The problem with the old Score Class 10 is the big Honda. Look at the last Baja 500. You had Cullen running a 10 year old Alumcraft and you had Cops in a brand new racer with Dan Martin doing most of the driving and he lost to Cullen in every split you could get from IRC. Cops had a better car and a very good driver and they could not compete. The only time the Big Honda loses is when he wrecks or breaks. If he has a clean race he wins. If 4 and 10 go their current separate ways everyone in 4 will have to go with a Honda eventually and all the DI guys will realize this within a few races, I don't care who they are or how fast they are. If the big Honda runs a clean race it will beat the DI's. The reason Class 10 has gotten so successful is that the engines are so similar and cheap and everyone can put their energy into suspension tuning and going on a diet. I think HDRA should have copied Casey and forget about the big Honda. If 4 gets larger than 10 they will all soon be running a big Honda which will make it impossible to run BITD. With the current rules you will have to pick between BITD 10 or HDRA 4 and you won't be able to go back and forth. Or it seems easier and cheaper to have 2 engines DI and non-DI and the swap is pretty simple and race HDRA/Score 10 and BITD 10 until HDRA comes to their senses and copies Casey. It also seems like HDRA is smaller and they should be trying to take market share from BITD so they should make it easy for current BITD guys to do some HDRA races without being disadvantaged. I hope all the big names mentioned above with DI's read this and think about it. THEY HAVE THE WRONG ENGINE and will be disadvantaged vs the big Honda. This has been too much fun to go back to the old days of always swapping platforms and throwing money into new gearing etc. I for one think I will be racing in Score/HDRA 10 with my non-DI and hope other people do the logical thing. If Score/HDRA Class 4 seems more successful in 2013 I will switch to a big Honda, if Casey is more successful I will switch to a DI and only race BITD. If Score/HDRA 10 is more successful then we need to convince Jake to allow DI's in 10 and we can all competitively race both. Once again those would be Casey's rules. Either way this year will be a mess between the two racing bodies, hope HDRA corrects it all next year.
How about we just get rid of the Acura motor, go 2.2 single seat 2.4 2 seater and call it done !? I really wish people woukd stop trying to screw with Class 10
The IRC box it worth a lot more than $275. Do you know all you can do with it? If you break down in the middle of nowhere in Baja you can press one button and be able to talk to someone on the other end of it. They can then relay to your team what part you need and where you are.
People at home can track where everyone is so your pits dont have to sit in the middle of nowhere with no clue where the race car is. You can also track the competition to see where they are at.
If you crash hard they are notified with a red alert and if you do not respond they are able to know your exact location and can send a medic to you ASAP. That means if you are knocked out and sitting upside down, someone is able to know about it!
Those devices are priceless and I do not see why people **¡Ay, caramba!****¡Ay, caramba!****¡Ay, caramba!****¡Ay, caramba!****¡Ay, caramba!** about paying for them. Trust me once you have to use it one time you will be a firm believer.
Wont my spot tracker do the same thing??? just saying
Oh great, another IRC kool-aid drinker. Make it optional. It is a neat toy - when it works. The only thing manditory should be the little recording boxes to enforce highway speeds and course compliance and those can be bought for under $100 so why can't the racers just pay a one time $100 fee for them? Because that would dip into Steve Meyers profits, that's why not.
IRC is in the entertainment business. And they have sold the concept on the back of supposed safety.