Weasel Keeper wrote:
This sounds pretty cool, I'm interested! I'm pretty sure I can get two other drivers (one for certain, we drive together all the time).
Is there going to be more than one "season"?
Are there any other costs other than $35 a week per driver?
Is this SCCA sanctioned, or just a private league?
Worst case...what if a car gets torn up (engine, tranny, etc)? (insurance?)
How many cars?
Great questions! I will answer them in order...
I anticipate three (3) seasons of 7 weeks each (week 7 is a tournament).
The cost of $35 dollars per week is the price for the drivers. This is an introductory price and will last as long as it is economically feasible. The more teams I have, the cheaper the price. There are no hidden or surprise costs. We will have a 'eliminator' pool each week, but that is voluntary and 100% of the money goes back to the drivers. That feature is just to add some fun.
This is NOT SCCA-related. I have been asked to make that very clear. This is my personal business.
The cars are part of the entry fee. As a driver, you will be responsible for any damage that comes from being a jacka**. The maintenance of the vehicle is built into the cost.
The RPM Racing League will be insured similar to any autocross you have ever been to.
Right now I am planning on four cars to start. I have a 'Team to Car' ratio to control the number of runs per car, per week. I will adjust as necessary.
There will be a prize fund. Here is how it will break down: $100 deposit per competitor, then $21 per week times 7 weeks. $4 from each entry goes to the 'season' prize fund. $2 per week goes to the tournament prize fund. The season prize fund is based on team performance. The tournament prize fund is based on individual performance. I am currently working on that structure as we speak.
As you can imagine, this has the potential for high overhead, especially since I am responsible for the wear and tear of the vehicles ($1 per competitor per week goes to tires). I can guarantee two things. 1- It will be a blast for everyone who participates. 2 - Team spots will fill up fast. I am marketing this generally to non-autocrossers. Guess what... when people learn what autocross is, and then have an opportunity to do it in someone else's car, the interest level is pretty high. I have already have interest for 20 team spots, which was my initial goal. The revised goal is now 40 teams. I have capacity for 80 teams. We'll see how things shake out the next couple months.
I am also putting together a plan to take the program on the road (South Bend, Indianapolis), but that is something I will need to do when it is cost-justified.
Thank you very much for the great questions! I hope to see you on the list.