This morning, I sent an email to Ryan Flaherty, NASA’s National Chairman, that explained our concerns and disappointments with the R888, and asked about our role in the recent tire announcement. His response, along with other text -
“…please make a specific announcement to your group and I will modify our announcement to exclude Spec Focus and E30 since your group has already transitioned.”
So, they understand that it was a mistake to include us in the announcement and they will correct it.
Plus, I have heard from present and future racers, and others throughout the day and we all agree that while the R888 in its current form is not ideal for Spec E30, it would be much worse to make changes now.
I also asked Ryan for an opportunity to speak with NASA and Toyo via conference call, and clearly explained that I would conduct myself in a business-professional way, but Ryan didn’t feel that would be productive. Ryan said that he will get answers to our specific questions.
Therefore, the Regional Directors and I will compile a list of questions and concerns, based on our true experiences at the track and after using the R888 over the 2008 season. While I feel that we will have most all bases covered, if you have specific questions, send them to your Regional Director.
I will post the questions and Toyo’s answers here.
With that, we can all make the most of the tire and should see some improvement in performance and durability.
Spec E30 National Series Director