Solo Committee Meeting Minutes
January 8, 2018

In attendance: Gretchen and Tim Weidemann, Ron B., Mike and Carol L. Karl and Amy C., Kevin D , 

Kurt and Lisa R., Bud B., Keith B, Kit G. Joey J, Fast Mike, Crystal S.
    
Last month’s minutes review – Minutes approved as written.

NWR Board Report (Gretchen Weidemann) – The region board has a new RE. Scotty White has taken over 

the RE position, Joe Harlain, and Jerold Lowe have joined the board as Members at Large to energize 

the race program, John has stepped down from RE and is taking over the Treasure position to get 

things straighten out with our current state of affairs.  

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) – No new activity from last month

NORPAC Repot (Jessy Gauthier) – No report at this time. Jessy was not in attendance.

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – Rules meeting will held at the next meeting.  Jerry is staying on as 

President, Kurt Rehm volunteered to cover the VP position, Russ Hill is staying as Treasurer, and 

they are looking for a Secretary. 

Equipment Report (Kevin Dietz) nothing to report 
Recruitment report – (Joey Jones) nothing to report getting ready for show season.
New Business
February and March Open practice events in Bremerton Feb. 25th and March 18th – Holding events 

earlier in the season will require volunteers to step up sooner to help make sure these events 

happen.  Please let Gretchen know if you are willing to help. Kevin volunteered to design the 

course. The idea of using the same course for each event was brought up.  This would allow for a 

true test and tune opportunity.  Kevin reminded the group that having an exact course would be 

almost impossible, but we could have something very similar.

2018 Event Chairs – We are looking for volunteers to help chair all regular events this season.  

Aaron Pailthorp volunteered to Chair event #4.  Thank you Aaron!  If you are willing to help chair 

an event, you will receive an entry to the Core Workers position and the gratitude of our region 

members.  Please email Gretchen at nwrsolodirector@gmail.com to volunteer for your event.

Old Business
 
2018 Rule Proposals –

Rule #1: PAX Index – author Karl Coleman

Current Rule - 29. PAX/RTP INDEX

The PAX/RTP performance index developed by Rick Ruth will be used for any classes requiring an 

index to be applied. The PAX/RTP Index is located here: 

http://home.comcast.net/~paxrtp/rtp2015.html. The indexed time is calculated as follows:

Time = [(scratch time) x (PAX index)] + penalties.  The indexed time for NS cars (except ST cars) 

competing on street tires is calculated as follows:  Time = [(scratch time) x (PAX index) x .980] + 

penalties.

Proposal – Replace The PAX/RTP Index is located here: http://home.comcast.net/~paxrtp/rtp2015.html.

With – The current PAX/RTP index will be used. APPROVED

Rule #2:  IST – author Karl Coleman

Current Rule - 21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES

One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designations will be IST. Men and women 

eligible for this class will have no more than 2 years of Solo competition experience. 

Participation will be at the discretion of the Assistant
RE/Solo. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: Vehicles must be 

licensed and street legal, compete on street tires as defined in Rule 16, and pass the safety and 

tech inspection. Times will not be indexed. The year-end champion will not be eligible for this 

class in subsequent years. Intermediate Street Tire class will run in the AM session of each event 

to be able to provide driver’s the option of obtaining additional seat/practice time to further 

their knowledge and skill set in a time only PM setting.

Add the additional text (in bold): Men and women eligible for this class will have no more than 2 

years of Solo
competition experience, regardless of number of events.

Rationale – I overheard a tortured explanation that two years-worth of experience equals a certain 

number of events that one could have attended if they went to all events in a two year period of 

time. Therefore one does not have 2 years-worth of competition experience until they have attended 

some 50-60+ events. So a casual autocrosser could stay in IST for many years. This of course was 

never the intention and we should make it clear that it’s 2 calendar years.
APPROVED

Rule #3:  Revised run order for IST – author Keith Brown

Proposal – Remove the current allowance for IST to run in the morning session for each event. 

Current Rule - 21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES

One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designations will be IST. Men and women 

eligible for this class will have no more than 2 years of Solo competition experience. 

Participation will be at the discretion of the Assistant
RE/Solo. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: Vehicles must be 

licensed and street legal, compete on street tires as defined in Rule 16, and pass the safety and 

tech inspection. Times will not be indexed. The year-end champion will not be eligible for this 

class in subsequent years. Intermediate Street Tire class will run in the AM session of each event 

to be able to provide driver’s the option of obtaining additional seat/practice time to further 

their knowledge and skill set in a time only PM setting.

Proposed Rule - 21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES

One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designations will be IST. Men and women 

eligible for this class will have no more than 2 years of Solo competition experience. 

Participation will be at the discretion of the Assistant
RE/Solo. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: Vehicles must be 

licensed and street legal, compete on street tires as defined in Rule 16, and pass the safety and 

tech inspection. Times will not be indexed. The year-end champion will not be eligible for this 

class in subsequent years. 

Rationale – Championship classes run the alternating schedule developed by the region, it provides 

equity (as much as possible) across all classes.  If the sole reason is increased seat time, there 

are other options available.  APRROVED




Rule #4:  Move the 2016-17 Focus RS from BS to DS – author Kit and Jessy Gauthier 

Current Rule – APPENDIX A – AUTOMOBILE CLASSES 

CURRENT RULE: (PG. 145

Remove the following for regional competition:

BS Street Class (BS) (PG. 147)
Ford Focus RS (2016-17)

PROPOSED RULE:
Add the following for regional competition:

DS Street Class (DS)
Ford Focus RS (2016-17)

JUSTIFICATIONS:
#1: Proposal already under review with the SAC (proposal can be found under #22882)
#2: Independent performance evaluation done in CA Crow’s landing soon after Nationals this year
Results obviously indicate the Focus RS proved to be the slowest for all drivers except the car-

owner, therefore the Focus RS finishes LAST, 4/4 in the “Finishing order”.
The Focus RS came in 2/4 as far as set-up for this test. Owned by Justin Moore, the car was 

equipped with: 1. Koni shocks, 2. big front bar, 3. 265 RE-71Rs tires, and 4. a cat-back exhaust. 



Rule #5:  Revise sound rule section 36.3.3 – author Kit and Jessy Gauthier  

Current rule reads:
36.3.3   Any run which exceeds 100.0 dBA shall result in immediate disqualification of the vehicle 

from any subsequent run, which may include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall 

extend until the vehicle can be expected to be under the 96.0 dBA limit, to the satisfaction of the 

Noise Committee Chair or his designee. A critical view shall be taken of all modifications, i.e., 

modifications should reasonably expect sound levels in the 93 dBA range. An exception for valid 

mechanical problems may be considered.
Proposal:

Add the following addendum:
36.3.3 "A"  
Sound Stewart and Event Chair, chief of tech person shall have authority to review any violation 

for circumstantial exception to 36.3.3.

APPROVED

2018 Pro Solo Rule Proposals

Rule #1:  Pro Solo index clean up – author Karl Coleman

Existing rule:
The series will consist of three events, the two Regional Pro Solo events and the National Pro Solo 

event.
In order to trophy, an entrant must attend at least two events. For the purpose of series scoring, 

entrants who have not attended at least one other event will be removed from scoring in the results 

from the National Pro Solo. (This does not affect the results published by SCCA for the national 

Pro Solo, only the series results).
Points will accrue at all three events, i.e. no drop. Series ties will be broken by indexed 

placement at the National Pro Solo.

We’ll be using the SCCA Pro Solo National indexes listed on page 21 

http://cdn.growassets.net/user_files/scca/downloads/000/012/288/2016-2-2_ProSoloRules_final_v3-

Doug.pdf?1454449556

Proposed Rule:

Replace - We’ll be using the SCCA Pro Solo National indexes listed on page 21 

http://cdn.growassets.net/user_files/scca/downloads/000/012/288/2016-2-2_ProSoloRules_final_v3-

Doug.pdf?1454449556

With – We’ll use the current National Pro Solo Indexes.

Rationale – The indexes change every year. We need to use the most recent indexes and corresponding 

car classing. By simply stating this fact, it doesn’t matter where the indexes reside.

APPROVED

Rule #2:  Pro Solo Scoring Clean Up – Author Karl Coleman  

Remove for the purpose of series scoring, entrants who have not attended at least one other event 

will be removed from scoring in the results from the National Pro Solo. (This does not affect the 

results published by SCCA for the national Pro Solo, only the series results). 

Rationale – We already state “In order to trophy, an entrant must attend at least two events.” This 

additional paragraph adds confusion.

APPROVED

Rule #3:  Pro Solo Trophy Requirements Clean Up – Author Karl Coleman
 
Replace - In order to trophy, an entrant must attend at least two events. 

With - In order to trophy, an entrant must attend the two Regional Pro Solo events.

Rationale – We only collect trophy funds from the two Regional Pro Solo events. If everyone 

attended only one Regional Pro and the National Pro we would only have enough trophy funds for very 

mediocre trophies. With current attendance levels at the two Regional Pros the seasonal trophy fund 

has been subsidized every year by the Series Sponsors above and beyond their sponsorship 

contribution. By requiring attendance at the two Regional Pro Solos it “fixes” the trophy budget 

and may encourage more participation in the Regional Pro Solo events. It shouldn’t decrease 

participation in the National Pro Solo event because those folks are hardcore and will attend even 

without the regional events. Furthermore, we’ll continue to use the National Pro Solo event to 

accumulate points and break ties which should keep series folks attending the National Pro Solo 

event.

APPROVED

Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.

GOO

A discussion was held regarding new classes for the 2018. SCCA National is adding a class called 

STH.  It will run with our NS5 class regionally. This also introduced a decision to move STX to 

NS4.  We are adding another class, SSC which will run all by itself until we determine the participation numbers.