DRIVER OF THE MONTH APRIL 2023 – MARC RUDON
Name: Marc Rudon
City/State: Long Island, NY
Daily Profession: Law Enforcement
Daily Driver: Polestar 2
Current AutoX Car/Class: See above haha!/ Super Street
Family: love them!
What was you first car? 2002 Sentra SE-R
What was your favorite subject in school? Science.
Did you get any tickets as a teenager? Nope!
What was your first exposure to motorsports, and at what age? NASCAR at 8 yrs old.
How did you get started in Autox? 1st event was at Englishtown in April of 2009
What did you drive during your first AutoX season? 2008 Evo X
What do you wish someone had told you when you started? Its an addictive motorsport.
What AutoX cars have you owned, Make Model? Oh boy.. 08 Evo X, 09 RX-8 R3, 2011 Fiesta SES, 12 Focus ST, 15 Fiesta ST, 18 124 Abarth, 15, Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition.
What made you choose your current autox car? Gas prices hahaha!
Who is your biggest influence in the sport? Definitely Ken Block.
Funniest autox story, if any? Instructing a novice driver on the course, when he’s coming in hot in one of the turns, I’m yelling “BRAKE, BRAKE, BRAKE!!!”… best part is I’m so used to having an instructor brake at work so my foot is desperately stomping on his floor, hoping he stops
What was your scariest moment as a driver? Boiled my brakes in Englishtown road course. Definitely a disconcerting feeling not being able to stop. (I was able to eventually haha!)
In the past year or so, what have you learned to help improve yourself as a driver and car prep? Treat it like taking a test. Definitely get enough sleep prior to the event. Pack early. Get to the venue early. Definitely walk the course a few times.
Do you left foot brake? Sometimes
Do you use a data logger/Video, if so how has it helped you? I’ve used a GoPro which has help with watching interior shots, analyzing steering techniques.
Best autox advice you ever received? Smoother is faster.
Best advice you would tell a Novice coming to their first event ever? Keep and open mind to critiques and importantly have fun!
How do you critique yourself after a run? Try not to psyche myself out especially after looking at other peoples times.
What is your primary goal for the 2023 season? Finish in top 3 for Street Class
What is the most fun autocross car you’ve ever driven? Definitely my Fiesta ST.
What is the least fun car you’ve autocrossed? My 2011 Fiesta SES. Couldn’t turn off traction control.
If you could pick anyone’s AutoX car to run at Nationals? Steve Antsey’s STI
What would be your ultimate car build for AutoX? Lancia Stratos
Do you play any online racing sims? Do you feel this helps in the real world? Not religiously but it does provide some input for positive feedback on real world driving especially if using VR.
Websites/Forums/Podcast you check daily? Tirerack.com, Simpletire.com
What trophies or titles have you achieved? Kenda Tires Brand Ambassador, NYR 2017 & 2018 3rd place Street Touring class champ, NYR Novice Instructor, NYR Solo Safety Steward.
Drink (alcoholic)? Sake
Vacation Spot? Disney World (and Land)
AutoX Site? Jones Beach