Reducing Tyre Costs In The ALMS
With Petit Le Mans behind us, we can now focus on some other news
that was released last week.
ALMS CEO Scott Atherton’s “State of the ALMS”
address (at Road Atlanta last Friday morning), Tim Mayer, IMSA’s
Chief Operating Officer (right), announced the formation of a committee
to review costs and conditions of competition in the series. This
committee of drivers, team owners, IMSA officials, and others is
charged with making recommendations in areas to improve competition
and help manage costs.
Already at work, the
committee has made tire rule recommendations that will “enhance
competition while reducing costs”. The rules will address
competitor costs by limiting the absolute number of tires that can
be used on a car at an event, and will lower tire manufacturer costs
by limiting the number of tire choices (one rain and two dry compounds,
for instance) that are available at each event. Expect an announcement
in the near future.
One of the advantages
that Michelin has had this year is the much greater number of choices
they can offer their teams at a race weekend.
The committee is also
working on other initiatives.