Entry numbers in multiple classes say otherwise. They get TONS of 516's, 11's and 1600's at CODE and RECORD racing on some of the same exact areas but for 1/4 the cost. If you think entry fee's don't effect numbers you are NOT paying attention to anything but high dollar classes. Two 516's at the 500. Over 20 on the list for the next Record race. Wake up.
The cost to race Baja is more than your local SNORE race.
For a SNORE race the overall cost for a smaller vehicle to race could me maybe $4-5k so entry fee is a larger part. For a team like ours to race Baja the race cost is $30k. So the entry fee is a much smaller percentage.
I am saying for most teams that run larger races the entry fee is not a big factor. I understand the smaller guys that race cheaper races the fee matters.
But you have races like BOR here in UT with really reasonable entry fees. But we don’t see guys driving from SoCal to race them. So the further the race is the less entry fee matters.
For us a Baja race will cost more in fuel than entry fee. If you came up to race BOR you would spend more on fuel than the entry race.
So lowering entry fees does. Does not always create more racers.
That being said I am sure if Mint400 was cheaper they would get more entry fees of the lower classes. But it won’t change the TT or TTspec numbers.