Solo Committee Meeting

December 13, 2016

 

Attendees: Steven Ouk, Keith Brown, Karl and Amy Colman, Dick W. Mike Leuty, J Senatro, Karen Babb, Kurt lisa Rehm, Tasha Mikko, Joey Jones, Joey Sim, Jim. Henry, Devin,

 

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

 

Reports

 

NWR Board Report (Gretchen Weidemann) – replacement treasure still needed. Soon to be looking for a RE,

Also looking for additional regional awards nominations.

 

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) –no changes from last month. No new bills due in the recent month.

 

NORPAC- Keith has officially stepped down from the position so if anyone is willing to step up to help out in the area of the norpac. Giving advice to the smaller member area’s to help them develop their membership.

 

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – they have a full set of officers.

 

Equipment Report: (Kevin Dietz) – no changes. Need to check on the helmets to make sure they are not expiring. Need to reach out and get the bus winterized. Still need to address the generator need.

 

Recruitment Report: (Joey Jones) – last year did the honda fest hosting the autocross event. They have requested that we do it again next year. April 9th. They also have contacted about other events.

29 responses returned from the novice survey. Word of mouth was how most of them found out about us.

Joey has a full breakdown of the survey.

What class they planning to run.

6 ist

9 anyclass

2 not returning

Others didn’t know.

Other feedback was not knowing when the events are.

 

                                                                                                              

OLD BUSINESS

 

Site Committee Update – White river aphitheater. parking lot not usable for a event. But may work for a street survivor class.

 

Save Packwood Committee –

 

Coneheads – still working out the details project is ongoing.

 

Novice Update –

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

2017 Rule Proposals

Proposal #1: Eliminate Intermediate Street Tire

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 to pick the time of day they want to run if their “proper class” runs at a time that is inconvenient for them.
 

 

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.

 

Coments to the rule. 6 members have stated that plan to run the ist class next year.

First year of novice is all about learning solo. And want more time to learn how to drive course and how to turn car. So in the spirit of competition they think it’s important to have the class remain.

Others have stated that if IST isn’t available they wont be back. They are not ready to invest in a car that is ready to be classed.

People want to compete and want to be competitive the discrepancy is to much for a novice to jump straight from novice to 10+ year experanced racers.

The option of having a open class that has a championship class is a worthy option to develop their cars over the year.

 

 

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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