54 MAY 2020 scca.comINSIDE SCCA
TBalance of Performance (BoP) of most SCCA Road Racig classes is a hot topic.
Therein, the Club Racing Board (CRB) hascertain criteria and a distinct timeline tomake changes to the BoP. The variousAdvisory Committees collect and review datathroughout the season but use the ChicagoRegion June Sprints as the last event ofthe race season for changes in advanceof the National Championship Runoffs.
The BoP changes that can be madethroughout the year include vehicle weight,tire size, and restrictor size. Typically, theCRB will delay the implementation date of anegative change for a couple of months sothe competitor has time to comply. Positivechanges to the BoP, meanwhile, are usuallyeffective with that month’s publication of
Fastrack. It’s also notable that the datacollection program has reduced the numberof BoP changes and continues to improve.
As an update to the newly formedPrototype X class, the CRB is pleased toannounce that there has been tremendousinterest in having new cars classified.
One issue that the FSRAC (Formula and
Sports Racing Advisory Committee) and
CRB face in classifying cars for PX is
the wide diversity of platform sizes and
powertrains. There are requests for cars
that have the performance potential of PX
but are significantly smaller and lighter.
Other submissions meet the dimensionand mass objectives of the PX class, butdo not have the performance potential.
Still others have the performancepotential of the Prototype 1 or 2 classesbut are outside their current rulesets inone way or another. These performancedifferences are making the FSRAC’sclassification job quite difficult.
Examples like the Prototype X andFormula X from last month’s column aremaking the traditional classes harder tokeep pure. The truth is, SCCA is no longerthe only game in town, and competitorsand manufacturers are building cars toother sanctioning body rulesets or to theirown specifications. The CRB recognizesthat we do not have to accommodateall requests, but we must embrace whatour members would like to race.
The CRB believes the most successful
example of a traditional SCCA class
transitioning to a “hybrid” type “spec
line” is GT- 2. Not too long ago, GT- 2 was
on life support, and then the Porsche 996
GT3 Cup car was introduced to the class.
There was some grumbling, but the GT- 2numbers improved. With the discontinuanceof Super Touring Over (STO), the classgained a vast number of new cars underthe combined GT-2/ST ruleset. The GTAC(GT Advisory Committee) has done agreat job of balancing the traditionalGT- 2 cars alongside ST, and the class hasflourished. Currently, GT- 2 is the fourthmost popular U.S. Majors Tour class, justshy of Super Touring Light entries.
To better serve our customers andgrow the sport, the CRB believes othertraditional SCCA classes will have toembrace a similar strategy. Becoming moretolerant of what is accepted within certainclasses is a must, but our goal is to notlose the SCCA tradition in the process.
The CRB is always open to requestsand comments. We’re also solicitingapplications for competitors to joinour Advisory Committees. Resumescan be sent to email@example.com.
A BALANCING ACT
SCCA Road Racing is a complicated beast, so the Club Racing Board
is constantly considering the complexities of balancing performance
| WORDS Peter Keane, Chairman, Club Racing Board | MAIN IMAGE Dave Green
(LEFT) SCCA RoadRacing’s G T- 2 was onceexclusively a tube-frameclass with dwindlingnumbers. Now, GT- 2thrives with a varietyof competition vehiclesdicing for the win.
(BELOW) New to SCCARoad Racing for 2020is the Prototype X class,which is seeing highlevels of interest – butwith that also comesthe complexity ofperformance balancing.