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  1. 1. The IT2 Initiative Greg Amy grega@pobox.com 203.874.1403
  2. 2. Introduction  Newer vehicles, such as those built within the last 10 years and typically associated with the „import car scene‟, have become eligible for Improved Touring  Faced with a recent influx of these performance „pocket rockets‟, the SCCA‟s Competition Board has struggled to find a suitable classification 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 2
  3. 3. The Issue  There is a significant performance gap between the ITA- dominating small-bore hatchbacks (e.g., Honda CRX Si, Nissan 240SX) and the ITS-dominating GT sports cars and sedans (e.g., BMW 325, Datsun 240Z, Mazda RX-7, Porsche 944)  Since the performance of our newer cars outstrips the existing ITA front-runners, they‟ve been classified into Improved Touring S 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 3
  4. 4. The Problem  Performance of these newer small cars is dramatically below that of a typical ITS front-runner  The vehicles are uncompetitive in ITS and members are not interested in preparing them  2002 ARRC Runoffs – only three 4-cylinder ITS cars, two Porsche 944s and a Mercedes 190E, entered 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 4
  5. 5. The End Result  These cars are a huge proportion of the vehicles sold since 1990, and form the basis of a growing performance enthusiast market  Without a solution, the motorsports potential for these vehicles will otherwise go unrealized in SCCA Club Racing  A likely result will be the continued proliferation of single-marque „spec‟ classes, such as Spec RX- 7, Spec Neon, Spec Miata, Honda Challenge, and SE-R Cup, all in response to their being uncompetitive in ITS 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 5
  6. 6. The Solution – Improved Touring 2  IT2 = a new classification, between ITS and ITA  Focuses on post-1990, four-cylinder, compact cars  Typically equipped with 120-150hp, weigh 2200-2800 pounds, have 5-speed transaxles, front wheel drive, front disc brakes, and electronic fuel injection.  Examples:  Acura Integra  Dodge Neon  Honda Prelude Si  Nissan Sentra SE-R and NX2000  VW GTi and Jetta 2.0 16V 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 6
  7. 7. The Solution – Improved Touring 2  All vehicles would continue to be built to the existing Improved Touring preparation rules  All cars would continue to meet existing published specifications and would be scrutineered the same  The ease of implementation makes it immediately adoptable while not upsetting the ITA or ITS apple carts. 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 7
  8. 8. The IT2 Initiative - Results  Addresses membership concerns in regards to classification of these cars  Very easy to implement  No additional workload on volunteers  Will result in dramatic increase in interest and participation in IT, especially with newer cars  Should stop the proliferation of spec classes 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 8
  9. 9. The IT2 Initiative – Now In Process  Interested parties are currently petitioning the National Competition Board to consider adopting the IT2 classification for the 2004 season  Offered as a reasonable alternative to competition adjustments currently under consideration for IT  IT2 program administrators are reviewing the current ITS and ITA classifications to determine which vehicles would be eligible for 2003  Article on the IT2 Initiative to appear in next issue of Grassroots Motorsports 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 9
  10. 10. The IT2 Initiative – 2003 Goals  Goal for 2003 is to increase awareness of IT2  Interested competitors can sign up for the program and run IT2 decals  IT2 administrators will keep track of 2003 points and „crown‟ a 2003 champion  Given sufficient interest, will request inclusion as a separate class at the 2003 ARRC Runoffs 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 10
  11. 11. The IT2 Initiative – 2004 Goals  Regions should adopt IT2 as a recognized class  Regions can choose to classify additional eligible cars not currently in IT (with IT2 admin recommendations)  Competitors may voluntarily choose to run IT2 or their existing class  SCCA should adopt IT2 as a nationally-recognized class 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 11
  12. 12. The IT2 Initiative – The Future  The ultimate goal of IT2 would be to offer competition adjustments based on physical characteristics of the vehicle (e.g., hp, weight, number of valves and camshafts, VTEC)  Would allow a larger range of newer eligible vehicles without “tipping the performance cart”  Example formulas available on web site 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 12
  13. 13. The IT2 Initiative – Drivers  Interested drivers should visit the IT2 web site for details on how to sign up for the program (nominal donation to cover decal costs): http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 13
  14. 14. The IT2 Initiative – Drivers  NE Region drivers are already signing up and have committed to running IT2 in the 2003 season  Thomas Hovind (Dodge Neon)  Jeffrey Poor (VW GTi 2.0)  Thor Schroeder (VW GTi 2.0)  Greg Amy (Nissan NX2000)  More are expected! 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 14
  15. 15. The IT2 Initiative – SCCA Admins  Please take time to visit the web site  Interested IT2 personnel will be petitioning you for formal regional acceptance in 2004  Please contact me with your region‟s newsletter info; I‟d like to submit an article on IT2  Spread the word to other regions and to National, and contact us if you have any questions or comments! 11 January 2003 http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ 15
  16. 16. The IT2 Initiative Q&A http://www.it2.evaluand.com/ Greg Amy grega@pobox.com 203.874.1403

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