To All Star FM Racers:
I am leaving tomorrow for the
SCCA convention in Denver in hope of improving communications and reversing
the recently announced “decisions.” There are obviously influential forces at
work in the Club management, driven by business considerations for SCCA Enterprises
more than membership interests. Let your Director and the Competition Board
know how you feel before this situation deteriorates further. The effect on
the value of your investment in racing is real.
The next two West Coast events
will be run on 8” front and 10” rear tires. Willow Springs spec will be 620
compound on the left and 430 compound on the right. The Phoenix oval race:
same tires, opposite sides.
The results and point standings
for the West Series’ opening two races are enclosed. The free tires (one set
each) were won by Larry Couture and Moses Smith. Even though we had 18 FMs at
Phoenix, only seven drivers joined the Series. That means everyone will win
prize money, since the Series pays the top 15 drivers. Depending on how
many more join during the season, everyone will probably also win free tires.
Congratulations to Ed Zybinski who left Phoenix with the points lead.
The schedule for the Sebring
Star Mazda Series North American Championship event is enclosed. Note:
There will be testing available for Star Mazda cars scheduled only on
Tuesday. Monday testing will not be permitted in an attempt to shorten the week.
This year, the race will be on Friday so, effectively, the trip is two days
shorter. 2002 will be the 50th anniversary of the 12-hour race, with
many added festivities. Last year Sebring was the largest event on our schedule
in terms of attendance (150,000).
The North American Championship
will have all nine races broadcast on the new Speed
channel (formerly Speedvision). The prize money will be the same as 2001, with
the champion again also winning a new Miata.
Eric McCombs will be our new
publicity chief, assuming the duties long performed by Jane Anderson. Jane’s
husband, Steve, has a very ambitious program planned for this year in NASCAR
and she asked to be excused to spend full time with him. We will miss her upbeat
combination of optimism and sarcasm, and Suzi will surely miss her partner in
Eric brings his own set of skills
and experience to the position, having worked in and around the Series for several
years, most recently for our 2001 Series Champion Scott Bradley and also as
the webmaster for www.starmazda.com. We know you will find him both hard working
Club racers note:
Unless you write SCCA and get the decision changed, the rule requiring
FMs to start races on the same four tires as used for qualifying goes away at
the end of 2002! This does not reflect what you told
us in the December 2001 surveys.
See you at the races!
Gary E. Rodrigues