Solo Meeting

November 14, 2017

Meeting Minutes

 

In attendance: Gretchen and Tim Weidemann, Crystal Stegman, Keith Brown, Charlie Morales, Karl and Amy Coleman, Dick Willy, Ron and Alyson Bauer.

                                                                                                            

Last month’s minutes review – Minutes were approved as written with some slight wording fixes.

 

NWR Board Report (Gretchen Weidemann) – John Taylor was absent, so basically nothing to report. There may be an opportunity to run a non-championship event at the PIR.  Tim and Gretchen will provide additional details after the next board meeting when he is anticipated to return.

 

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) – All bills have been paid.  We are preparing for Coneheads which will require additional expenses for year-end championship trophies. A decision was made that from this point forward the annual budget for year-end awards will be $2 per entrant for the season, plus half of the main sponsorship fee.  For 2017 the total budget will be $2600.

 

NORPAC Repot (Jessy Gauthier) – They are paying close attention and making changes regarding the cart program for 2018.  This will include course standards, driver instructions, and tech inspection. Our region must have someone officially certified in order to run carts at an SCCA event. Jessy is planning to get some of the training at the convention, but those people who have kids in carts need to be willing to step up and get this training to help continue to run carts at our events. Jessy is presenting at the National Convention about enhancing the novice program, and running a fantastic region.

 

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – Dawgtoberfest had 81 entrants.  Things ran smoothly.  Everyone had five runs each. Some rain. Motion was made to approve as championship event. Rule proposal meeting will be held the third Monday of next month.

 

Equipment Report (Kevin Dietz) – Thank you to Tim Naugler for getting the helmets from the solo bus and putting them in dry storage.  It will be important to ensure we get the bus winterized. Gretchen will connect with Kevin to see what needs to be done.  Attention to the generator, and also getting moisture management in place.

Old Business

 

Coneheads Banquet – Confirmed date of January 27th.  Jessy has volunteered to help coordinate and is looking at additional options beyond Billy Baroo’s, which is where we held it last year.  We are estimated between 80 and 90 entrants. And have limited the budget to $35 per person.

 

NOTY and WOTY – Nominations were accepted for both Worker of the Year and Novice of the Year. Voting took place and winners will be announced at the banquet.

 

2018 Specialty Chiefs – Gretchen is going to starting looking for volunteers earlier this year.  If you are interested is keeping your current position, please let her know by January 1st.  You will have first right of refusal.  If you know that you will not be returning, please also let her know.  Thanks go out to Kit Gauthier, and Crystal Stegman who have both volunteered to repeat their positions next year.

 

New Business

 

2018 Schedule – next year’s schedule has been confirmed and was distributed at the meeting. We were able to negotiate two additional dates early in the season at BMP.  These will be used for open practice events, NOT championship events.  Since the month of April is fully covered by National events running in California, this will give opportunity for seat time early in the year for those traveling, and a fun chance for those staying in town to get back into the swing of things prior to our first event.

 

Open Practice             February 25                 BMP

Open Practice             March 18                    BMP

Event #1                      April 29                       BMP

Pro Solo #1                  May 5                          Packwood

Event #2                      May 6                          Packwood

Novice School              May 19                        BMP

Event #3                      May 20                        BMP

Pro Solo #2                  June 9                          Packwood

Event #4                      June 10                        Packwood

Open Practice             June 23                        Packwood

Event #5                      June 24                        Packwood

Evo School                   June 30 – Aug 1           Packwood

NT                                July 13-15                    Packwood

Pro Solo                       July 20-22                    Packwood

Event #6                      July 29                         BMP

Core Practice              August 18                    Packwood

Event #7                      August 19                    Packwood

Event #8                      Sept 30                        BMP

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Current Rule – Appendix A – AUTOMOBILE CLASSES

 

Additional details to come.

 

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/or Event Chair shall have authority to review any violation for circunstancial exception to 36.3.3.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Meeting adjourned 8:47 p.m.

 

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