SOLO II Committee Meeting Minutes 11/12/2013

Members in attendance – Gretchen Everett, Tim Weidemann, Jodi Fordahl, Keith Brown, Laurie Hyman, Ron & Alyson Bauer, Aaron Pailthorp, Mike Leuty, Charles Aggenbach, Mark McCooey, Charly Spyksma, Karl & Amy Coleman, Annie Gill, Matt Zyskowski, Tim Irwin, Glen Hernandez and Tasha Mikko.

Meeting Minutes – Minutes were not available for review. Gretchen will bring them to the next meeting.

Northwest Region Board Report – Three of our solo members won region awards. Congratulations to Gretchen Everett for wining the Mary Pang Unsung Hero Award, and Karl and Amy Coleman who were awarded the Stan Burnett Spirit of the Sport Award. Scott Miller is a new member at large. It is great to see him getting involved again.

Treasurer's Report (Kristi) - Summary was distributed.

Drift Report – (Derek) – These events have been banned from our Packwood site. Derek is working with Angus to perhaps find a secondary site they may be able to work with.

NORPAC Report (Keith) – Keith's role has been revised. He will become more a liaison between the SEB, the National office and the Division. He feels this is a great position because most of the regions in our division are really healthy. There was a conference call a couple of weeks again. Raleigh and Vareen are working hard to put together their improvement package. They expect the program to be available very soon. They have spent the past year working on this, traveling around to different events throughout the US. They have come up with a great program working on member retention, and a lot of great topics. Keith is excited to see it and learn more about how we can apply it to our region.

WWSCC Report (Keith) – The last event of the season was three weekends ago. Dawgtoberfast was the largest event they had all season. There was a ton of students. They have definitely gotten the rent a student situation figured out. They will need to pay greater attention to the food situation however. It seemed they started preparing late, and made feeding their students a priority. If they want to make any money, they really need to focus on feeding competitors.

In the past, the management of the events has sort of “got it” they took advantage of people with more experience to learn the efficient way to run an event. This group seems to lack that drive. They need to develop a mentor situation for all of their core positions, and begin to understand exactly how these different areas work. Apparently, timing self-imploded, and things were really running late and off-track with them not actually understanding how far off it really was.


WW Rules meeting is next week. They are looking for officers. Definitely need a secretary, and a president. Karl wanted to make sure that Karen Babb was aware of how much people appreciated her stepping up and taking over.

OLD BUSINESS -

Backup power for timing – Aaron has not spoken with Gabe since the morning of the last event. Tim W will talk to him. It would be good to remind him that he has the approval and should move forward and make some purchases. Aaron will follow-up and come up with a clearer picture of how this work will get accomplished.

Solo Bus - Kevin is not going to allow us to plug the bus in over the winter to help avoid the mold and mildew that built up last winter. The windshield also leaks water, so this is another issue that will need to be dealt with by the new equipment chair. Mike Leuty volunteered to go over Jim's Detail shop and place some dehumidifiers inside. Dick also volunteered to come with him and they will remove the batteries from the radios as well. Laurie volunteered to speak to her husband about storing the van over the winter. This would not be convenient during the racing season, but would be fantastic to keep things dryer during the bad weather months. Aaron also asked that whomever goes to the van grab the wiring from the FM antenna, he needs to rebuild the case and needs the old one to do that.

New tires for the bus - The tires are old and need to be replaced. Dick will also double check the size when he visits.

Woty & Noty elections – We are still accepting nominations for both of these positions. Dan Podola, Kristi Brown, Eric Hyman, and Charles Aggenbach for WOTY. Gabe Wright and Joey Jones were nominated for NOTY. A vote was taken and awards will be presented at the upcoming Coneheads banquet.

NEW BUSINESS -

Co-sponsor Ladies Day in March with TS and others – Tasha is working with TS and was hoping to put on a Ladies Day Practice in 2014. There was no ladies event this season, and she feels that she would not have gotten involved in our sport without this opportunity. Tasha was entertaining the idea of co-hosting this type of event with SCCA, TS, ACE, and as many other clubs as would like to be involved. She would like to hold the event at Emerald Downs, which is not cheap, which is why she would like to see multiple clubs involved to help off-set the cost. TS would like to drive this weekend with an event on Saturday for the women, with a ground school and women instructors and male volunteers to work the course, and then an event on Sunday. The total cost of using Emerald Down is $2000 a day. This may seem like TS is basically asking for money to support the event, but it is important to remember that this will benefit all of our clubs in general.

The group discussed that this actually comes down to the involved clubs to share the risk of loss, or the gain of the profit. A motion was made to share 1/3 of the revenue and expenses of this event. Motion carried.

Barcode scanner purchase for registration – A motion was made to spend up to a total of $70 to purchase a set of bar code readers for registration. This means names would no longer need to entered by hand. The idea of purchasing blue tooth versions instead was suggested, so they could be used as back ups for the timing readers. The group felt that it was making the situation more complicated than necessary. USB based readers could stay with registration and there would never be any concern about when and how they are being used. Motion carried. Tasha, Brett or Dan will make the purchases.

Packwood site rules – There is a new set of site rules being distributed by Angus. They are more extreme than we are accustom to, and basically push us back to how things were when we first started using the site. All users must present a traffic control plan to Hampton prior to each event, there must be a perimeter control plan, there must be a safety plan for the event, a curfew plan must be agreed upon prior to the event – suggested event use hours of 7 am to 7 pm, any overnight camping must be pre-approved and a defined area and plan must be established for this purpose prior to the event, the use of drugs, alcohol, firearms and fireworks are prohibited on-site. We will discuss these restrictions with Angus and find out if we have any room for negotiation.

Several people take advantage of staying on-site. We believe this a timing issue more than anything with more and more people showing up days earlier than the event has been rented for ie – NT and Pro entrants coming on Wednesday and staying through Sunday when we really only have permission to start saying Friday. There was a suggestion that we add a check box on the registration site to state whether someone may be staying overnight. The group agreed this was not efficient and would most likely be inaccurate.


Ellensburg Event – There is a possibility that we can have an event over at the Ellensburg site. Gretchen and Geoff have finalized the schedule and it will be challenging to squeeze in another event. The group felt it was extremely interested in pursuing this, whether it be a championship event or not.


SUPPLEMENTAL RULES PROPOSALS


Proposal #1: Update NS4/NS5 classing


Existing NWR Rule: 15. SCCA CLASSES


Cars will be classed according to the current SCCA Solo Rules (SIIR). To provide better competition for lightly-subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and SIIR Appendix B (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):


Stock 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS

Stock 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES

Stock 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS

Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP

Non-Stock 2 (NS2/NS2L): CSP, DSP, FSP

Non-Stock 3 (NS3/NS3L): All Prepared, Modified and Kart classes, and FSAE

Non-Stock 4 (NS4/NS4L): STC, STS, STF, STR

Non-Stock 5 (NS5/NS5L): STX, STU

Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, SMF


Proposal Option #1:


Restructure of NS4 and NS5 to combine the two classes dominated by RWD cars together (STR and STX), and groups the classes that are primarily FWD and AWD together. Basically, STR and STU swap classes.


15. SCCA CLASSES


Cars will be classed according to the current SCCA Solo Rules (SIIR). To provide better competition for lightly-subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and SIIR Appendix B (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):


Stock 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS

Stock 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES

Stock 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS

Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP

Non-Stock 2 (NS2/NS2L): CSP, DSP, FSP

Non-Stock 3 (NS3/NS3L): All Prepared, Modified and Kart classes, and FSAE

Non-Stock 4 (NS4/NS4L): STC, STS, STF, STU

Non-Stock 5 (NS5/NS5L): STX, STR

Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, SMF


Proposal Option #2:


Remove STR from NS4 and add to NS5 to combine the two classes dominated by RWD cars together (STR and STX), and remove STU and make it a standalone class (or NS7 if you want to keep the same naming structure). That way, if the primarily FWD classes do not want a primarily AWD class combined with them, it keeps the drive trains more in synch (NS4 – FWD, NS5 – RWD, and STU / AWD standalone).

Note: In 2013, STU cars averaged 5.375 entries in NS5 alone, which was more than almost all the combined classes – there were only 4 classes with more entrants than STU alone: PAX, IST, ST and NS4. Classes with fewer average entrants: NS1, NS2, NS3 NS6, NS6L, NSPAX, NSPAXL, S1, S2, S3, ISTL, STL and OPAXL.


15. SCCA CLASSES


Cars will be classed according to the current SCCA Solo Rules (SIIR). To provide better competition for lightly-subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and SIIR Appendix B (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):


Stock 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS

Stock 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES

Stock 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS

Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP

Non-Stock 2 (NS2/NS2L): CSP, DSP, FSP

Non-Stock 3 (NS3/NS3L): All Prepared, Modified and Kart classes, and FSAE

Non-Stock 4 (NS4/NS4L): STC, STS, STF

Non-Stock 5 (NS5/NS5L): STX, STR

Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, SMF

STU (or Non-Stock 7): STU


REASONING: With typically 50% of our events in the NWR affected by weather/rain for at least one half of the day, the author of this proposal, Annie Gill would like to see a situation where similar drive train cars are grouped together to take some of the weather dependencies out of our combined classes.


She has prepared and owned cars for three different Street Touring classes – two different Subaru STIs for STU, two different S2000s for STR and most recently, a Scion FRS for STX. She has also competed in a number of FWD cars (Integra Type Rs and a Mini Cooper S). I’ve driven them all in both wet and dry conditions, and can say from experience that a RWD car in the wet is at a severe disadvantage to a FWD or AWD car.


She found that very consistently, the RWD Street Touring cars are averaging ~96% compared to the top FWD or AWD cars in the rain and would like to see the RWD cars grouped together in the combined classes so one car/class doesn’t have a huge advantage during wet events. Driving into an event hoping you can maybe get 96 points makes it really hard to compete for year-end championships, and it’s as easy as a slight reshuffle to remove this weather dependent.


Proposal #2: Revise existing classing to reflect the new Street classes adopted by the SCCA, there are two parts and both must be included.


Existing A


  1. SCCA CLASSES


Cars will be classed according to the current SCCA Solo Rules (SIIR). To provide better competition for lightly-subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and SIIR Appendix B (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):


Stock 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS

Stock 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES

Stock 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS

Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP

Non-Stock 2 (NS2/NS2L): CSP, DSP, FSP

Non-Stock 3 (NS3/NS3L): All Prepared, Modified and Kart classes, and FSAE

Non-Stock 4 (NS4/NS4L): STC, STS, STF, STR

Non-Stock 5 (NS5/NS5L): STX, STU

Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, SMF


Finishing position within each of these Regional classes will be determined using the National PAX/RTP Index method, as described in Rule 16. Cars entered in these Regional consolidated classes will display their appropriate SIIR class designation (AS, CSPL, etc.), not the Regional class designation. The following classes (Open and Ladies) will run as standalone classes, not in one of the Regional combined classes: Open PAX and Non-Stock PAX (Rule 16), Street Tire (Rule 17) and Novice (Rule 18).


Existing A


  1. SCCA CLASSES


Cars will be classed according to the current SCCA Solo Rules (SIIR). To provide better competition for lightly-subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and SIIR Appendix B (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):


Stock 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS

Stock 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES

Stock 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS

Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP

Non-Stock 2 (NS2/NS2L): CSP, DSP, FSP

Non-Stock 3 (NS3/NS3L): All Prepared, Modified and Kart classes, and FSAE

Non-Stock 4 (NS4/NS4L): STC, STS, STF, STR

Non-Stock 5 (NS5/NS5L): STX, STU

Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, S


Finishing position within each of these Regional classes will be determined using the National PAX/RTP Index method, as described in Rule 16. Cars entered in these Regional consolidated classes will display their appropriate SIIR class designation (AS, CSPL, etc.), not the Regional class designation. The following classes (Open and Ladies) will run as standalone classes, not in one of the Regional combined classes: Open PAX and Non-Stock PAX (Rule 16), Indexed Tire (Rule 17) and Novice (Rule 18).


Existing B

17. STREET TIRE CLASSES


Two Street Tire classes will be provided: one Open and one Ladies. Class designation is a “T” following the normal class letters (e.g., AST, CSPLT). The class is for cars using non-autocross DOT-approved tires. Purpose-built autocross or road racing (“R”- compound) tires are not allowed. See SIIR section 17.3 for tire eligibility specifics. The current National PAX/RTP Index values will be used to compute times for scoring (See Rule 16 for formula.) Street Touring classes are not eligible.


Proposed B

17. INDEXED TIRE CLASSES


17A. Stock Race Tire. Two Indexed classes will be provided: one Open and one Ladies. Class designation is an “R” following the normal class letters (e.g., ASR, CSLR). The class is for cars prepared to the Stock Class rules using autocross DOT-approved tires (R-Compounds). The current National PAX/RTP Index values will be used to compute times for scoring (See Rule 16 for formula).


17B. Non-Stock Street Tire. Two Indexed classes will be provided: one Open and one Ladies. Class designation is a “T” following the normal class letters (e.g., ASPT, CSPLT). The class is for non-stock cars using non-autocross DOT-approved tires. Purpose-built autocross or road racing (R-compound) tires are not allowed. See SIIR section 14.3 for tire eligibility specifics. The current National PAX/RTP Index values will be used to compute times for scoring (See Rule 16 for formula.) Street Touring classes are not eligible.


REASONING: Bring our region in line with new National class designations.


Proposal #3: Intoxicants


Existing Rule:


6. INTOXICANTS

Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs are permitted at the event site during the event. Any additional site requirements must be obeyed as well. Drivers are not allowed to compete under the influence of such substances. VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE EVENT SITE.



Proposed Rule:

6. INTOXICANTS

Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs are permitted to be consumed during an event. Any additional site requirements must be obeyed as well. Drivers are not allowed to compete if having consumed such substances. VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE EVENT SITE.


REASONING: The intention is to clarify this rule by disallowing the consumption of alcohol and drugs during an event and ensure that competitors are not allowed to participate if having consumed such substances, regardless of whether they are under the influence or not.


Proposal #4 - Children and Pets

Existing Rule:

7. CHILDREN AND PETS

The grid and course areas are OFF LIMITS to children and animals during competition. All pets MUST be leashed or otherwise restrained. Children are not permitted to use bicycles1; no one may use skateboards or roller skates/blades on the event site. Bicycles are prohibited in the grid area.


Proposed Rule:

7. CHILDREN AND PETS

The grid and course areas are OFF LIMITS to children and pets during competition. All pets MUST be leashed or otherwise restrained. 1Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and all other non-disabled-persons personal transportation devices are specifically prohibited from use in the active grid area2. The use of such transportation devices, in permitted areas of an event, shall be conducted in a safe and courteous manner. A person or child whose activity is deemed unsafe, or in a manner not congruent with this allowance, may be sanctioned from such activity at the discretion of the event’s designated Safety Steward3.


REASONING:


1. It states very clearly in the first sentence that children are not allowed to be in any of the “hot” areas (grid, course) during competition. However, children have always been allowed to ride their bikes and/or scooters in the pit area and other areas not relating to or affecting competition. As long as the kids understand their boundaries and where they can and cannot safely go, then this part of the rule is not necessary.

2. This sentence would prohibit all “personal transportation devices” from being used in an active grid area (except those used by disabled persons). The term “personal-transportation-devices” is intended to remain vague. If you use a device to transport yourself between points A and B, then that device is prohibited from the active grid area.

3. The remaining text of this proposal is intended to leave the sanctioning of such activities to the discretion of the event’s designated Safety Steward. As long as adults and children understand their boundaries, where they can and cannot go, and exhibit that they can behave in a safe and courteous manner, then the wholesale banning of certain/specific modes of personal transportation is not be necessary.


Proposal #5 – Sound Rule


Existing Rule:

33. SOUND

1.1 PROCEDURE

1.1.1 A section of the course shall be selected as the measurement site. The section shall be located where the vehicles will be driven at full throttle as much as possible, i.e., a straightaway. An area 100 feet side (from course center line) on each side of this section of the course must be free of reflective surfaces larger than a lamp post.

1.1.2 The meter shall be located 50 feet form the edge of the course, centered in the section, and perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle. The meter shall be positioned 3 to 4 feet from the ground. All reading shall be taken on the “A” scale, under SLOW response.

1.1.3 All cars passing through the measurement site shall me monitored. Only those cars which register above the approved limit shall be recorded on the noise monitoring log sheet. The recorded information shall include car, class and number. As the vehicle passes, the highest ready shall be noted. Sound reading shall be recorded for cars exceeding 97.0 dBA.

1.1.4 Course communication should report noise readings above 97.0 dBA.

1.2 POLICY FOR READINGS BETWEEN 97.0 and 100.0 dBA

1.2.1 Notification to drivers of vehicles with readings of 97.0 to 99.0 dBA shall be made as soon as possible preferable on the day of the autocross.

1.3 POLICY FOR WHEN NOISE LEVEL EXCEEDS 100.0 DBA

1.3.1 A run shall be defined as any time the vehicle enters the track, regardless of specific driver.

1.3.2 Any run that results in a reading in excess of 100.0 dBA shall be disqualified. There shall be no exceptions.

1.3.3 Any run which exceeds 103.0 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 shown to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the the vehicle expects to be under the 100 dBA limit. A critical view shall be taken of all modifications, i.e., modifications should reasonably expect sound levels in the 97 dBA range. An exception for the valid mechanical problems may be considered.

1.3.4 Upon completion of any run resulting in a reading in excess of 100.0 dBA, and prior to any following runs, the driver shall be notified of the offense.


1.3.5 On the first violation the driver shall be required to immediately make an attempt to bring the vehicle within compliance. Physical changes to the vehicle that result in a drop in the noise output of the vehicle are the only accepted means of compliance.

1.3.6 On the second violation of a single day's event the driver shall be given one final chance to bring the vehicle within compliance.

1.3.7 On the third violation of a single day's event the vehicle shall be disqualified from any subsequent competition, which shall include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the driver or owner can prove to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the vehicle conforms to the 100.0 dBA limit.

1.4 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

1.4.1 Any attempt to simply divert sound by directing the exhaust away from the meter without reducing the level shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and such is subject to immediate disqualification. Permanently affixed tips which divert to the side are not subject to this rule. Diverting sound up or down is not subject to this rule. The intent is to prevent movable tips with the intent of defeating sound measurement.


1.4.2 Any attempt to reduce sound by lifting the throttle when passing the sound meter shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and such is subject to immediate disqualification. This shall be verified by having a driver pass the sound meter at a distance of 100 feet at full throttle.


Proposed Rule:

33. SOUND

1.1 PROCEDURE

1.1.1 A section of the course shall be selected as the measurement site. The section shall be located where the vehicles will be driven at full throttle as much as possible, i.e., a straightaway. An area 100 feet side (from course center line) on each side of this section of the course must be free of reflective surfaces larger than a lamp post.

1.1.2 The meter shall be located 50 feet form the edge of the course, centered in the section, and perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle. The meter shall be positioned 3 to 4 feet from the ground. All reading shall be taken on the “A” scale, under SLOW response.

1.1.3 All cars passing through the measurement site shall me monitored. All cars shall be recorded on the noise monitoring log sheet. The recorded information shall include car, class and number. As the vehicle passes, the highest ready shall be noted.

1.1.4 Course communication should report noise readings above 95.0 dBA.

1.2 POLICY FOR READINGS BETWEEN 95.0 and 98.0 dBA

1.2.1 Notification to drivers of vehicles with readings of 95.0 to 98.0 dBA shall be made as soon as possible preferable on the day of the autocross.

1.3 POLICY FOR WHEN NOISE LEVEL EXCEEDS 98.0 DBA

1.3.1 A run shall be defined as any time the vehicle enters the track, regardless of specific driver.

1.3.2 Any run that results in a reading in excess of 98.0 dBA shall be disqualified. There shall be no exceptions.

1.3.3 Any run which exceeds 101.0 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 shown to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the the vehicle expects to be under the 100 dBA limit. A critical view shall be taken of all modifications, i.e., modifications should reasonably expect sound levels in the 94 dBA range. An exception for the valid mechanical problems may be considered.

1.3.4 Upon completion of any run resulting in a reading in excess of 98.0 dBA, and prior to any following runs, the driver shall be notified of the offense.


1.3.5 On the first violation the driver shall be required to immediately make an attempt to bring the vehicle within compliance. Physical changes to the vehicle that result in a drop in the noise output of the vehicle are the only accepted means of compliance.

1.3.6 On the second violation of a single day's event the driver shall be given one final chance to bring the vehicle within compliance.

1.3.7 On the third violation of a single day's event the vehicle shall be disqualified from any subsequent competition, which shall include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the driver or owner can prove to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the vehicle conforms to the 98.0 dBA limit.

1.4 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

1.4.1 Any attempt to simply divert sound by directing the exhaust away from the meter without reducing the level shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and such is subject to immediate disqualification. Permanently affixed tips which divert to the side are not subject to this rule. Diverting sound up or down is not subject to this rule. The intent is to prevent movable tips with the intent of defeating sound measurement.

1.4.2 Any attempt to reduce sound by lifting the throttle when passing the sound meter shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and such is subject to immediate disqualification. This shall be verified by having a driver pass the sound meter at a distance of 100 feet at full throttle. 

1.5 VARIABLE CONDITIONS 

1.5.1 The Noise Committee Chair with the approval of the Event Chair may change the dBA limit for the current event at any time. The intent is to handle changing weather conditions where the wind my be blowing consistently towards or away from the mic resulting in db measurements that do not serve the purpose of the sound rule.

REASONING: Requests have been made by the public to quiet down. A a new 98bd peak hold limit will force current frequent violators to make substantial changes. There is a rule in place currently that states IF a car blows a 103 or higher it will be immediately disqualified, it also states that any run blowing 100 will be disqualified from the competition results. Enforcing rule 1.3.2 disqualifying runs exceeding the limit will encourage immediate compliance. Due to windy conditions, novices have unknowingly been able to get away with clear sound violations resulting in the need for rule 1.5.1.

The author, Matt Zyskowski felt that if we had actually forced people to follow these rules it would have helped enforce these sound restrictions. There was some discussion that this number is higher than some people are comfortable with and if we expect a change in the situation, then we need to make the number more severe so that we do not loose our site.


Proposal #6 – Classification for Nissan GT-R (2009-2014)

Existing Rule:

1.   OLO EVENTS

1.1 MANDATORY PROVISIONS

Sections 1 (except 1.5) 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.3 (except 3.3.3. A), 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.10, 4.12, 4.13, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.11 are mandatory in all SCCA Solo Events that an SCCA Region solely or jointly organizes, conducts, sanctions or otherwise cooperates as a Region in organizing. The tiles of mandatory sections are underlined herein. At events where kart classes (KM, JA, JB, JC) are offered, Sections 2.7 and 2.8 are mandatory. Vehicle classifications are not mandatory. Regions should use classing structures which are best for the development of their programs. However, Regions may not allow faster karts per age group than those already describe in Section 19. National vehicle classifications are located in Appendix A of these rules. Suggested optional classes and rules are located in Appendixes A, G, and H. The entire SCCA Solo Rules are mandatory for SCCA National Solo Events. Additional rules governing the SCCA Pro Solo National Series are in Section 20.


Proposed Rule:

The proposal is to add a new supplemental rule that would read as follows:

The following addition to the cars listed in Appendix A of SCCA Solo Rules as eligible to compete in Super Street and Super Street R classes the following cars are also allowed at the events sanctioned by NWR SCCA Solo:


Nissan GT-R (2009-2014)

This classification allows the cars mentioned above to compete as any other SS car in any NWR SCCA class where a SS car would be eligible including S1, OPAX, Street Tire and their corresponding ladies classes.


REASONING: As the new street category classification stands the Nissan GT-R is not eligible for any of the street classes. Given that other vehicles like Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 Dodge (SRT) Viper are eligible for Super Street category the proposal is to make the Nissan GT-R eligible for the Super Street and Super Street R classes in SOLO events sanctioned by the NWR SCCA.


Proposal #7 – AWARDS


Existing Rule:

22.  AWARDS

Trophies will be awarded at all events according to participation levels as follows: one trophy for every three competitors in a class, rounded to the next whole number. For example, for seven competitors, three trophies will be awarded. To be eligible for a year-end award in a class, a competitor must have competed in the required number of events in the class. The required number of events is determined by the following formula: (no. of events)/2 +2, rounded to the next whole number. Thus, the best 6 events are counted for an 8-event series, 7 for a 9-event series, and 7 for a 10-event series. There are no year-end awards for Novice classes. In addition to year-end class awards, a Worker of the Year and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.


Existing Rule:

22.  AWARDS

Trophies will be awarded according to participation levels as follows: one trophy for every three competitors in a class, rounded to the next whole number. For example, for seven competitors, three trophies will be awarded. To be eligible for a year-end award in a class, a competitor must have competed in the required number of events in the class. The required number of events is determined by the following formula: (no. of events)/2 +2, rounded to the next whole number. Thus, the best 6 events are counted for an 8-event series, 7 for a 9-event series, and 7 for a 10-event series. There are no year-end awards for Novice classes. In addition to year-end class awards, a Worker of the Year and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.