One of my favorite threads, the bi-annual "why do we suck at onroad?" thread
I think I have some reasons, which I sure someone has mentioned already:
*Tracks - besides Kisimmee, how many are there? Tamiya, Time Zone WA, Leisure Hours IL , Toledo OH, Jackson NJ, Houston TX? 6-7 tracks in the US that are viable. I know there are more outdoor permanent tracks, but some are gas only, some are really small to run mod on. Tamiya you can't practice on unless you have a Tamiya car or it's a special event. It seems like in Europe every major town has a decent asphalt track....If I am wrong someone let me know.
*Barriers- "Anyone know what the barriers are made of?" Syndr0me- "The tears of drivers that race on US style tracks year round."
Nobody is helping anything using hard immoveable barriers if they want to promote faster classes. Destroying your car on a regular basis is kind of a bummer. Some people hate dots but The Gate built a couple dot tracks recently and it was awesome to race on.
*Drivers - Years ago all the offroad guys raced touring cars or even 1/12 as well at these races. Mark Pavidis had a real shot at winning the 2000 sedan WC and won the 200mm nitro WC with an NTC3 (everybody seems to forget this). Billy Easton, Todd Hodge, Kinwald etc. etc. Now the talent is in offroad along with all the sponsor $$$
*America is gigantic - You can run around central Europe and race ETS races. I'd like to know what the travel time is on that.
Chicago to Cleveland is a 6 hr drive. Chicago to St. Louis is 5-5 1/2 hrs. Chicago to Orlando is 20 -something hours or a plane ride. The point is even in a confined area like "the Midwest" you can take a day of driving just to get to the next big city. No to mention things like not having an on road track in Detroit so those guys have to go to Toledo.
So now you have a situation where guys like Paul L. and Hebert and Hardman really don't have many opportunities to race a full field. Leisure Hours is close to me and actually gets a mod turnout, simply because it is a huge curb asphalt track where you won't instantly blow your car up Pole Position style if you make a mistake. The thing is, a large part of the crowd goes offroad racing or whatever because the carpet track is 80 miles away and mod is no faster than 17.5 on that track anyway. Ideally, there would be a 100x50' carpet track to run on as well, but that's not reality.