The rule is easy to enforce, when you see a driver go into qualifying with a 72mm front and a 73 rear, and come of the track after a qualifier with a 62mm front and a 72 rear you'll know exactly what's up. You can just tell by watching the car go through the corners, it's obvious.
Tires are king on the parking lot tracks, rear/fronts or soft fronts, if you have them you will go much faster, no matter what. This was clear to me at Racine last year, when many of the guys had 32's and 30's.... And I didn't.
Then we went to Mentor, and BSR was out of the 30's, so the rear/fronts started. I was able to get some Enneti 30's, which were good, but not nearly as good as rear/fronts. The 30ís might have been good enough for the mains, without tire change. The rear/front combo would have required 2 changes in the Main, if not 3. But then it got rained out.
At Detroit I ran the rear/fronts for the first time in qualfiying and the car was significantly faster than the field. On Sunday I switched to 30 fronts, changed my car, and was able to run the main on 30 fronts without a tire change.
The way the points are setup, with a rainout, if you don't have them, youíre done. In the main with tires changes and everything I can't imagine that the front/rear combo 3 tire changes later would beat normal soft fronts.
This type of rule is a lot like real racing, if teams could they would have qualifying cars and then main cars, and it would that much more costly to for teams to compete. I still think it's a good idea to ban it. There is a lot of technology in racing that gets banned because it's bad for racing. Paul, Chris, myself and other's that were running them (at the time) didn't think it was good thing to do. But nobody was willing to stop it; I commend Mark for putting his foot down this. If the spirit of the series is to have fun, and have a level playing field, where everyone gets equal opportunity, then this rule makes sense to me. Even though philosophically I'd rather go faster, even if it cost me more money to go racing...
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