If you’re ready for some driving competition, then come out and join us for an Auto-X! Auto-X (Autocross) is a fun, exciting and safe way to enjoy the performance of your Porsche. It is a timed competition that emphasizes your car’s handling capabilities and your ability to quickly and accurately navigate the course.
Auto-X is also one of the most economical ways to participate in competitive motorsports. Further, it is one of the best ways to learn car control in a safe and controlled environment. It is a great event to participate in before you move to Driver Education or racing and will make you a better track driver and daily driver. Don’t worry about it being your first time. There are plenty of seasoned drivers to go with you on the course to help you learn how to handle your car.
Auto-X is a timed, solo competition – there is no wheel-to-wheel racing involved, as cars are well separated on the course. Auto-X courses are laid out utilizing plastic traffic cones that won’t damage your car in various straights, turns, and slaloms. Our courses allow for highway speeds in certain sections of the course if the area is large enough to do so safely. The top speed at most autocross courses is around 55 to 60 MPH; each run is timed, but a two second penalty is applied for each cone hit.
Auto-X is a GREAT way to learn about your car and how to get the maximum performance out of it. There is probably no better way to learn braking, throttle control, clutch control, steering, and smoothness than participating in an auto-X event. It is also a great way to enjoy your car and get a better feel for all that it can do. It’s challenging in different ways than a road course; turns come at you faster and can give you the feeling of driving a Formula I at speed. At Laguna Seca there are 11 turns, on an auto-X course there might be 20 turns. Here you will find that smoothness counts. While your actual speed will not be that fast, turns come at you faster than on a race course. Knowing your line and setting up for the next turn is an art to master to become a good auto-X driver and will make you both a better road course driver and street driver.
Any safe, street legal vehicle can compete without any significant modifications. Any driver with a valid driver’s license, and who signs the Waiver of Liability may participate in the auto-X. Drivers under 18 must be the child or grandchild of a PCA members and have a parent or legal guardian sign the Waiver of Liability for Minors. No racing license or prior experience is required. Passengers are not allowed.
You will need a helmet; any “M” rated helmet is acceptable, but consider purchasing a SNELL SA 2015+ rated helmet, as that is the minimum for PCA Driver Education events (and you may want to try those someday). We offer a limited selection of loaner helmets to those who don’t have one or forget to bring their own. You will also need closed toe shoes. The pre-registration entry fee will be $30 for PCA members and $40 for non-members. An additional $10 fee will be charged for onsite registration. Maximum 40 participants per event.
PCA Sequoia Region
Autocross Site: Madera Airport
- 8:00 am – Registration
- 8:15 am – Tech inspections begins – course walks open
- 9:00 am – Course walks end
- 9:20 am – Driver meeting / engine start
- 9:30 am – First car on course