SOLO II Committee Meeting Minutes 12/10/2013

Members in attendance – Gretchen Everett, Jodi Fordahl, Laurie Hyman, Aaron Pailthorp, Mike Leuty, Charly Spyksma, Charles Aggenbach, Annie Gill, Matt Zyskowski, Karen Babb, Mike Leuty, Bud Bohrer, Stephen Hui, Karen Babb, Kit & Jessy Gauthier, Val Korry, and Tasha Mikko.

Meeting Minutes – Minutes were approved as written.

Northwest Region Board Report – Reported on the banquet. There is a problem with the race books, and getting the actual status of the region books. Unfortunately, Solo is basically the only venue in our region that has it “together”. Summary of our attendance this season average attendees of 123 people, disregarding the last event with a total of 75 entrants. There will be no Time Trial events.

Treasurer's Report (Kristi) – Nothing has changed since last month. New report was not available for viewing.

Drift Report – (Derek) – No representative present.

NORPAC Report (Keith) – Keith was not in attendance to present.

WWSCC Report (Karen) – Held the rules proposal meeting. Should be up on the website shortly. More comments on the UW event, talked about the schedule for next year and any available dates in Shelton.

OLD BUSINESS

Backup power for timing – Gabe had ordered what is necessary, but never got charged, and never received his order. He appreciated a friendly reminder and will start on this project again.

Solo Bus - Alyson Bauer is looking into new tires. Mike Leuty gave her the correct size, but we don't really need them until March, so it will happen later. Mike bought the dehumidifiers. He also suggests that we buy a special battery tender. The group agreed we do everything possible to keep it dry and mold free.

Co-sponsor Ladies Day in March with TS and others – Karl found out from Emerald Downs that the site we were interested in has been leased out to a car dealership for the next five years. There is a possibility of subleasing it from them if they are not using it in March, but this is a very unlikely. He was pointed towards the Super Mall in Auburn. They are currently looking for other sites, and Tasha is going to find out if BSCC might be interested in working together. ACE is definitely interested in participating. Karen also suggested contacting Cheney Stadium.

Bar code scanner purchase for registration – Brett is going to be taking care of this purchase.

Timing Equipment – Dick received a breakdown of the necessary items from Tim Stake today. It included everything but the antenna. Dick asked that he include this in the purchase. Everything fits within the $1500 approved budget. Tasha reminded the group that we should check with the OR region to find out what they did to ensure that our system works as well.

Solo Bus Storage – The Hymans have volunteered to store the Solo Bus behind their shop for the winter. This will allow us to keep it plugged in and aired out. This can only happen until the season begins (early March).

NEW BUSINESS

Committee Elections – It is time to elect a new committee. Dick has volunteered to stay in charge, but he is more than happy to hand the gavel over to someone new. He has a limited capacity for stuff rolling up hill. He doesn't tolerate it and won't deal with it. He would definitely appreciate and looks for someone to help with event administration, and a full crew of Specialty Chiefs. He has already put a note out to last month's chiefs. We need two Timing Chiefs, and an Equipment Chair. Dick would like to reorganize how we do the Equipment. This means one volunteer to cover the bus and any inventory needs, but he would also like to have two Chief of Setups. One for the Stock half and one for the Non-stock half. These are all valuable positions and will be difficult to fill. Dick is hoping that given the new timing equipment we may be able to attract some new volunteers. Anyone interested, please let Dick know.

Punch Card Discount – Tasha didn't feel that the punch card program was hugely successful. Although they did see many cards come back and punched, it was a lot of work for registration. She would like to get approval to reprint the business cards with our schedule for 2014. This was approved.

Solo section of the Bylaws – There is currently one small paragraph in our bylaws regarding the Solo procedures. It basically says that we run our Solo program. It currently like a common law situation since we are continuously doing the same thing over and over.

Dick would like to propose to the committee that we give an exception to the PAX indexes for 2014 being presented and voted on since these did not get distributed until after our initial meeting in November. Stephen is going to be allowed to make a new proposal this month, we will discuss next month, and then will vote in February after further review.

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.

Additional Discussion – Tasha brought up a main concern that she would not like to see STU left all alone by itself, especially since there may only be 4-5 cars left in the class. This could potentially leave a lone competitor. Annie's main reason for creating this new structure is to eliminate rear wheel drive cars being slaughtered by AWD cars in the rain.

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

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

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

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, 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.

Additional discussion – A suggestion was made to create street tires classes combining (S1, S2 and S3) together in one group. This would eliminate having individual or two car classes which does not promote good competition. Someone suggested that numbers be brought to the next meeting for review to see exactly how this might breakout, especially in terms of keeping balanced numbers for filling worker positions on course.

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 areunder 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. An adult or child whose activity is deemed unsafe, or in a manner not conforming with this allowance, may be prohibited 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 beimmediately 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.

Additional discussion – One member was extremely concerned that lowering this limit by 2 dBA was not enough of a response. The group also brought up that enforcement is a much bigger concern. We need to make sure that we make competitors follow the current rule set. A great deal of discussion was held regarding the current procedures and ensuring that a clear path is put in place, and ALL workers included in this chain understand exactly what there responsibilities are going to be. It was also brought up that we should have a written and published log of every event that gets audited in timing to ensure that DSQ'd runs are actually DSQ'd.

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

Existing Rule:

SOLO 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.

Proposed 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.

Per-Event Trophies, if awarded, shall be purchased within the budget approved by the NWR Solo committee.  The Championship Series season trophy budget shall be $3 per championship series event entrant plus the Series sponsorship monies. The Pro-Solo Series season trophy budget shall be $10 per Pro-Solo series event entrant (not including any national pro-solo events if part of the series) plus the Series sponsorship monies.

Additional discussion – The proposal was revised to include a budget. This was not clearly stated for the per-event trophies which is understandable since the author is trying to eliminate this option. The group felt strongly that per event trophies should remain in place, and that it is the responsibility of this committee to determine a reasonable budget and the Trophy Chief will then follow what has been allocated.

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 one time exception to our current rules process. This new proposal will be discussed in January and not voted on until February.

Proposal #8 – 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.

Three examples of how the Street indexes are skewed:

o     An STR S2000 is lighter (2600 lbs. vs. 2750 lbs.), has wider wheels (9” vs. 7” fronts), more power (240 whp vs. 210 whp), and stiffer suspension than an A Street S2000. Despite that, an STR S2000 would only need to beat an AS S2000 by 0.270 seconds on a 45 second course to beat it on PAX using the 2014 indexes.

o     G Stock and G Street have essentially identical preparation allowances except that G Stock cars are allowed to run R-compound tires, while G Street cars must run 140 TW tires. It's generally asserted that R-compound tires are wroth a second or more on a typical autocross course (supported by my own testing in my GS Celica), but a G Stock car would only need to beat a G Street car by 0.335 seconds on a 45 second course to beat it on PAX using the 2014 indexes.

o     Despite broad acknowledgment that the previous 0.975 street tire modifier was fairly accurate, the effective street tire modifiers for the 2014 PAX indexes (derived by dividing the Street indexes by the indexes by the indexes for the corresponding Stock classes) are much more difficult, ranging from 0.980 to 0.993.

Rick Ruth is on record stating that he deliberately made the Street indexes hard:

For most areas the .975 multiplier seemed to work quite well (but) with a brand new category, I didn't want it to start out with everything just handed to that category of cars.”

Experienced autocrossers who have publicly commented on the Street indexes are nearly universally in agreement that they are much too conservative. Some selected quotes:

To say that Rick was conservative with the Street numbers seems a gross understatement” - Jeff Cashmore

Rick actually admitted to a bias (…) when prior to this he has always maintained that he is data/prediction driven. Not agenda driven. Clear change in direction there. Surprised me. I don't think anyone is looking for an advantage, just something even close to 'fair'.” - Andy Hollis

Ruth seems to have been very... uh...conservative in indexing the “140+” stock classes. Not much of a path to compare to anyone outside of 140 stock” - Gary Thomason

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.