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Trackcross FAQ

Updated July ’19. Please click on each question below to see the answer:

Q: What is a Trackcross?

A: Trackcross, TrackCross, Circuitcross – these are different names for the same events we’ve been providing since the mid-2000s at VIRginia Int’l Raceway, Summit Point, and now Dominion Raceway. The idea is that we put on two half-day autocrosses for street cars except they’re not in a parking lot with cones, they’re on a twisty section of permanent road course without cones – and without work assignments! “Lots of runs and lots of fast fun” has always been the plan; these events are perfect for beginner/novice drivers and there is literally no cheaper or easier way to run for times on an actual racetrack. We do these every year as separate championships:
SUMMIT POINT WINTER SERIES: click here
SUMMIT POINT SPRING/SUMMER SERIES: click here
DOMINION RACEWAY YEARLY SERIES: click here

Q: Where are these events held?

A: We currently hold Trackcrosses at Summit Point Motorsports Park outside Winchester, VA and Dominion Raceway outside Fredericksburg, VA. At Summit we use the 2.2 mile Shenandoah Circuit or the 1.7 mile Jefferson Circuit. At Dominion we use the 2.0 mile road course.

Q: When are these events held?

A: Trackcrosses are held on Sundays (or occasionally Saturdays), we do them year-round as separate championships:
SUMMIT POINT WINTER SERIES: click here
SUMMIT POINT SPRING/SUMMER SERIES: click here
DOMINION RACEWAY YEARLY SERIES: click here

Q: How much does it cost to drive at these?

A: Entry fees for 2019 will range from $59 to $159 per driver depending on where/when the event takes place as well as when/how you register. The low end of that range would be an off-season event at which you pre-register early for a discount and take a work assignment for a discount; the high end would be a peak season event entry with no work assignment via late at-track registration that morning.

Q: Do I need a racecar to participate?

A: Definitely not, in fact the majority of participants are in stock(ish) street cars or track prepared cars that are often still street legal. Any kind of car, from Kia to Koenigsegg, is usually fine as long as it passes tech. You only directly compete on the results against similar cars – or similar drivers if you are a beginner – thanks to our classing system.

Q: How fast do we go on each run?

A: Top speed is set by driver skill, course used that day, type of car, modifications to car, and more. With this series we focus on “the twisty bits” (i.e. multiple technical sets of corners per run) instead of long straightaways. That said, you can certainly go much faster at these than you ever could legally on a public street and/or at a regular autocross. Click here to watch our Youtube playlist of Trackcross in-car videos and see.

Q: What’s the car classing all about?

A: We utilize our own basic classing system – explained when you register for one of these events – that separates cars into more than a dozen classes based on engine size, drivetrain configuration, modifications, level of competition preparation, tire choice, and driver experience level. We calculate championship points for each class in each series and award season trophies to the highest finishers in the classes with the most competition.

Q: What’s the schedule/format each day?

A: Once everyone has been through registration and tech and the mandatory drivers meeting early in the morning, we effectively run these as two half-day events for two heats each of up to 35-40 cars each with a lunch break in between. The morning vs afternoon course may be a different track, a different section of the same track, a longer section of the same track, or the same section in the other direction. An entry usually gets you the ability to run in one morning heat and one afternoon heat. Each heat averages about 90-120 minutes long; some are shorter (i.e. morning heats on Shenandoah when we have mandatory 11am church quiet hour) and some can be longer (i.e. afternoon heats when we have daylight until 6pm or later and are trying to make up for time lost in the morning.) It depends on the day and the event.

Q: How many people drive at these events?

A: We limit registration so we can average about 65-70 drivers per event, this is to make sure everyone gets plenty of runs on the course. Some events are bigger due to demand/season and some are smaller but typically you can expect not more than 35-40 cars in each heat.

Q: You really don’t have work assignments like at an autocross?

A: Correct, we hire dedicated staff so your fee is usually just to drive not to work, and you take breaks during the two heats you’re not driving in. No standing out in the heat chasing cones – this makes the day much more pleasant and fun. NOTE: at Summit Point events we do offer a $$$ discount to a few folks per day to help with tech, start, grid, and timing. You can select this option when you register, if it’s still available.

Q: How many runs do we get on the track?

A: Number of runs depends on variables including daily schedule, car counts, course design/length, weather, and number of problems/cleanups. There is a drive-through run before each heat and your first run in each heat is a warmup/doesn’t count toward results. After that, three to five runs per heat is average. Often it’s more when things are running smoothly and/or in the afternoon heats when time allows, but it’s usually not less unless things have really gone wrong. So for your day spent away from home you can usually expect at least 8-12 runs total.

Q: What are the tech inspection rules for street cars?

A: Tech inspection is a check to make sure each car is in good working condition. We strongly encourage participants to “pre-tech” their cars before each event or have a shop or trusted professional do it. For Summit Point events, the tech inspection rules can be found here. Pre-tech the car if you know exactly what to look for or have that done by a qualified shop or person, we will then re-check the car that morning (you do not need to bring a signed form to Summit events.) For Dominion Raceway events, the tech inspection form can be found here. Print that form, pre-tech the car if you know exactly what to look for or have that done by a qualified shop or person, fill out the form, and bring it – we will then re-check the car and collect the form that morning. Sorry there are no refunds or credits for cars that fail tech.

Q: Can I drive my convertible at these events?

A: Convertible rules for Summit Point events as per the tech rules are – rollbars are required unless the car is factory equipped with rollover protection, and it must state such in the manual. Drivers must bring manual and present it at tech. Mazda MX5/Miata, Honda S2000, and Dodge Viper convertibles (among others) all need 4 point roll bars added.

For Dominion events, the convertible rollbar rules can be found at this link, note the rule about the broomstick test (click here for broomstick test pic – helmeted head must be visibly beneath a broomstick from rollbar to a-pillar/windshield) which applies to all entered convertibles.

NOTE: Cars with t-tops or targa tops that are removable from an otherwise fixed/structural roof are NOT considered convertibles.

ALSO NOTE: convertibles with hard tops are still convertibles and the rollbar rules still apply because hard tops are typically not structural.

Please inquire before registering if you have any question about the legality of your convertible. Sorry there are no refunds or credits if you register and/or show up with a convertible that doesn’t pass tech.

Q: What are your helmet requirements?

A: We only recommend full-face helmets with the latest Snell SA2015 rating. All helmets should have at least the Snell M2005/SA2005 or newer rating and be in good condition. Please verify that your helmet has the brown or orange Snell sticker inside under the liner because that’s what we look for. Other helmet safety standards may be accepted, please inquire before registering. NOTE: we are phasing out our rental helmet program during the 2019 season.

Q: When can my child participate in these events?

A: Sorry – your child may only participate when they’re legally an adult. Drivers and passengers at all Trackcrosses must be age 18+ with a current US-state-issued drivers license to participate, for safety and liability reasons.

Q: What are your rules about passengers?

A: Typically passengers are not allowed at Dominion events and are only allowed with experienced non-novice drivers during the afternoon runs at Summit Point events. In all cases they must be at least 18 years old, be wearing a legal helmet, and have the same level of safety/protection as the driver. Passengers must also not cause delays at the starting line getting strapped in, must keep hands and arms inside the car, and may not bring/use handheld recording devices inside the car.

Q: How do I sign myself up for these events?

A: Trackcrosses are like concerts or sports games – online pre-registration/pre-payment is typically required and many events sell out well in advance. We use an outside system called Motorsportreg, please click here to register for Summit Point events and click here to register for Dominion events.

Q: Registration is full, how does the Waiting List work?

A: If you register as a Waiting List entry because the event is already full, we will email you by 7am Saturday (i.e. 24 hours prior) if we have a spot for you. If not, that entry will automatically be applied to the next Trackcross at that same track.

Q: Is camping allowed the night before these events?

Sorry, we are not insured or staffed to offer RV or tent camping in the paddock the night before these events. Gates typically open by 6:45am and close by 6:45pm. Every track we use has hotels and campgrounds within a reasonable distance.

Q: Are car/trailer drops allowed the night before an event?

A: Because the paddocks are often in use with other events, trailer or car dropoffs are typically NOT allowed the day/night before these events – gates typically open by 6:45am on the listed event day.

Q: Do I get an instructor at these events?

A: Sorry, these Trackcrosses are non-instructed events by design. They were literally invented as “solo” transition events between autocross and track days. If you would like in-car instruction please register for one of our many HPDEs instead.

Q: How much does it cost to spectate?

A: Sorry, Trackcrosses are not really considered “spectator events” for insurance, liability, and security reasons. You also can’t get near the the action unless you’re a driver/participant and don’t have much way to know what’s going on unless you’re directly a part of the activity, so please register to drive instead of just coming to watch!

Q: I signed up to drive, can I bring my wife/friend/kids?

A: Registered drivers may bring one or two guests and/or crew for no additional cost as long as they all sign the waiver at the front gate on the way in and get a wristband. Drivers are responsible for the location and behavior of their guests/crew at all times. Children must not be left unattended and pets must be leashed/cleaned up after.

Q: What’s this I hear about wet skidpad usage and/or touring laps?

A: When we run on the Shenandoah Circuit at Summit, the wet skidpad in the paddock is usually open free of charge for registered drivers in tech inspected cars after lunch (as long as it’s at least ~40 degrees outside.) It’s great fun to slide around and hopefully learn something. Meanwhile, touring laps are “highway speeds” orientation/parade laps behind a pace car, with no helmets and no passing, done during our lunch break. Cost is usually $20 per car. The driver must be a registered participant and the car must have a valid tech sticker; passengers are welcome as long as they each have a seat belt. Note: lunch laps are not available at all events, and skidpad is only available at our Shenandoah Circuit events.

Q: Why can’t I arrive late and still participate?

A: One of our “sorry, no exceptions” rules is that everyone must be through registration and tech no later than the drivers meeting start time (usually 8am.) This is because all staff and officials scatter to restricted areas around the circuit to put on the event by a fixed schedule. So after ~8am there is nobody around to help you register/tech and no time to give another drivers meeting because all the people who perform those activities are now a mile from the paddock doing some other mission-critical task to make the event run smoothly. We are also not able to offer entry fee refunds or credits for those who arrive late, so you forfeit your entry if you can’t get there on time. The best way to not have this problem is to stay nearby the night before (all tracks have hotels within ~20 miles) and/or leave early to give yourself a good time buffer if you’re driving in that morning! All participants really should be there by ~7am…

Q: What is your bad weather policy?

A: All Trackcrosses will take place as scheduled “rain or shine, hot or cold.” We would only postpone an event for frozen weather or a significant system like a hurricane, and your entry would automatically apply to the rescheduled date while still being subject to the normal cancellation policy. For the winter events at Summit Point that reschedule is usually 1 week later. Note: during any event day we do pause for thunderstorms (to get corner workers out of possible lightning strike areas) and resume once they have passed. Regardless, we can’t control the weather so please be prepared for wet or dry and hot or cold conditions!

Q: What is your registration cancellation policy?

A: For all Trackcrosses the policy you agree to when you register is “All sales final – no cancellation, refund, or credit. Entry is transferrable to another person for this event only.” We are truly sorry if you disagree but there are no exceptions to this policy so please don’t ask. Think of your registration like concert tickets or sporting event passes – they get you a seat at a specific place and time for a potentially sold-out event, and that’s all. If you are having car problems, your best option is to bring a different car. If you find you cannot attend for any other reason, your best option is to sell or give the spot to someone else qualified to participate, then let us know whose name to put on it by 24 hours prior. This policy is financially necessary and part of how we keep our entry fees as low as possible and keep things fair for everyone, thanks for understanding.

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