i find the mixing of corvettes(st2 poster car) and mustangs in st2 to be increasingly interested.
it goes hard against what nasa national wants out of that class.
What does NASA national "want" out of the class?
NASA has foundational lifestyle, marketing groups with which they have so well built their product. GTS3/4 cars are for the BMW lover. ST2 is for the Corvette racer. American Iron is for the pony car enthusiast. Put all those cars on similar tire and setup rules and they all run similar lap times. The NASA model though is to grow them seperately. I am not saying its bad by any means.
I wonder what kind of racing we would have if like performing cars all ran in the same class.
Sorry Rob, but you are 100% wrong. ST2 was built for any production car, period! We already had a loser Corvette/Viper series that failed, and we developed this series to not only replace it, but to bring in a variety of other Marques that would allow for better racing with larger classes. I suppose there are some regions where Corvette's dominate ST2, but there are others where ST2 is full of Porsche's and BMW's, and Factory Fives, etc. It is actually the competitors that have "driven"
the GTS classes and AI classes popularity. When we tried to start consolidating the GTS cars into ST and SU there was a pretty huge push-back from them. The same goes for AI--it has a huge following in some regions, where some other regions have seen a decline with some unhappy drivers. The problem with them coming into ST is that they have modified their cars in ways that we do not want in ST, but they are 100% welcome in STR, which will definitely be growing in the future as we move the tube-frame cars that had ST approval into STR where they belong.
Some of you may not know this, but in Arizona, they have tried folding everyone into either PT or ST for a few years now. And, there are some drivers that just prefer the spec classes. They have been pretty successful at having the cars basically double classed, but ultimately, one has to prep a car for PT/ST or prep the car for the spec class. So, those prepped for the spec class are not really competitive with the cars prepped for PT/ST.
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