Jim, curious if no testing was done and using the old data, how was Toyo picked and then a couple of years later they choose Hoosier based on the same data. Also the Hoosier contingencies were less than what Toyo had been giving and then we had NASA and SCCA on opposing tires, which again seemed contrary to both org. trying to have similar rules. Just saying.
IIRC there was a survey on what people wanted in a tire. No shaving was on the list among other things. Only trouble is the list options weren't weighted, so "molded tire" could have been interpreted as important as "long life" or "cost per tire". Also "long life" may not have been spelled out as "long competitive life".
In hindsight, using a survey to describe the ideal tire probably wasn't the best idea.
For next time (in the spirit of our country's democratic silly season), how about making everything public. Create a test day report document that lists pros, cons, tester's impressions and such. Then create a document that discusses what the tire company is offering the club in terms of contingency, support, and/or money for the SCCA coffers.
Then have a vote by the SM racing SCCA members.
Whatcha guys think? Jim?