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First thing you need to do is realize there will always be someone better than you. Always. Next remember that as you modify you will bump yourself into a different class where, guess what, the other cars are modded too. Stay stock until you are good with your times and then modify your car. Play with your tire presure first. I run about 43 lbs when I run SOLO. Get tires specifically for when you run a race. Practice practice practice. And show up. You would be amazed how well you can do in the standings if you just show up to the races.

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I tried auto x after several years of road racing. Because of the slow speeds it never did anything for me and stomping miatas at the road course was a no brainer even on the short courses. R comps, big brakes and lotsa hp. A buck fifty down the straight did more for me then 55 and a turn. But that's just me.
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Solo events are a good way to acquire the basic handling skills you will need for the race course (you need to find a few more once you get there). A lot of people including myself started in autocross and it is a good cheap way to learn to drive. We had a friend in a stock NSU (a gutless German car few remember today) and he used to drive the other guys up the wall, because while the guys with 911s and Corvettes were out there ripping up the course rather noisily, he quietly posted the fastest time based simply on better car control and driving.

I have also noted that among the racers that started out with big V8 engined cars on the track, there are more who don't know how to drive really well compared to the group that started with an underpowered sports car and had to carve each corner as carefully and reproducibly as possible to save ever fraction of a second. In a fun slalom set up for a lark at a weekend race, in the parking lot, the guys driving the Bugeyes beat the Corvette guys, much to their disgust. In fact I used to whup a couple of guys in AMXs with my 1950s MG in the same way.

No question that there are more thrills in road racing than in slaloms, but solo is a great learning mechanism that shouldn't be discounted.
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Hmm - 7 year old thread revival...?

Solo events are a good way to acquire the basic handling skills you will need for the race course (you need to find a few more once you get there). A lot of people including myself started in autocross and it is a good cheap way to learn to drive. We had a friend in a stock NSU (a gutless German car few remember today) and he used to drive the other guys up the wall, because while the guys with 911s and Corvettes were out there ripping up the course rather noisily, he quietly posted the fastest time based simply on better car control and driving.

I have also noted that among the racers that started out with big V8 engined cars on the track, there are more who don't know how to drive really well compared to the group that started with an underpowered sports car and had to carve each corner as carefully and reproducibly as possible to save ever fraction of a second. In a fun slalom set up for a lark at a weekend race, in the parking lot, the guys driving the Bugeyes beat the Corvette guys, much to their disgust. In fact I used to whup a couple of guys in AMXs with my 1950s MG in the same way.

No question that there are more thrills in road racing than in slaloms, but solo is a great learning mechanism that shouldn't be discounted.
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Well said, Bill.

Part of the equation also is whether you are more interested in the adrenaline high, or the doing something better than you did last time and (it is competition after all) better than the other guy did this time.

For a semi-related side comment: Several of the instructors I have had over the years have liked to talk about how it was more fun to drive a slow car faster than it was designed to go than to drive a fast car slower than it was designed to go.
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