Dave, thanks for the info. I agree with everything your saying. My car is pictured above (red vette).
It IS a big disadvantage when two cars race where the power levels are both close but one car weighs half of the other. I was on vacation last year in Puerto Rico and went to some drag races while there. They won't even run V8's (Camaros, Chevelles, Mustangs, etc.) against the imports. Why, because these imports are kicking the V8's butt's. I know we're not talking about drag racing here, but if you take that same import,(like you said: ) lower it, put some low profile slicks on it, that car is going to be VERY competitive.
I'm not crying here, but like I said previously, I have a heavy car with old technology that requires some new technology in the wheel/ tire dept. to help make it more competitive with cars of today. My car didn't come with a backseat so that limits what class I will be in before I even touch it. I think everyone knows that the older C3 corvettes (70's) were down on power from the factory. Throw in 15" wheels compared to todays 17"&18" wheels and the scales are really starting to be onesided here.
I know rules are rules, and I respect that very much. But my car is a street driven car. With the rollbar in my car, I have no where to put 4 wheels with slicks on them to change at the course. I also don't have the funds to purchase a truck & trailer to tow my car car to a race. So that leaves me with having street tires that I can use to drive to and from the race.
People are using things like this forum to question and maybe bring certain things to light. I'm not saying that SCCA should change the rules for just one person, that would be total choas. It's up to them to review the different classes to which cars should be placed so everyone can have a chance at being competitive. You can never please everyone, that's just not possible, but you can hear what people have to offer and take it for whatever it's worth. SCCA does a fine job as evident of the success of their organization. Over time change is inevitable as with all things, even rules.