posted August 26, 2004 11:56 AM
In my humble opinion...
The shortage of used rear drive carbureted automobiles suitable for racing...most are 20-30 years old, is going to force tracks and race clubs to include front wheel drive cars for minis and full size classes.
Rather than forcing inspectors to look for illegal components and modifications, I suggest having a minimum of rules...perhaps a mandated tire size, width and compound or a limit to the size of an intake for a fuel injected car or cfm limit for a carbureted car. Other mandated rules easily checked are weight of car, wheelbase, tire tracking width and use of a specific fuel.
A minimum of rules means no cheating is possible and the tech crew can concentrate their efforts on safety inspections.
Personally, I welcome the inclusion of injected cars with computers. Not many people under the age of 30 (non-racers) know what a carburetor or distributor is and their function. Same if you ask them about a Ford Pinto, Mercury Bobcat or Capri. For oval tracks and clubs to survive they have to court the youth.
Kansas Racing Products Inc.
PS...a track located in east-central Kansas is making preparations to reopen. The Plaza Speedway will now be known as Whiskey Lake Raceway and is considering a four cylinder Hornet class....front or rear drive.