SOLO II Committee Meeting Minutes 12/14/2014

 Members in attendance – Gretchen Everett,  Tim Weidemann, Keith Brown, Mark Snell, Laurie Hyman, Mike Leuty, Geoff Clark, Caitlin Snell, Chip H., Doug & Tasha Mikko, Amy & Karl Coleman, Charly Spyksma, Ron & Alyson Bauer, Dick Willy, Val Korry, Fast Mike, Kevin Dietz, Jean Clayton, Charles Aggenbach. Tim Stake, Jerry and Alison Lamb,

 Meeting Minutes – Motion was made to approve as written.  Motion passed.                                             

Northwest Region Board Report (Karen) – Basic review of the regional banquet.  All three regional awards were given to Solo members!  Congrats to Charles, Laurie & Eric, and Joe Goeke.

 Treasurer's Report (Kristi) – Not much activity.  Reports were presented for review.

 NORPAC Report (Keith) – In his role as the Solo Development Coordinator they just held a conference call. They are paying for most of the expenses for Keith to attend the Convention this year.  There will be a small difference in the total amount that will be spent to get him there.  A motion was made and approved to spend a total of up $300 to cover the differences. Motion was voted on and approved.

 WWSCC Report (Keith) – Currently no President.  WW will no longer be in existence without this position being filled.  The meetings have been placed on hold until someone volunteers to run them.  They are also looking for a new secretary, but this is obviously second in need to someone who can run the meeting and handle the rules process.  Several rules were presented. Many are similar to our proposals.  Quick review; Keith will present final proposals for voting on next month – 1) Splitting out the ST classes that pulls STU and STX out.  2) Run all competition runs in the morning – afternoon would be TO. Must be around for the morning to run in the PM.  This would require only one registration to cut down on workers necessary, etc.  The average attendance was just over 50, so they feel making this change makes sense.  3) Adjusting rules regarding street tires to match SCCA.  4)  Removing index race tire class for stock cars. 5) Adding a section for yearlong club classes (HHR Club).  6) Karen had some language changes regarding how the eligibility is done for the IRS and member clubs.  This will not impact SCCA.

 Old Business

 Equipment Report – At the last month’s meeting we approved a total of $200 for purchase of a replacement for the scanner that Jodi Fordahl has yet to return.  Unfortunately, the cost to replace the one that is missing is actually $600.  Gretchen will be talking to Jodi to see how we are going to move forward. Dick currently has the AED machine and will hold on to it for the winter. Laurie and Eric Hyman have graciously volunteered to store the Solo Bus again this year.  A big thank you goes out to them!

 New Business

 Purchase of new sensors – Race America sensors are expensive and not worth a new purchase.  WW has a set to purchase for a small amount if we would like to use them.  Jerry made a proposal that we spent up to $700 to replace the current sensors.  This purchase will help us with the current issue we have with the Pro Solo events and the staging lights.  Vote was taken and motion passed.

 Old Business

 2015 Jr. Karting Program – Caitlin and Laurie got together and developed a great starting point for the NWR SCCA Solo 2 Junior Karting Program Rules and Procedures for Ages 8 – 11. (See separate write up).  The plan was voted on and approved.

 WOTY/NOTY – People were nominated, voted on and approved.

 2015 Supplemental Rules change process –

 Proposal #1

 Current Rule: 17A. Stock Race Tire

 Two indexed classes will be provided: one Open, and one Ladies.

 **This proposal has been withdrawn based on the submission of rule #2.**

 Proposal #2

 Current Rule:  17A. Stock Race Tire (Plus a little bit) Author: Keith Brown

 Stock classes have been eliminated from the national rule set with the exception of SSR, the proposal would eliminate the indexed Stock Race Tire class and move cars that wish to compete in SSR to the closest similar class, NS1.

 EXISTING RULE:

17.  INDEXED TIRE CLASSES

17A. Stock Race Tire

Two indeed 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-compound).  The current National PAX/TRP 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.

PROPOSED RULE:

A)

17.  INDEXED TIRE CLASSES

17. 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, CSPL).  The class is for non-stock cars using street tires.  Purpose-built autocross or road racing (R-compound) tires are not allowed.   See National Solo Rules section 13.3 for tire eligibility specifics. (However, per NWR Supplemental Rule 15, the minimum allowable treadwear rating for Regional events for 2015 is 140.)  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.

B)

Add SSR to the class list for NS1. The new class list for NS1 is SSR SSP ASP BSP ESP

Reason for change: Modifies rule to agree with the NWR Supplement regarding the definition of “street” tires for 2015.  Note that former Rule 17, Indexed Tire Classes, and Rule 17A, Stock Tire (for using R-Compound tires) are deleted. 

Proposal #3

Authored by: Mike Leuty

EXISTING RULE:

18.  NOVICE CLASSES

Two Novice classes will be provided: one Open and one Ladies.  Class designation will be NOV (or NOVL). The classes are intended to be transitional classes for new Solo drivers.  Event trophies will be awarded per the Solo Rules (limit 5), but year-end class trophies will not be awarded.  However, a Novice Driver of the Year will be selected from new competitors.  A Novice is an individual competitor who has not competed in more than three (3) SCCA regional events. A competitor who has competed as a Novice three (3) times must move to a regular class.  Tires for Novice classes must comply with the Street Tire class restrictions (see Rule 17).  The Novice classes are not intended for drivers who cannot run in their regular run group but have failed to meet the provisions of Rule 13.

PROPOSED RULE:

Two Novice classes will be provided: one Open and one Ladies.  Class designation will be NOV (or NOVL). The classes are intended to be transitional classes for new Solo drivers.  Novice classes will be available in the AM session and the PM session (NOV AM and NOV PM) but a competitor may enter only one Novice class per event.  For example, if a competitor runs NOV AM, he/she may not run NOV PM at the same event (but may run either session at another event).  Scores in the event results will not distinguish between AM and PM; scores earned in either session will be listed in the results under a single heading: NOV or NOVL.  Event trophies will be awarded per Rule 22 (Awards), as well as year-end class trophies.

A Novice is an individual competitor who has competed in not more than eight (8) SCCA Regional events. A competitor who has competed as a Novice eight (8) times must move to a regular class.  Tires for Novice classes must comply with the Street class restrictions (see rule).

The Novice classes are not intended for drivers who cannot run in their regular run group but have failed to meet the provisions of Rule 13; those drivers may run Time Only.  A Novice Driver of the Year will be selected from new competitors.

Reason for change:  This allows Novices to compete for year-end trophies, and allows them to spend up to a whole year in the class.  There is no penalty for winning the class at one or more events.

NEW Discussion:  It was reiterated that one person feels very strongly that IF a person is eligible for Novice at the beginning of the season, then they should be allowed to run in that class for the entire season.  It was also brought up that we could write participated in eight events, not as a Novice, but in general. Brett could probably create another tab that can help designate how many events each person has competed in for regional events. This should not be a complicated request.

Proposal #4

Author: Mike Leuty

EXISTING RULE:

19. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE

Two Intermediate Street Tire classes will be provided, one Open and one Ladies.  Class designations will be IT or ITL.  Drivers eligible for this class will have less than 3 years of Solo competition experience.  Participation will be at the discretion of the Solo Director or Manager.  All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: vehicles must be licensed and street legal, compete on DOT street-legal tires with a tread wear rating of 10 or greater, 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:

19. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE

Two Intermediate Street Tire classes will be provided, one Open and one Ladies.  Class designations will be IT or ITL.  Drivers eligible for this class will have no more than two years of Solo competition experience.  Participation will be at the discretion of the Solo Director or Manager.  All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: vehicles must be licensed and street legal, compete on DOT street-legal tires with a tread wear rating of 10 or greater, 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.

Reason for change:  “Less than 2 years” means 1 year.  That means a competitor may only compete in this class in his/her first year of competition.  That is hardly “Intermediate.” Changing it to “less than 3 years” allows someone to run in Novice for a year, then Intermediate for a year (or up to 2 years in Intermediate) before being required to run in a regular class.

Discussion: A suggestion was made that the wording be changed to no more than or up to two years rather than less than three. This was revised. It was also suggested that we add a comment that says also according the discretion of the Solo Director.  Mike will also delete the sentence regarding tire tread.

Proposal #5

EXISITING RULE

26. 2014 PAX/RTP INDEX

For the 2014 Northwest Region events, the results for Street class cars will be calculated using the 2014 Street-R indexes (Street-R is the new name for the R-compound Stock classes) multiplied by a 0.980 modifier.  All other classes will use the 2014 index un-modified.

The indexed time is calculated as follow:  Time = (scratch time X PAX Index) + penalties.

PROPOSED RULE

26. 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 indexed time is calculated as follow:  Time = (scratch time X PAX Index) + penalties.

SS

0.843

 

SSR

0.860

 

SSP

0.872

 

XP

0.906

 

AM

1.000

AS

0.831

 

ASR

0.848

 

ASP

0.866

 

BP

0.881

 

BM

0.965

BS

0.828

 

BSR

0.845

 

BSP

0.863

 

CP

0.864

 

CM

0.922

CS

0.817

 

CSR

0.834

 

CSP

0.861

 

DP

0.879

 

DM

0.920

DS

0.809

 

DSR

0.825

 

DSP

0.855

 

EP

0.876

 

EM

0.926

ES

0.811

 

ESR

0.828

 

ESP

0.849

 

FP

0.883

 

FM

0.924

FS

0.813

 

FSR

0.830

 

FSP

0.839

 

GP

0.850

 

FSAE

0.989

GS

0.796

 

GSR

0.812

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS

0.788

 

HSR

0.804

 

STF

0.801

 

SM

0.870

 

KM

0.957

 

 

 

 

 

 

STC

0.824

 

SMF

0.851

 

JA

0.880

 

 

 

 

 

 

STS

0.829

 

SSM

0.882

 

JB

0.842

 

 

 

 

 

 

STR

0.838

 

 

 

 

JC

0.741

 

 

 

 

 

 

STX

0.827

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STU

0.846



 

 

 

 

 

Reason for change:  Rick Ruth has had a year to evaluate the appropriateness of the 2014 PAX/RTP indexes for street-tired (and R-tired) vehicles. There is no longer a reason to second-guess his indexes by applying an additional modifier (which may or may not be any more accurate than the basic index).

Proposal #6

EXISTING RULE:

19. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE

Two Intermediate Street Tire classes will be provided, one Open and one Ladies. Class designations will be IT or ITL. Drivers eligible for this class will have less than 2 years of Solo competition experience. Participation will be at the discretion of the Solo Director or Manager. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: vehicles must be licensed and street legal, compete on DOT street-legal tires with a tread wear rating of 140 or greater, 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:


19. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE

Two Intermediate Street Tire classes will be provided, one Open and one Ladies. Class designations will be IT or ITL. Drivers eligible for this class will have less than 2 years of Solo competition experience. Participation will be at the discretion of the Solo Director or Manager. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: vehicles must be licensed and street legal, compete on DOT street-legal tires with a tread wear rating of 200 or greater, 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.

 

***This rule has been withdrawn due to repetition***

 

Proposal #7

Author: Doug Mikko


EXISTING RULE:


16. PAX CLASSES

Four PAX Index-based classes will be offered: Open PAX, Open PAX Ladies, Non-Stock PAX, and Non-Stock PAX Ladies.  All cars are eligible to compete in Open PAX and Open PAX Ladies.  Non-Stock PAX and Non-Stock PAX Ladies are limited to cars in the Street Touring, Street Prepared, Prepared, Modified, and Street Modified class (ALL NS classes). Class designation is an “X” following the normal class letters (e.g., ASX, CSPLX).  The PAX/RTP Index (Rule 26) values will be used to compute times for scoring. Street Touring cars run with the stock classes.

PROPOSED RULE:

                                               

Four PAX Index-based classes will be offered: Open PAX, Open PAX Ladies, Non-Stock PAX, and Non-Stock PAX Ladies.  All cars are eligible to compete in Open PAX and Open PAX Ladies.  Non-Stock PAX and Non-Stock PAX Ladies are limited to cars in Non-Stock Street Tire, Street Touring, Street Prepared, Prepared, Modified, and Street Modified class (ALL NS classes).  Class designation is an “X” following the normal class letters (e.g., ASX, CSPLX).  The PAX/RTP Index (Rule 26) values will be used to compute times for scoring. Non-Stock PAX competitors running with the Non-Stock Street Tire index tire modifier (per rule 26) are prohibited from changing their class index after registration has closed.

Explanations:  1. Include the class/structure defined as “Non-Stock Street-Tire” as eligible to participate in Non-Stock PAX. The class is defined in Supplemental Rule 17B and includes all non-stock cars using non-autocross DOT-approved street tires.  This group will use the “Street Tire” index modifier as defined in supplemental Rule 26.  2.  We need to disallow competitors trying to gain an advantage by changing tire types and consequently their indexes (i.e.: due to changing weather conditions) during competition.

Rationale: It is the hope of this proposal, if implemented, to garner further participation in the NS-PAX class.  This would allow competitors with non-stock cars on street tires a place to compete on a higher level than they might otherwise obtain in the standard Non-Stock Tire class.

Discussion:  It was confirmed that we do not currently have a rule that states you cannot change the class designation or index once competition begins. This should be addressed one way or the other outside of this rule.

NEW Discussion:  It was brought up that the NS Pax class was created to pull cars on slicks out of Open Pax because they were put at a huge disadvantage when it rained. Some felt that there was already a place for these cars to compete. The author felt that since there was basically no competition in that class, then a new place for these cars to run should be allowed.

Proposal #8


Author: Doug Mikko


EXISTING RULE:


23.  SCORING

The fastest of the timed trophy runs, plus any penalty seconds applied will be used to determine a competitor’s place in class.  Unofficial results will reflect the raw time plus all cones and gates. ALL timed runs at any given event would be considered “competition runs” for all classes except OPAX(L) and NSPAX(L). OPAX and NSPAX classes will score no more than three runs for each event. For all other classes all competition runs would be scored for the event and year-end season awards.  A Competitor’s score should be posted as soon as practical after the run and should be posted prior to the start of the competitor’s next timed run.  The posting of Class Standings should be regularly updated during the Run Group.  Final Class Standings must remain posted for a minimum of 30 minutes to satisfy time limits for filing any timing and/or competitor protests. 

The “performance index” system will be used in awarding season points to competitors, as follows: Points = (Fastest time in class/Competitor’s best time) x 100.

PROPOSED RULE:

23.  SCORING

The fastest of the timed trophy runs, plus any penalty seconds applied will be used to determine a competitor’s place in class.  Unofficial results will reflect the raw time plus all cones and gates. ALL timed runs at any given event would be considered “competition runs” for all classes except OPAX(L) and NSPAX(L). OPAX will score no more than three runs for each event. For all other classes all competition runs would be scored for the event and year-end season awards.  A Competitor’s score should be posted as soon as practical after the run and should be posted prior to the start of the competitor’s next timed run.  The posting of Class Standings should be regularly updated during the Run Group. Final Class Standings must remain posted for a minimum of 30 minutes to satisfy time limits for filing any timing and/or competitor protests. 

The “performance index” system will be used in awarding season points to competitors, as follows: Points = (Fastest time in class/Competitor’s best time) x 100.

Explanation: This proposal removes the Non-Stock PAX and Non-Stock PAXL classes from the “3 scored run” rule.

Rationale:  OPAX allows all classes/cars, if a competitor would like to run in a class that score 3 runs, OPAX is where it’s at! This allows more freedom for the additional random few (non-stock) competitors that would like to compete at the PAX level yet, still score all their runs.  …so to reiterate, if you want to limit yourselves to 3 scored runs, run in OPAX.

Proposal #9

Author: Doug Mikko

EXISTING RULE:

26. 2014 PAX/RTP INDEX

For the 2014 Northwest Region events, the results for Street class cars will be calculated using the 2014 Street-R indexes (Street-R is the new name for the R-compound Stock classes) multiplied by a 0.980 modifier.  All other classes will use the 2014 index un-modified.

The indexed time is calculated as follow:  Time = (scratch time X PAX Index) + penalties.

PROPOSED RULE (OPTION ONE) if Rule proposal 16 passes.

26. 2015 PAX/RTP INDEX

For the 2015 Northwest Region events, the results for Street class cars will be calculated using the 2015 Street-R indexes (Street-R is the name for the R-compound Stock classes) multiplied by a 0.980 modifier.  In addition, the results for Non-Stock Street class cars will be also be multiplied by this modifier. All other classes will use the 2014 index un-modified.

PROPOSED RULE (OPTION TWO) if Rule 16 proposal passes. (Author’s Preferred option)

26. NST PAX/RTP INDEX

The results for Non-Stock Street class cars will be calculated using their regular class index multiplied by a 0.980 modifier.  All other classes will use the standard index un-modified.

PROPOSED RULE (OPTION THREE) if Rule proposal 16 does not pass.

Delete/Remove Rule 26.

Explanation:  Options 2 and 3 remove this “street tire” modifier rule for Street class cars.  Moving forward, the national defined PAX/RTP indexes will be used for all cars/classes.  The remainder of the rule options pertain to Non-Stock Street class cars running in their standard class (NST) and in Non-Stock PAX.  These cars would run their normal index multiplied by the agreed upon street tire modifier (currently listed in the sups as .980).

If options 1 or 2 are adopted here Rule 16 will need to be edited for clarity

Rationale: Now that the dust had settled concerned the newly created “street” stock classes and what indexes are deemed “fair and appropriate” it is time to re-adopt the national standards.  And again, the reminder of the rule options apply the earlier agreed upon street tire modifier to NST class cars so they may compete with parity in Non-Stock PAX. (Which would also produce parity for them within the overall PAX result lists).

Proposal #10

Proposal:  Improve our sound measurement procedure, lower our sound limits and increase our penalties.

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 all vehicles will be driven at full throttle as much as possible, i.e. a straightaway. An area 100 feet wide (from course centerline) 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 from 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 readings shall be taken on the "A" scale, under SLOW response.

1.1.3    All cars passing through the measurement site shall be 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 reading 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, preferably on the day of the occurrence.

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 vehicle expects to be under the 98.0 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 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 may be blowing consistently towards or away from the mic resulting in db measurements that do not serve the purpose of the sound rule.

Proposed Rule:

1.       Lower the 95 db warnings to 93 db.  Lower the 98db “lose that run” limit to 96 db. Lower 101 db “instant disqualification” limit to 100 db. (Side note: All runs will be logged to the best of our ability.  A log will be kept and made available for viewing by all competitors).

2.      Add a static sounds measurement/compliance component to the Annual Tech procedure.  If you want to be annually tech’d this is component that you must pass, just like lug nut thread engagement.  As with the current annual tech process, you can’t make changes without being re-inspected, and random spot checks are also part of the process.

Procedure:  Utilize the SAE J1492 test procedure. (In lieu of the SAE test procedure, the “half meter procedure” can be used.) Sound is measured at an angle of 45 degrees, 20 inches from the source at 8”off the ground. The engine speed shall be gradually increased from idle to ¾ of the engine speed at rated horsepower and held constant for 1 to 2 seconds. Then the throttle shall be rapidly released and the engine allowed to return to idle. Measure the sound level during this entire cycle.  The sound shall not exceed 95db.

3.      Add a static sound measurement/compliance component to the “event” Tech procedure. 

Procedure:  Utilize the SAE J1492 test procedure. (In lieu of the SAE test procedure, the “half meter procedure” can be used.) Sound is measured at an angle of 45 degrees, 20 inches from the source at 8”off the ground. The engine speed shall be gradually increased from idle to ¾ of the engine speed at rated horsepower and held constant for 1 to 2 seconds. Then the throttle shall be rapidly released and the engine allowed to return to idle. Measure the sound level during this entire cycle.  The sound shall not exceed 95db. 

Rationale:  The residents of Packwood are ready to throw us out due to the excessive noise.  We need to do everything within our power to be quieter members of the community.  The proposed solution for 2014 was to do a better job measuring and enforcing and virtually nothing changed for 2014.  2015 must be different!

Discussion:  Karl is very open to the final form of this proposal, but wanted to make sure it was on the table for discussion.  He will speak with other people who are interested in authoring a final presentation.  He reminded the group that the difficult part of this proposal will be making people follow the rule and then making sure that people are enforcing it with consistent penalties. This is a call to action because Karl is a resident of Packwood and he knows this is a serious concern in the town and feels like it should be addressed. It was suggested that we add sound to the annual tech and determine a procedure that allows for measuring at a standstill at a certain RMP. This would then be policed later IF the Chief of Sound feels the car is not blowing the proper measurement on course.  There are some concerns with how the secondary measurement would take place during an event, but this could be addressed with additional discussion.

Adding in a static measurement procedure give us a baseline.  If a car blows 93 in a controlled environment and blows 103 on course, we would have another number as a reference. Did you make any changes? Are we measuring properly? Did the environment change that much?

We would still do on-course measuring the “pre-check” could 1) Gather a bunch of data  2) Help sway officials the right direction when there is an anomaly on course 3) Show us what role environment plays  4) Give us a method to double check cars that we determine are too loud on course. 

If we tech a bunch of cars with the annual tech process then we may get to the point where we statically test the remaining cars in the regular tech process. By testing cars before they compete; it gives everyone a baseline for how loud their car is and it allows car owners to proactively “fix” their cars. If they are unable to pass sound before tech closes, they can receive a refund of their entry fee.  The author of this proposal would like to say before the naysayers say “we can’t do that,” we should remember there are a ton of motorsports organizations that test for noise as part of their tech process at every event.  It can be done.

Proposal #11

Proposal: Create a new PAX class where all runs count.

Logistics:  Keep the current 3 run PAX class and add a new PAX class where all runs count.  Author says you can call it what you want and put it where you want.

Rationale: There seems to be some interest to have only 3 runs count so by keeping the existing PAX class, those folks still have a place to compete.  There is also a group of PAX class drivers that want all of their runs to count so this new class would meet their needs.

Discussion:  Group wanted to know if this would include all four classes OPAX, OPAXL, Non-Stock PAX, and Non-Stock PAXL.  Need a name and need an official rule written up if approved.

Proposal #12

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 aware 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: (number 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 awards, a Worker of the Year, and Novice Driver of the Year will be selected.

Proposal: Make the number of events required for a season trophy equal the number of events we count for season points.

Rationale:  Currently for an 8-event series you can attend 5 events and stop running even  though we count 6 events.  This rule simply would require you to attend 6 events in an 8 event series to be eligible for a season trophy.

***This rule has been withdrawn***

Proposal #13  ** VOTE ON THIS RULE FIRST**

Proposal: Eliminate 19. Intermediate Street Tire Class

Rationale:  IST/ISTL was created when stock classes were on R compound tires.  There was a large leap/commitment from Novice to Stock classes requiring extra wheels and tires, 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.  There was only one driver in IST and one in ISTL that competed in enough events to be eligible for a season trophy.

Proposal #14

Retain the STC Class for 2015 for the NWR just as it was for 2014.  Along with that it would run in NS4 Run Group using the same PAX index; .824.  For reference STF and STR will stay with the same PAX and STS will move down .001.

Rationale: It is uncertain the status of the STC Class with the National Office so those competitors who run in STC are in a bit of limbo land.  Is seems that STC will be rolled into STS, but that’s just a guess.  As we have several STC drivers in the NW Region along with several visitors from Oregon, Eastern Washington and Canada it’s unclear what their options will be.  FYI.  The STC Class was the 10th largest Car Class at Nationals for 2014.

Discussion:  It was suggested that the author add a full list of the cars that are eligible for STC.

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