Need Your Support For New It7 Class In Midiv

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Postby ishod » Thu Oct 02, 2003 8:40 pm

You are probably already aware that the national SCCA convention is happening in November. Many RX7 drivers in MIDIV are very interested in adopting an IT7 class that will hopefully be ratified and in place for the 2004 racing season. All interested 1st Gen RX7 drivers need to get on the bandwagon NOW and contact their RE's to voice their support.

I'm copying below a very well organized letter that one St. Louis Region member recently sent to their RE. I encourage any others that see the benefit of an IT7 class to lobby their RE for support. I don't think that the author of the following letter (Steven), would mind if you used his template. In the next few days/weeks keep tuned to the "IT Forum"

<a href='http://forums.improvedtouring.com/it/Forum14/HTML/000612.html' target='_blank'>http://forums.improvedtouring.com/it/Forum...TML/000612.html</a>

for new information about how we can support this issue.

Please contact me if I can be of assistance in any way.

Scott Goble
ITA RX7 #88
Ozark Mountain Region
(417) 848-7584
scott.goble@worldnet.att.net

Here's the letter...

[here's my note to our R.E.]

Hi Jan!

I assume you have heard from Scott Rhea and Nadeem Bari on the subject of supporting IT7 as a regional class, and I wanted to chime in as well.

I�ll say right off the bat that I overall support IT7, and think that it would certainly benefit St. Louis region and Midwest Division drivers, and our road race program in general.

As a little background, IT7 is a regional only class, that exactly follows the ITA rules, but is limited to first generation (1979-1985) Mazda RX-7�s. The class has been proposed, and adopted by many regions, as an answer to the problem of the RX-7�s lack of competition potential in ITA. Because Improved Touring does not currently support competition adjustments, the RX-7 has fallen far behind more modern cars such as the Nissan 240SX and Honda CRX. Even cars which have been fully developed and driven by excellent drivers fall far short of the mark.

Although IT does not, and never has offered any guarantee of competitiveness, there are compelling reasons to provide a class specifically for the 1st generation RX-7. First, the cars are inexpensive to buy or build, and extremely reliable. If there is a better entry level IT car, I can�t imagine what it would be. Additionally, the success of the RX-7 in Production class racing makes it an attractive platform, as a driver who aspires to national racing can do as I did and build an IT car, then continue development to E Production.

Finally, Mazda provides excellent support to all of their drivers, in the form of expert technical advice and deep discounts on stock and competition parts (for those rare cases when the needed part can't be found in a local junkyard).

The availability of a cheap, reliable car means that drivers who might not be able to race at all can race, and those who are on a limited budget can race more often. The biggest hurdle to an entry level racer currently contemplating an RX-7 is the perceived lack of competitiveness, particularly as compared to the much more expensive CRX. Adding the IT7 class eliminates this hurdle.

Adopting IT7 represents a minimal burden on the race program and officials. The only cost to the region that I am aware of is the cost of six additional trophies for a double regional weekend. IT7 would continue to run with the IT run group. There would be some impact on timing and scoring, as it would add one more class to track during the busy IT race, but I do not believe this would be a major issue.

Those trophies would almost certainly be paid for quickly. The IT prep RX-7 is a car that is fast, fun to drive, inexpensive to build and maintain and readily available. Giving it a place to be competitive will have a minimal impact on the region in terms of cost and effort, but will almost certainly increase our pool of drivers, and the number of races that those drivers attend.

Thanks for your consideration!
Steven
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Postby Speed Raycer » Tue Oct 07, 2003 10:58 am

Ok.... So far there's Scott Goble, Scott Peterson, Scott Rhea (myself... that's alot of Scott's by the way), Nadeem Bari, Steven Burkette, Mike Trier, Mike Wiggins, Norm Floyd, Chuck Clark (KC Region RE), Jan Rick (STL RE) going to bat for there regions. I think we need to find a few more...

I looked around the other night on the Midiv site and there's been 24 RX7's campaigned in the midiv since 2000, with an average of 10 active each year. We need to track everyone down somehow.....
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Postby grundy » Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:15 am

I've forwarded my request to include IT7 in the Midiv for 2004 to the Arkansas Region RE Wayne Hopkins. I fully support this intiative.

Chuck,

That is an excellent idea. If we can have a strong showing for IT7 at Topeka we will be demonstrating the viability of the IT7 class.

See you in Topeka
Mark Jeffery<br>IT7 #92<br>1985 Mazda RX7<br>Arkansas Region
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