

Jeff Ellerby took top time of the day and 3rd in Pro Class, only .097 behind Brent who was in 2nd Place.

Spencer Dewey inched his way into 2nd place in Pax in the afternoon with a 51.220, scratched two 50.4’s with cones!!

Bill Sand took fastest vehicle with doors with a 49.2, which he backed up with a second CLEAN 49.2. I hope he got some video I need to see how he navigated the inside loop!

My GR Corolla did very well, but I couldn’t clean up my fastest runs from the morning, the RE71RS really like to be cooled off. Thanks to Jade for co-driving with me, without a co-driver I forget to do 90% of the things I need to do between runs.

Big thank you to all of the drivers who came out and enjoyed the weather both the sprinkles and after, as well as the volunteers who make the Iowa Region SCCA a successful club.

Results are posted here.

August 13th – Hawkeye Downs Speedway – Cedar Rapids, IA – Final Results | Pax Results | Raw Results | Pro Class Results

Hopefully we will see you in a couple weeks at the Iowa City Airport!

If you have pictures or video of the event you’d like to share send it over and I’ll add it to the recap.


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Iowa Region Event Recaps are back! I’ve been slacking on keeping everyone updated on the results and shenanigans of Iowa Region AutoX as of late. My bad. 

Today, July 30th we had 37 drivers sign up to drive 8 runs in the scorching Iowa sunlight and moderate 90 degree heat. The course was designed by Aaron B and team. The layout was phenomenal use of the Waterloo Iowa venue. It had a good mix of right and left turns which can be a struggle to design into our lot. It was fast yet technical, not a lot of high speed sections. The optional slalom was optional but there was a “right” way to take it. The sharp left hander after the slalom was open to interpretation (besides avoiding the corner workers) and if you went too hot into it you were punished trying to get back around the next element. Hawkeye Tech has a slight off camber side of the lot, this area has some reduced grip and can be challenging to navigate. Fight your instincts to fly in hot and hope it grips, slow in fast out really paid well here. Personally I never got it right. haha.

Looking at the battles today.

DSP, the battle of Aaron against his RX8. He managed a clean run on his 3rd run which was a flyer! unfortunately the rotary engine decided it didn’t like spark plugs, him and his son tore into it and got it back running for the drive home. His flyer was good enough for 4th in pax!

D Street, the battle of the Daves a Type R and a GR86. The Type R held the lead for the first 3 runs, but the GR86 found 3 tenths on their 4th run to take the lead going into the afternoon. The first 3 afternoon runs for the Type R were dirty, clipping a slalom cone right in front of the timing truck. The GR86 laid down their fastest lap of the day with a cold set of tires after the break dropping .3 seconds and securing a 5th place in PAX for the day. The Type R cleaned up their final 8th run and locked in 10th place in PAX.

There were multiple co-driver battles today. Roberto and Matthew in a 350z. They both laid down their fastest lap on their 8th run with Roberto taking the win and Matthew taking out 7 cones over the day. Chance and Gabe in a Corvette trading off the lead in the morning, but Chance found a groove in the afternoon laying down three sub 37.4 runs!! Gabe’s quickest was a 37.6. Chance secured a 9th place PAX finish. 

I had the great pleasure of racing my new GR Corolla with a co-driver. Max did a great job in the GRC and he helped keep me on task during driver changes. I laid down a 38.274 on run 5, Max dropped a 38.255 on his 6th run!! but, it was dirty! NOOO!! Max had 3 39.0 today and his fastest lap was a 39.001. Held back from the 38s just barely! Max told me to go out and break into the 37s, but I missed it by a smidge. Laying down a 38.065, I knew there was more time out there and on my next run things felt faster and the time showed I did indeed drop time on my 8th and final run laying down a blistering 38.064…..hahaha yes. .001 faster than run 7. haha.

Emery and Jeremy were fighting back and forth for top PAX time all day. Emery secured the Pro Pax (only first 3 runs count for class) win with his 3rd run, Jeremy only .053 behind. Jeremy took back the PAX lead with his 4th and final run for the morning. Going into the afternoon heats Jeremy still held onto top PAX. Both Jeremy and Emery got faster in the afternoon despite the heat. Jeremy’s fastest run held onto 2nd place in PAX and only .158 seconds behind Emery’s last run which secured him 1st place in PAX for the day.

PAX results for the day were wild, between 5th place and 9th place was .202 seconds!! 

If you’ve got any photos or video from the event don’t hesitate to share with us and I’ll add them to the post.

Can’t wait to see everyone at the next event at Hawkeye Downs! Convince your friends to come racing with you. If you’ve got questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help.

Check out the results here


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