Starting Line Driver's Edge 

The SCCA Starting Line program has introduced thousands of students to autocross, and now brings you the Driver’s Edge Experience to help drivers transition from regional SCCA events to participating in their first SCCA National Tour.

The SCCA Starting Line Driver’s Edge uses a team of successful autocross veterans who remember what it was like the first few times they pulled up to the starting line to make a run on the big stage of national-level competition. Those coaches will walk you through what to expect during the full experience, from registration and driver’s information to that first day on grid and beyond.

What will I learn?

In short, you’ll be given the tools and an explanation of the ins and outs of a Tire Rack National Tour event, with the information to conquer the event without the intimidation factor that comes with trying something new. Our coaches will walk you through the details on the event page, talk about run/work assignments, teach you how the grid works, what to do at impound, and the information available to you at the driver's information center.

You will also have an opportunity to receive tips and tricks from our championship-level coaches. They will take you on a course walk to learn the nuances of the course and the standard elements you’ll most often see. We want you to be confident, from pulling into your grid spot ahead of your first run all the way to the last run of your weekend. Our coaches will touch base with you all weekend to answer any questions that come up and encourage you along the way. Think of them as your big brother or big sister for the weekend.

Who is this for?

Anyone entered in a given Tire Rack National Tour event is able to participate on the Friday prior to the selected National Tour event. It’s a great opportunity for a driver looking to make a jump from running local events to trying their hand on the National stage, or for those who have taken some time away to come back to the sport they love. If this is your first National Tour ever, or even in a while, our Starting Line coaches would love to be a helping hand.

What’s the cost?

The SCCA Starting Line Driver’s Edge is available to anyone already entered in the National Tour for FREE. We want to help set drivers up for a successful first National Tour!

When is the program?

The Driver’s Edge Experience takes place at all regular season Tire Rack National Tour events. Coaching begins the Wednesday before the event, picks back up at 2:45 pm on Friday, and continues through the weekend with additional tips, tricks, and pointers. Check the registration page for your chosen event for more information and to register for Starting Line Driver's Edge. 

Where can I get driving instruction?

If you’re looking for some in-car instruction ahead of the Tire Rack National Tour, don’t worry! Our friends at Evolution Performance Driving School will be hosting their Evo Advantage Tour School on Friday morning. If you’ve ever heard of their Phase 1 School, this is a scaled-down version that is specifically designed to help drivers who are new to National Tours or who are looking to move up in the standings.