That kind of entry activity will certainly put the class on probation, for lack of participation. KM is not a “halo” class like AM or BM, which will seemingly continue no matter how few participants run it in any given year. Add in that there are still many detractors who wish that karts had NEVER been able to run in SCCA Solo.
Yes, there are many reasons why a number of former mainstays to the class are not included in the entry list as it exists so far. And, as with the way things change, a certain number of people will quit the sport, or go on to another class.
But this kind of precipitous drop is unprecedented. Last year, KM/KML was the largest combined Mod class, with 38. This year, it appears as though it will be near the smallest. I’m guessing, but I’d not be surprised if anything less than 18 would bring a probation situation, and less than 22 will at least draw the attention of the SEB.
Class Stalwarts not running or not entered yet:
McClintock… Illness forced absence.
Kline… Another class.
Vehige… New home purchase.
L. Garfield… Another class.
Roberts… Another class.
Hill… Might enter?
Segal (2)… Running a Corvette
Lower (2)… Entering?
Regganie… back to defend? Brother Tom is registered in JA.
Boito… No info.
Durr… No info.
If not driving together, many of those drivers brought along a co-driver, so that represents a double loss.
Are there that many drivers waiting until the last minute to enter? The fee goes up by a lot on August 4th, just a week from today. After that, people pretty much don’t enter, since it is such a punitive increase in cost.
So, what gives? Is this really the beginning of the end?
Well, I signed up last night and my wife will sign up tonight. Shawn Hill autocrossed his kart on July 12th here in kc, so don’t know about any selling of his kart. Jared Langenfeld has been road racing his kart all season long and doing quite well, I might add. Not sure what he is doing for Nats. Anyone know if the Segals are coming out this year?