I agree 100% that UMP needs to get all their classes under the same rules, not varying from track to track as well as teching all cars the same. This is more important now since they are requiring everybody to be a member.
But with that being said.....$100 for insurance is CHEAP. Like all insurance, until you use it you're basically not getting anything in return and if that happens thats GREAT and everybodies healthy and safe.
I'm not picking on G73 just using that post for an example. How could converting a car to run in another class be cheaper than spending $100 for insurance? That thinking is a racers thinking. All racers spend WAY more than they bring in.
Remember just a short time ago when the expense of raceceivers was the topic of the day? Now it's not thought of.
A good question that I have is I wonder if UMP insurance can be had for pit crews? Can a crew guy become a member to receive insurance? If so, sign me up.
Like I said, I already have insurance. And I didn't complain when Raceceivers were mandated because I believe they allow for safer racing. As for converting a car, when you consider I have been running the same car since I started and I drive an additional 2 hours each way to get to Fairbury, the cost of converting looks fairly small. It's mostly sheet metal, tires and wheels. Which I'll be replacing sooner or later.
As far as it being "like a racer" to worry about the $100, I don't think it's accurate to lump me in with the typical driver. I race a half dozen times a year. I put a full containment seat and a window net in my car. I put steel plate in the door. These are not the actions of someone who doesn't want to spend $100 for insurance. I already pay for insurance. I just view this as a push by UMP to milk some more money out of the drivers. It used to be that national points were something everybody was talking about - back when Bob Memmer was still around. I bet more drivers were joining back then. Now, nobody talks about it. And people like me weren't joining.
FYI - I did check into the national points at one time last year. I was just ahead of Tony Stewart.