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Author Topic: Hvy 160 - no equivalency plate for UT2's  (Read 12220 times)
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« on: February 18, 2014, 05:00:15 PM »

Soliciting comments from Heavy 160 competitors with last years UT1 engines.  I'm told by USAC reps that track testing confirms the UT2 produces a significant two tenths faster lap times than last year's UT1.  2014 rules mandate new Light 160 UT2's utilize an equivalency plate to grandfather in last year's UT1 engines, but not Heavy 160.  The reason given - USAC wants to increase the speed of the Heavy 160's, which is a valid initiative and keep the Light 160's at the same speed.  The net result is, if you run Heavy 160, you'll need a new UT2 engine this year to keep up.  Car counts will no doubt suffer. Speed differentials between older UT1 cars and the faster UT2's will result in an increased number of lapped cars and accidents.  I'm requesting for 2014 the Heavy 160 UT2's be equipped with the same Light 160 UT2 plate, before transitioning entirely to the UT2 in 2015.  IMO a one year grace period to utilize last years UT1 engine should be considered.   

For the indoor series in Columbus the Heavy 160 field only averaged between 5-6 cars per meet.   This class needs some help to keep car counts up.    
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 10:02:32 AM »

Having recently sent off a fast Lt 160 motor for conversion to heavy 160 for 2014, I would be interested in hearing USAC Developmental's input on the subject.
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