Solo Committee Meeting 
November 7, 2016


Attendees: Steven Ouk, Jean Clayton, Mike Leuty, Ron Bauer, Keith Brown, Karl and Amy Coleman, Joey 

Sim, Kurt and  Rehm, Tasha Mikko, Kit Gauthier, Joey Jones, Krystal Stegman, Dick Willy, Sean 

Green.

Last month’s minutes review - Approved as written. Motion to approve passed.

Reports 

NWR Board Report (Gretchen Weidemann) – Board meeting canceled this month. Nothing to report.

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) – Nationals payment has been transferred to our account. Solo bus 

fund is being shown as an allocation not a separate account. It was proposed that we should open a separate account for this fund to track as a separate dollar amount to remove any confusion in the future. Keith and Kristi will look into it but were initially concerned about additional bank fees, etc.

NORPAC- Nothing to report at this time. Keith is going to back away from this office, so if someone wants to step up and take over this position for the NORPAC Division it is a great opportunity to see how things run. Other responsibilities include a monthly phone call to get in on what’s happening within the SCCA along with a subsidized trip to the National Convention. 

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – Last event was the Dawgtoberfest.  No attendees are present so a vote for Championship status could not take place. 

Equipment Report: (Kevin Dietz) – Kevin not present for discussion.

Recruitment Report: (Joey Jones) – Nothing to report at this time on new recruits. Kurt has a report from the survey that we sent out to all the novices from this season. Only 18 responses so far. So far of the 18 responded, three will run IST, five will run in the class that their car is allowed in and some didn’t know or didn’t plan to continue. More info will be coming with a goal to collect all of the data and present by the next meeting. 
    
OLD BUSINESS

Site Committee Update – Mike Leuty did make a trip to the Emerald Queen Casino. He felt it would not be a great place to hold an event, even if it were small such as a Novice School or Ladies practice, etc.  The pavement is broken up by driveways and would not work well for our event logistics. Gretchen would like to see the committee look into the Port of Seattle site.  She has a contact name that she would be happy to pass along. Wayne Reuter would like to be part of the Site Committee.  Kent trucking site is full of stuff.  White River amphitheater? Did someone look at this site?

Save Packwood Committee – Gretchen will try to organize a meeting after the holidays. 

2017 Schedule – No More dates available at BMP.  Possible practice day early in the season the third weekend in March.  Ongoing process for scheduling our regional events, trying to work around the national California events, and wait for Angus to make a final commitment for the Packwood site.  Hope to have an update soon.  April 9th will be our first event at Bremerton.  WWSCC looking to hold an event at Emerald Downs early in the season, so we don’t want to schedule anything over that date. 

Coneheads – no new info at this time.  Event will be held on January 28th.

Novice Update – Survey discussed above.  Please try to compile and present results of the survey distributed by next month’s meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS

2017 Rule Proposals

Proposal #1 – Author Karl Colman

Current Rule - 21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES

One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designation 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.

Proposal - Eliminate it.

Rationale - IST/ISTL was created in 2013 when the stock classes were on R compound tires. There was a large leap/commitment from Novice to Stock classes requiring extra wheels, race tires, trailers, tools, etc. IST/ISTL was a way for folks to leave novice yet continue to run on street tires. Now the “stock” classes all use street tires. In 2013 there was an average of 9.0 entries per event subscribing to IST/ISTL combined. In 2014 there was an average of 3.12 entries per event subscribing to IST/ISTL combined with only one driver in IST and one in ISTL competing in enough 
events to be eligible for a season trophy. In 2015 there was an average of 1.00 entries per event subscribing to IST/ISTL combined with only one driver in ISTL competing in enough events to be eligible for a season trophy. In 2016 we consolidated IST/ISTL to create one IST class to “boost” participation and there was still an average of only 1.00 entries per event subscribing to IST.
The argument for not eliminating this class for 2016 was that maybe there hadn’t been enough publicity in 2014 and 2015. It was decided to give it yet another year. The additional year only put off the inevitable because participation in this class continues to drop. This class served its purpose back when it was created and it’s time to let it go. There is no need for this transitional step into a competitor’s proper class. When IST was created we did not allow Novices to stay in Novice Class for an entire season. They were booted after 3 events. IST was a soft landing place to keep them interested. Now a Novice can run an entire season in Novice Class and even get a season trophy. There is plenty of time for them to get hooked and get their car classing figured out and plan for the move into their proper class.
For the folks that don’t want to compete seriously, with like cars, in their proper class, there are plenty of Time Only classes including the popular Indexed Time Only classes. This also allows the casual competitor

Open Discussion:  Novice felt uncomfortable jumping straight from novice to a normal class. This is a lot for a novice to learn and a transitional year is valuable to new members. IST is only option for novices to run in Pro Solo. This year we had a strong novice group (3 season trophies) and our recruiters have been working hard getting people involved with our sport.  Because of this there is an expectation for a high level of participation in 2017, with 7-8 already committed to the class at this time.  Some felt the Index TO classes may be the correct place for the novices to move into 
to improve their skills in while they try to get ready for an indexed class.  Another opinion presented was why prolong the agony because real classes are brutal and will be after one, two or even three years. 

Proposal #2 – Author Karl Colman 
    
Proposal: Require minimum competition in order to qualify for a Regional Champion trophy

Current Rule – 25. 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. 

In addition to year-end class awards, a Worker of the Year and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.

Proposal A - Add an additional requirement to earn a Regional Champion Trophy.

The new paragraph would read – 25. 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. To receive Regional Champion award a competitor must have competed in a class which has 2 or more competitors eligible for year end awards. A Class Winner of an uncontested class will receive a lesser trophy than a 
Regional Champion. 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. In addition to year-end class awards, a Worker of the Year and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.

Proposal B - Add an additional requirement to earn a Regional Champion Trophy AND make event trophies optional instead of required.

The new paragraph would read – 25. AWARDS

Trophies may 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. To receive Regional Champion award a competitor must have competed in a class which has 2 or more competitors eligible for year end awards. A Class Winner of an uncontested class will receive a lesser trophy than a 
Regional Champion. 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. In addition to year-end class awards, a Worker of the Year and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.

Rationale - Currently there are 7 classes where we have 1 champion out of 1 eligible champion (having attended enough events to qualify). Before everyone says this is disparaging to women, 5 of the 7 classes with one eligible champion are Open classes and 2 are Ladies classes. The classes that would have been affected by this rule in 2016 are CAM-C, IST, NS1, NS3, NSPAXL, NST, OPAXL.
Why make event trophies optional? Because this puts the rule in line with what is already common practice. Sometimes we don’t have trophies created for early season events and sometimes trophies don’t get brought to events. Therefore the “may be awarded” gives the event officials some flexibility. Additionally, we may have budget constraints that would make trophies a nice-to-have instead of a must-have. Again, this variation of the rule allows flexibility.

Proposal #3 – Author Keith Brown 

Proposal - Combine most Ladies Classes into two Indexed Ladies classes, Ladies Index Stock (SL), and Ladies Index Non-Stock (NSL).  

Proposed Rule:

17. NWR SCCA CLASSES
Cars will be classed according to the current National Solo Rules. To provide better competition for lightly subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and National Solo Rules Appendix J (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes (each having an Open and a Ladies class):
Street 1 (S1/S1L): SS, AS, BS, FS
Street 2 (S2/S2L): CS, ES, EV
Street 3 (S3/S3L): DS, GS, HS
Non-Stock 1 (NS1/NS1L): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP, SSR
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, STP
Non-Stock 6 (NS6/NS6L): SM, SSM, SMF
CAM (CAM/CAML): CAM-T, CAM-C, CAM-S
Finishing position within each of these Regional classes will be determined using the current 2016 National PAX/RTP Index method (Rule 29), as adjusted. Cars entered in these Regional consolidated classes will display their appropriate National Solo Rules 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 18), Non-Stock Street Tire (Rule 19), and Novice 
(Rule 20).

Proposed Rule:

17. NWR SCCA CLASSES
Cars will be classed according to the current National Solo Rules. To provide better competition for lightly subscribed classes, certain classes are grouped together based on class similarity and National Solo Rules Appendix J (Bumping Order) to form the following Regional classes:
Street 1 (S1): SS, AS, BS, FS
Street 2 (S2): CS, ES, EV
Street 3 (S3): DS, GS, HS
Street Ladies (SL): SS, AS, BS, CS, DS, ES, FS, GS, HS
Non-Stock 1 (NS1): SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP, SSR
Non-Stock 2 (NS2): CSP, DSP, FSP
Non-Stock 3 (NS3): All Prepared, Modified, and Kart classes, and FSAE
Non-Stock 4 (NS4): STC, STS, STF, STR
Non-Stock 5 (NS5): STX, STU, STP
Non-Stock 6 (NS6): SM, SSM, SMF
Non-Stock Ladies (NSL): All Street Touring, Street Prepared, Street Mod, Prepared, Mod and CAM 

Classes
CAM (CAM): CAM-T, CAM-C, CAM-S
Finishing position within each of these Regional classes will be determined using the current 

National PAX/RTP Index method (Rule 29), as adjusted. Cars entered in these Regional consolidated classes will display their appropriate National Solo Rules 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 18), Non-Stock Street Tire (Rule 19), and Novice (Rule 20).

Rationale: 
This does not eliminate the existing Pax Ladies classes which would remain as the upper level or Pro class.  We had no competitors that completed enough events for the season, with 6 drivers competing in 1-4 events (6 drivers in 2015 competing in 1-3 events, with 2 drivers competing in 6-8 events for the season, but not in a single class).  This is proposed to increase the available competition in the ladies classes without requiring them to compete with the Pro level ladies.

Proposed Wording Revision
Remove “2016” from the first sentence of the second to last paragraph regarding National PAX/RTP 

Index method (Rule 29).  This eliminates a year reference.

Proposal #4 – Author Crystal Stegman

Proposed Rule Change: 2017 IST Class to run AM half of the day for every event.

Current Rule: 
21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES 
One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designation 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. 

Proposed Rule:

21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES 

One Intermediate Street Tire class will be provided. Class designation 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 drivers with the option of obtaining additional seat/practice time to further their knowledge and skill set in a time only PM setting.

Rationale: Author felt that this group of entrants would greatly benefit from being given the opportunity to consistently run in the PM group in TO or ITO to gain experience and knowledge from the additional seat time.

Open Discussion:  Some in the group felt that ALL entrants competing would benefit from this same opportunity and asked if this was a fair situation.  There was a strong focus on whether this truly would benefit this group of people because some in attendance felt that moving directly to the ‘real’ class would force Novices into reality to understand competition and how an event truly works.
 
Proposal #5 – Author Kit Gauthier

Proposal:  Add the 2012/13 Boss Mustang non Laguna Sega to STP class.

This proposal was addressed in the December FastTrack, and is no longer necessary. 

Meeting adjourned.


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