Marshall Grice wrote:I don’t understand the “transparency” angle you guys have focused on. you all have stated the exact reasoning the SEB made its decicion in your arguments but still claim you don’t see the reasoning. I have personally spoon fed you the rationale in this thread and still you claim there is no transparency. Its obvious that you don’t agree with the reasoning but its hard to claim it isn’t transparent when you all seem to know why the change was proposed. The octane change is tied directly to the unlimited boost change in response to overwhelming feedback from the membership that increased power levels weren’t desired in ST. That is exactly what letter 14648 says. I don’t know what else to say.
The problem is that somehow the issue of open boost, which would have been just fine if the planned move of turbos to STH had stood up, would have been constrained to STH. Instead the "fix" applied to the BOOST control problem was to punish cars without boost by restricting ALL of ST(the majority of whom are not boosted) to 91 octane, knowing full well the open boost issue would then solve itself. A problem solved with a lack of imagination. If contained within STH, people would very quickly figure out which cars' bottom ends could withstand 100 octane + unlimited boost and the issue would solve itself. Instead the an overreaction to a BOOST concern suddenly penalized the ST folks boosted or not. The lack of transparency relates to what problem does this 93 limit solves in the rest of ST
. The answer is "none-it's just a penalty because we couldn't think of anything better to resolve it". There was clearly the fear that some stout Toyota turbo beast that could sustain 1000HP on stock internals with 31PSI would rule STH. Ok, so when/if that happens deal with that, don't penalize the entire ST. I would even go so far as to make a rule that if the first time a "class killer" showed up, was at Nationals, in order to preserve any sort of "fairness doctrine", that if it was deemed outside of the spirit of the class, that it could be allowed to compete, but not for trophies.(How's THAT for imagination?).
This stuff isn't hard, and I know folks want to do a good job, but if a long standing rule is suddenly overturned, there should be NO QUESTION as to why and a whole lot of open debate.