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Old 08-04-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Wife's first autocross

I'm not the Yaris pilot in my household. It's actually my wife, who as a condition of marriage told her that someday she would have to drive in an autocross event. The local Corvette club recently held one at a mall a couple miles from my house, so I twisted her arm and made her enter it.

I've done Solo, RallyCross, LeMons, lapdays, etc. for 14-odd years, so I held the line on the typical street driver needing to learn how their car behaves on the limits in some sort of motorsports capacity. A few days before the event, we went to the local high school and had her drive slowly around a course made of orange soccer cones to learn looking ahead and car placement.

On race day she did fairly well, dropping 17 seconds from her first to her last run. It rained all day, washing away the possibility of any chalk lines that help novice readability. She looked ahead and drove smart lines ahead of the car, which made me proud. It's a shame that she's not all that interested in racing, because she has the right mindset to be not just a good street driver, but learn to be a competitive autocrosser.

If you've never autocrossed your car, a 5'1" woman afraid of things that go fast (roller coasters, racecars, etc.) now has one up on you. Go do it!

The crowd seemed amused by the sight of a Yaris at a Vette event.

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