WKA: IRL SoK: 2008 Stars TaG initial test summary

Stars Of Karting Completes Initial Stars TaG Test Segment Seattle, WA - Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by IndyCar announced today the recent completion of the initial test segment for establishment of the 2008 Stars TaG category. Completion...

Stars Of Karting Completes Initial Stars TaG Test Segment

Seattle, WA - Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by IndyCar announced today the recent completion of the initial test segment for establishment of the 2008 Stars TaG category. Completion of the test protocols and release of the 2008 rules is due by March 5, 2008.

Recent inequities in non-sanctioned events prompted Stars officials to take a second look at the formula established previously as Spec Racer. The assertions and innuendo resulted in market instability and the category was suspended on January 22. Analysis of the situation resulted in the reinstatement of the category, renamed Stars TaG, with plans in place to protect the usage of the rule set in order to maintain the high level of credibility when used in their entirety as well as a comprehensive test plan to strengthen the multi-manufacturer premise under which it is established.

"Preliminary results reveal inequity in performance of the Vortex RoK TT engine package that is not previously experienced in Stars competitions," reported national technical director, Scott G Evans, "Our validation cycle and race times showed good results in 2007. The agreement was that if development and tuning put the engine in a different category than what was experienced at the time that penalties would be applied as necessary. The final tests on the dynamometer were put off in favor of more relevant on-track testing and race results evaluation."

"The final segment of the engine evaluation, direct comparison of engine power output, was prescribed this year in order to get the facts necessary for proper administration. We invited engine representatives and assembled a recognized group of experts to administer the test to produce a good base of control and skill-sharing. I am confident of our early results and will assure the rest of the sequence has the same validity."

The Vortex engine was tested concurrently with the class standard Parilla Leopard on a chassis dynamometer in order to provide the best equivalency for effects on the racing circuit. Both engines were "prepared" and are representative of current state-of-tune for the category. The final segment will be completed on the same dynamometer using out-of-the-box engines to validate the preliminary results and to ensure parity for all levels of participants.

"Frankly, we are surprised by the level of discrepancy that has been discovered but are prepared to take direct action toward equivalency in this category," remarked Stars president Paul Zalud, "We worked very hard on an abbreviated time schedule in 2007 in order to expand industry support of the class and feel that our decisions at the time were proper. Our preliminary results today reveal that there is indeed an unacceptable degree of performance inequity and a more assertive management plan is required."

The final bench test segment is scheduled for next week following a short lead time for the manufacture of possible performance-limiting components. Any possible track testing will be finished shortly afterward with rules release scheduled after that.

Evans concluded, "Standard limiting techniques showed good promise and a plan to limit Vortex performance has been devised. We are working jointly with a North American importer for the Vortex engine in an attempt to find a proper and cost-effective solution in a timely manner."

-credit: sok

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