enginerd Posted November 1, 2021 Report Share Posted November 1, 2021 (edited) If you want to comment on, criticize, spitball, or give props on any of my answers to the questions from the other thread, you can do so here without bogging down that thread. Copying answers below: Nathan Gardiner answers to compiled questions: 1. As a possible new board member, what are your thoughts on how to attract new teams to CCES? It’s far cheaper to retain current members than attract new ones, so that should be priority #1. Beyond that, the easiest market to attract is people who already have race cars, and the best transfer market is Lemons. Create a Lemons exemption or a Lemons Class (L) allowing any team with an active Lemons logbook to race (cars must have fewer than X penalty laps in Lemons or something, I don’t know the Lemons rules well). Address the 22 gallon fuel cell issue by requiring any stint greater than say 60 minutes to be followed by a fuel stop (very easy to police in the timing and scoring booth). The point would be: race with us, minimal barrier to entry, come have fun. 2. Do any of you have business leading backgrounds? Who here has experience dealing with banks, accountants, corporate insurance brokers, attorneys, etc? No 3. What are your thoughts on West Coast expansion? Should CCES continue to try to reach that market? If so, why? My Lemons class in question 1 would be a great in-road to the west coast. 4. You're signing on for a 3 year term. What do you hope to accomplish in the 3 years to further the BUSINESS of CCES, not the rulebook? Vague business goal: increase event turnout in all regions. 5. It's my belief that the Board has been weighed down by its own desire to keep its hands in the rule book. Do you think it’s time for the Board to have oversight controls only? No. Many rulebook changes have a direct impact on attracting or driving away members. The Board is the only elected body. 6. How do you feel about fuel for points? ie are you interested in seeing serious options (including status quo) and recommendations from the TAC? No, too difficult to balance. I think if you add this, low VPI unicorns will come popping out of the woodwork because a “good price” for fuel for a 400 point car would be a STEAL for a 100 point car. 7. Are you motivated to find a solution for the abuse of multiple sets of soft/fast tires in a race? Desire to find a solution is popular among membership, and therefore should be considered by elected board members. I publicly supported a version of a 1 tire-per-stop idea in the last round of petitions. 8. Are you for the consistent [and transparent] application of criteria to determine swap weights? To be honest I support (and have supported since the inception of the swap formula) a separate “swap VPI table” which would have lines for chassis + engine just like the current VPI table, except that the listed engines wouldn’t be stock offerings. I proposed this to Mike back at the start and he said it would be too much work. I disagreed that it would be more work then, and I STRONGLY believe that the endless fudging of weights and resulting bickering about the calculator has long since exceeded the work required for a Swap VPI table and subsequent maintenance. The VPIs are subjective, the post-swap VPIs should also be subjective. Advantages of a subjective swap table: - Engine torque and weight can be considered. The current formula only considers HP. - Engines which are better than their rated power indicates will be more fairly valued (certain underrated V8s / turbos / etc.) - Changes can be made to a specific swap combination without blowing up other engine swaps on the same platform But to answer the actual question, yes the application of criteria should be consistent and transparent while we are constrained to the current formula. The bull cookies of the stealth e30 weight change and months of cover up by management was insulting and wrong to say the least. 9. What are the views of those running on what the long term goals of the club are or should be? Maintain ChampCar as the premier budget endurance racing series. Large fields are a critical part of fun racing and ‘staying in the black’, so ChampCar needs to increase field size without sacrificing the diversity, quality of racing, and affordability. 10. How could the club leadership improve communication and involvement of the membership? Designated board spokesperson to be the official voice of the board on the forum. Explaining how and why certain decisions were made. We get a lot of posts from board members, which is great, but often these posts contain board decisions mixed with personal opinions and it can be a bit murky. Also a monthly email blast “what is the Board doing for you?” Edited November 1, 2021 by enginerd 4 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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