January 2015 REmarks

Posted January 10, 2015

As I sit here at the beginning of the New Year if feel as though I’m being torn in 2 directions – look back at 2014 or look forward to what 2015 will bring? The truth is that the ending of one year and the beginning of another provides the ideal opportunity to do both, and no matter which direction I look I can’t help but feel good about where the Chicago Region has been and where we are going.

2014 was a good year for Chicago Region. Our Solo program had a very successful season in terms of the number of entries and ferocity of competition in several classes. 2014 was a watershed year for National Solo rules as a major overhaul of the Stock classes took effect, essentially eliminating R-rated untreaded race tires from Stock classes and requiring tires to have a minimum 140 treadwear rating (in 2015 the wear rating increases to 200). As a result, the regional Street Tire class, Chicago Region’s largest class, was eliminated. In spite of the drastic changes entry counts were up, competition was intense and complaints were few (once the season got started anyway).