“The Data Collection Team has
expanded its Runoffs program to
include cars in virtually every class”
BY THE NUMBERS
Thanks to the Data Collection Team’s work at the Runoffs,
the Club Racing Board and its various Advisory Committees
have a monstrous collection of data to view. This data
will help ensure a competitive balance in diverse classes
like that found in Super Touring Lite (LEFT). In GT-Lite
(RIGHT), the CRB is looking at a variety of options and
unique packages that bring value to the class.
several multi-hour conference calls, many
of which take place over the holidays.
Once submitted to the CRB,
the CRB then reviews all of the
recommendations, often engaging the
Advisory Committees in a dialogue to
ensure that the recommendations are
warranted. Most recommendations are
approved without changes, but some are
returned to the originating committee
for further work or clarification.
On occasion, a recommendation
may be rejected in its entirety.
Recommendations that are approved
are split into two different categories.
The first category includes those
recommendations that make changes
to weight, restrictor, or tire sizes. These
changes are sent to Fastrack as Technical
Bulletins for the membership to view.
If the change is in the competitors’
favor, they are usually approved for
implementation on the coming Jan. 1.
If the change has a negative impact on
the competitors, the effective date is
normally pushed out by three months.
The second category involves
recommendations that require a rule
change. Due to the implementation of the
“rules year,” the National SCCA Board
of Directors (BoD) seeks to approve all
category rule changes before Dec. 31
of the current year. Therefore, the CRB
must submit these items for approval
before the BoD’s December deadline. On
occasion, the BoD has allowed an item
to be approved at the SCCA National
Convention that usually takes place in
January. This “exception” is generally seen
when the BoD has sought to extend the
timeframe for member feedback on a topic.
Outside of these end-of-season
adjustments, the CRB has also received
several verbal requests to classify limited
prep engines in GT-Lite (GTL). The GCR
currently permits a few limited-prep engines
in GTL, but these allowances have come
from existing F Production and H Production
engine classifications. Some of the existing
GTL limited-prep engines allow OEM fuel
injection or carburetor chokes as the method
of restriction. Future GTL limited-prep engine
requests may be formally submitted with
both types of fuel delivery for consideration.
These new limited-prep requests have been
based on an OEM or Touring car class type
engine build and approval will be considered
on a case-by-case basis. For ease of tech,
several engine parameters, as well as
dimensions, will be included in the spec line.
The committee’s goal in adopting these new
options will be to create a low-cost engine
alternative for GTL participants. It should
also be noted that unlike the post-Runoffs
adjustments we spoke about earlier, the
CRB and the GT Advisory Committee are
not working under a competition season
deadline for this particular topic.
And finally, the CRB would like to
recognize all of the hard work that the
Data Team and Advisory Committees
do to make SCCA Road Racing a better
program. We truly appreciate the time
and efforts of all involved, as well as the
understanding of their families. The CRB
requests any member input that will
help improve SCCA Road Racing and, of
course, encourages your feedback on
the above items via crbscca.com.