Hornswoggler Posted December 23, 2009 Share Posted December 23, 2009 Disclaimer: These are simply some observations and ideas to start some brainstorming. I don't know the answer, just throwing out some suggestions Over the past few years, I can't help but notice the rapidly growing buzz around the 24 hours of LeMons endurance racing. At the same time, I see NASA endurance racing in Midwest/Great Lakes have participation struggles (such as cancelled and/or shortened events). I know there is some overlap in audience, atleast I see NASA members considering LeMons, but is any traffic coming the other way? (from LeMons to NASA?) If not, how can we influence that? For those who don't know, 24 hours of LeMons is endurance racing for beaters costing $500 or less (not including safety equip). The event is about having fun rather than serious competition (atleast that is the impression I get). I know of dozens of "car guys" who may have never turned a lap on a road course who want to join a LeMons team and compete. Seems like looser requirements and lower cost of entry put this event in the crosshairs of "Joe 6-pack". I don't think you need a racing license, or even experience, to compete in LeMons. The number of LeMons events seems to DOUBLE every year. I'm not saying one is better than the other, just looking to understand the appeal and maybe how do we get some of that audience interested in NASA? Some questions to get this think-tank going: - Is it just a coincidence that LeMons is growing and NASA enduros shrinking? - Is the $500 price tag for LeMons deceptive? - How cheap can somebody field a team for NASA enduro? (cost comparison) - Can NASA do anything for a class slower than Spec Miata (E3)? (which is not really all that slow) - How much different are the LeMons safety requirements than the CCR? - What about an E4 class for LeMons cars that cross-over? 4.1 of the NASA enduro rules say "Visitors from other sanctioning bodies are encouraged to participate" - Is there anything we can learn from the success of LeMons in understanding what some might find appealing in endurance racing? - How do we get more LeMons fans interested in NASA enduros? again, I don't know the answer, just seeing a trend in popularity. Kind of reminds me of Detroit overlooking the imports for a number of years, almost denying their popularity. Would NASA make similar mistakes of the Big 3? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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