What a rollercoaster the coronavirus has become. The good news, however,is that SCCA conducted a very successfulWeather Tech Chicago Region June Sprintsat Road America with 466 entries. A secondpromising sign of motorsports enduring thepandemic is that IndyCar hosted a successfuldoubleheader event at the same track justone month after the June Sprints. Yes,motorsports is going to win out in the end.
This year’s June Sprints showedabundant class participation, and theClub Racing Data Team gathered a largeamount of information from cars at theevent. The data collected showed a veryequitable Balance of Performance (BoP)in each of the sampled classes, withvery minimal need for adjustments. TheClub Racing Board would like to thankthe Data Team for all of the effort theyhave provided through their collectionand processing of information neededto keep SCCA Club Racing exciting.
Speaking of data collection, aB-Spec tire test was conducted in Julyat MSR Houston. There were threetire manufacturers in attendance andsix B-Spec cars with different chassisrepresented. SCCA used our AIM Solo 2data boxes to collect the raw data, andB-Spec committee members and staffrecorded vehicle settings and driverfeedback. Once the information is compiled,the SCCA, B-Spec Committee, and theCRB will review each tire manufacturer’sproposal, the raw data collected, andtest-driver comments from the test.
The goal is to announce a spec tire forthe class for the 2021 racing season.
Last month I mentioned that the CRB
conducted its very first committee chairman
conference call that collected a tremendous
amount of input from the committee
chairmen. Major topics discussed included:
As you can see, the amount of work to
solve these topics will be tremendous and
will require member input to guide the
committees in the correct direction. Look
to future “What Do You Think” items in
Fastrack as well as electronic surveys to helpsteer the conversation. And, as always, theCRB appreciates all member input on anyfuture policy changes – head to crbscca.com to submit your own thoughts.
•;Collection;of;as;much;competitiondata;as;possible. The current DataTeam does a great job with theresources they have, but the disciplineneeds to grow to support theamount of information requested.
•;Contain;the;investment;to;build;andrace;a;car. This task becomes tougherwith the complexity of new OEMplatforms, improving safety items,rising consumable costs, and travel.
Our rules sometimes leave newcompetitors with questions orconfusion about their meaning.
•;Multiple;committees;are;concernedabout;the;availability;of;cars;thatare;not;locked;down;by;OEM;ECUsystems. Should committeesconsider aftermarket ECUs?
•;Create;individual;mission;statementsfor;each;racing;category;to;clarifyphilosophical;differences;betweenclasses. The goal is to create a naturalprogression of preparation levels.
•;Classify;cars;to;keep;up;with;currentmodels;offered. Most of our carsare either out of production or donot support future trends like smallturbocharged engines or paddle shifting.
•;A;second;classification;concern;is;wheredo;electric;vehicles;belong? Currently,there is a hybrid electric car in GT- 2,but no requests have been madefor classifications in other classes.
(MAIN) The June Sprintssaw data collected foranalyzing the balanceof performance. Thenin July, a B-Spec tiretest was completed.
(RIGHT) Currently, onlyone hybrid is classed in
SCCA Road Racing.