After attending my first NASA Nationals at Miller this past year, I am really amp'd to start road racing, and do not want to race LeMons (hate the theatrics).
Im with you on that. Lemons isnt really about racing. To me its the rock opera of motorsports. I digress.....
Bottom-line: Which class is the cheapest to race with the most amount of action? Is it possible to win a race with a budget that is less than $10,000?
Spec E30 is a relatively new group of guys in the SoCal region. At the end of the year, there were 4 cars running in SE30. That number is growing. Currently there are 6 of us who are heading up to Infineon to play with the more established NorCal Spec E30 guys. Its a friendly rivalry that we are trying to foster between us. We went up there last year to do an event with them and we were warmly welcomed and we genuinely had a great time. So now we are trying to grow the series in SoCal.
We expect to have at least 10 cars competing in SE30 by the end of the season this year. We have guys either in various stages of their car builds or they are still in the HPDE program or both. At this point, anyone can win a race in SoCal which makes it fun. And, with it being a spec car series, its affordable (in terms of racing!) and unlike Spec Miata, were not replacing body panels after every race. (Nothing against SM racing but they historically have a long history of body contact.) You dont have to have the best motor built to be competitive as we have guys running on motors right out of the junkyard and are turning in fast laps. The rules limit what you can do to the engine and car, which is pretty much nothing. Spec suspension parts and exhaust and thats about it.
Our focus in SE30 is to have FUN with some competitive racing. We work together to get everyone up to speed. We hang out in the pits together. Its a good time, as it should be.
if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Class rules are here: http://www.nasaproracing.com/rules/spec30_rules.pdf
Have a look thru them and see what you think!
This is the national E30 web site: http://spece30.com/
The SoCal region: http://www.socalspece30.com/SoCalSpecE30/Home.html
Hope this helps!