I have gotten more involved within our Club, I wrote Nick Craw several times, even though I didn’t care for the direction he was taking us, he always wrote back. I wrote to Steve Johnson with a couple of points and a blueprint for a heck of a Pro division where we could almost get crowds like the CART/Tans-Am days, never heard back from him, wrote the same letter and ideas to the next President of our Club after Steve, never heard a word. Have submitted a couple of rule changes but they pretty much went into the waste basket and so now trying to bring it more in the open.
The main reason to bring out in the open what I believe are misguided rules, is to get people thinking about the rule changes and what it cost us, that we can do more together. Isn’t this part of the reason we formed the GT-1 group and website? I don’t know what the Trans-Am guys think of the rule changes, if they say anything, which I hope they do but maybe since they can afford the expense of the series, I wonder if they just go ahead and have their crews do the change, and go racing.
I like to ask that the Tran-Am guys help us GT-1 guys, even though the changes might not matter to them, they can trickle down to GT-1 and cost us more money, such that the dream of driving in a Trans-Am race is lost and maybe cause some GT-1 drivers to quit racing.
Trans-Am guys, look at the rule changes, my belief and I could be wrong but don’t think so, that SCCA dropped Trans-Am for a couple of years, the impression I got was they were trying to make their World Challenge the big event of the club, that SCCA would like to see every class, a spec class. Here’s the icing on the cake, I know a guy involved with GT-1 that told me, that he mentioned to SCCA about making GT-1 with a single built spec chassis with a Create engine, he said SCCA liked the idea. If we don’t work together, we might find ourselves instead of muscle cars, glorified world challenge cars.
I have a third way that might be the answer but it will take the Trans-Am guys help, SCCA will listen to you guys more than us club guys and it would all be done in a diplomatic way.
One person submitting a rule doesn’t get very far or taken seriously by the non-racers on the rules committee, but numbers might. I went to the first GT-1 group meeting in Chicago to help get it started, what if we got together, thru emails, phone calls or at the track and we went through the rules, standardize them for GT-1 and Trans-Am cars, we then do up a petition with signatures from drivers and crew members, send it to the Rules Committee, the Trans-Am manager and to the Head Office?
It will show that we are serious about the rules costing us money, none of us are submitting rules to hurt people but to race in a safe way, plus making it easy for both classes to switch back and forth along with maybe getting more GT-1 cars in the field. Yes, Trans-Am is more expensive but I believe there are drivers in each region that would like to try a pro race.
GT guys, if there are issues you would like to see for your classes, we can make this a big group, but will leave that up to you.
So drivers and crews, you have seen some of my ideas from my posting, if you want to work together and submit a petition, we can start the discussions, thru email or meetings, it won’t happen overnight but hopefully we can get it started and maybe sometime in the summer we can submit our ideas as a group.
We can start a topic on our GT-1 board, start to get ideas and hopefully hear from the Trans-Am guys and their ideas, just thought we have to start someplace and will do what I can to get it started.
p.s. the first thing I would like at the top of the petition is that the Convention gets dropped and the money divided up to each “Area” for the corner workers, they are so much more valuable than a convention for the Head Office.
This post has been edited by prt1983: 22 April 2011 - 03:05 AM