It seems that I have answered this question a million times from both sides. The last two seasons I had to justify having the Sportsman/SuperSingles/GP Singles/Formula 40 classes as part of the Track and Overall Championships and now I have to justify excluding them. No matter what we do some one will be unhappy.
By the riders survey, more than 80% of CCS's customers want the Track and Overall Championships to continue. "Nuff said, give the customers what they want.
By the same survey, 100% of those who answered said that Amateurs deserved a purse paying class, and the only class that would allow participation by ALL Amateurs regardless of machine is Unlimited GP. And before you all start that "Amatuers can't ride open bikes" you had better have some facts to back it up. In 1999 and 2000 we studied every crash based on engine size, and guess what! Amateurs on 600's are twice as likely to crash as Amateurs on true Unliimited machines. (Something like 10-12% of 600 riders crashed while 5% of Unlimited riders, on Unlimited machines, tasted the tarmack.) Perception is reality I guess. We didn't take this step lightly and our experience with GTO and Unlimited SuperSport Amateurs is what we based our 2002 classes on.
Please understand one fact, whether it's CCS or WERA or AFM or any other club, if you don't make enough money to cover the bills (and there are lots of them, average anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 PER weekend, depending on which track you are at), you won't be in business long. Even our affiliate clubs, like the CMRA, have to make sure they show at least a nominal profit to extend their existence. They have been around as long as anybody and if you ask their BOD they will tell you straight up how hard it is to keep our sport rolling.
You know we do have a true touring National Championship, the Formula USA National Road Race Series, and even with the purses second only to AMA Superbike, there are only 20-30 riders/teams that can afford to follow the series coast to coast. If you want to chase a true National Championship that travels from coast to coast (not just East of the Mississippi), sign up and come on.
And did you also realize that NRRS and CCS are willing to put the money where our mouth is? We will pay out more than $750,000 dollars to racers in 2002, and that is cash, not counting the contingency money offered by a manufactuer. That is the largest amount of cash purse offered through one organization.