The main reason I pick auto's is that i bracket race. It is hard to beat an auto in the consitancy department. I love driving sticks but for what i use my car for the most is Bracket racing. If I was doing heads up racing all the time, autocrossing or road racing i Would be driving something with a liberty shifter. Those things are sexy. Plus My wife can not drive a stick, and I am super lazy.
Hard work never hurt anyone, but why take a chance