Brian Go Posted September 26, 2022 Share Posted September 26, 2022 The revised official 2022 rules include allowing competitors with other marquees to be considered for regional competitive racing. While, I always enjoy the opportunity to expand the network of drivers in our sport, and to allow others to push my professional growth and driving expertise, I do have some concerns as to how these alternative manufacturers can impact the nature of our racing category. The history of our touring series has allowed us to fine tune the competing strengths of the series and manufacturers. Historically, keeping the manufacturers limited to the ones listed in the rule book has proven an effective strategy to attract like minded competitors who have the ability to push each other to improve their racing performance and strategies in a manner that is safe, inclusive and competitive. Ultimately, we are all here to embrace the opportunity to compete in a series where the breadth and depth of cars built to the category rules, allow us to ensure a fair but highly competitive race experience. Bringing in other marquee manufacturers can inadvertently create excessive gaps in the engineering builds of the cars, and an widely uneven competitive field. The current group of eligible manufacturers is attractive to incoming drivers and I would hate to lose some of our seasoned drivers with a widely diluted playing field. The rules allow for the exception in regional competition only. If the exemption seems to be unfit for the national level, it should be for the regional level too. Our goal is our regional competitors are inspired and driven to push toward the national playing field. Changing the regional playing field will only deter these competitors rather than inspire them. Brian #428 GTS2 NASANE 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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