Get ‘Slideways’ on the Winter Autocross Course!
In a first for a Northeast U.S. motorsports venue, Lime Rock Park has Winter Autocross Days.
Lime Rock now has large-capacity snowmaking and grooming equipment and has scheduled Friday and Saturday winter autocross events open to any licensed driver.
(The Winter Autocross Days for winter 2015 are now over. Look for an announcement in the fall of 2015 for the next Winter Autocross Days schedule.)
“First and foremost, driving hard and getting ‘slideways’ in the snow is simply a whole bunch of fun,” said Lime Rock's Walter Irvine, business development director. “Who hasn’t booted the tail out or hand-braked their car in a snowy parking lot somewhere?
“You don’t have to have any previous experience. It’s a lot of fun, it’s very safe, and you cannot believe what you learn. You develop amazing ‘car control skills’ that make you a much better, more confident driver, whether on snow, ice, in the rain or in the dry,” Irvine continued.
“Any vehicle – all-wheel-, rear-wheel- or front-wheel drive – can be driven quickly in the snow. We’ll teach those uninitiated in the fun of snow driving some specialized techniques appropriate to each vehicle type.”
The Winter Autocross events – some people call them “snowcross” – are held on Lime Rock’s autocross course in the upper infield area. Three or so cars are sent out at a time, with appropriate spacing between each vehicle. There is no racing involved.
A chalet provides a warm respite for restroom breaks as well as snacks, coffee, hot chocolate and beverages. We keep a bonfire going at the autocross staging area, too.
The winter autocross is an offshoot of Lime Rock's spring, summer and fall Open Enrollment Autocross Days (including a season-long Series Championship) held April through October. The 2013 and 2014 Open Autocross seasons saw more than 500 drivers -- from teens, track-day enthusiasts, race car drivers and seniors -- experience the fun and excitement of driving as fast as they can in a fun, safe environment. Now you can do it all winter long thanks to schedulable, weather-independent snowmaking at Lime Rock Park.
The cost is $300 per driver and includes coaching from professional winter driving coaches.
Lime Rock Winter Autocross Days:
Friday, January 9
Saturday, January 10
Friday, January 23
Saturday, January 24
Friday, January 30
Saturday, January 31
Friday, February 6
Saturday, February 7
Friday, February 20
Saturday, February 21
Tuesday, February 24
Saturday, February 28
Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
Saturday, March 7
Call our Winter Autocross Specialists at 860.435.5000, and click here for additional info.