Thanks for the reply, Andy. I figured the '96-97 cars would also be in ITA, but I was wondering why they were left out of the specs.
In the DC Region, Bret DePedro kicked butt in ITA this year in his 1.6L Miata. He thinks the 1.8L might be slightly better, in spite of the extra weight. I'm eager to see your ITA project buildup, especially your decisions regarding suspension setup.
I sold my Spec Miata this year and I'm not sure if I'll ever get back into road racing again, but I recently bought a '96 R-pkg Miata as a project car. I plan to autox it this year in E-stock, then perhaps turn it into a CSP & track car in the future. I may even race it in ITA eventually, which is why I was curious about its classing. When I start upgrading the suspension for track use I'll probably look to the top ITA cars for ideas.