Sports Car Club of America

Time Trials

In your street car or your ready-to-run racer, it doesn’t matter, you want to race. SCCA wants to get you on the track! You supply your end of the bargain by showing up in your car, and through the four-step SCCA Time Trials program, we’ll supply ours.

Something For Everyone

The Time Trials program is designed to accommodate all types of cars - from street cars in the first-level, instructional Performance Driving Experience (PDX) events to fully-prepared race vehicles in the third-level Track Trial and fourth-level Hill Climb formats.

You Will Be Pushed at Every Level

No matter where you are as a driver, each of the four levels of the Time Trials will challenge you by meeting you at your skill level.

For those who have never sat behind the wheel while on a track, the PDX provides instruction in both the classroom and on the track, giving drivers the opportunity to improve their driving skills and increase their enjoyment of driving their street vehicle.

When you’re ready to race against the clock, Club Trials is ready for you. The second level of the program, Club Trials builds on the instruction you received in the PDX while allowing drivers their first chance at competing against time. Competition classes are formed (with both street and fully-prepared race cars), and winners are decided by fastest time around the course. Club Trials is your first real taste of motorsports competition and is the perfect appetizer before you move to Track Trials and Hill Climbs, the main courses of the Time Trials program.

Street cars no longer cut it at Track Trials. Only cars prepared for Road Racing or Solo events are allowed as speeds and intensity levels are higher. The tier-three program offers closed-course track time, with competitions again decided by fastest time around the course.

Did you know that your road racing vehicle likes to get away from the track sometimes? We did. That’s why SCCA made Hill Climbs the fourth and top level of the Time Trials program. There are no more fences and no more grandstands. Full safety gear is mandatory as it’s just you, your car and a mountain road. Hill Climb events are run on paved mountain roads over short distances, and in the true spirit of racing, fast time wins.

For the Time Trial/Novice Time Trial Application click here.

It's Up To You Where You Go

So now what? You’ve done the Time Trials program and you loved it. The motorsports bug bit you and now you’re running a high fever. It’s time to think about the next step, and SCCA again has you covered. If the types of events you ran throughout the Time Trials program struck your fancy, RallyCross, RoadRally and Solo might be your next step.

But if it’s wheel-to-wheel action that you want, SCCA Club Racing awaits. It’s a whole other adventure, and if you choose, you could make it all the way to the top and be recognized on a truly elite list as a Champion of the SCCA Club Racing National Championship Runoffs®.

Additional Resources

If you're interested in more information of how to get from the sidelines to the racetrack, you might also want to check out the book "Go Ahead - Take the Wheel."

We recommend that you also look at the free online resource which provides a wealth of knowledge about how to begin racing and avoid many of the common mistakes made along the way.

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