Help us make the call: What are we driving at tomorrow’s Florida State Autocross Championship?

J.G.
By J.G. Pasterjak
Nov 5, 2021 | Chevrolet, SCCA, Toyota, Autocross, MR2, Corvette, z06

The scenario: Tomorrow is the annual Florida State Autocross Championship. Each year, the SCCA Regions and independent clubs in Florida rotate around and host a state championship event at one of our more premiere sites.

This year, the Jax Solo/Buccaneer Region SCCA group will be putting on the event at the Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park in Keystone Heights.

The catch is that the weather forecast is grim, unless you’re a pelican. There’s currently an 80% chance of rain for most of the day, never dropping below 60% until after 6 p.m., when we should be done towing all the cars out of the soft grass that surround the course.

So here’s our dilemma: We’re currently registered in the Corvette Z06 in Super Street Mod, with a set of Hoosiers mounted and ready to go. We also have a friend possibly bringing a set of Goodyear SC3s that we could bolt on if the rain is still persisting, which absolutely looks to be the case.

Or, do we simply load up our 1991 MR2 Turbo with its Falken Azenis RT660s (and air conditioning, which makes clearing a foggy windshield much easier) and move to Xtreme Street A? This also prevents us from having to switch wheels twice in a wet paddock with possible 15-25mph winds whipping around us.

Yes, these are first-world problems of the highest order, but we’re letting you help solve them. Both classes are well-subscribed and should be fun competitions. So which button do we push?

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/5/21 1:55 p.m.

I think the Hoosiers in the photo kinda give the answer here. laugh

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/5/21 1:58 p.m.

There's a saying I heard once and try to live up to as much as possible:

Hope for the best, expect the worst.

I vote MR2.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/5/21 2:19 p.m.

I like mid-engine.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
11/5/21 2:22 p.m.

Based on the weather, I'm gonna go with u-boat.

Margie

NOT A TA
NOT A TA UltraDork
11/5/21 2:24 p.m.

MR2

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/5/21 2:25 p.m.

Whatever Korean car is in the press fleet with hoho's. You didn't say you wanted to win.

GM > MG
GM > MG New Reader
11/5/21 3:16 p.m.

MR2 for the Win.

Corvette if you want to show off Drift Mode...

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQhtuWwEJTS6mIUsnWtNLeiSnmuJyjYPxfNMw&usqp=CAU

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/5/21 3:32 p.m.

I've already made the same decision, and switched from the E Street Miata to H Street in my daily. I'll be going from (hopefully) competing for a trophy to trying not to be last in class. That's fine, I'll still have fun and maybe exceed expectations.
 

With all the time effort and money that's been put into the Corvette, I wouldn't consider running it in those conditions.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/5/21 3:33 p.m.

Not shown: rescue Miata 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/5/21 3:50 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

Not shown: rescue Miata 

That one doesn't go out in the rain. laugh 

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/5/21 3:54 p.m.

Does the Buick still run?

Black_ops_miata
Black_ops_miata New Reader
11/5/21 4:15 p.m.

It's about competition, right?  Whichever class is bigger is the most fun. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/5/21 4:50 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

Does the Buick still run?

What Buick? This one isn't in the immediate GRM family anymore. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
11/5/21 4:56 p.m.

MR2...........easy button, all things considered.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/5/21 10:26 p.m.

It's not looking any better...

 If you drive the MR2, you might be able to see out of the windshield; it has HVAC, right?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
11/5/21 10:35 p.m.
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:

It's not looking any better...

 If you drive the MR2, you might be able to see out of the windshield; it has HVAC, right?

Yep, here at the lovely Best Western in Waldo (actually approximately the fourth best western, but who' counting?) Got the MR2 and it's Falken RT660s on the trailer. And its a/c in the engine bay. I figure betyween the tread and the additional fog rejection it'll be the hot setup in the rain. And if it's miraculously dry, it's still a fun car in XSA and we have a good group. 

11GTCS
11GTCS Dork
11/5/21 10:47 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Boooo! devil  No ridiculous power slides in the rain? Where’s your sense of adventure? 

pimpm3 (Forum Supporter)
pimpm3 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
11/6/21 6:54 p.m.

It rained...

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/6/21 7:41 p.m.

Boy, did it. Last two run groups had much better conditions. 

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