SOLO II Committee Meeting Minutes 2/11/2014
 
Members in attendance –  Gretchen Everett, Laurie Hyman, Aaron Pailthorp, Charly Spyksma, Kevin Dietz, Annie Gill, Chip C., Karen Babb, Mike Leuty, Stephen Hui, Karen Babb, Ron & Alyson Bauer, Joel Ferguson, Val Korry, Tim Stake, Brian Williams, James Rollo, Kit & Jessy Gauthier, Karl & Amy Coleman, Tim Irwin, and Tasha Mikko.  
 
Meeting Minutes – One correction was made to place the Rock Blocker discussion under open business, not GOO.  A vote was taken and approved.  Ron did not volunteer for anything.
 
Northwest Region Board Report – They have more than they think in the Race registry, and are doing okay as a region.  Some progress at the Ridge.  It has been sold and is being transferred to a new owner.  Scott Miller has volunteered to be the Asst. RE.  Solo needs to present a budget.
 
Treasurer's Report (Kristi) – Treasurer was on vacation, so no report presented.
 
Drift Report – (Derek) – No representative present.
 
NORPAC Report (Keith) –   Keith was not in attendance.
 
WWSCC Report (Karen) – Ladies practice day 2/15 and Event #1 2/16.  Events will be held at Emerald Downs.  The Ladies practice is being co-hosted by TS, SCCA, and ACE. 
 
OLD BUSINESS
Timing Equipment – We have the new Farmtek equipment.  Tim says it works great, even with our old timer display.  The reception coverage is great because it doesn't have to be completely lined up.  One issue was raised; there is only one time displayed at once. This is different from the past equipment which showed several of the previous times.  We need to decide what to do with the Race America equipment.  The wiring is extremely worn out and all three rolls would need to be replaced. It will cost approximately $100 per role for a total of $300.  We could also spend another $800 to purchase replacement Farmtek equipment to use as backups.  Tim said the Farmtek people were really great to communicate with.
 
Equipment Update – The generator has been fixed.  The issue was the gas cap was not venting properly.  They did a full maintenance, changing oil, etc. and it is working great now.  The bus is still leaking, and is still being stored at Laurie and Eric's.  Someone suggested that we get it completely inspected to see what its long term life may be.  Apparently, there are some issues with the wood frame in the floor.  It would cost around $300 for the inspection.  Several in the group reminded us that we spent $10k to have the engine rebuilt and there are maybe 500 miles on it.  It may not be the prettiest thing on the planet, but it does work and continues to serve our needs.  It may leak, but this can be fixed.  A proposal was made that we at least get it inspected to find out if there is anything major that needs to be addressed.
  
 NEW RULE PROPOSAL PRESENTED IN DECEMBER
 
An eighth and final proposal was presented in the month of December.  This proposal covers the new 2014 PAX index.  Since these were not published prior to our November meeting Dick is going to allow a onetime exception to our current rules process.  This new proposal was discussed in January and will be voted on tonight.
 
2014 Street Indexes
 
Index the new Street classes by multiplying the R-compound class indexes by the 0.975 street tire modifier instead of using the 2014 Street Indexes.
 
Reasoning: For the past two years, a 0.975 modifier has been used to index cars competing on street tires at national level events.  While Northwest Region did not use this modifier, many other SCCA regions did at their local events, including Oregon region.
 
The 0.975 modifier has proven roughly accurate for lower power cars and somewhat conservative (difficult) for higher power cars.  This was corroborated by independence testing by Sam Strano and other WDCR drivers.
 
The SCCA made the street tire classes official in 2014, so Rick Ruth (the creator and maintainer of PAX) assigned them individual indexes instead of relying on the 0.975 modifier.  Unfortunately, he deliberately chose to make the indexes extremely, unrealistically difficult.
 
If we use the official 2014 PAX indexes for the Street classes, it will place all Street participants at an unfair disadvantage in any PAX-ed class. For this reason, the author proposes indexing the new Street classes by using the R-compound class indexes multiplied by the 0.975 street tire modifier instead of using the 2014 Street indexes. For example, for an A Street car:
 
o              We'd take the A Street-R index:                                 0.848
 
o              Multiply it by 0.975:                                                         0.848 x 0.975 = 0.827
 
o              Then use the result (0.827) as the index for A Street
 
References
 
1. Sam Strano (a multi-time national champion who's generally perceived as being opposed to street tire classes) and other Washington D.C. Region autocrossers conducted two independent tests corroborating the 0.975 modifier.
 
In the first test, Strano and three others did back-to-back runs in a CS Pontiac Solstice ZOK with “fairly fresh” Hoosier A6s and three different sizes of Dunlop and Hankook street tires.  The ratio between Strano's best R-compound run and his best street tire run was 0.974; the others' ratios ranged from 0.996 to 0.976.  These results suggest that the 0.975 modifier is approximately correct, if not perhaps slightly too difficult, when applied to low power RWD cars – https://www.facebook.com/notes/danny-kao/my-non-scientific-autocross-tire-test-hoosier-a6-dunlop-star-spec-2454518-star-s/10201931460668819.
 
In the second test, Strano and two other autrocrossers (including Junior Johnson) did back-to-back runs in an AS Chevrolet Corvette FRC with one-run Hoosier A6s and BFG Rivals.  The ratio between Strano's best R-compound run and his best street tire3 run was 0.953; the other drivers' ratios were from 0.937 and 0.939. These results suggest that the 0.975 modifier is too difficult when applied to powerful RWD cars –https://www.facebook.com/mykao/posts/10201931460668819.
 
2.  At this year's SCCA #7 event in Packwood, Stephen ran his G-Stock Celica on moderately worn Hoosier A6s in the morning session and BFG Rivals in the afternoon session.  Conditions were the same for both sessions.  The test methodology favored the street tires, both because my Hoosiers were not new, and also because I learned the course on the R-compounds before switching to the street tires.
 
His best time on the Hoosiers was 61.326; his best run on the BFGs was 63.376.  The ratio between his best R-compound run and his best street tire run was 0.968.
 
3.  Rick Ruth on SCCAForums.com, posted November 22.  There's no apparent way to link to a specific post on SCCAForums, so you need to scroll down to find the post; Ruth's user name is rtp.rick. -http://www.sccaforums.com/forums/aft/444884.
 
4.  Jeff Cashmore (Stock Advisory Committee chair, multi-time national champion) on RoadRaceAutox.com posted December 1. - http://www.roadraceautox.com/showthread.php?47035-2014-rtp-pax&p=133095&viewfull=1#post1333126
5.  Andy Hollis (multi-time national champion) on RoadRaceAutox.com, posted December 2. -http://www.roadraceautox.com/showthread.php?47035-2014-rtp-pax&p=1333126&viewfull=1#post1333126
 
6.  Gary Thomason (multi-time national champion) on SCCAForums.com, posted November 28.  There's no apparent way to link to a specific post on SCCAForums, so you nee3d to scroll down to find the post; Thomason's user name is BSPC5. - http://www.sccaforums.com/forums/aft/431529.
 
Discussion:  There were definitely several people that agree with this proposal, but it was brought up that along with these index changes, there are also rule changes, and class designation changes. One member felt very strongly that they should be harder until things have a chance to be flushed out and more of a realistic baseline can be determined. There is one additional region in the United States that is going against this revision, and will be using their own index. 
 
A vote was taken and the motion carried.  Vote of 11 for and 5 against.
 
GOO
 
Dick would like to remind the group that he is looking for volunteers to Chair events.  Fast Mike said that he would volunteer for one.