I was race directing that weekend, but for the other run group. While we often deliberate on certain rulings, this one, being in the warm up session and seemingly being cut and dried, did not arouse any "cross talk". Mike, it sounds like you did all the right things when disagreeing with the disciplinary outcome of an on track incident. You took your suspension, appealed to the next level, and, based on what your implying here, perhaps even got an off season CCR review at the national level. Not sure you can expect much more than that.
That said, I'm not sure what you hope to accomplish by pleading your case in the court of public opinion, as it seems it reinforces the 3/4 rule. Based on conditions that morning, you were absolutely correct in not wanting to put two on the stripes, or even in the grass, which seems to reinforce not attempting a pass at that time. I'll go further and say that using this as a forum to "vet" the beauty of PT, a group you direct, over CMC, is confusing. Doesn't PT run under the same rule set? Wouldn't any driver who made the same decisions that lead to contact be subject to the same disciplinary action, regardless of run group?
To anyone new to racing who, as Mike implies, is watching this unfold and thinking "hey, CMC isn't for me", I ask two things. First, next time you're at the track, spend some time with the CMC gang. Weather it's in GL/MW, Texas, Mid Atlantic, SE, Rocky Mt...spend a weekend with us racer-heads before you make any decisions. And second, read the CCR. Ask questions. Learn the ins and outs and the what's and whys. For the most part, we all run in a race group because... drum roll please... we want to race! Knowing and understanding the rules helps make that safe, fun, and rewarding.
Midwest CMC #30