2017 Season Preview

Hey Steel Cities Autocrossers! One of our goals for this year is to generate a little more content on the site so I’d like to start that off with a preview of what’s to come in 2017!

New Solo Board Members & Changes
First Nick & I would like to officially welcome and thank our new Board Members Dan Sabol, Paul Cunningham, Mark Dunkerley, and Chris Kavka. These folks have really stepped up over the past season helping with cleanup/setup and other activities throughout the day so we were glad to hear that they were interested in becoming board members. We also have an old face back on the board and would like to welcome our new novice chief Joe Montuoro.

It was with sad news that Greg and Anne Vincent decided to step down as our assistant chairs after being an ABSOLUTELY GIGANTIC help in 2016 with our transition to Solo Chairs. The good news is Greg has moved on to a divisional position as Solo Development Coordinator and will be a huge asset to our region on that level. We’ll also still be seeing them at Steel Cities events in 2017 and luckily, fan favorites Dan Ireland and Michael Figliolia have decided to step into Greg & Annes roles as assistant solo chairs. We still have a few positions open so don’t hesitate to contact Nick or I about joining the board!

Solo Event Schedule
Like in 2016, all competitors will have to complete 7 events to be eligible for year end trophies. The big driver for this is encouraging attendance in the Match Tour, which counts for Steel Cities points, and increasing membership both of which are great things for the club. Also, if you compete in Event1 and the Match Tour you technically get 3 drops over the remaining 8 events.

Speaking of Match Tour, we are at over 130 entries which is already more than last year! So if you haven’t signed up yet do it now since we may have to initiate a cut off number! National loved working with us and PittRace so we want to keep the good vibes there.

You’ve probably also noticed our Saturday events on the schedule this season. This is a pilot program and we’ll be gauging participation in these to hopefully draw in some new drivers. I’d also like to have some sort of post race get together somewhere those evenings so expect to hear more on that front as these events get closer.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Event 1 in just over 10 days now. See you at the track!

Street Tuner Challenge Class

The Steel Cities Solo Board decided at our meeting in February to adopt a new class for 2017 called Street Tuner Challenge (STC). The purpose of STC is to create a fun, run what you brung, competitive atmosphere like Classic American Muscle (CAM) has but for drivers of non-USDM vehicles. With this change, we will finally get rid of our Street Tire Index class which will also help modified drivers on street tires in our Novice class. We’ve decided to start with a pretty tough index for 2017 of .845 until we can gauge the general popularity/competitiveness of the class. Below you will find a modified version of the CAM ruleset for STC.

Street Tuner Challenge(STC)

General Allowances
• Vehicle must be an automobile or “pick-up” truck
• Vehicle must be licensed and insured and considered fully “street legal”
(lights, wipers, etc.).
• Windshield and side glass must be present. Lexan® or equivalent may be
used.
• Vehicle must pass the mandatory safety inspection (tech) of Section 3, Vehicles,
and must be in compliance with the Sound Measurement Procedures,
Appendix I, of the 2017 SCCA® National Solo® Rules.
• Body panels may be modified or replaced in the original standard locations.
Frame may be modified. Vehicle perimeter and wheelbase must be
full-scale to original model. Incidental wheelbase changes resulting from
the allowed replacement of suspension components or modification of suspension
design are allowed. This is not an allowance to shorten or lengthen
the chassis/body (e.g., change the scale from the original).
• Interior and exterior must have a “finished” look.
• Rear seating may be removed or modified. If removed, seat bottom area
must be finished (e.g., carpeted, metal). The front seat(s) must not cross
the vehicle longitudinal centerline and not intrude into the OE rear seat
cushion area.
• Upholstered interior panels (door panels, kick panels, etc.) may be replaced
with another upholstered or finished panel. Non-upholstered interior
panels may be replaced with a panel of any material. Alternate panels
must cover any opening(s) the OE panel(s) concealed.
• The dashboard may be modifed, but must be finished and cover the original
area.
• Headliner may be replaced or removed.
• Exposed metal interior surfaces must be covered, painted, and/or coated.
(No “race car” interiors allowed, please.)
• Fuel tank/cell may be modified or replaced and must be separated from
the driver/passengers as originally manufactured or by a metal panel/bulkhead if the OE structure is modified. Fuel must not vent into the driver/passenger
compartment directly or indirectly.
• Front splitter, air dam, and/or spoiler may be added below the bumper,
but must not extend past the perimeter of the original body excluding
non-integral bumpers.
• Rear spoiler/wing may be added, but may extend no more than 8” from the original
body nor past the perimeter of the body.
• Body electrical system components and wiring are unrestricted.

Wheel and Tire Allowances
• Any wheels are allowed. Non-metallic wheels must be certified/approved
from an appropriate, recognized standards organization (e.g., FIA, SFI,
SAE, TUV, etc.).
• DOT tires with a UTQG Treadwear Grade of 200 or higher are permitted.
Excluded: Kumho Ecsta V720 ACR; Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 and Pilot
Sport Cup 2 ZP.

Brake, Suspension, and Steering System Allowances
• Components, lines, hoses, and method of attachment are unrestricted.

Engine and Drive Train Allowances
• Components (internal and external) are unrestricted.