Driver of the Month May 2005
Rick Alexander was nominated for this by some good friends, and No I will not tell… I’m currently the Activities Director of CART (Connecticut Autocross and Rally team)( http://www.cartct.com ). In this position I haven’t been able to focus fully on developing my driving skills. So instead I’ve been working on my fabricating skills. Last winter I built my current ride from a bare chassis and body into a runner. It now has 7 runs accomplished and the prototype bugs are going away slowly but surely. Once this car is completely sorted out (I know they are never perfect), the next car will be a 2 liter mid engine A Mod with an aero package. At least I hope that will be the next project. Who knows what might come my way in the mean time. I’ve attached seven pictures of the car. The three “under way” are of the maiden voyage. The two rain day shots were from a test and tune where there were so many problems that I only got one run in and it was the last of the day. The ones where the car is in primer are basically what I started with last September. Now please excuse me while I hunt down the depraved individual who nominated me for this. LOL.
Quoted by a nominee “Rick has served as our Competition Director for 2 years. Rick manages the winter kart events, participates and helps to run our wintercross, track and autocross events. Rick is the first one to grab a wrench when a competitor has a problem. Rick helps maintain our website, and is responsible for posting results and tracking year end points in all classes and events. Rick has shown at several events without a car, due to “need to get it done’s” and worked the entire event.
Name: Rick Alexander
City/State: Lakeville, CT
Profession: Independent home improvement contractor
What year did you first get interested in (or start) autocrossing?
What kind of car or cars do you currently play with, what class are
they in, and what are its particular strong suits in your opinion, if
A Mod Dwarf, ’32 ford 3 window coupe, 1150cc Suzuki
How much of the sport do you think is attributed to driver skill vs. car setup?
Probably 75% driver and 25% car
What is it about autocrossing that keeps you interested?
I like the social aspects of the sport. I’m also very interested in the
fabrication of the cars and parts as evidenced by last winters project.
Do you constantly critique yourself during your runs or after the event?
After each run and during my ride home, I’m way too busy during the
Do you see yourself looking ahead enough during a run; do you talk
out loud in your car during the run?
Occasionally I’ll find myself short sighted. And I only speak to myself
when I’ve obviously screwed up.
How do you feel after a fast, clean run?
It’s the pay off rush that we do this for. Can’t happen too often
Would you consider expanding your skills to wheel to wheel racing?
I want to try it but financially it isn’t in the cards right now. Some
day I’ll have two cars so that one can be considered disposable.
What techniques do you use to memorize the course?
Walk without talking to others. Then watch the others run the course
for a while.
Have you ever tried to get a company to sponsor you? Were you
Never tried so I guess I’ve been successful in that I haven’t been
What trophies or titles have you won?
Nothing of any consequence.
What is your primary goal for the 2005 season?
To be our club A Mod champ.
When was the last time you attended an SCCA National Tour or Pro
Solo? How did you finish?
If you could have ANY autocross ride imaginable, what would it be and why?
An original Lotus 7. I’m just nostalgic like that.
What was your favorite subject in school ?
Wait a minute… That was the 60s wasn’t it? “If you can remember the
60s, you weren’t there” I guess I must have been there.
Did you get any tickets as a teenager when you first had your driving license?
No, my record was clean for 15 years. See they just weren’t watching at
the right times.
Besides racing, what do you do when you have time alone?
Time alone? I’m a sole proprietor with a family, there is never enough
time let alone solo time.
What is your favorite-
tv show– Killed my TV
movie- So many, too many to list.
music/band- All but country
car– Either the current one or the one I’m building.