RACE: NASA: Rules set for Southwest European Challenge NASA Phoenix Region

The rules for the Southwest European Challenge for NASA Phoenix Region, Blue Group Race Cars have been set. All cars running in the NASA Phoenix Region Blue Group will be automatically entered and will accumulate points and a position in the ...

The rules for the Southwest European Challenge for NASA Phoenix Region, Blue Group Race Cars have been set. All cars running in the NASA Phoenix Region Blue Group will be automatically entered and will accumulate points and a position in the standings. However, you will not be eligible for any of the awards or prizes unless you complete the SWE Challenge entry form and display the required series and sponsor decals on your car.

The following classes in the Blue Group will be eligible for the SWE Challenge:

1. Super Unlimited Over 3 liters (SUO) - This class is open to all cars over 3 liters and all turbocharged or supercharged cars regardless of displacement. There are no performance restricting rules, only safety rules. This class is also open to all SCCA legal GT and Production cars.

2. Super Unlimited Under 3 liters (SUU) - This class is open to all cars under 3 liters, normally aspirated, with either carburetors or fuel injection. There are no performance restricting rules, only safety rules. This class is also open to all SCCA legal GT and Production cars.

3. Pro Sedan 0 (PS0) - The rules for this class are similar to include SCCA ITE and T1 legal cars.

4. Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC) - This class is open to Camaro Mustang Challenge cars and my be open to some SCCA legal AS cars, depending on the modifications.

5. Spec Vette (SV) - This class is open to Spec Corvettes and is also open to SCCA legal T1 Corvettes.

6. NASA Ultra Truck Series (NUTS) - This class is open to NASA NUTS trucks.

7. Any other NASA legal closed wheel race car may join either the SUO or SUU class and run in the Blue Group.

This is a handicap series and there will be no advantage to the performance of the faster cars. You will be rewarded for consistency, dependability of your car, and your own personal dedication to the series. Here’s how the point system will work.

All points will be awarded according to the NASA CCR. In other words, 100 for 1st, 90 for 2nd, 85 for 3rd, 80 for 4th, 75 for 5th, 70 for 6th, and 1 point less per position from there down. However, these points will be adjusted and handicapped to reflect your qualifying position overall in relation to the pole sitter. For example:

Let'€™s assume for the sake of understanding that the pole sitter qualifies at a time of 1:00.00. He is the fastest qualifier so he will not receive any handicap. However, you qualify 10th at 1:09.50. We divide your time by that of the pole sitter to find your factor. In this case your handicap for this day would be 1.158 minutes(your time) divided by 1.0 minutes(pole time). Your handicap would be 1.158 in this case. We will round your handicap to 3 decimal places.

Now, let'€™s say you finish 5th over all. You would be awarded 5th place points of 75, multiplied by your factor of 1.158 which would give you 87 points, as we will always round up to the next highest whole number. If the pole sitter finished second he would only be 3 points ahead of you with 90 points.

What keeps the fast cars from "sand bagging" and getting a higher handicap you may ask. The answer is 2 things. First, any one who breaks the existing track record in their respective class will be awarded 10 unhandicapped points. And secondly, you will get points for qualifying order in your class equivalent of if it were your typical finishing order in your class. To keep those who are single cars in a particular class from having an advantage, those cars will receive 2nd place points for qualifying if they are the only car in their class.

So now let'€™s look at the previous example once again: The pole sitter got an additional 100 points for being the fastest in his class and now has a total of 190 points. You qualified first in your class, but also set a new track record in the process. You now have 197 points, and you have the points lead in spite of the fact that you qualified 10th over all and finished 5th. As you can see, this system levels the playing field and gives every one a chance. Plus it hurts those who don’t try their best during qualifying.

The coming NASA Phoenix Region events between now and the end of the year will be used to determine the winners, and drivers who accumulate the most "SWE Points" will be the recipients of the awards, down to at least the top three, and probably further down. These are seriously outstanding prizes with a total value of over $20,000. As an example of some of the prizes that will be won:

From Southwest European:

One custom 3 color paint job. One custom 2 color paint job. One custom single color paint job.

From Pole Position Racing:

A Sparco Driver'€™s suit. An Arai helmet. Sparco shoes and gloves.

From Phoenix International Raceway:

A complete package for the IRL race in March 2001 with full access to all areas. Reserved seats and pit passes for the IRL race in March 2000. Reserved seats for the IRL race in March 2001.

From Resort Rent A Car:

The free use of a Ferrari Testarosa (or equivalent) for a weekend. The free use of an Acura NSX (or equivalent) for a weekend. The free use of a Chrysler Prowler (or equivalent) for a weekend.

And more.sSponsors are coming on board as you read this.

This series begins this coming weekend April 8 & 9 at the NASA event at Phoenix International Raceway, and at each NASA Phoenix Regional event throughout the remainder of the year. So don’t let yourself start out in the hole by missing this event.

For further information, contact Victor Felice at Southwest European at (480)998-2480 or the NASA - Phoenix Regional Office at (480)961-3864. Points will be posted on the NASA Phoenix web site at www.NASA-AZ.com, after every event so everyone will know exactly where they stand.

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