The DQ of the oil filter was based on a protest, not Tech looking at it or for it and calling it out. Lets just say that there is some history with the drivers involved and protests were thrown in multiple directions. After reading the rule and discussing it with Tech, I believe the correct ruling was made, due to a poorly written rule and the DQ was warranted.
I asked for the rule to be clarified, which it was and is now posted in Fastrack. If we did not clarify the rule, then it could be interpreted by tech that you would be required to run a Mazda only filter which most people are not running for various reasons.
Please read the new rule carefully..... The filter must be from a Miata, not a truck or any other Mazda product but a Miata. The SMAC spent a good 45 minutes on this and all the shenanigans and interpretations that could come from any one of our recommendations.
If anyone has any questions about the new wording I would contact Rick Harris at the SCCA Topeka office.
Sean so my question is why did you not rewrite the rule to allow an open filter? I suspect most motor builders and racers run a larger capacity filter than the OEM filter, In theory they do a better job and improve engine life.
Why not just make the rule open since there is no performance advantage?
I stick to my comment we have better things to focus on. I am glad i am not racing with guys who are going to protest an oil filter.