The new year means a new season of SCCA Autocross, and if you’ve ever thought you wanted to jump in, this is the time to do it – heck, if you’ve ever competed in an autocross, this is the year to do it more. Why this year in particular? Because 2023 marks the momentous 50th running of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, taking place Sept. 4-8, 2023, at Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska’s capital city, and you’re invited for the most spectacular of homecomings – hence the fantastic logo in the image sitting alongside this text. But a logo isn’t the only thing that’s lined up for 2023.
Before you can attend the 2023 Tire Rack Solo National Championships, you need to get there, and for that, there’s the 2023 National Solo season. Between notable enhancements to the Tire Rack Solo National Tour and Tire Rack ProSolo Series, not to mention the addition of XS to the CAM Challenge, this year’s National Solo season is poised to deliver heaping good times you can’t afford to miss.
While the National Solo season kicks off on Feb. 24 (more about that momentarily), let’s jump to September and the 50th running of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. There’s a lot planned for this massive event, including a welcome party unlike any other hosted at a special location you won’t want to miss. And being that this is a homecoming celebration, expect to see new faces, competitors returning for a comeback, and tailgating throughout the paddock.
What else? Awesome out-of-the-norm vehicles will be on site, as Heritage classes will be welcomed to the Solo National Championships as Supplemental classes, offering drivers a chance to dust off machinery that may no longer be competitive. Drivers are also encouraged to wheel out other Heritage-type cars to compete in during the Solo National Tours and Solo National Championships – basically, everyone wants to check out your classic ride, so show it off.
The “Road to Lincoln” homecoming at the 2023 Solo National Championships also includes a revised season-long points championship for the Solo National Tour that applauds top performances at the Solo Nats.
Like in 2022, those competing in the Tire Rack Solo National Tour will earn points toward a season title. For 2023, drivers competing for that season-long title must compete in at least three Solo National Tour events all in the same class – just like before. But this year, the Tire Rack Solo National Championships will also count in that points total. Also new for 2023 is that Solo National Tours taking place after the Tire Rack Solo National Championships will count in the points race – we’re looking at you, National Tours in Frederick, OK, and Moultrie, GA.
Regardless of the National Tours you opt for, the big event to circle on your calendar is, again, everyone’s favorite homecoming in Lincoln, as you can’t win a championship without attending that event.
A ProSolo Knockout
ProSolo competition will also see an enhancement this year, this one bringing more drama to the Super Challenge.
Starting at the Tire Rack SCCA South Texas ProSolo season opener and running through the Tire Rack ProSolo Finale on Sept. 1-3 in Lincoln, NE, Super Challenge competitors will be divided into two Knockout Rounds, narrowing the field from 32 to eight drivers. Elimination Rounds will then lead to a Top Eliminator.
The Action Begins Soon – Don’t Miss It!
The 2023 Tire Rack National Solo program is just around the bend – in fact, the first event is Feb. 24-26, as part of the Tire Rack SCCA South Texas ProSolo at Naval Air Station Chase Field in Beeville, TX. Meanwhile, the Tire Rack SCCA Red Hills National Tour at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, GA, kicks off the Solo National Tour on March 10-12.
A rundown of the entire National Solo seasons are below, including the 2023 Solo National Tour, ProSolo Series, and combined CAM/XS Challenge.
Photo by Perry Bennett