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Old 10-05-2021, 07:43 PM
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American Sedan racers, crew, and fans,

Following the increasing conversations about the American Sedan tire rule and the events at the runoffs, the ad hoc committee will be penning a response to offer up some clarity on the basis of the rule and to give some insight as to what will be done moving forward. Expect a post here and on Facebook by the end of the week.

Speaking personally: I share many of the concerns that I’ve seen expressed over the past few days. While as racers we often feel very passionately about this sport that is central to many of our lives, I would ask that we still treat each other with respect both on and off the racetrack. We all put a lot of time and effort into getting these big V8 cars on the track, and that goes double or triple for our competitors this past weekend. I think we can all respect that.
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Old 10-10-2021, 12:53 PM
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Please see below for a letter from the American Sedan Adhoc Committee (ASAC) to the AS racers, crew, and supporters:

A lot of discussion has occurred surrounding the events that happened during the 2021 SCCA National Runoffs regarding the tires used for the event. We, the American Sedan Adhoc Committee, felt the need to make a statement regarding this. Following is some background to the existing tire rule and how we intend to proceed to prevent a controversy like this from happening again.

First, we would like to thank all the competitors for participating in this year’s event. We know the effort to qualify for the event and the commitment required to attend is very large. As a committee we appreciate that effort and will continue to focus our efforts on making it as affordable and equitable as possible.

The race was fantastic! We would all be disappointed if this tire controversy diminishes the competition, effort and enjoyment of any of the competitors. Again, the ASAC will do all it can to prevent this type of issue from occurring in the future.

The original intent of the tire rule, which had been discussed for years, was to reduce the cost for competitors mainly at the entry level or at regional competitions. We recognized the economical gain would not be realized at the top level of competition. It was meant to encourage new competitors to the class and to encourage more participation at the regional level. Discussions with competitors at the regional races during the 2021 season indicated to us that this was the case.

The original rule was proposed in letter #29175 and can be found in the September 2020 issue of Fastrack. It limited the allowable tires to compete on to an inclusion list based on tires currently available at the time the letter was written. It consisted of tires that the ASAC had experience with and meet the intent of the rule as described earlier. In October of 2020, the SCCA Board of Directors requested we change the rule to an exclusion list. We complied and introduced letter #29821, posted in the December 2020 Fastrack. This rule excluded only the Hoosier A7 tire. In addition, the ASAC was misinformed that a rule existed, limiting competitors to compete only on tires that were commercially available and in quantities that allowed all competitors to have access to them. The 2021 results were within the rules as written.

As the current ASAC chair, I intend to address this issue by introducing the following rules as soon as possible within SCCA guidelines for rule changes and technical bulletins.

1) As mentioned in the American Sedan runoffs hall meeting, prior to the race, we will be reverting to a tire inclusion rule. We, the ASAC, cannot control when and which different tire options may become available. We will continue to strive to reduce costs for competitors while maintaining competitive racing.

2) We will be implementing verbiage in the rules that allow tire manufacturers to petition to be included on the list of “legal tires for competition and qualifying in American Sedan”. We will be contacting the manufacturers and working with them to achieve a tire list that encourages all manufacturers to participate, but maintains the intent of American Sedan of being a lower cost V8 class and encourage participation of budget minded competitors.

3) Because the ASAC are volunteers, and have no operating budget to perform testing, we rely on experience and data from other classes and organizations to formulate our rule set. I will be recommending a rule that requires tires for consideration on the inclusion list to be have been commercially available in significant quantities at least a year prior to consideration. In addition, notification of any tire added or removed from the inclusion list must be made at least a year prior to implementation. This will allow competitors to prepare for changes to the list of legal competition and qualifying tires.

In conclusion, I want to ensure all competitors and manufacturers, the goal of the ASAC to is to promote equal competition for all competitors at all levels in the American Sedan class. I personally will strive to ensure fairness, fun, and good competition is the focus, in the spirit of amateur racing, of the ASAC.

Sincerely,
John Blanchard
ASAC chair
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Old 10-10-2021, 05:51 PM
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Also posted on the AS Facebook Page.

As stated in JB's letter:

The original intent of the tire rule, which had been discussed for years, was to reduce the cost for competitors mainly at the entry level or at regional competitions. We recognized the economical gain would not be realized at the top level of competition. It was meant to encourage new competitors to the class and to encourage more participation at the regional level. Discussions with competitors at the regional races during the 2021 season indicated to us that this was the case.

So why was the "no A7 rule applied to the Majors, Super Tour, and Runoffs?

Pam
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