What rules or rules changes do you think would benefit circle track racing the most?
You know, we frequently hear about what the sanctioning bodies should do to improve this segment of racing. And there’s probably a variety of areas they might address. I mean, we are always trying to find ways to reduce the cost of racing, and there’s nothing wrong with that, especially if the quality of racing and competition doesn’t suffer. But there’s one area that we believe would make a difference. It has to do with allowing higher quality parts to be used, particularly in critical areas of these engines. I know it may make economic sense to require less expensive components, but sometimes the initial cost of parts isn’t the complete picture. Here’s an example. Let’s say we’re required to use cast crankshafts. There’s an initial cost savings when compared to a billet crank. But suppose the crank can’t handle the torque and breaks. Now you stand the chance of losing the block, heads, rods and pistons. So I ask, how “inexpensive” was that cast crank? The racer ends up spending much more money rebuilding or having the engine rebuilt when, in fact, the additional cost of a billet crank in the first place pales when compared to what he pays for a fresh engine. In addition, if the rules still call for a cast crank, the racer is right back where he started in terms of risk level to have the engine destroyed again. I think the sanctioning bodies might find that consulting with leading engine builders when they’re writing these type rules for a perspective that may be better for the racer, certainly in the long term.
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