tune or a different carb jet or a twist of the dist. will result in the same situation.
My opinion. I understand what your saying, but per the rules it is illegal. If someone changes a setting, they are supposed to re-dyno. The fact that you/we think that changes have been made in the past illegaly and they got away with it, doesn't make it legal now. Heres the way it reads:....."(Note that one certification can be valid for an entire season provided that no performance modifications are performed to the car)."
Technically anything to do with the engine would be considered a performance modifacation, inlcuding spark plug, wires, air filter, etc.. But I think we should adhere to the intent of the rule, which I have always assumed meant any deliberate change that would knowingly alter performance, such as distributor tweak, carb jet, re-tune computer, modify air intake, etc...
This is the inherent difficulty of allowing more and more technology into the series. It's very difficult to police. NASA doesn't have the resourses. Several guys have voiced there opinion about moving forward with technology, but how do you police it all? So many racers have used the term, "lets just race". What does that mean? How about K.I.S.S., then we can "just race", and not have to deal with so much BS. It's only going to get more complicated in the future.
The tail is wagging the dog. Nearly every single AI car gets stripped to a shell and then built back up to a race car. Why is so important to attempt to keep up with manufacturers (or AI's new definition of manufactureres)? I understand certain major components from production cars need to be considered, but not everything.
Marshall, I appreciate your input on this forum and the explanations that you are providing. I assume your last post that was addressed to me (Dave) was meant for Steve. But regardless, I don't think any of us should make you the scapegoat for attempting to give us all the perspective of the directors. Very difficult job and typically thankless. But thanks.