Guys you gotta read this! This is the response someone got from the IDRC that is in the supraforums:
Subj: Fw: Hoyos Ford Focus
Date: 10/27/01 3:30:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time
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Hey man..This is Ken(KJSUPRA) from the supraforums. This is the response I got back from the IDRC when I emailed them my letter. Take care....Ken
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Ferrara
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2001 7:20 PM
Subject: RE: Hoyos Ford Focus
Please allow me to address your concerns personally. First, the Hemi Supra wouldn't be allowed to compete in 2001 according to the current IDRC rules. According to our 2001 rulebook, the Hoyos Racing Focus is legal to compete. In order to open up a class that was too small up to more vehicles, we allowed both import V8s and domestics V6s for the 2001 season. Although our 2002 rulebook is at the printer right now, there are a number of 2001 rulebooks available here and I would be happy to send some for free to any members of the rx7club.com. Just send us a SASE with correct postage and we'll send it right out to you at no charge while supplies last. We respect the opinion of every racer.
We appreciate the perception that we are big enough to be "paid off." Every single IDRC partner could be making more money working somewhere else. Over half of our event staffs are volunteers. What keeps us here is our love of the sport, fans, racers, sponsors and track families. We haven't made it to the top by having the biggest bankroll, we just worked our asses off and never did anyone wrong along the way. We've also kept open ears and always look to improve the series.
One thing that we found out along the way is that fans go to see their favorite vehicles. If events only featured Toyotas, you would only bring in Toyota fans. Our goal is to be inclusive rather than exclusive. This brings in the widest variety of cars and the largest amount of spectators.
Our mission with our rulebook is to make a level playing ground. For 2001, we explained to the racers that this was our fact gathering year for the Pro class. Essentially, the rules in the class were VERY loose for 2001. We have taken all of the information from the scales and the performance logs to establish weight breaks for the different configurations (4cyl, 6cyl, 8cyl, # of power adders). We are confident that we will be able to have a level playing field for all involved. In our Quick Class, we have had a variety of platforms within a tenth-of-a-second of each other. Currently, four different manufacturers are in position to win this class championship. In 2002, all V8 engines will be restricted to no more than 4.7-liters in displacement. This number was arrived at to allow servicing and overboring of the 4.5-liter import V8 engines.
I believe the action that you are refering to has already happened.
We welcome your support,
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Huntington Beach, CA 92646
From: kwgsr [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2001 2:54 PM
Subject: Hoyos Ford Focus
I am writing this letter as a fellow import racer and huge fan of racing in general. I am very disturbed about what I am hearing about the Hoyos Ford Focus. From what I have read and seen first hand that Focus should not be able to compete in any import event because it is not an import. That car is running a domestic pushrod V6 motor making it illegal to compete in any import santioned event. It does not have an SHO motor like they claim in it. It is a real shame to see that money dictates who can run at these events. I know that Ford sponsors a lot of these events and pays big money but that shouldnt have any effect on who is allowed to run at these events. It would be an absolute disgrace and embarrassment to the import racing community if that Focus is allowed to run in our events and be able to hold any records. Would I be allowed to run a Chysler Hemi in my 94 Supra and still be classified as an import?? I think not and neither should this Focus. I apologize for sounding nasty in this letter but it really bothers me that this is allowed to go on and that the import divisions like IDRC and others can be payed off to allow someone to break rules. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter and I hope some sort of action is taken. If not I will never attend anymore import sanctioned events and will make sure I let everyone I know possible what is going on. Thanks again.....Ken W