How is it not professional racing?...It's not professional racing and the racing is way better without qualifying. Pre-running and GPS already gives the teams that take this more seriously a huge advantage over the other hobbyist.
It seems pre-running and GPS are standard among all of the professional teams. Just because some of the competitors don't put forth the same effort prerunning or utilize the same resources, doesn't degrade the programs of those that do. Nothing wrong with being a "hobbyist" (most of us fit in that category), but the TT class is arguably the premier class in desert racing, so let's treat it accordingly.
Can you imagine if NASCAR or F1 let any John Doe that passes tech start a race? It would be one giant wreck.....literally. Why does SCORE let anyone get behind the wheel in the premier classes without qualifying? Having top drivers getting stuck behind Donkeys all day is not good racing. Let's get real, that one ding dong brake checked RG on the highway. Shameful.