Earlier this week we sent an email to (60) SMSE competitors in the SEDiv surveying interest in changing the spec tire for the class in SEDiv from the Hoosier SM7 to the Toyo RA-1.
The DC Region has used the Toyo for their SSM class for several years as part of their cost-saving formula (the other part being a dyno verified rear wheel HP limit). That class has done very well in the MARRS series, and there are usually 40-50 cars per weekend.
The idea is to introduce that “harder tire” element of the cost savings approach to SMSE in the SEDiv, to similarly reduce racing cost and continue to grow participation.
The email asked the SMSE competitor to respond as follows:
Yes, I support changing the spec tire for SMSE to the Toyo RA-1
No, I do not support changing the spec tire for SMSE
I would support changing the spec tire, but propose another alternative _______
Responses are still coming in, but we are posting here in the event that we missed some competitors or the possibility that the email was not received or diverted to spam, etc. We also thought this would be a good platform for others in the SM community to comment on the change. (That said, we do want the competitors to make the decision).
The final tally will be emailed to the competitors and posted here. If a strong majority approve, the next step will be to submit the proposal to the SEDiv RE’s and the other planning committees.