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2015 SM National Tour

 

This racing program is designed to bring additional exposure to Spec Miata by providing recognition of those drivers that excel at a variety of tracks and events on a National level.  These are the guidelines, standards and procedures of the Spec Miata National Tour (SMNT).

 

1.      Participant Eligibility:  The SM National Tour is open to all drivers eligible to race in SCCA Majors events.

 

2.      Vehicle Eligibility:  The program is open to any GCR legal Spec Miata.

 

3.      Sponsor Requirements:  All cars must meet any sponsor-mandated decal and/or usage requirements to be eligible for additional sponsor-provided prizes.  These requirements will be communicated via the SMNT forum on MazdaRacers.com prior to the race weekend they become effective.

 

4.      “Open-Hood” Policy:  All SMNT event competitors agree to allow a non-invasive visual inspection of any component of their car up to one hour before a scheduled track session by any host organization tech inspector or registered SMNT entrant/driver.  This also extends to any Impound sessions required by the hosting organization.

 

5.      SMNT Segments:  The two segments that make up the SM National Tour are as follows:

A.     The best ten race points finishes at designated SMNT events.

B.     The SCCA National Championship event (i.e. – the Runoffs ®)

 

6.      Designated SMNT events:

A.     All events will be Majors weekends, thus making them double race weekends.

B.     There will be a maximum of fourteen (14) SMNT designated events in any season.

 

7.      Points Structure:  SM National Tour points will be awarded for finishing position based on the official results for each Designated using the same points structure as the current year Majors program.

 

In addition, each driver receives a bonus point for every competitor s/he finishes ahead of up to a maximum of ten (10) bonus points.

 

The SCCA Runoffs ® will be a double points event.

 

8.      SM National Tour Winner:  The driver with the most points accumulated in both segments will be declared the SMNT National Champion.  Any ties will be broken first by head to head competition,  then number of race wins, then number of seconds, then number of thirds, etc. in all Segments, even if that extends to more than ten races.  If the tie still persists, finishing position at the Runoffs ® will make the final determination.

 

9.      Contingency Awards:  Any additional monetary and/or merchandise awards will be distributed as specified by the sponsor(s).

 

10.   SM National Tour Officials:  The SMNT Officials shall consist of the Administrator, SMNT Tech team, and a Steering Committee.  Each official is nominated and approved by majority vote of the remaining officials. 

 

10.1   The Administrator’s duties include

A.     Co-ordinate the efforts of the Steering Committee

B.     Act as recording secretary and post the SM National Tour rules

C.     Assist and be responsible to the Steering Committee

D.     Maintain and communicate the point standings for the SM National Tour

E.     Retain copies of official results for any disputes that should arise

F.     Make current points standing available on the website

G.     Make an award list at the end of the season and post it in the final points standings

 

10.2   The SMNT Tech team duties include

A.     Work with each event’s tech team to coordinate SM compliance checking efforts

B.     Maintain records of any non-compliant parts found

 

10.3   The Steering Committee Member’s duties include

A.     develop and enforce the rules, standards and procedures for the SM National Tour

B.     provide the cooperative leadership and organization of the SM National Tour

C.     separately represent and act as liaison for the SM drivers in their part of the country

D.     separately represent and act as liaison to SM National Tour events in their part of the country

 

 

Current SM National Tour Officials

 

SMNT Administrator:

 

 

SMNT Tech Team:

 

 

Steering Committee:

 

 

SMNT Liaison:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.   The following events will make up the 2015 Spec Miata National Tour:

 

 

Sebring/Homestead

 

Road Atlanta

 

VIR

 

Mid-Ohio/PittRace

 

Road America

 

Watkins Glen

 

SOWDiv event (COTA?)

 

SFR event

 

Cal Club event

 

Bowling Green / NOLA

 

Hallett

 

 

2015 SCCA Runoffs ®

Daytona Beach FL

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a start...  let me know what you think. Suggestions  and volunteers welcome. I am coming to the end of volunteering, but I would help get this opff the ground.  A title sponsor would be paramount. I think we have one hell of a procduct and a large community of motorsports ambassadors.

 

Jim 


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How hard is it to get a support race with these guys?

http://racer.com/scc...hedule-for-2014

 

Not too bad of tracks this year with TUDOR.

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May 2-4, Rounds 3 & 4, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

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July 11-13, Rounds 7 & 8, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

August 8-10, Round 9 & 10, Road America with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Oct. 1-3, Rounds 11 & 12, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

 

I do think you need the photo op, sign, cap, t-shirt, local radio and TV.

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So they are adding yet another series within a series within a series??
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So they are adding yet another series within a series within a series??

 

Jim said SM Nats, not all the classes, so if it's a race or a couple per weekend, why not tag along if the price is right (whatever that may be)

Maybe Mavtv will pick us up, get Daniels talking about us.

just saying.

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I think TUDOR could be a decent support race for SM.   :banana:


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Bilstein should be the title sponsor.


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Bilstein should be the title sponsor.


Now your talkin!! Give us a free set for advertising on track haha.
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Interesting concept. I would rather see a series that is independent of the Majors weekends. The fee for a Majors is $60/car. We could create a SMNT on regional weekend or possibly as a support race on a pro weekend. We would get large fields with more track time at a lower entry fee. Heck, we could even get crazy and create SRF/SM National Tours since we are by far the largest fields on any particular weekend.

 

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This idea looks pretty easy to do, since all we are doing is counting points and awarding a title to the races we already have available unless you went beyond an SCCA event.

I think the key would be getting the title sponsor or sponsors and put some money in it. In order to motivate nationwide travel there would have to be good money going to 8 to 10th place.

Sounds like something BFG might jump too maybe along with some others. Danny this would be good marketing exposure and you could photagraph some of the more attractive drivers.

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Can somebody explain the difference between Metal Mulisha showing up and getting paid and a support race were we pay ??

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If I was forced to race at COTA for free and they only were willing to pay for my mileage or something, IDK, I'd really have to think about it. :)

 

Basic idea,

The group of cars, however big are like the Blue Angles at each event, best of the best. If you can't get some to show, you go down the pts list.

This promotes being high in points to be invited, have to keep racing all the time.

 

SCCA has there booth in the poddock explaining how "you too can race" just like that.

The race is about to start, the SCCA promoter comes on, explaining the class and how "you too can do this".

Ride alongs during slow parts of the weekend, giving stiffy's to some who never have and giving them info on how to sign up, get lic, etc.

 

SCCA's marketing the best and you get to race.

 

Just a thought,

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It would be great if we could help promote young drivers.  It might be an important draw to have hot young guns.  A feeder for the Mazda Teen Challenge.


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2015 SM National Tour

 

This racing program is designed to bring additional exposure to Spec Miata by providing recognition of those drivers that excel at a variety of tracks and events on a National level.  These are the guidelines, standards and procedures of the Spec Miata National Tour (SMNT).

 

1.      Participant Eligibility:  The SM National Tour is open to all drivers eligible to race in SCCA Majors events.

 

2.      Vehicle Eligibility:  The program is open to any GCR legal Spec Miata.

 

3.      Sponsor Requirements:  All cars must meet any sponsor-mandated decal and/or usage requirements to be eligible for additional sponsor-provided prizes.  These requirements will be communicated via the SMNT forum on MazdaRacers.com prior to the race weekend they become effective.

 

4.      “Open-Hood” Policy:  All SMNT event competitors agree to allow a non-invasive visual inspection of any component of their car up to one hour before a scheduled track session by any host organization tech inspector or registered SMNT entrant/driver.  This also extends to any Impound sessions required by the hosting organization.

 

5.      SMNT Segments:  The two segments that make up the SM National Tour are as follows:

A.     The best ten race points finishes at designated SMNT events.

B.     The SCCA National Championship event (i.e. – the Runoffs ®)

 

6.      Designated SMNT events:

A.     All events will be Majors weekends, thus making them double race weekends.

B.     There will be a maximum of fourteen (14) SMNT designated events in any season.

 

7.      Points Structure:  SM National Tour points will be awarded for finishing position based on the official results for each Designated using the same points structure as the current year Majors program.

 

In addition, each driver receives a bonus point for every competitor s/he finishes ahead of up to a maximum of ten (10) bonus points.

 

The SCCA Runoffs ® will be a double points event.

 

8.      SM National Tour Winner:  The driver with the most points accumulated in both segments will be declared the SMNT National Champion.  Any ties will be broken first by head to head competition,  then number of race wins, then number of seconds, then number of thirds, etc. in all Segments, even if that extends to more than ten races.  If the tie still persists, finishing position at the Runoffs ® will make the final determination.

 

9.      Contingency Awards:  Any additional monetary and/or merchandise awards will be distributed as specified by the sponsor(s).

 

10.   SM National Tour Officials:  The SMNT Officials shall consist of the Administrator, SMNT Tech team, and a Steering Committee.  Each official is nominated and approved by majority vote of the remaining officials. 

 

10.1   The Administrator’s duties include

A.     Co-ordinate the efforts of the Steering Committee

B.     Act as recording secretary and post the SM National Tour rules

C.     Assist and be responsible to the Steering Committee

D.     Maintain and communicate the point standings for the SM National Tour

E.     Retain copies of official results for any disputes that should arise

F.     Make current points standing available on the website

G.     Make an award list at the end of the season and post it in the final points standings

 

10.2   The SMNT Tech team duties include

A.     Work with each event’s tech team to coordinate SM compliance checking efforts

B.     Maintain records of any non-compliant parts found

 

10.3   The Steering Committee Member’s duties include

A.     develop and enforce the rules, standards and procedures for the SM National Tour

B.     provide the cooperative leadership and organization of the SM National Tour

C.     separately represent and act as liaison for the SM drivers in their part of the country

D.     separately represent and act as liaison to SM National Tour events in their part of the country

 

 

Current SM National Tour Officials

 

SMNT Administrator:

 

 

SMNT Tech Team:

 

 

Steering Committee:

 

 

SMNT Liaison:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.   The following events will make up the 2015 Spec Miata National Tour:

 

 

Sebring/Homestead

 

Road Atlanta

 

VIR

 

Mid-Ohio/PittRace

 

Road America

 

Watkins Glen

 

SOWDiv event (COTA?)

 

SFR event

 

Cal Club event

 

Bowling Green / NOLA

 

Hallett

 

 

2015 SCCA Runoffs ®

Daytona Beach FL

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a start...  let me know what you think. Suggestions  and volunteers welcome. I am coming to the end of volunteering, but I would help get this opff the ground.  A title sponsor would be paramount. I think we have one hell of a procduct and a large community of motorsports ambassadors.

 

Jim

Great start on a schedule. Those events seem to be in order as they are currently run. 


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It would be great if we could help promote young drivers.  It might be an important draw to have hot young guns.  A feeder for the Mazda Teen Challenge.

As of now SCCA isn't recognizing the youngsters with there own series...the old guys are still hanging on :)

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Jim, I think the concept is awesome.  Let me know where you want help.


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Jim, I think the concept is awesome.  Let me know where you want help.

 

 

 

I think I am VERY nearing the end of my SM volunteering and usefullness :) I like the concept as well and should be a relatively easy program if run within the majors as proposed. We floated it a few times before but it needs someone that REALLY wants to push it and has the time energy and know how to do it. I would not mind helping, but I dont want to be the  "guy", I am too busy cashing all my CRB checks to add another lucrative income such as this :) I have a pretty good feeling I would end up funding a big portion or all of it for a year or so :)


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Jim,

 

I like your idea and think, like you, it wouldn't be terribly hard to implement inside the SCCA's Major's program.  I think Mike Ross said it above.  In the early days of SM, before national days, the SOWDIV had the Wheels America series which sounds similar to your idea.  

 

This series was sponsored by Bob Stretch's company, Wheels America (aka Fixrim.com) and provided contingency for each race and series championship.  The series was organized by volunteer SMers that scheduled races across BOTH SCCA and NASA.  Participation in the series was voluntary.  I think it had a small yearly fee and of course requirement for decal placement on your car.  So almost every SM racer participated as random drawings were even held for prizes.

 

The series basically let those organizations (SCCA/NASA) do all the hard work, track scheduling, insurance, etc, while racing series just designated which were Wheels America points races.  The series would tabulate its own points (using its own formula), handle its own tech (on top of any required by the hosting club) and not interfere or burden the organizers in any way.  


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