I will go ahead and speak from the Board of Directors. This is from my seat and not as a whole from the BOD and my thoughts. I try to be honest and keep everyone in the loop. I feel that is the best way to handle things, but this year has gotten away from us in 2020. I can blame COVID, I can blame being busy with our real jobs, etc, etc. There are many excuses I can throw out there.
We were able to put on races this year, but we also had to cancel some of the races.
The BOD did not start meeting until probably May or June on the petitions. There were 110 petitions that we had to go through. We gave TAC the 110 petitions beforehand as we want to include the TAC in this process. The TAC was created by the members as needed a checks and balance or some tech expertise. I'll admit, I am not a rule writer or not as technical as some of you are. It is no secret and I don't act like I know a lot of the technical stuff. It is also no secret that if I believe that some item on your car is not-OE then it should be point unless it was under the 2x rule and what have you. So when I look at petitions I say okay if you are asking for something free in reliability or there is a performance advantage it should be points. There is another thought is if you can't police it then it should be free. Many thoughts on this and I am just giving you my own opinion.
We also had @Huggy come aboard to help with looking at the rules and making sure that the rules were technically sound, but not change major items unless there was BOD approval. It was a very long process and Chris did an awesome job at doing this in such a short time.
There were some items that were heavily debated this year during the petition with the 2x rule, ABS, carbon fiber, tires, fuel tank sizes, etc etc etc. I appreciated everyone who submitted petitions.
In August the rules went to Tech. Tech did bring up some good points and we went back and relooked at some of the items that they had concern which would allow a lot of big money into this series, which would get away from our goal and mission of the club. This was free ABS, free flywheels, free clutches, free brake calipers, radiators etc. We went back as a BOD and debated over this for a long time. We had many meetings, email discussions, etc on it. We all came up with what we thought would be the best for the organization. Not just one car, but for the organization. TAC helped us with the flywheel and clutch rule because it did state flywheels were open and clutches were open, but we had a member ask the Tech Desk if multi clutches were open or what deemed to be an open flywheel. TAC and Tech answered this question and gave their suggestion to the BOD. The BOD also voted on this and it went through. We also could not come up with a good radiator rule that would not effect those teams that had one in 2020 that would not cause them to have more points in 2021, so we went back to the 2020 rule as it worked for this year.
It was brought up that how can we allow the brakes to be open up to 4 pot with big money items possibly being out there. One possibility was allowing only brake calipers off of the VPI for free and then aftermarket 4 pots for 5 points (that was a guess at that point as we don't know what it would have been). I did bring up what disallowed big money kits under the 2x rule as it was unsure on how the 2x rule was being applied to the brake system (per component or per system). As a BOD the majority agreed that 95% of the systems we will see in 2021 would probably be allowed in the 2020 rules for 2x. Maybe I am wrong or nieve, but this is what was decided as we thought it was in the best interest of the series.
Now we are going through a CEO change. We also need to appoint a Chairman for the BOD. I want to get back to ChampCar racing and supporting our members and amateur racers. That is one of my goals to help out in the future and looking at how I can help with this as well.
Yes there will be another BCCR roll out but with minor changes. It should be out in the next couple of days. I don't foresee any other big changes unless there is a safety item that we see at Rd Atl or the first few couple of races. I want to continue to develop the best ruleset I can that can be understood so when a new member comes and wants to build a car they can just pick up the BCCR. That is why there has been more added to the fixed points list, so you know what you can or cannot do per points. The BCCR rollout was a dumpster fire and you can blame me or the rest of the BOD for that.
2021 is a new year and it is coming fast. I welcome any and all constructive criticism. I am passionate for this series and want to make it the best race series I can.
I have been working my tail off for ChampCar with being involved with TAC and Tech discussions, presenting these changes to the BOD, making sure we have sponsors lined up, fishing for more sponsors, employment contract for a new CEO, etc etc. Oh and I have a full time job that has changed a lot in the past two months that has kept me busy, so I apologize if the BOD or I have not gotten back on some items. Still working on loose ends that I am almost done with (VPI change stuff).
ChumpCar/ChampCar was built on taking stock cars, putting in a roll cage, and going to the track to race. Yes it has evolved, but the same principles are still there. I believe ChampCar is a series that lets the teams choose how they want their car to perform (reliable, fast, turn faster), etc. This is an amateur series where we do not require a license so we have to write these rules to people who are novices and are coming out of college or off the street with zero experience in cars. This is what I really enjoy about the series and why I promote it so much. It is a builders series. You can repurpose stuff off of your car for free if you have the knowledge or the skills to do so. This is the mission and vision I still see for ChampCar is to be able to take a car and with minimal come run with ChampCar with zero experience.
Thanks for your time.