loftygoals Posted March 19, 2015 Share Posted March 19, 2015 Parts of this thread echo my exact sentiments on what is wrong in amateur racing--too many classes. Do we really need million different spec classes? Spec E30, Spec3, Spec E36, Spec E46, 944 Spec, Spec Boxster, and those are just the German spec classes. Do we need multiple power to weight series? In my opinion, no. I think having a jumble of classes just makes things confusing and intimidating to new racers. There is nothing that grows a series like car counts. The more there are, the more that join. I think NASA and we, the NASA Customers, should push to unify things. I think the alignment of TT/PT/ST was a ultimately a good move. Some did not like how the changes occurred, just like how many didn't like how the GTS power to weight changes occurred this year. As an organization we should learn from those changes and develop a better process to implement any major changes such as class consolidation. My biggest take away from previous rule changes is that people don't like to feel like they were blindsided by the rule modifications. Thus, I think for any class consolidation to be successful, we would need to target 2-3 years out and work on approving the rules long before we start racing under the new classes. This way everyone's expectations are managed. This of course doesn't mean everyone would be happy. There will always be people that are resistant to change even if the change is for the better. I could envision NASA in just a few classes: Entry to Mid Level (would encompass all spec classes, PT, HC, CMC, etc) Higher End (Power to Weight Classes, minimal Rules Set, encompassing ST, GTS, AI, etc) TT (Classes aligned with the racing classes for easy crossover) Now to make things more interesting, you could have sub-classes or a class within a class. This means that existing spec classes could live on. For example let's call the entry to mid class Performance Street [PS] (I just pulled this out of my @$$ to call it something, the name isn't important). We have a Spec E30 and it falls into PS2. It has designated a sub class of Spec E30. Thus it would be competing for point in both overall PS2 points and for Spec E30 points. There could be the bigger contingencies in the primary class (ie PS2) and sub classes (ie Spec E30) could have their own contingencies. I'm sure now that I've mentioned contingencies someone will be upset that if they finish 1st in their subclass they make not podium in the primary class and might not get free Hoosiers, or whatever. Well, that's what's awesome about this plan: With fewer classes, sponsors can afford to reward finishers deeper into the field. Also with fewer classes you will almost always meet the minimum number of competitors to be eligible for prizes. I would see there being tire prizes of sub classes with spec tires. I'm sure there are holes in my idea. It isn't even a fully formed thought, but something I have been pondering for a while. I just thought I would interject it here and see if anyone could develop my ramblings into something that could make sense, grow NASA, increase competition, and increase the fun factor. -bj Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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