To: MMRA Minicup Racers
From: MMRA Competition Committee
RE: Rules Clarification
Recently, it came to our attention that some folks had
noticed that our rule requiring front brakes in 2004 did not specifically
state that they must be operational. Their thinking was that front brakes
might slow the car slightly, so perhaps they should simply place
non-operational parts on their car to “pass tech”. Presumably, this would
allow them to go even faster, but not stop.
The front brake rule was made for safety purposes and
there is no gray area there. Although the rule may not technically require
the brakes to be operational, common sense dictates that they must be. This
common sense approach extends to other areas of the rulebook. For example,
rule 13.4 states “All drivers must wear a racing type helmet with a Snell
rating of 95 or newer.” This rule does not specifically state the helmet
must be worn on the head. Conceivably, one could argue wearing the helmet
on the foot would place the weight lower in the car and provide an
advantage. We believe choosing to put inoperable brakes on a car is just as
ridiculous as wearing a helmet on your foot.
Racing without working front brakes places everyone
else on the track at risk and will be dealt with harshly.
There is no shortcut to success in MMRA
racing. The way to win is to master chassis setups, work hard, practice,
and never give up. This is much more difficult than finding a shortcut, but
will be more successful and satisfying when you achieve your goals.
Thank you for your support of MMRA and we look forward
to working with all of you this year. If you do have any questions about
rules, etc. please don’t hope your idea is missed by tech inspectors – send
an e-mail to MMRA and we’ll answer your questions. Tech inspections
shouldn’t be a worry or something to be overcome. You should look forward to
them because they will validate your wins. The other racers will know you
beat them fair and square, and that they have to work harder to beat you
MMRA Competition Committee