Solo Meeting
December 12, 2017
Meeting Minutes

In attendance: Gretchen and Tim Weidemann, Charlie C., Mike and Carol L. Karl and Amy C. Kevin D , Curt and Lisa R., Bud B. Keith B, Kit and Jessy G. Joey J.
    
Last month’s minutes review – Minutes were approved as written with the following corrections. Charles A. was there in spirit, not actually present as was Tim Erwin who was away getting ready for the street survivor school. The Coneheads banquet is Saturday, January 27th. 

NWR Board Report (Gretchen Weidemann) – The race group has the Pacific Raceway for an event for Memorial Day weekend.  They have invited the Solo group to share the site in hopes to create more co-events between all the venues in our region. They are offering us the entire day on Monday since nothing will be going on for them that day. They would agree upon a cost that would be provided by the Solo group for the site fee. Gretchen explained that this could be no more than $1000. This could be a great opportunity for a recruiting event, and Gretchen will be reaching out to WW/TS to see if anyone is interested in co-hosting this type of event.  We would be able to use parts of the track and the paddock. It is also time for elections on a regional level.  We are looking for people to become involved and help run the region. Many people have been on the board for several years and are honestly getting burned out.  We have positions open for Members at Large, and secretary. 

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) – No new activity from last month

NORPAC Repot (Jessy Gauthier) – Jessy reminded the group about the new karting program and discussed some of the new course and safety focus.  There will be a class at the upcoming National Convention.  Tim will be attending as a safety steward from our region to help support Jessy to spread the information once they return.  Jessy is also presenting a session at the Convention that focuses on recruitment for the region, and other things that have helped our region grow, including the Core Workers Practice. 

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – New rule proposals are out. Mostly just car classing on what fits where with the new cars. Mainly the Focus RS, Civic Type R and the new Camaro, and where they fit in the 
WWSCC classing system. There was also an addition of some language that will clarify they have the ability to run all the trophy classes in the morning. 
Equipment Report - Kevin had to get a tire repaired on the bus which developed a leak after the last event in Bremerton.  He has started both the bus and ran the generator in the last month. He is planning to run the generator dry of fuel. He also plans to get more magnets for the posting board. Remind the group that the exhaust bracket needs repaired. Currently being held up with a wire hanger, which is working just fine. 
Recruitment report – We need to print new brochures, business cards, and magnets for 2018. $500.00 approved for Joey and Tasha to coordinate the purchase. 
Old Business
 
Coneheads Banquet – Final date set for January 27.  Location Bahama Breeze in Tukwila. Jessy presented food selections and the group preferred offering a buffet with more options if Jessy felt confident that the restaurant would be prepared for some of our heartier eaters.  If she is not comfortable they can handle this we will move forward with individual entrée choices.  There are a few things to get squared away still.  She will need to coordinate for a projector that will work with Gretchen’s laptop to show the presentation.  We will probably also need a screen.  Keith used Live Oak AV rentals in the past and will provide Jessy with their contact information.  We may want to projectors so that if the group is broken up, all will be able to see. Also need to confirm what kind of output to use multiple displays.  Gretchen will work with Russ from WW to get access to the WW PayPal account and get a registration page set up. 

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.  Please step up and help us run this region.  Without volunteers, it is impossible for us to maintain our high quality events. 

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 

CURRENT RULE: (PG. 145)

Remove the following for regional competition:

BS Street Class (BS) (PG. 147)
Ford Focus RS (2016-17)

PROPOSED RULE:
Add the following for regional competition:

DS Street Class (DS)
Ford Focus RS (2016-17)

JUSTIFICATIONS:
#1: Proposal already under review with the SAC (proposal can be found under #22882)
#2: Independent performance evaluation done in CA Crow’s landing soon after Nationals this year
Results obviously indicate the Focus RS proved to be the slowest for all drivers except the car-owner, therefore the Focus RS finishes LAST, 4/4 in the “Finishing order”.
The Focus RS came in 2/4 as far as set-up for this test. Owned by Justin Moore, the car was equipped with: 1. Koni shocks, 2. big front bar, 3. 265 RE-71Rs tires, and 4. a cat-back exhaust. 

Results Summary:

Test Vehicles

Test Vehicles   avg times     Justin Moore    Johnathan Stroud  Annie Gil   Mark Scroggs
Camaro 2.0t     32.561         4th (-.138)     3rd (-.050)     2nd (-.565)     1st
Civic type R    32.894         1st             2nd (-.878)     1st             2nd
FR-S            33.116         3rd (-.247)     1st             3rd (-.153)    3rd
Focus RS        33.264         2nd (-.269)     4th (-.279)     4th (-.138)     4th

#3: Nationals 2017 results

The 2017 Solo Nationals results show that the highest placing Focus RS driven by a well-known and capable driver (Danny Kao), would have placed within the trophies of DS but not won the class.  Transversely, BS results show the Focus RS being a bit of an underdog in that class, in BS he finished 9th. 



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 Event Chair, chief of tech person  shall have authority to review any violation for circumstantial 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.

New Business

2018 Schedule – The 2018 schedule has been finalized and published.  We have two EARLY events this year that will be open practices.  The first is February 25th and the second is March 17th.  We will need volunteers to make these events happen. 

Meeting adjourned 8:00 p.m.

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