first of all Welcome!!!
I am in my first year of auto-x and drove my DD Metro hatchback 1L and had tons of fun and was even 2nd place competitive, (the HS mini's were kicking my butt), but I am building an 84 VW GTI
second check out sccaforums.com there are different reigions and stuff in the scca and alot more people frequent that site. (not that this one is bad, but it's mainly STL folks and our season just ended)
third, with some poking around (sccaforums.com) I found this site
and they have events in november and december in Brooksville, FL which appears mabe an hour or 2 drive for you.