True, but even if (and that's a big 'if') those cars are heading into the LSX Shootout with a quicker ET than you it still doesn't mean that they will also be able to run the 30+ mile loop in stop & go traffic and then come back and still average that best ET over the course of 3 runs without popping the hood.
Running one 8.3 (or even if he's running a 7.9 by then) doesn't mean that he can do it 3 times after driving 30 miles.
You might come in there only (I can't believe I'm actually using 8s and only in the same sentence LOL) running a best of 8.2 or 8.3 but also be able to do it multiple times even after a street cruise.
Either way it's going to make for a fun event and I hope I make it out to Gateway for it.
All good points Marc, the other thing to consider is whatever the car can run, doesn't mean it can do it consistently on DOT tires even it does make the 30 mile trip. Sometimes faster can be slower...