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Shari McCoy

Shari McCoy is a staple in the Cincinnati Region SCCA, who is always welcoming to new autocrossers. She has worked her way though a few different cars, but is in love with the current ND2 that she drives, and is hoping that 2021 will be an improved season for everyone.

What SCCA region do you belong to? Do you race with any other autocross clubs? I belong to the Cincinnati Region. I have raced with MVSCC in the past, but haven't participated in their events in the last several years.

Which car do you drive and in which SCCA class?

I currently drive a 2019 (ND2) Mazda Miata in CS.

The ND2, what a popular choice! Which other cars have you driven, and do you have a favorite?

I started out driving my 2008 Cobalt SS in DS. I have also driven an RX-8 in STX, an NA Miata in STS, and an NC Miata in STR.

My favorite is the ND2, it's an amazing car.

How did you get started autocrossing? What was it like at your first event?

I began autocrossing in 2009, a group of friends and I all went to our first event together.

My first event was an amazing experience, but a little overwhelming. I got beat by a lot at my first event, but it was probably the most fun I had ever had!

We all have to start somewhere, so we're glad you didn't let the time difference at the first event deter you. Having stuck around with it, which aspects of autocross do you enjoy the most?

I love the competitiveness of autocross and the people. It is amazing to go to an event and see so many people enjoying the same hobby and bonding over a love of the sport.

Have you done National events? Which is your favorite site?

I have done several National Events. My favorite site was Wilmington Airpark, but Lincoln and Toledo are great as well.

We all miss Wilmington, OH. Site acquisition is definitely a hard thing. So, what is your favorite autocross memory?

Coming off the course from my final run on the first day of competition at Solo Nationals 2018. It was amazing to come off course having put together an amazing run, and to have so many of my friends waiting to congratulate me.

It really is about the people at autocross! Have you done or plan to do any other kinds of racing?

I have participated in the PDX at Mid- Ohio a few times as well as a Time Trial.

What can we find you doing when you're not autocrossing?

I spend a lot of my time working, but I also volunteer at a local animal shelter.

Aw, that's so sweet that you volunteer! It certainly goes along with your personality and how much you help your local region. Have you faced any challenges in autocross, and if so how did you overcome them?

I once participated in an event with a new club, and when I went to registration they told me I needed to register in the Ladies class. There were no other participants in that class and I wanted competition. I expressed that I wanted to run the open class, and after several minutes of discussion I was able to register in open. I didn't let it ruin my day, I went out and drove and had a great time. A day autocrossing is better than a day doing anything else.

Very well said! It shows you have no problem standing up for yourself, but do you have a mentor or other support that has helped you succeed?

I have had so much support throughout the years. To pick one person would be impossible. I have had events and times where I have wanted to give up or take a break, but my autocross family always picks me up and pushes me forward to the next challenge.

We're glad you persevered! What are your goals for 2021? Will we be able to find you at any National Solo events?

My 2021 goals are to be able to attend more events than 2020, and to continue to improve my driving. I am hoping to attend some National Tours this year, and possibly attend Solo Nationals.

How do the ideals of Driving Forward Together align with yours?

I believe we are all drivers and should be treated as such. We should build each other up and support one another to become the best drivers we can.

In addition, do you have any words of advice for someone new looking to come to their first event?

Don't let your fears keep you from trying something new! We were all new once, and we are here to help you enjoy the sport we all love. If you have questions, ask if you need help, ask. We are all here to help each other and to grow the sport that we love.

Thank you, Shari, for taking the time to talk to us and we hope to see you at events in 2021!

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