So does accounting for tires in Indy events mean that an equalizing system will be used, or does it just mean that it will be recorded for reference?
Just recording for reference right now. I will undoubtedly play around with the data and present it in some form for others to consider - perhaps with a proposal of some sort. An equalizer value might be a tough fight, but perhaps some kind of separation of classes by tire system maybe.
A few months ago I proposed making a Street Tire PAX listing - essentially just pulling out all racers in R-comp class racers using street tires into another list - it was tabled, and we went with at least recording data this year (I might create an unoffical list on my own - and post it up for people to check out). Many regions have created a large street tire group that essentially lets everyone compete against each other across all R-comp classes using PAX - I this idea 1) because is eliminates the tire factor 2) because it creates a large group - standard classes are just too small for good competition. I am probably not going to be running in any R-comp classes for a while, so I have a little less motivation on this issue now. But, I will still work on it as I think it is an important issue to tackle.
I'll probably also play around with the data in other ways this year. I'd like to come up with a good way to track racers performance using an index (based on PAX). Something that would say have Mr. Kent with an index of about 100 (max) and the 'less-fast' beginners down at 1 (lowest). The idea would be to create a way to compete with similar PAX racers in other classes even if htey use a different car every week. Like let's say I have an index of 25 and 'John Q. Loser' has an index of 26, I can try to compete with him over the season eventhough we are in different classes and I am driving 4 different cars in 3 different classes. Additionally, unlike other measures we currently have this would not be affected by absences. It would be a good measure of driver skill (and car preparedness) and eliminate class size and attendance as major factors. I'll post this too if it looks like it is going to work and is interesting.