Rainbow Road Autocross
September 21 @ 8:00 am – September 22 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Join Out Motorsports at Summit Point Motorsports Park for two days of amped-up autocross on the Washington Circuit! This isn’t just a parking lot with cones – it’s a triple skidpad connected by more asphalt with curbing and speed aplenty. Bring your daily driver, your track car, or a $2,000 ‘Dot-Com Darling’ as part of our optional Cheap Car Challenge.
Full event details are below! Please give them a read and then click here to register on MotorsportReg.
Rainbow Road 101
Allowable Cars for Competition
Generally, most vehicles may compete at autocross. For insurance purposes, we cannot allow Body on Frame SUVs or trucks. If you are unsure about using a certain vehicle, contact us.
Convertibles are allowed on a case-by-case basis. You must pass the “broomstick test” (click here) in order to drive an approved convertible. No exceptions will be made to this policy and please reach out if considering bringing a convertible.
We will group competition cars into various classes to ensure fair and (ideally!) fun competition. Cars will be split by Stock or Modified (if you’ve upgraded beyond OEM parts, it’s modified) with another split at 200 HP.
Given the nature of these events, your competition car does not have to be registered, tagged, or insured to be driven on public roads. These events are hosted on private property and vehicles may be trailered in to compete.
Cars will be sent from the starting line one at a time, with the goal of running between Start and Finish in the shortest time possible. All times will be logged, and the best single time from each heat will be used for calculating placement in your class.
Your best time from each heat will contribute to your total four-run time for the event, used to calculate final finishing order.
All drivers in a heat get the same number of runs. Should one driver’s actions result in another driver catching them on course or encountering a red-flag scenario, the affected driver will receive a re-run with a clear course. The driver who caused the re-run will not receive another run.
Yes, you need a helmet! All drivers and passengers must have a helmet that meets Snell SA2010 or M2010 or newer standards. Helmets may be purchased or rented at a special Out Motorsports rate from OG Racing in Sterling, Virginia. They’ll work with you even if you’re not local – give ’em a call at 800-934-9112 and mention you’re with us!
Sharing Cars Among Friends
Want to share a car with a friend? Go for it! We allow a maximum of two drivers to share one car. If sharing a car, the first driver shall pick a two-digit number (i.e. 41) and the second driver shall pick the same number, but add a “1” to the start or end (i.e. 141 or 411).
Each driver will get the same number of runs – they are tied to the specific person and not the car itself.
All registered competition cars must pass a tech/safety inspection, to be performed trackside before the event goes green. Click here to download and print the Tech Inspection form. We ask that you bring a printed copy of this form with your info filled out to expedite Saturday morning. If your vehicle will not pass based on every item listed on the form, ensure it is fixed before arriving. We cannot issue a refund if your vehicle does not pass tech at the event.
Seat Time vs Working
Everyone will drive in two heats per day, one before lunch and one after. Total number of runs varies by event, but everyone will get the same number. The more spins and off-track excursions people accidentally take, the fewer runs you’ll get. Please do your best to keep control of your car to ensure everyone gets as much seat time as possible! Generally we’ve been able to provide 6 to 8 runs per heat.
You will be assigned to work one heat per day. We’ll share work assignments the week of the event.
We believe in getting more drivers behind the wheel, as these types of events significantly improve your skills on the road, too. In years past, we’ve been able to cover the entry fees and lodging costs for some entrants, allowing participation from folks who otherwise might find these kinds of events a bit of a stretch.
We’re currently confirming the level of funding we have for scholarships this year and will post an application link as soon as possible. Check back here, on social media, and in your email.
‘Dot-Com Darlings’ Cheap Car Challenge
Back again is our Top-Gear-esque cheap car challenge! This is totally optional but way fun and only a little bit sketchy. Your challenge, should you accept it, is to locate and purchase a competition car that is a “dot-com darling” for $2,004 or less. The dot-com boom started slowly – services like CompuServe and AOL hit the scene around 1990, everything peaked around 1999 and came crumbling down shortly after, with some remnants finally settling down at the end of 2004.
So then, pick a car built between 1990 and 2004. Buy it, fix what’s broken, and have it able to pass tech inspection all for $2,004 or less. All competition rules as listed above also apply here.
Cars will be classed by Mainstream or Luxury brand and Compact, Midsize, or Full-Size.
Our tentative weekend schedule will be as follows:
- 4:00 PM: Paddock opens for car/trailer drop off, unloading, and general hang-out time
- 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Registration & tech inspection open
- 8:00 AM: Drivers’ meeting and novice classroom
- 9:00 AM: Heat A on course (Heat B works)
- 10:30 AM (Approx.): Heat B on course (Heat A works)
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch, touring laps, course reset
- 1:00 PM: Heat C on course (Heat D works)
- 3:00 PM (Approx.): Heat D on course (Heat C works)
- 5:30 PM (Approx.): Group dinner sponsored by OG Racing – all are welcome!
- 8:00 AM: Drivers’ meeting
- 9:00 AM: Heat E on course (Heat F works)
- 10:30 AM (Approx.): Heat F on Course (Heat E Works)
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch, course reset
- 1:00 PM: Heat G on course (Heat H works)
- 3:00 PM (Approx.): Heat H on course (Heat G works)
- 5:30 PM (Approx.): Results announced, awards presented
Some of you will want to come hang out for the weekend but not drive and compete. We’d love to have you! Please register as “Crew” on MotorsportReg using the link/button above or below. Everyone on site must be registered as a competition driver or crew.
We have a hotel room block at the Tru by Hilton in Winchester, VA; approximately 15 minutes from the track. Please use this link to book by August 25.
We get it – sometimes things come up and you can’t make the event. However, the policy you agree to when you register is “All sales final – no cancellation, refund, or credit. Entry is transferrable to another person for this event only.”
We are truly sorry if you disagree, but there are no exceptions to this policy, so please don’t ask. Think of your registration like concert tickets or sporting event passes – they get you a seat at a specific place and time for a potentially sold-out event, and that’s all.
If you are having car problems, your best option is to bring a different car or co-drive with a friend. 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 policy is financially necessary and part of how we keep our entry fees as low as possible and keep things fair for everyone; thanks for understanding.