Track Cross Questions

Trackcross, TrackCross, Circuitcross – these are different names for the same type of event held since the mid-2000s at VIRginia Int’l Raceway, Summit Point Motorsports Park, and Dominion Raceway.

You should think of trackcross as a fast autocross for streetcars, except you’ll be driving a twisty section of Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit.  The trackcross format puts just one car on the track at a time so you’ll have the entire track to yourself.  Pretty sweet. Right?  And, you won’t have any work assignments.  How cool is that!

An important note: You don’t need a race car – although you can bring one.  This is event is set for street-legal cars.  We’ll be using Jon Felton’s TrackCross classing so you will be competing against drivers in similar performance cars.   You’ll love this event If you’re an experienced autocross or time trial driver.  If you’ve always wanted to get on the track and this is your first experience, you likely will love it even more.

The plan for the day: 1) Lots of runs (8 to 10) and fast fun, 2) medals three deep in each car class for novice drivers and for experienced drivers, 2) we combine points for each driver in all classes.  The Service with the most points wins the Top Dog Trophy and has its Service name inscribed, 3)   raise awareness of PTSD and veteran suicide and generate funds to help provide free service dogs to veterans struggling with PTSD.

This event is perfect for both beginner/novice and experienced drivers.  You can run with your daily driver or bring your dedicated track car.  We have four separate classes where you can earn points.

If you’ve read this far, be sure to join our email information list to be at the top of the list when we open registration.  We have room for just 80 drivers!

Definitely not, in fact, the majority of participants are in stock(ish) street legal cars or track prepared cars that are often still street legal.  Any kind of car, from Kia to Koenigsegg, is usually fine as long as it passes tech.

We group drivers by car class so you will only be competing against drivers with similar performance cars.  Novice and experienced drivers will be scored separately.

This is a team competition, so your team score will be the sum of points scored across all four classes.

Sounds like super fun. Right?!

Your top speed is set by driver skill, the course, your type of car, any modifications to the car, and driver skill.

This event focuses on “the twisty bits” (i.e. multiple technical sets of corners per run) of the Shenandoah Circuit instead of long straightaways.  That said, you can certainly go much faster on the track than you ever could legally on a public street and/or at a regular autocross.

Depending on your car,  it’s unlikely you will touch 100 mph.

Click here to watch our Youtube playlist of Trackcross in-car videos and see how fast some drivers go.

We are using the car classes used by Jon Felton’s Get Fast Events Trackcross competitions.

Basic car classing exists so drivers compete against those in similar cars and/or of a similar skill level.  It is each competitor’s responsibility to class themselves correctly and to help class all other participants correctly.

Choose “Novice” (NOV) if you are a beginner or otherwise fairly new to this (less than 5 autocrosses, trackcrosses, HPDEs, or similar performance driving events in the last 2 years) regardless of the car.

Street car classes-
Shall be for street legal production cars that are stock or have limited/basic bolt-on modifications like intakes or exhausts or springs/shocks, DOT 140+ treadwear street tires, full interiors, and little to no weight reduction:

SF1 = Street FWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
SF2 = Street FWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
SF3 = Street FWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more
SR1 = Street RWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
SR2 = Street RWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
SR3 = Street RWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more
SA1 = Street AWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
SA2 = Street AWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
SA3 = Street AWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more

Competition car classes-
Shall be for street legal or non street legal competition or racing prepared cars with more extensive modifications like engine swaps or added forced induction, DOT R-compound tires or full slicks or any tire with less than 140 treadwear, gutted interiors, and/or significant weight reduction:

CF1 = Competition FWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
CF2 = Comp FWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
CF3 = Comp FWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more
CR1 = Competition RWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
CR2 = Comp RWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
CR3 = Comp RWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more
CA1 = Competition AWD under 2.5L naturally aspirated
CA2 = Comp AWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, less than 400hp
CA3 = Comp AWD over 2.5L NA + all forced induction, 400hp or more

Horsepower ratings for consideration above are at the crank, from manufacturer specifications, or via best calculation on a dynamometer.

If you swap your engine, add a supercharger/turbocharger, swap on a bigger turbo, run a very sticky tire, mount big aero, gut your interior, etc – your car is in Competition Class and probably bumps from 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 (even if it’s still a daily driver!)

Have a question?  Email us at 2022SummitPoint @ Rally4Vets.com.

The number of runs depends on a number of variables, including the number of cars in each heat, weather and track conditions, and the number of problems/cleanups encountered.

There is a drive-through run before each heat and your first run in each heat is a warmup and does not count toward Class results.

After that, you should expect three to five runs, possibly more if things are running smoothly.

You can expect at least 4 runs clockwise in the morning and 4 runs counter-clockwise in the afternoon.  Your time will be the combination of your fastest morning and afternoon runs.

So for your day spent away from home you can expect at least 8-12 runs, some great video if you have a GoPro, free drone footage of some of your runs, and some fantastic camaraderie.  And, just maybe, a class medal and/or helping your Service team win the Top Dog Trophy.

Remember: The first 80 paid registrations come with a free video coaching session with Racers360.  You can use your coaching session before or after the event using your onboard video from any track in the world.

Yes. We will have an instructor available.  Your instructor ride will be free but you must request an instructor ride when you register.

If you are new to the track, this is a great opportunity to get first-hand coaching.

PS: You can practice virtually on the track using the iRacing program.

Persons 18 years of age and older can ride along on the follow-the-leader parade laps without helmets so long as they are wearing standard seat belts.

Passengers can ride along on the afternoon competition runs so long as they are at least 18 years of age, wearing a legal helmet, and have the same level of safety/protection as the driver.

Car Safety Questions

Tech inspection is a safety check to make sure each car is in good working condition.  Pre-tech the car if you know exactly what to look for or have that done by a qualified shop or person, we will then re-check the car that morning (you do not need to bring a signed form to Summit events.)

Click the following link to preview and download the Summit Point tech inspection checklist: Summit Point Raceway tech inspection checklist.

Sorry, there are no refunds or credits for cars that fail tech.

The answer is maybe.  TrackCross is a speed event and safety is the first consideration.

Convertible rules for Summit Point events are listed in the BSR Technical Inspection checklist – safety checklist – are as follows:

  • Mandatory for all convertibles
  • Factory functional and “pop-up” roll bars are acceptable, such as Porsche Boxster or BMW Z3, with Owner’s Manual [you must present the owner’s manual when you go through technical inspection] that confirms that they are “Rollover Protection” not “Style” Bars.
  • Factory function “pop-up” roll bars must still pass the “broomstick” test.
  • Mazda MX5/Miata, Honda S2000, and Dodge Viper convertibles require an aftermarket roll bar.
  • Roll bars should be padded and provide identical protection for the driver and the instructor/passenger.

Notes:

  1. Cars with T-tops or Targa tops that are removable from an otherwise fixed/structural roof are NOT considered convertibles.
  2. Convertibles with hardtops are still convertibles and the roll bar rules still apply because hard tops typically are not structural.
  3. Please inquire before registering if you have any questions about the legality of your convertible.  Sorry, but there are no refunds or credits if you register and/or show up with a convertible that doesn’t pass tech inspection. [If that happens, see if you can co-drive a car in the other heat].

Have a Question? Email us at  2022SummitPoint @ Rally4Vets.com

Yes, but!  We will have a ride-along instructor on-site to provide free coaching but you will need to request an instructor ride when you register.

PS: You can practice virtually on the track using the iRacing program.

We recommend full-face helmets but open-face helmets are acceptable.  Helmets must have a current Snell SA rating sticker – 2010 or 2015 – and be in good condition.

Please verify that your helmet has the brown or orange Snell sticker inside under the liner because that’s what we look for.  It must say 2010 or 2015.

NOTE: We may have a few loaner helmets available but the safest course of action is to contact our friends at OG Racing near Dulles, who usually have them available.

Sorry, your child may only participate when they are legally an adult, meaning they must be 18 year or older.

All drivers and passengers must be aged 18+.  All drivers must have a current US-state-issued driver license to participate, for safety and liability reasons.

Persons 18 years of age and older can ride along on the follow-the-leader parade laps without helmets so long as they are wearing standard seat belts.

Passengers can ride along on the afternoon competition runs so long as they are at least 18 years of age, wear a legal helmet, and have the same level of safety/protection as the driver.

One of our “sorry, no exceptions” rules is that everyone must be through registration and technical inspection no later than the drivers meeting start time (usually 8:00 am.)

This is because all staff and officials scatter to restricted areas around the circuit to put on the event by a fixed schedule.  So after ~8:00 am there is nobody around to help you register/tech your car and no time to give another driver’s meeting because all the people who perform those activities are now a mile from the paddock doing some other mission-critical task to make the event run smoothly.

We are also not able to offer entry fee refunds or credits for those who arrive late, so you forfeit your entry if you can’t get there on time.

The best way to not have this problem is to stay nearby the night before.  There are over 20 lodging options within 18 miles of Summit Point.

Give yourself a good time buffer if you plan to drive in that morning.

We’re all vets so getting an early start is nothing new!

Here’s a link to the many lodging options in close proximity to Summit Point: Summit Point Raceway lodging options.

Event Questions

Top Dog Competition Questions

We have 80 driver slots available to divide among the 8 uniformed Service teams.

We have established the following teams:

  • Army [Hooah!]
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard
  • Space Force
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps

Slots not filled by veterans/active duty personnel from a particular Service will be made available to the remaining Service teams.

In 2021, we only had drivers from the “Big Four,” Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.  If your Service team is filled (10 drivers already registered) we will put you on a wait list and give you 3 weeks notice that a slot has opened for you.

Service teams are comprised of veterans or active duty personnel from each uniformed Service.  Teams will be formed as veterans/active duty personnel from that Service register for the event.

The best way to form a team is to link up in your respective Service forum and then join our information email list to have advanced notice when we open our event on MotorsportReg.

If you have formed a complete team of 10 drivers and join our email list, we’ll make sure your entire team can register.

Service teams will fill on a first-come, first-served basis after early registration.

Event founder Robert Hess will be driving to the event from Los Angeles and you can coordinate to meet him along the way.

He’ll be available for media events to talk about veteran and soldier suicide if you have media contacts in your home area.

Points will be awarded for 1st through 10th places in each class in which there is at least one (1) car.  Additional points will be awarded for every $100.00 raised.

Class Champion
A Class Champion trophy will be awarded based solely on driving times.  Points will be totaled for each Class and the Service team with the most points in each class will be the Class champion.

Overall Champion
The overall event champion will be determined by the overall number of points across all classes with the addition of one point for every $100.00 raised.

So, it’s theoretically possible for a Service team to win every class and lose the overall championship to a team that’s great at fundraising.

Remember our mission: 1) have fun and 2) raise funds to help our fellow veterans struggling with depression and PTSD.

Definitely not, in fact, the majority of participants are in stock(ish) street cars or track prepared cars that are often still street legal.  Any kind of car, from Kia to Koenigsegg, is usually fine as long as it passes tech.

We use the SCCA’s classing system so you will only be competing against drivers with similar cars.  We will be using a handicap system for novice drivers.

This is a team competition, so your team score will be the sum of points scored across all four classes.

Sounds like super fun. Right?!

We will divide all entries into two heats of 35-40 cars each based on class and driver experience.

Each heat will run once in the morning and once in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

Each heat averages about 90-120 minutes long.

Depending on the number of entries and weather and track conditions, you can expect a total of 8 – 10 runs during the day.

We will use a section of the Jefferson Circuit for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The afternoon session will be run in the reverse section.

Tentative Schedule:

Sample Schedule:

7:00 a.m.    – Registration and tech open

8:00 a.m.    – Drivers meeting/novice classroom [mandatory for all drivers]

8:45 a.m.     – “Follow-me” parade/orientation lap of Jefferson Circuit – passengers are welcome [helmets not required]

10:00 a.m.   – Heat A on course

11:000 a.m. – Heat B on course

12:00 p.m.   – Lunch/touring laps – passengers are welcome [helmets not required]

1:00 p.m.     – Heat C on Course 2 (Heat A drivers again)

2:30 p.m.     – Heat D our Course 2 (Heat B drivers again)

5:30 p.m.     – Results and Awards Ceremony

We are limiting the field to 80 drivers to make sure everyone gets plenty of runs on the course.  The afternoon session is a reverse of the morning course.

We expect each driver will run each direction 5-6 times.

Please note that this is a time trial format.  While there will be 40 cars in each heat, each car will run the course alone.  This is not a door-to-door event.

Creating or joining a team is easy.

Step 1: Send us an email with your name, Service, and driving experience.  This gets you on the list for early notification when registration opens.

Step 2: Visit the Rally4Vets private Facebook page and connect with your for your Service and post your information.

Step 3: Contact your fellow veteran drivers and have them do the same.

Step 4: Block October 22, 2022 on your calendar.

The first 10 veterans/active-duty personnel from each Service who join our email list will have right-of-first refusal when registration opens in July.

The number of runs depends on a number of variables, including the number of cars in each heat, weather and track conditions, and the number of problems/cleanups encountered.

There is a drive-through run before each heat and your first run in each heat is a warmup and does not count toward Class results.

After that, you should expect three to five runs, possibly more if things are running smoothly.

So for your day spent away from home you can expect at least 8-12 runs, some great video if you have a GoPro, and some fantastic camaraderie.  And, just maybe, a Class or the overall Trophy.

Sorry, your child may only participate when they are legally an adult.  All drivers and passengers must be age 18+.  All drivers must have a current US-state-issued drivers license to participate, for safety and liability reasons.

Track capacity limits us to just 80 drivers and we expect this event to fill as soon as we open registration, which will be through the online MotorsportReg system.  The registration page is 2022 Rally4Vets TrackCross.

Until we open our Motorsport registration site, send an email to 2022SummitPoint @ vetsrally4vets.com to get on our mailing list and we’ll put you first in line to register.

Here’s the information we need for our email information list:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Service – 
  • The car Class you plan to run in
  • Trackcross experience
  • Any motorsports license you currently hold or have held in the past: SCCA, NASA, FIA, Grand Am.

We will notify everyone on our email list of the date the Motorsportsreg registration goes live.

If you register as a Waiting List entry because the event is already full, we will email you by 7:00 a.m. on October 12, 2022, if we have a spot for you.

Due to the COVID-19, we’re not certain what restrictions might be in place but as of February 2022 we are confident that spectators will be welcome.

We hope that family and friends can attend and be part of the fun and the trophy ceremony at the end.

Be sure to join our email list to receive the latest information.

Join the email list here on the website or by sending an email to 20212SummitPoint @ Rally4Vets.com.

Registered drivers may bring guests and/or crew for no additional cost as long as they all sign the waiver at the front gate on the way in and get a wristband.

Drivers are responsible for the location and behavior of their guests/crew at all times.  Children must not be left unattended and pets must be leashed and cleaned up after.

This is a “rain or shine, hot or cold” event.  We will only postpone for a significant system like a hurricane and your entry will automatically apply to the rescheduled date while still being subject to the normal cancellation policy.

Note: In the case of thunderstorms, we will pause to get corner workers out of possible lightning strike areas and resume once they have passed.

We can’t control the weather so please be prepared for wet or dry and hot or cold conditions!  BTW, we had light rain at the 2021 event and everyone loved it.

Just like being in the field on maneuvers, right?  Hooah!

Camping/RV parking may be available but there is no guarantee.

Gates typically open by 6:45 am and close by 6:45 pm.  There are over 20 lodging options within 2 to 18 miles from the track.

Unfortunately, no.

Because the paddocks often are in use with other events, trailer or car dropoffs are NOT allowed the day/night before these events.

Gates typically open by 6:45 am on the listed event day.

In the rare case the event needs to be canceled or postponed ss postponement for some significant issue, typically everything is simply moved forward to a new date.

So, if you registered for the postponed event you are automatically registered for the rescheduled event as well, and all else is the same.

In the very rare case of an outright cancellation for some major problem, typically full entry credits are issued or replacement signups are handled privately.

In either case, registered drivers are notified ASAP via email so please make sure your profile/address is current.

We are committed to Summit Point and our event management team for track rental and all support costs so this needs to be an “All sales final ” event.

That said, you can transfer your entry to another person but they and their vehicle must meet all requirements and pass technical inspection.

If you are having car problems, your best option is to bring a different car or be a co-driver with a car in a different heat.

If you find you cannot attend for any other reason, your best option is to sell or give the spot to someone else qualified to participate, then let us know whose name to put on it by 72 hours prior.

This isn’t an autocross event.  We have hired dedicated staff to manage the event and we have a great team of volunteers to fill in the gaps.  Want to volunteer?  We would love to have you on the team.

Your only requirement is to come, drive, have fun, perhaps win a class medal, and help your Service win the 2022 Top Dog trophy for your Service. And, or course, raise money to help our fellow veterans beat their PTSD.

The Shenandoah Circuit has a number of good viewing areas for spectators.

COVID-19 permitting, we encourage you to bring family and friends to be part of the event.  Event entry is free for guests and crew.  The only requirement is they all sign the waiver at the front gate on the way in and get a wristband.

Drivers are responsible for the location and behavior of their guests/crew at all times.  Children must not be left unattended and pets must be leashed and cleaned up after.

The health of our participants and staff remains everyone’s top priority.  We believe that the nation-wide vaccination program will have progressed to the point where we can safely hold the event on October 22, 2022, with minimal restrictions.

We don’t plan to open registration until June 2022, by which time we should be confident our event can be held without undue risk.

Have a question? Send an email to 2022SummitPoint @ VetsRally4Vets.com.

Top Dog Competition Questions

Trackcross, TrackCross, Circuitcross – these are different names for the same type of event held since the mid-2000s at Virginia Int’l Raceway, Summit Point Motorsports Park, and Dominion Raceway.

Think of this event as a fast autocross for streetcars, except we’ll be running on a twisty section of Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit.  And, you won’t have any work assignments.  How cool is that!

The plan for the day: 1) Lots of runs and of fast fun, 2) Team trophies in each of four classes, 3) a friendly competition to see which Service Chief will hold the rotating overall Service Trophy until 2022 (wouldn’t you like to be the team presenting the trophy to your Chief of Staff at the Pentagon?) and, most importantly 4) generating funds to help veterans struggling with PTSD.

This event is perfect for both beginner/novice and experienced drivers.  You can run with your daily driver or bring your dedicated track car.  We have four separate classes where you can earn points.

If you’ve read this far, be sure to join our email information list to be at the top of the list when we open registration.  We have room for just 80 drivers!

We have 80 driver slots available to divide among the 8 uniformed Service teams.

We have established the following teams:

  • Army [Hooah!]
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard
  • Space Force
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps

Slots not filled by veterans/active duty personnel from a particular Service will be made available to the remaining Service teams.

Service teams are comprised of veterans or active duty personnel from each uniformed Service.  Teams will be formed as veterans/active duty personnel from that Service register for the event.

The best way to form a team is to link up in your respective Service forum and then join our information email list to have advanced notice when we open our event on MotorsportReg.

If you have formed a complete team of 10 drivers and join our email list, we’ll make sure your entire team can register.

Service teams will fill on a first-come, first-served basis after early registration.

Event founder Robert Hess will be driving to the event from Los Angeles and you can coordinate to meet him along the way.

He’ll be available for media events to talk about veteran and soldier suicide if you have media contacts in your home area.

Points will be awarded for 1st through 10th places in each class in which there is at least one (1) car.  Additional points will be awarded for every $100.00 raised.

Class Champion
A Class Champion trophy will be awarded based solely on driving times.  Points will be totaled for each Class and the Service team with the most points in each class will be the Class champion.

Overall Champion
The overall event champion will be determined by the overall number of points across all classes with the addition of one point for every $100.00 raised.

So, it’s theoretically possible for a Service team to win every class and lose the overall championship to a team that’s great at fundraising.

Remember our mission: 1) have fun and 2) raise funds to help our fellow veterans struggling with depression and PTSD.

Creating or joining a team is easy.

Step 1: Send us an email with your name, Service, and driving experience.  This gets you on the list for early notification when registration opens.

Step 2: Visit the the Forum for your Service and post your information.

Step 3: Contact your fellow veteran drivers and have them do the same.

Step 4: Block October 22, 2022 on your calendar.

The first 10 veterans/active-duty personnel from each Service who join our email list will have right-of-first refusal when registration opens in July.

Questions?
If you have any further questions, feel free to use the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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