Hey, I hear all of the thoughts. all good points. Again, I brought it up as many have been discussing this for some time. Im sure there are quite a few guys behind me too, that are driving well and have maxed out their platform in ITE , that wish the limit was based on matching their HP to weight!.
As far as the racing, its been awesome, with all sorts of cars showing up. Scotty, you ran with us this year and it was even better the next time with the world challenge cars showing up too!
the rules makers are not going to please everyone, but I just like to see a place for more of the grass roots type racing , with out the money being a dominant factor. as long as there is good racing, we can class it anyway we want in our minds to see who beat whom. I do think there has to be a limit of some kind, and the production car , non tubed frame on DOTs seems to be a good enough catch all in the SFR. If its worded up in the frigid north by calling frames, production based, then i guess everything goes. heck, i think many ALMS GT1-2 cars are "Production based" !
I have no problem if everyone can be safe out there, and it seems that they can. but its kind of fun to class the cars in someway. Heck, probably everone could be happy , if ITE was real production cars, and ITEp was all production race cars and more than 50% tubed framed production cars or HP more than 50% greater than that of stock, etc. Im saying this based on what i have seen out there.
generally, we had 20-30 car ITE fields. all of us were in the traditional ITE rules range, except the evo with the 2-3" wider flares, 550hp, etc. I think even he really fits the ITE idea, and there are so few cars to that prep level, in that case he deserves to win if he wants to buy a championship like he did. (nothing against the evo, as they did what they set out to do) However, i think bringing a factory produced race car in ITE even with those same specs is a distinct advantage. out of the box, a GT3 cup car can do much more with much less HP. (but is also expensive and probably cheaper than doing all the rework of a stock porsche 996 yourself) So, i dont have the answers. Whatever we did last season seems to work. I know more guys will be out there in all sorts of cars, and thats what makes it fun.
Scotty, I certainly am not whinning. those that see me out there can find an ear to ear smile on my mug. we are just jawing here!
However, it would be cool to have a national SCCA class based on the Grand Am cup GS rules. only stock cars, on dots, and a set of headers (maybe). ( 996s, M3s, CTSV, mustangs, 350z etc. )BUT, have no limitation on age. that way its kind of a blend of T1 and T2 with out all the stockish rules (interior, ride hight, noise, heavy weight, etc) and you get to run production cars with simple bolt ons and go at it! weight is regulated to match the Hp to weight ratios. (all 2700lb to 3000lbs cars with driver)
thats it! Just some ideas.