[quote author=kglazer link=topic=200412.msg4141342#msg4141342 date=1320293151]
hey guys i live in Maryland and am very interested in starting autocross. Are there any clubs in my area that i can get into contact with to do one and are there sessions that teach you how to autocross?
There's a buttload of autocross here in Maryland:
Washington DC SCCA runs at FedEx Field. Many many National-level drivers, lots of entries (200+), Nationals-quality courses. They have morning heats and afternoon heats so (theoretically) you're not there all day.
Autocrossers Inc runs at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. Lots of crossover with the local SCCA (AI is an SCCA chapter club). More newbie-friendly, lower stakes, lots of instructors available. http://www.wdcr-scca.org/SoloAutocro...7/Default.aspx
Capital Driving Club runs at Bowie Baysox Stadium, Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, and a couple of places in Virginia. Smaller lots, extremely low-key, very fun group. They run the most events by far but limited by small lots and tighter courses that can be a bit difficult to grasp at first. http://www.capitaldrivingclub.com
NCCBMWCCA runs at Bowie, Waldorf, and Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas. I ran all their events in 2010 but just once in 2011. I think they're having some turnover in who runs the program and I think it'll be better off for that. With the exception of Waldorf they also run on smallish lots (ODS is tiny!). Decent club to start out with but I'd just stick with their Waldorf days. http://www.nccautocross.com
There are other clubs that run here and there but the above are the ones I'm most familiar with. Some others:
PCA Founders Region: http://www.pcapotomac.org/index.php?...amp;Itemid=132
PCA Chesapeake: http://www.pcachs.org/schedule.html
Mercedes Benz Greater Washington (events run in Winchester VA): http://www.gws-mbca.org/ax/axEvent.html
Mazda Sportscar Club of Washington (run at Bowie): http://mscw.com/de09/09sp.html
I bet I'm still missing some.
If you're starting I recommend Autocrossers Inc (I'm a board member). They run on the second-best lot in the area and have some of the best and most experienced local SCCA members designing courses and running the show. Experienced drivers welcome passenger ride-alongs and make themselves available to ride along with those looking for navigation help or tips to go faster.