This footage of one of Ryan Finch’s runs during the 2017 SCCA Solo Nationals is proof that improving the skill of the driver is more crucial to autocross performance than upping engine output or pouring money into suspension and braking modes. Finch’s 1999 Chevrolet Corvette FRC has no power-adding modifications, yet it was the quickest Corvette in the competitive STU class, allowing the driver to place fourth overall in his class.
For many, autocross may not seem quite as pleasurable as, say, driving on an actual race track like Gingerman or Pocono, and there are those who will tell you that it’s not real racing. But remember: many pro drivers (Randy Pobst, for instance) got their start there. It’s also more affordable and a lot less intimidating to newcomers than taking one’s personal car out on the track.