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The only thing different between
>the national and divisional teams is the amount of resources
>they have, and some contingency opportunity anyway.
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Jake, it seems to me that this year it's going to be even more strange than you imagine, but in a good way. Here's my logic:

Step 1: All teams can now enter the National series if they choose, for $125 additional on the lic. (small cost relative to anyone's rally budget).

Step 2: The Regional series are now even bigger geographically than they were before (conversion of SCCA divisions to RA Regions). This will drive up costs for those trying to win their Regional championships (but will provide more meaningfull championships).

Step 3: We all know that travel is the big cost we can't escape. Thus, due to the size of the new Regions the travel costs to win your Region aren't that different from the travel cost to do 5 or 6 of the Nationals.

Thus I think 2005 will see more dual entry than ever before. Especially since we competitors don't know exactly how the series will develop as the season goes along (will new sponsors/TV be announced part way through the season, will super fast teams come in that remove any shot of regional guys getting a National podium, etc.).

The current situation may actually get you exactly what you want to see (fastest car actually ends up at the top of the podium, regardless of national or regional competitior) albeit at the cost of increased spending by those serious Regional teams.

If you re-examine your budget and schedule for 2005 (that's what I did), I bet you could finish VERY well in National G2 or P without spending any more moeny than you'd need to spend to shoot for a 2005 Regional championship effort.

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>So tell me what you think of this idea...
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>No dual entries ever. You sign up for either one or more
>regional championships, or the national championship, or none
>of the above and pay the registration fees accordingly. If you
>DNF any day, but get your car fixed (eg: fuel pump replaced)
>before the end of the event, you're officially out of the
>standings as a DNF but you're welcome to rejoin the fray to
>gain the seat time we could all use. Due to safety concerns,
>you would be placed back into the sequence where you "should
>be" according to your speed factor and so on (steward's
>decision).
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>What do y'all think makes the most sense?
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>Cheers,
>-Doug

Doug,

This is a difficult issue with valid concerns from both sides of the issue. Not being smart enough to stay silent on difficult issues, here's my reaction:

Keep all the stuff mentioned above about being able to re-start on the seocnd day, and add...

-Only one type of entry at any event. No National, Regional, or Dual designation at individual events.

-Organizers give trophies and report results to RA with all entrants combined.

-To tally season points, RA sorts people into National and Regional, based on which series the competitor signed up for.

-Competitors can only sign up for one series. This preserves the regional series for regional competitors, so they can have good fair battles and have some good results to show sponsors.

-The National/Regional separation only occurs at the RA/season point counting level. If you want to be scored for the National series you pay RA a National Series entry fee up front. That could be about equal to the current difference between Regional and dual-entry fees, calculated as an average number of events run by a typical natinal team. So each National team would pay something like $400 x 6 events = $2400 to join the National Series. This money would get paid back to organizers who run National events (since that's where it would have gone under the old system anyway).

-If we feel that this system means the national teams will take all the trophies at local events, we could go back to awarding event trophies to Seed groups. For example one trophy set for Seed 0-4 and one set for 5-8. This is the same number of trophies as the current system (2 sets), but perhaps more fairly distributed.

This system would pay organizers the same amount they collect for entry revenue now, keep national teams from taking year-end regional awards, crown the fastest cars at each event as it's winners, give talented but low-budget teams and shot at regional championships, and perhaps free up national teams to work regional events (since the incentive to get points there would be removed).

Fire away.

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>How are/is the nation motorsport community going see the
>competition.The magazine people are not going to seperate
>competitors in their articles.outdoor, speed, espn-2 can we
>expect them to point out the points leader of what ever series
>that team is running?

Easy solution is that the media are directed to focus coverage on the teams registered for the National series. Sample broadcast/print laungauge:

"The battle for the RA National championship in the Production class raged at STPR with Mike Merbach edging out his nearest rival Mark Tabor at the event. That puts Mike 2 points ahead of Mark with only three rounds to go. Keep an eye on this battle! Also of note was the exceptional drive put in by regional entrant David Johnson who was quicker than Merbach and Tabor at his home event, delighting teh home-town fans by showing the out-of-towners that local talent is not to be taken lightly."

This concept could be pushed even farther if RA wanted to build a mandatory "media fee" into the National Series registration fee. This fee would guarantee funding of TV, and marketing services focused on the National teams.

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