The objective of an autocross is to develop a driver's ability to control a vehicle while operating near its performance limits. Autocross (also known as Solo Racing) is a timed event held over a closed course marked by cones or traffic pylons. Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. finishes and trophies are presented to class winners typically at the end of each season. Autocross courses are typically set up in vacant parking lots, unused airport runways or taxiways. These sites are usually chosen for their lack of obstacles and ample run off areas. This provides an environment where drivers can learn car control with a low probability of damage to either driver or vehicle.

Cars are classed according to weight-to-power ratio, tire compound, tire size and many other variables affecting vehicle performance characteristics. Speeds are slower in absolute terms when compared to other forms of motorsports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level can be very high when measured in the number of turns, brake applications, shifting, etc.

Autocross courses are typically 40 to 90 seconds in duration. In addition to being a national level motorsport in its own right, autocrosses are a good way to learn skills that transfer to road racing. Las Vegas Region autocrosses are operated under Zone8 Rules.

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