Exciting news for Yaw Moment Racing - I will be running in STX class at the 2010 SCCA Solo Nationals with my Dad in a 2009 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works hardtop. For those of you not familiar with the SCCA Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska, this event is the National Championship for SCCA autocross and is generally considered the largest motorsports event in the world with between 1,200 and 1,300 entrants expected. STX class is part of the "Street Tuner" classes designed to fit the import tuner car market and is mainly comprised of 4-cylinder N/A and turbo cars with basic bolt-on mods and street tires.
SCCA Solo Nationals Official Website
We are currently researching and purchasing parts for the build which will begin in the next two weeks. We are primarly sourcing parts from AutoXCooper who is a leading source aftermarket parts for the full range of Mini products. They have been extremely helpful and we are pleased to be working with AXC. Since I am in Texas and the car is in VA, Courtney Cormier of Richmond, who is a national-level autocrosser, full-time Mini mechanic, and former national-level STX Mini Cooper S racer will be setting up the car and helping to install aftermarket parts. He has also been instrumental in helping us put this plan together so big thanks to Courtney. My Dad and I will be running a few events and test and tunes together before the Solo Nationals, so I will be tuning the Mini at these events. We will have limited testing time, but it will be crucial for our competitiveness at Solo Nats. Here is what our schedule looks like now:
-May 28-30: Friday Test and Tune and 2-Day SCCA NeDiv Solo Championship
- July: 2-Day Virginia Commonwealth Games Autocross and/or the Virginia Autocross Championship
- September 8-10: National Test and Tune and 2-Day SCCA Solo Nationals Autocross
In addition to our plans together, my Dad is running a full season with the Virginia Motor Sport Club based in Central, VA. This will give him plenty of seat-time in the new car before we head to Lincoln for the big race.
Here are some pictures of the Mini before the STX build:
I will post updates and pictures of the build over the next couple of months. Our 1st event is less than a month away and we have lots of work left to do. This will be very important in the development of this car, so we will be ready.