SDC didn't dominate everyone last year, and that resulted in a slower but more competetive field. Was that a one-off, or are we in an "anyone could win" world now?
Did CIA have a one-off success, or can they stay on the podium even after graduating a bunch of seniors? And after always being the underdog, can they handle the pressure of defending?
Is Spirit back? They've been out with a lot of buggies and people, and at least their A buggy/driver looks quicker & more stable than in recent years.
What's up with SigEp? Did last year's "so close yet so far away" finish destroy their motivation? They don't seem to be at the pace I'd expect with 2 weeks to go.
What's up with the new buggies? SDC brought one out in the fall, but Havoc hasn't knocked off Malice. CIA had a clear progression over the last 3 years, but then they go and do something different, and it is nowhere near the B team yet. Though there may be driver fit/experience/qualification constraints at those teams. Fringe has 3 buggies in un-Fringelike states of primer & incomplete fairings, so I can't tell which if any are new.