Video: Justin Bell Talks About Boss 302 Ford Mustang Protests SCCA Mid-Ohio
Just this weekend our Boss 302 Mustang drivers parked their ‘Stangs in protest of some strict rules of the SCCA during the Pirelli World Challenge GTS race at Mid-Ohio. Justin Bell and the rest of the Boss 302 team performed the initial formation lap and then resided to the pit lane and parked for the rest of the race in protest.
Some of the rules of the SCCA are requiring the drivers to run small restrictors on their cars. For one, the restriction is a bummer as it decreases horsepower while bumping up engine temperatures which can and has resulted in engine failures. Not only that, but it is known to cause coolant and engine oil temperatures to rise as well. This has caused two Mustangs to ultimately fail and not finish a race due to engine failures. The rising engine temps are causing chaos under the hood, and that means broken cars and lots of money for repair as well.
This restriction is required to “level the playing field” when it comes to having all kinds of cars in different makes and models with different advantages and disadvantages. Some cars have the speed, some have the handling, and some have the stopping power. The Boss team has been outspoken believing that this is whole ordeal is unfair and have made it known to the race officials. However, it seems like the team wasn’t heard very clearly, or that the matter lacks importance. Whatever the case, the ordeal resulted in no ‘Stangs participating in the race at all.
“The Mustang owners and drivers collectively and unanimously feel that the SCCA’s method of creating parity is not working and leaves the Mustang with a significant handicap in many areas, and an advantage in NO area,” the teams said in the statement.
That’s not all that was said. Here are some choice words from Justin Bell to officials.
“We love racing these cars and we wish we were out there right now, but we wanted to make a pretty big statement,” Bell said. “Believe it or not, the Mustang 302 is the baseline for this series… But for some reason over the course of the season, the car has been rendered pretty much obsolete,” said Bell, driver of the Tiger Racing Mustang Boss 302S.
They feel as if the races aren’t equal for Mustangs. During the first race, the Mustang didn’t rank any higher than 10th place, Bell continues.
“The parity in this series is not equal to all. We’re not asking to be faster than anyone else. All we want to do is be able to race on an even and fair playing field,” he said. “Hopefully, our expectation is that someone very senior at Ford Motorsport will now engage with SCCA and the World Challenge Series to ensure that the Mustang remains a viable and affordable and fast car in this series.”
Hopefully we can get this situation sorted out to get our Mustang team back on the track.
Photo Credit: [Drew Phillips]