Pete Alesi is driving the first lap and I am doing the second lap. We wish there was a third lap! Especially since they raised the entry fee 50%! The Mint is 3 times the cost per mile as NORRA.
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We should all be bitching about not being able to compete for 3 laps, we should have a vote with the drivers in that class and not leave it up to a steward that has a couple horses in the race... The promoter should be asking the drivers in those classes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing personal Norm, you do a good job...
We are in talks with all the vintage guys entering, BITD, and Martelli bros.. We are also working on a poll for all 2 lap classes. As Bob Lawrence mentioned before this will be our last Mint 240. I would rather enter races that we can do more miles for the cost. BITD is the only race organizer that shortens the race for the vintage classes. Score shortens areas do to large silt beds, etc.. but the length of the race is decided by the drivers themselves and we still only pay Sportman's fees. A&F & Tilton/Lawrence Racing will be spending its money on other races if this doesn't get fixed. We enjoy racing the Mint however, the cost per mile doesn't make since.
I understand some of Retro's concerns about finishing rates and the added miles to these older cars, but how many of these cars use to race and finish 4 laps at the harder north Mint course or even Baja 1000 races? Bob's car just finished and won the Baja 500 and could of done more miles. Most of these cars race Norra which is over 1000 miles. I feel some of Retro's concerns are personal or to lighten the prep load before Norra. That is only 1 persons opinion and he has a lot of pull with BITD. I have a lot of respect for Retro and you Rory. I consider you both friends, but this should, like Score be a decision made by all Vintage car drivers in person or over a voting poll not just one person. This is why we are all fighting to do 3 laps. Some are just going to have to back it off to get their car to finish 3 laps. This is no dig at anyone, just an opinion. On another note, we all have light sponsors and I would love to use them.