Issue: May Vol: 2012
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Contents

[p.1] Club Racing Board Seeks Input

[p.2] Eye Candy

[p.3] Making A Lot Of Noise

[p.4] Miller

[p.5] Motonishi Earns First Gumout Super Challenge Win

[p.6] Long Beach

[p.7] SnakeBytes

[p.8] Active Summer schedule for Flag & Comm Specialty

[p.9] Classifieds

[p.10] Advertisers Quick Reference

Club Racing Board Seeks Input

By SCCA

SUGGESTED RULES FOR 2013
The following subjects will be referred to the Board of Directors for approval. Address all comments, both for and against, to the Club Racing Board. It is the BoD’s policy to withhold voting on a rules change until there has been input from the membership on the presented rules. Member input is suggested and encouraged. Please send your comments via the form at http://www.crbscca.com/ or www.clubracingboard.com.

Sports Racing Consolidation
Over the past few racing seasons, DSR’s performance has improved, such that, at many tracks, DSR lap times are the fastest of any SCCA class. SCCA never intended this level to be the performance capability for DSR. This has resulted in almost identical lap times for CSR and DSR. However, by combining CSR and DSR, a significant performance gap would be created between SRF and CSR/DSR, suggesting a need for a class in Sports Racing between the two.
The recommended rule changes outlined below would address these two issues and reduce the number of Sports Racing classes by one. The philosophy is intended to re-create the clear three-step progression in performance in the Sports Racing categories of previous years. This philosophy is under development and does not yet include the requirement for a long term plan beyond the next 3-5 years. As the philosophy develops, the CRB will include attrition plans for classes that fail to thrive as well as plans for how new engines, technologies and parts will be accepted and proved. The classes will be re-named as follows: SR1, SR2, and SR3. Current CSR and most DSR cars will be combined into SR1.

Recommended rule change for 2013

SR1 – Current CSR and DSR cars combined into one class. This class would have open aerodynamic modifications and a performance potential with the current fastest CSR and DSR cars. Current CSR and DSR rules, with some modifications, will remain.

SR2 -There is room in this middle class for both the high volume manufacturer and the “home builder.” This middle ground would still welcome innovation and creativity in a more managed fashion. Manufactured cars such as the S2000 and Stohr, and home built cars, would both be welcome. The final rule set would guarantee both types of cars would be competitive. Engine performance, and therefore costs, would be actively contained. The CRB is working diligently to accomplish this with the least expense to current competitors.
No under body aerodynamic modifications would be permitted behind the roll bar. In front of the roll bar, the current rules would remain in effect. Floors, tunnels and diffusers behind the roll bar will not be allowed. A flat tray under the engine will be permitted with its only purpose to protect the engine.

The use of some materials would not be allowed. Also, specific application of some materials would be controlled such as:

  1. Brake rotors must be metallic materials only
  1. Carbon or titanium in the suspensions systems would not be permitted

Engines will be limited by methods such as:

  1. No turbo charging would be permitted
  2. Engine RPM will be limited to 13,000 rpm (beginning June 1, 2013)
  1. Maximum compression ratio of 13:1 (beginning January 1, 2014)

The CRB will write additional rules and restrictions before final implementation of this class.
Current DSR cars will have the option of moving down to SR2, with modifications required to restrict their performance to SR2
levels.

S2000 would not exist as a National class but the cars would become eligible for SR2.
The European rule set for S2000 (up-rated higher HP MZR, spec wing, etc.) would apply. Competition adjustments (including
reducing weight) will be made based on track performance. The objective would be to bring the up-rated S2000 cars in
performance parity with other SR2 cars within the 2013 competition year. This changes the performance potential of S2000 with
the clear objective of complete inclusion and competition within SR2. There is no expectation that S2000 would regain National
class status. A Regional, only, S2000 class could be a possibility.

SR3 – Formerly SRF, with current rules maintained.

Formula Consolidation
Recommended Rule Change for 2013
FE/FM beginning January 1, 2013
Combine FE with FM. It is felt that in the current racing environment one “spec” formula car class is sufficient to serve SCCA Club Racing.

  1. The single class will retain all of the “spec” concepts embraced by both groups
  2. Both groups retain their cars in current form and there is no attempt to mold one into the other
  3. The combined class would be the third largest in Club Racing and the largest formula car class, even surpassing FV
  4. Lap times at different tracks are close but, most importantly, both groups make their lap times in similar fashion at the same place on the track and will race well together
  5. Runoffs trap speeds at Road America are very close
  1. The CRB acknowledges that FE may have a slight advantage with its more modern suspension and, if necessary, the

CRB will use competition adjustments to level the playing field

  1. FM competition is highly “Regionalized;” therefore, combining the 2 classes will provide a more diverse National presence for the single class
  1. In 2011 FE had 16 Runoffs entries while FM had only 13. The combination would provide an enhanced Runoffs experience for both groups

Refer to the May Fastrack for complete details.