Pan Am Region Members and Friends,
Several weeks ago I sent out e-mail requests for ideas on how we might increase our events' attendance. One of the ideas was repeated, especially by those who have driven long distances to participate in past Solo (autocross) events. That is the idea of creating a separate class for those who are running "street tires." Since I trailer my car and went through three new sets of Hoosiers this past season, I understand the extra time, cost, and hassle. I'm running R-comp tires on Sunday and then switching to my rock-hard KDWS tires for back and forth to work driving. This includes a camber re-alignment each way. Without question, running R-comp tires requires more money and effort.
With the possible exception of the STS, STX, ST... classes our current setup not only favors those running R-comp tires in individual classes, it makes it virtually impossible to be competive without them. We have not worked out all the details such as exactly what wear rating would define a "street tire", but we have agreed that we will have a street tire class next year with vehicles competing in a newly created open class based upon their PAX times like we do today with the Rookie and Ladies classes.
I've done a little research on tires for my vehicle. There are a lot of highly rated tires in the 220 to 280 wear rating range that cost nearly as much as my R-comps. There are also a few vehicles that come with 140 rated tires as a stock option. Like I said before, we have details to sort out. I'm not sold on them yet, but I'm sure we'll have enough sign up to make it worth while. Think of it as our regular PAX competition, but as an added "T-PAX", "PAX-T", or something along those lines. - Dave