I took another pass at this. This time I captured all of the 2014 Tour data from
http://home.comcast.net/~paxrtp/rtp2014.html into a spreadsheet.
I matched all of the class data with the appropriate category (S/SR/ST/SP/SM/P/M), except for dropping CAM, FSAE and Jkarts. In total they only had 25 entries and none were in the top 50 on pax. Ladies classes are included in whatever category was appropriate. KM was included in M (Mod). And I assumed that the rest of the data was correct. Later on I noticed that there were around 50 entries at the bottom of the Dixie report all at position 225 with no time. I left these in rather than going back and re-calculating everything. Since they were at the bottom, they would have had the same impact across the board. Here's what I found...
1102 total entries counted
#competitors Category %of total competitors #intop25pax-#intop50pax %intop25pax-%intop50pax
83 M (7.5%) 8-13 9.6%-15.7%
105 P (9.5%) 13-25 12.4%-23.8%
267 S (24.2%) 8-23 3.0%-8.6%
(six of 8 in top25 were at Texas)
111 SM (10.1%) 23-34 20.7%-30.6%
135 SP (12.2%) 34-53 25.2%-39.3%
71 SR (6.4%) 18-32 25.4%-45.1%
While not a separate category I also calculated SR for all except those in SSR. This was a very small amount which indicates that most non-SS stock category drivers have gone elsewhere, probably to Street.
16 SR - SSR (1.5%) 1-4 6.2%-25.0%
330 ST (29.9%) 21-69 6.4%-20.9%
As I mentioned before, I realize the limited statistic usefulness of such a small sample. Therefore, I hesitate to draw any real conclusions. I assume that RR and others will be doing a much better job of this going forward. Also, my agenda as a mostly locally focused Street category competitor in an indexed PRO class is to help push for an adjustment to be made to the Street category paxes sooner rather than later. All of the Street category pax stuff has already been discussed, so no need to rehash. But with a few 2014 events behind us, I thought it was interesting to share how things are shaking out. Specifically that the numbers/percentages of Street category competitors reaching the top 25/50 is much lower than the other categories. There could be many reasons for this, only one of which is that the pax values are in need of some adjustment.