On the whole STS thing, I think letting folks run on street tires is a
*good* thing. It does bring people in that otherwise wouldn't run an
auto-x... but like my emminent fellow Cheesehead Pat Washburn stated, what's
done locally does not mean it has to be done at a National level.
But, here's my crazy idea... why not make STS a *spec* street tire at
Nationals? Find a tire with a wide range of sizes to fit everything under
the sun, then mandate its use at Nationals.
Who cares how hard it is? Doesn't matter if everyone's on the same thing.
Bingo, eliminates cheating... do durometer tests to make sure it's the same
thing, not a one-off from the manufacturer that someone finagles. I realize
that people might want to run a certain brand for whatever reason, but to
eliminate the variables, *make* them run the same thing.
Here's a few choices:
The new Kumho Ecsta... available in 15" size up to 18s.
BFG Comp T/A ZR... 15" to 19s.
Yoko AVS Intermediates... 13 to 19.
Dunlop Sp 8000s... 14 to 20.
That covers a lot of cars, especially in STS where wheels sizes are optional
The AVS and Kumhos are pretty darn cheap too... those would be my
Well, good idea? Stupid idea??
PS -- I have no stake in STS at all, because I would likely never run it...
just an idea. (which is what team.net is for ;-)