Have you ever wanted to check out Autocross? Whether as a spectator or driver, now is your chance

The Great River Region SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) is kicking off the 2018 season this Sunday Apr 15 at the Quad City Downs (5005 Morton Drive East Moline)!

What is Autocross, you ask? Autocross (also called “Solo”, “AutoX”) is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface (typically a parking lot or airport runway). It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. Autocross differs from road racing and oval racing in that generally there is only one car on the track, racing against the clock rather than other cars. As an entry-level motorsport it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and possibly expensive forms of racing (such as rallying and circuit racing).

The cost to attend this weekend’s GRR Test & Tune is only $25 for SCCA members and $40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/great-river-autocross-test-tune-quad-city-downs-scca-281092. There are many benefits to becoming a member. If you are interested in obtaining an SCCA membership, please visit https://www.scca.com/pages/join-scca.

This year also brings earlier start times. Course setup (volunteers welcome and needed) will be from 7-9 a.m. Registration will take place from 8-9 a.m. There will be vehicle tech inspections from 8:15-9:15 a.m. with a mandatory drivers meeting at 9:40 a.m. The first car will take the course at 10 a.m.

For more information and to be notified of upcoming events, visit GGR SCCA at http://www.sccagrr.com/ and make sure to follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sccagrr%20/.

Come enjoy the fastest paced, rapid-fire forms of motorsports you can find this weekend at the Quad City Downs!

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics for QuadCities.com.