With all due respect:
1+ 5. This is not so much an issue of liking DOT slicks as looking long term
at advancing technology and how it affects insurance risks. A separate
temporary street tire stock class may be worth looking at.
2. But the street tire classes allow EVEN MORE changes than stock - spend
more money than stock to run street tires. I vaguely remember one argument in
the ST proposal said that street tires would restrict the performance of
this class and it has.
3. This discussion is not out of bounds because it was brought on by Danny
Shields' articles and this latest flap of too high a speed course design at
Ft. Myers NT. Also, this proposal is to change the rule for 2007 so it has to
start the process now.
4. To arbitrarily exclude this topic due to "too much bandwidth " taken by
the Ft. Myers NT does not hold water because the higher speeds are the direct
result of DOT slicks in the stock classes.
The insurance people will surely, over time, increase their pressure to slow
down the speeds and removing the DOT slicks from stock classes is one good
way to do this very thing without going to too tight of a course (not fun).
GH, I appreciate your feedback and respect your opinion as I have over all
these many years.