Autocross motor sport
Autocross is a form of motor sports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course of left and right turns, sometimes with stops and restarts, on either a sealed or an unsealed surface. Autocross differs from track days, or road racing in that generally there is only one car on the track, racing against the clock rather than other cars.
Autocross courses are typically less than a mile long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones or be permanent tracks with approval by a motor sport body.
Events typically have many classes that allow almost any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built racing cars, to compete. Due to the nature of a typical track, speeds can be slower when compared to other forms of motor sports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level (measured in discrete turns per minute) can be higher than even Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course.
A track day is an organized event in which vehicle owners are allowed to drive their vehicles around established motor racing circuits. Many race tracks in the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with sponsoring clubs now support these events, whereby any road legal or track prepared vehicle, can be used without speed restrictions. The criteria for being eligible to participate is usually simply holding of a valid driving license for the vehicle in question, and the payment of a fee. These events provide a great opportunity to improve your driving skills and to learn the capabilities of your vehicle.