2008 - MMRA Newsletter
We just wrapped up a great 2008 racing season. We set a new record
for Future Stars memberships, and came close to our overall record
membership count. Despite outrageous gas prices, we still saw great
support at our major events, and thanks to our Canadian friends, we
introduced Baby Grand racing back to the Las Vegas Bullring.
We are already hard at work on 2009 plans, and it should be a great year.
Gas prices are down, and our inexpensive racing should appeal to diehard
racers who want to race regardless of the economy. What are our plans
you may ask?
First off, we are going a different direction to start off the year.
For the past several years, we have traveled to Florida during Speedweeks to
kick off our season. We don't have any members in Florida, kids are in
school, and the weather is often rainy or cold. As such, we are
looking at options farther north, and later in the year. You can help
with our planning. If you have a young racer still in school, please
e-mail to let us know when your spring break is. We are hoping to find
a good time when lots of our kids will be out of school anyway. Please
e-mail to mmra@MMRAracing.com
As those of you at the banquet heard, we are also going to make changes
to our points system. We want the new system to accomplish two goals:
1. Encourage more racing - This is at the core of what MMRA
is all about. We want to encourage more racing, by more racers, more
often. Awarding points at more races, and counting more races for
a very effective way to do this.
2. Bring more racers into the championship hunt - The last
several years, our program has been built around Touring and Grand National
races which rewarded travel. This was great because it brought racers
together from different areas, on different tracks, to see who was the best.
In the current economy however, it was leaving too many racers out of the
competition. If you couldn't afford the time or money to travel, you
knew you wouldn't win the championship. That will change in 2009.
Here are the specific changes we are working on to reach our goals in
1. Longer season - Jan 1 - Oct 15
2. More Races - Extending the season will allow us to
increase the number of races we count from 10 to 12 next year.
3. No Travel Required - You won't have to attend a Grand
National race as one of your scores. All 12 of your events can be run
at your local track. If you can't afford to travel,
this will allow you to still be in the championship hunt.
4. Championship Weekends - EVERY local group will be able to
designate one or more races in the same weekend, as their "Championship
Weekend". At these once a season local events, there will not be
any car count factor applied. The winner will receive a full 40 points. This will
encourage racers from other areas to come race with you, and also give your
local racers a chance to get some great scores.
5. Special Events - These events which will be held separate
from any local series will also offer full points
regardless of car counts. One example would be the Las Vegas Bullring
race - which is already booked for May 2-3 2009. These events can be
organized by racetracks, independent promoters, or multiple MMRA groups
The key to winning the 2009 MMRA championship in your division will be
how often you race. You don't have to travel, but the more races you
run, the quicker you'll fill in your 12 scores, and then be able to drop
lower scores. You can be sure to compete for full points at your local championship
weekend, and at other special events or championship weekends in other
areas. To get more races in, see if your group can run double features
each day you race. Also be sure to encourage all the racers in your
area to join MMRA so you will have the maximum number of cars count for
In addition, consider if helping to organize a special event is something
that you and your group could take on. Is there a new track that you
would like to try out? Can you work with another group to "meet in the
middle" at a track for a special race? If so, submit your idea to MMRA
for a special event. You'll help to spread MMRA racing to new areas,
and also have a shot at big points toward the championship.
Although the points system may be changing, when it comes to rules, our goal is to keep things as
close to the same as possible. We have a few proposals to look at with
our competition committee, but in general, if your car was legal in 2008, it
should be in 2009. We want you to spend your time and effort racing
and making your car faster, not changing things to meet different rules.
Everyone is nervous about the economy now, but I believe 2009 could be a
great year. Gas prices are down, and I expect the recovery from this
recession will be almost as fast as the entry was - and hopefully it will be
soon. If things stay slow however, you can race locally and contend
for the national championship. If the economy recovers, you can pick
some great special events to travel to for new competition, and fun
experiences with your family.
Although MMRA may not have much sponsorship income, we also haven't lost
sponsorship we were depending on. We will be here to support your
racing program no matter what the economy does. At the same time, we
are always looking for support for our special awards programs. Do you
know of a company that could help our series by sponsoring special end of
season awards, or providing a points fund? If so, please let us know
and we will be sure to follow up and offer them a great value for their
Thank you for racing with MMRA, and we look forward to seeing you again