May 2018 Committee Note

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May 2018 Committee Note

Postby jpetillo » May 8th, 2018, 9:41 pm

FV Spec Tire Testing:
The FV Advisory Committee wants to get out this update on the FV Spec Tire Testing being conducted this year. There are two Phases to the testing program. So far the Committee, with the support of Hoosier and a handful of fellow FV racers devoting their time and cars, have been testing the tires in different parts of the country. The Phase I testing that started back in January has been going on from California to Virginia, and from Connecticut to Florida. So far we have run over 71 sessions on the test tires, and have run them in testing session, as well as for qualifying and races, and at both the Rational and Majors level. We are currently still in Phase I of the testing plan and we will be wrapping this phase up during the month of May.

Tracks that we have tested at so far are…
    AutoClub
    Buttonwillow
    Sebring
    VIR
    Thompson
    Willow Springs
    Thunderhill
    Palmer
Still to come…
    Seattle
    Portland
    New Hampshire
    Palmer
    Grattan
    Watkins Glen
    Mid Ohio
Phase II is being organized as we speak where the tires will be brought together and tested against new R55A and new Test tires to determine the falloff vs. heat cycle. This will be done in June, with a decision planned to be made in July about whether we will recommend to the SCCA adopting these tires for the 2019 season.

The test tires have so far been showing a dramatic increase in longevity, but it’s unfair to our testing process to predict just how much at this time. However, we should know by the end of June.

We’d like to thank Hoosier and all the testers for their support and sacrifice for the future health and well being of the FV class.

For those looking for yet another tire choice for FV, you may want to sit tight, as this new tire we’ve been testing might be the one you’ve been waiting for.

We hope you have a great racing season!

Thank you,
The FV Advisory Committee
    John Petillo
    Stephen Saslow
    Dennis Andrade
    Al Varacins
    Charlie Turner
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Re: May 2018 Committee Note

Postby Stumpthumper » May 9th, 2018, 10:55 am

Thanks for the update, John!
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Re: May 2018 Committee Note

Postby jpetillo » May 9th, 2018, 10:04 pm

Sure thing!
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Re: May 2018 Committee Note

Postby vortech94 » July 17th, 2018, 11:29 am

How about a committee update ? It has been a couple of months. Especially about the spec tires and if they are " for sure " going to be implemented in 2019.
Thanks, Bob
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Re: May 2018 Committee Note

Postby jpetillo » July 22nd, 2018, 12:09 am

Bob, sorry for the delay. Yes, sure thing - I can give a quick update.

The Spec Tire testing process and schedule has been pretty much going as planned - at least happening within the time scale that we had hoped. We did get the Phase I testing completed, which happened from January - June. We also did have the Phase II testing completed in June, which is what we wanted.

We are now at the point in the process where the collected data and driver assessments are being gathered for review. We hope to have a determination soon. We were targeting July, and there’s a chance we’ll make that target. If not, we’ll be very close I suspect.

I’ll definitely post an announcement here as soon as a determination is made. Please stay posted.

Thank you,
John
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