Leader Assistant Editor
Since 2006, Jonathan Olschewski has immersed himself in the sport of RallyCross racing. It started out as a simple curiosity but as soon as he got a taste for the sport he was hooked and has spent a lot of time, effort and money chasing a national title.
Olschewski, 31, Tremonton, competes in RallyCross with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He is in his seventh season and has participated in the national series each year.
Olschewski first heard about RallyCross while on an LDS mission from his companion who mentioned the SCCA racing solo. Once he returned he researched the sport, finding out that passengers are allowed. Drivers reach top speeds of 65 MPH as they weave in and out of cones and through gates on a dirt/gravel course.
After multiple runs, the driver’s times are added up, minus penalties for knocking down cones, missing gates or not completing a run. He said, “It is not always about being the fastest, but also about being the cleanest (without penalties). Slower cars with better drivers often win.”
He attended his first event expecting to watch but was asked if he was interested in competing. Despite arriving in a beautiful car with an immaculate paint job, he accepted the challenge to race in the gravel lot. He said, “I did horrible. I had no idea I was going to be allowed to compete. People with nice shiny cars do not come to play and they were blown away that I actually did.”
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Courtesy David Cosseboom
Jonathan Olschewski has been competing in RallyCross racing since 2006 and is looking to win a national title. He has spent several years prepping cars for the event and developing his skills.