Huggy I know you are a engineer and want things spelled out. Most people do. The ChampCar rulebook will never do that. It is a set of rules to help teams, build a car that can be classed, balance competition at a very minimal level and to help make it a safe car - to a very minimal level.
It is also a series management tool. It is not a procedural step by step Ikea build manual.
It seems like many of you guys are at times upset by the effort to clarify things but only when it is your unwritten rule interpretation has been clarified.
Granted the specificity of my interpretations got watered down after they left my desk. There are more specific details. The only way you are going to get more details is to open up a conversation with me. I don't have a personal agenda to make to rules fit my car like most of the forum participants. I dont have a car to race, so no dog in the fight. I just share the 19 years of racing mistakes that I have made as a team owner, driver and official in an effort to make the series better. If you ask me a question I will get you an answer. It's not my answer, but the memberships answer, adjusted by the BOD, TAC, Ray Franck and most importantly our CEO. There is a huge effort to make certain there are no more Phil rules or Phil Exceptions and there are NO more regional rules variations. I have been out West, to Texas and on the east coast and taken care of that. There is the "clarity effort" Not because it is what I want, it IS what you guys want. Keep in mind You Guys are made up of the 25 guys on the forums plus the other 4000 members that send a positive vote with their silence and their participation - in the 100's at many events. You complainers are the minority.
Your opinions still matter, be confident and cut out all the approval seeking posting, and just get on with it by calling or texting me.
I know that talking to me, Ray or Chisek is a more direct line. The majority will still rule but atleast your opinion will go into the note book.