(MARRS-RX7) CRC meeting notes and updates for the '09 season
Mon Oct 27 17:57:58 CET 2008
Do we know if these dates have been locked in with the tracks, i.e., is
it safe to plan on them?
Matthew Stutt wrote:
> Folks -
> Because I'm lazy (err...efficient), and Mr. Ginsberg is so eloquent
> I'm republishing (with his permission) his summary of last week's
> competition committee meeting:
> Hey all. Tonight was another wonderful CRC meeting. There were two
> items on the agenda:
> o Scheduling for next year
> o Run Groups for next year
> 2009 MARRS Schedule
> Honestly I'm not really sure where to start so I'll go with the
> easy one--the '09 schedule.Here it is in all its glory. I can't
> tell you yet which MARRS races will be Doubles (except for Labor
> Day weekend) or even what the format for the weekends is going to
> be. We're going to look at that at the next meetings (more on that
> later). You'll notice a bit more variety compared to '08. So
> heeeeere it is:
> o April 18-19 : Summit Point
> o May 9-10 (Mother's Day): MARRS/SARRC @ VIR
> o May 30-3 1 : Summit Point
> o June 27-28 : Summit Point
> o July 18-19 : NJMP Thunderbolt
> o August 8-9 : Summit Point
> o August 22-23 : NJMP Lightning
> o September 5-7 (Labor Day): Summit Point
> o October 10-11 : Summit Point
> We will be working with the North Carolina Region to make the
> MARRS / SARRC event a little more amenable. This could mean more
> than the seven run groups we had last time, going to three days,
> or going to a single race. We'll see.
> Now that the MARRS series is out of the way, here are the other
> major dates on the WDCR schedule. Each are at Summit Point:
> o April 4-5 : Drivers School
> o May 15-17 : Double National (Pending NEDiv approval.
> It may become a two-day, single National)
> o June 12-13 : 12 Hours at the Point
> 2009 MARRS Run Groups
> Rather than attack run groupings in January as we normally do, we
> decided to get things done now. Each representative on the
> Committee was asked to bring their proposed run groups, printed,
> and would be given three minutes to present their reasoning. Come
> next season, you all are either going to love me or really hate
> me. The Committee accepted my plan.
> Here's the good news....we're not running with ITS next year.
> We're going to have a radical change in the format of the series
> next year. We've been talking off and on over the past few years
> about changing the format of the MARRS weekends. We've all
> discussed qualifying races and many of you heard a proposal at the
> Open Comp meeting (and here) to make each weekend a Double (w/
> qualifying and race each day). Well, in order to do that there's
> no way we could continue to have 10 run groups, and nine run
> groups wasn't going to cut it either. My plan was to go to eight
> run groups. A move to eight run groups allows us to recover a
> minimum of an hour each day and reallocate that time to the
> remaining groups, giving us longer on-track sessions. If we go to
> a qualifying race on Saturday we can make it long enough (approx.
> 10 laps) to alleviate the fears of carnage as people bash and bang
> to get a better starting position for the Sunday feature. We can
> also go to a longer feature race on Sunday (18-20 laps). If we go
> to double weekends, The same applies--more track time each day.
> So what's the downsides? More cars on track across the board.
> Whereas this year we had some groups (like ours) that averaged
> about 40 cars, there were closed-wheel groups that barely managed
> 20 cars. No need to rehash that and our attempts to realign groups
> mid-season. If we use 2008's participation numbers, most of the
> run groups would average 35 cars with my plan. Of course, this
> year we saw a falloff in registrations as the year went on
> (probably gas price-related) and a lot of us are betting we'll see
> a 10-20% dropoff due to our economic troubles so we'll probably
> really be seeing 30-32 car densities at best.
> So how'd this play out? I proposed going to eight run groups to
> facilitate modifying the MARRS weekend format. This was approved
> 13-7. Once that was done, I presented my proposed run groups.
> Believe me when I say that contracting to eight run groups gives
> you a very limited number of options. Some of the combinations
> aren't exactly optimal, but this time around the pain will be
> spread across more groups instead of just ITA taking the brunt of
> it once again. The CRC will be working this winter with our
> stewards and the N.E. Division Chief Steward to add language to
> our Supps, calling for either "split starts" or "split grids" for
> many of our run groups to make some combos more palatable.
> There was one other 8-group combination presented on the fly but
> the framers couldn't make the numbers work. The committee approved
> my groupings 13-4 with three abstentions. So here's the rundown.
> 2008 Averages are in parenthesis with the MR2 move to ITB taken
> into account.
> o FV / F500 (19)
> o Big Wings & Things (18)
> o SM (35)
> o SSM (41)
> o Big Bore / ITS / ITR (34)
> o Small Bore / SRF (38)
> o ITA / SpecRX7 / T3 (35)
> o IT7 / ITB / ITC / SSB / SSC (35)
> There are some classes that aren't very happy, but I know that
> since Yip likes using RX7's for brake pads that ITA will do just
> fine. I think we had one T3 car show up all year, so if we do a
> split start w/ the Spec7's we'll probably be able to coexist quite
> Feel free to comment here or privately, or you all can take my
> head off this weekend at the drivers school.
> ...ducking for cover,
> It was fun while it lasted, but IT7 (and SS) have left us. Hopefully
> we'll be able to get the run group order modified some to enable
> double dipping...
> Welcome to ITA. The stewards are at least so far entertaining the
> possibility of a split start (not just a split grid as we did with
> ITC). This is good new for us. As for T3...rumor is that Jerry
> totaled his Sube...so T3 does not really exist anymore in MARRS :)
> Also, don't be afraid of Yip. I hear it's been years since he last
> used an RX7 as a brake....
> M. Stutt
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