How to make the most of precious few runs

Together with Mazdaspeed Motorsports, we hosted a very special panel discussion on going faster, faster! Our talented group of experts includes Karen Babb- Multi-time National Champion and SCCA Hall of Famer, Neal Tovsen-author behind and podium finisher at the SCCA Solo Nationals and Rachel Kerswill- Mazda Solo National Champ.

You'll learn how to 

  • Craft your run strategy
  • Break down the course like a course designer
  • Understand how to use data to maximize each successive run
  • Prepare mentally to focus and counter nerves
  • Benefits and drawbacks to working as a team in Solo
  • What to look for in a potential partner

Meet the experts 






Karen Babb  began autocrossing in 1979 in a Mazda Rx-7. She first ran the SCCA Solo Nationals in 1980 and began designing local courses in early 1980's. She's a multi-time National Champion and Nationals Course designer and a current member of Course Approval Panel. She is also co-chair of the 2015 Tire Rack Solo Nationals.   Neal Tovsen is the author behind and an instructor for SoloPro Driving Schools. In addition to his own six podium finishes at the SCCA Solo Nationals, Neal enjoys working with other drivers and their cars to find more speed.   Rachel Kerswill is a SCCA Solo competitor with 7 years experience in Solo in a variety of vehicles. In 2014 she became the CSL National Champion and went undefeated in class in the 2014 Championship Tours. Rachel continues to compete at the regional and national level, taking home 1st in CSL at the 2015 San Diego Championship Tour.

Resources and tools

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