posted August 14, 2003 07:22 AM
I agree. There should be two separate classes. In many repects it is actually cheaper to build, race and maintain a full-tube car as opposed to a unibody. However, that is a separate issue.
I believe the only real way to have an inexpensive, entry-level budget class is to have a dollar claim on the cars but make it realistic amount. Then come up with a fair method to have the claim work as intended. This keeps everyone equal. Have a few basic rules in regard to the type of car but concentrate on safety...roll cage installation, proper seat belts, fuel cell, driver protection, etc.
The promoters will support any class if there are enough cars. More racers mean more money from the pit gate. That money is used to pay the purse. A pit pass costs the racer the same amount whether they are racing an entry-level mini or a late-model. Generally, there are many more of the "cheaper" class cars than the "high-dollar" ones. The pay-out or purse is less. Sometimes, the entry-level cars race for only a trophy!
Also consider too that racers bring family and friends into the grandstands and at the concessions. No promoter or track owner will turn their back on those fans...and last very long.
I suspect what has happened in SpeedyD1's case is a decline of mini-stocks in numbers at the track. Some of the racers, who have recognized the cost of building a competitive unibody mini, have pushed to have a new class. As SpeedyD1 has indicated they are much faster too so they will gain support of the fans. Prize money may be an issue. Do these jig cars receive more money?
I recommend either building a car for this new class or band together with other entry-level racers and form your own group. You may have to be a "touring" series and race at different tracks in your area. Perhaps race on a different night than the other classes.
Just my thoughts on the matter.
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