Jason Tipple is a two time SCCA Solo National Champion and featured this week

Jason Tipple is a two time SCCA national champion with a 2001 STS Championship and a 2007 FSP Championship both in a Civic Si.

Jason Tipple in his SMF Civic SI
Jason Tipple in his SMF Civic SI
Jason Tipple in STR S2000
Jason Tipple in STR S2000

We cover a lot of topics in this episode which makes sense for someone who started autocrossing in 1993.  (I’m a bit jealous I didn’t start back then!)

He like to tinker from the beginning and has been in classes street tire and street prepared classes most of the time.

He’s driven cars including: Ford Probe GT, NX2000, Mitsubishi Evolution, BSP S2000 and of course a Civic Si or two.

He talks about setting up the cars as well as his thoughts on limited slips and their autocross applications.

Andrew Pallotta SCCA Solo Nationals Driver of the Year and Autocross Nationals Rookie of the Year

Andrew Pallotta – Solo Nationals Driver of the Year

Andrew Pallotta GS
Andrew Pallotta GS
Andrew Pallotta Super Challenge
Andrew Pallotta Super Challenge
  • Solo Nationals Driver of the Year
  • 2014 Solo Nationals Rookie of the Year
  • 2015 Super Challenge win in ES MR2

Solo National Championships

  • 2016 G Street National Champion Ford Focus ST
  • 2015 ES National Champion in MR2
  • 2014 STX National Champion in Scion FR-S
  • 2010 STU National Champion in Mitsubishi Evo VIII

ProSolo National Championships

  • 2016 G Street National Champion Ford Focus ST
  • 2013 STX National Champion in Scion FR-S

I’m noticing something with these super fast drivers…they have spent a lot of time playing car racing games and are quick in real cars as well.
(Andrew met Tom O’Gorman playing R Factor)  He said playing race simulators was huge in his development.

The Toledo Pro Solo hooked him.

He switches cars because he gets bored easily.
He thought he was a setup guy.

He suggests watching Sam Strano’s videos (and I recommend watching Andrew’s as well).

Mental strategy

  • Run 1 throw caution to the wind (nothing to win or lose – finds out what the car has in it)
  • Safe if run 1 was coned
  • Run 3 put together what he learned.

Early adopter of Solo Storm for data acquisition.

He likes to keep his hands at 9 and 3 (I’m trying to practice this on the street, I’m sooo hooked on shuffle steering).

He tries to walk a lot at Nationals (but then clarifies a lot is not 10 times each) and notes that you should walk by yourself to focus.

He hasn’t done much road racing (so we will have to do our best to compete with him).

There is much much more in this episode, enjoy!