PRA General Rules
SECTION 1 – GENERAL RULES
1-A. AMENDMENT OF THE RULES
Pacific Racing Association, Inc. (hereby referred to in these rules as PRA) reserves the right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules exhibits or drawings that PRA deems necessary for the betterment and/or safety of racing. The PRA rules may be amended at any time before or after the annual meeting of the administration, and subsequent publication of the PRA rulebook. In addition, PRA may issue amendments during the racing season in the form of serially
numbered and dated technical bulletins, which shall be distributed to the licensed competitors and published in the next season’s rulebook. Participants shall be responsible for being aware of and complying with all such amendments issued in the form of technical bulletins.
1-B. COMPETITOR OBLIGATION
Every driver must inspect the racing surface and the racetrack area to learn of any defects, obstructions, or anything in which, in the driver’s opinion, is unsafe and the driver shall report the condition in writing to PRA or to a Track Official. Any driver entering any racing event is considered to have inspected the track and determined that all the conditions are satisfactory. If the driver does not feel that the conditions are satisfactory, then the driver should not race. The driver further acknowledges that the driver is aware that auto racing involves risks and that by competing in an event the driver assumes these risks with full awareness and knowledge.
1-C. FINALITY OF DECISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
1. The decisions of Track officials, at a PRA sanctioned racing event, including the interpretation and application of rules and the scoring of positions, shall be final, binding, and non-appealable, except as provided in section 1-D below.
2. All participants as a condition of participating in a PRA sanctioned racing event agree that all decisions of PRA or Track Officials, regarding the interpretation and application of the PRA rules, and scoring of positions shall be non-litigable. All participants further covenant and agree that they will not initiate any type of legal action against PRA or Track Officials, to challenge such decisions, to seek monetary damages, to seek injunctive relief, or to seek any other kind of legal remedy. If a participant pursues any such legal action, which violates this provision, then the participant expressly agrees to reimburse PRA or Track Officials, for all of its attorney’s fees and cost in defending against such legal action.
1-D. INFORMAL REVIEW (Excludes tech and scoring protests as outlined in section 5)
1. Procedure: A participant desiring informal review of action taken by PRA must submit a written request for informal review, accompanied by a relevant documentation, within the time and manner specified in section 1-F below.
2. Review and Decision: The written request and documentation submitted will be reviewed by an informal review panel. The panel, in its sole discretion, may elect to confer by telephone with the affected participant and/or interested parties; provided, however, the participant shall not have a right to request a telephone conference with the panel. A decision will be made by the panel and mailed to the participant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven (7) days of the request for informal review.
3. Appeal Hearing after Informal Review Decision: A participant aggrieved by a decision after an informal review may subsequently seek an appeal hearing, by filing a request for appeal hearing within five (5) days after the receipt of the written informal review panel decision.
1-E. APPEAL HEARING (Excludes tech and scoring protests as outlined in section 5)
1. Procedure: A participant desiring an appeal hearing on action taken by PRA must submit a written request for an appeal hearing, accompanied by any relevant documentation, within the same time, and in the manner, specified in section 1-F below.
2. Appeal Hearing Fee: The request for an appeal hearing must be accompanied by a fee of $350.00 in cash, cashiers check or certified funds, which shall be non-refundable unless the hearing panel decides in the appealing participants favor.
3. Informal Review Not a Prerequisite: An informal review is not necessary, or is not a prerequisite, before requesting an appeal hearing.
4. Hearing: Within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the request for appeal hearing, PRA shall appoint an appeal panel and shall notify the participant of the date, time and place of the appeal hearing, which hearing shall be scheduled not less than twenty (20) days, nor more than forty-five (45) days, from the date PRA received the request for the appeal hearing. The panel will decide on the appropriate procedure for conducting the hearing and shall not be bound by formal rules of evidence or procedure but shall pursue the best procedure for obtaining relevant facts to reach a decision. The appealing participant shall appear in person at the hearing (but not through a representative and/or attorney) and may be accompanied by not more than three (3) witnesses. PRA head Tech Inspector, or other designated PRA person, shall appear in person at the hearing (but not through a representative and/or attorney) and may be accompanied by not more than three (3) witnesses. No other persons shall be present during the hearing. The hearing shall be conducted by the President of PRA, or his designate. No record of the hearing shall be made by either the participant or PRA, by tape recording, court reporter, or any other method.
5. Hearing Panel Decision: After the hearing, a decision will be made by the hearing panel and will be mailed in writing to the participant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven (7) days of the date of the hearing. The decision of the appeals panel shall be not further appealable with PRA or to any other court, it being the agreement and understanding that the appeal hearing is the sole and final remedy for the appeal of fines or suspensions.
1-F. TIME FOR FILING, AND CONTENTS OR REQUEST FOR INFORMAL REVIEW OR APPEAL HEARING
1. Procedure: A request for informal review, or a request for an appeal hearing, must be made in writing by the participant and sent to the Administration, at the PRA office, with a postmark no later than five (5) days after the date of receipt of written notice by the participant informing him/her of the imposition of the fine or suspensions or, in the case of an appeal after an informal review, within five (5) days after the date of receipt of the written informal review panel decision. In the case of both an informal review and an appeal hearing, the written request must specifically state what parts of a PRA action are to be reviewed, or are to be appealed, and must set forth with particularity the grounds or reasons why the participant believes the PRA actions should be charged or overturned.
2. Composition of Informal Review and Appeal Hearing Panels: An informal review panel, and the appeal hearing panel, shall each consist of three (3) Members, designated by PRA, none of whom were involved in the original determination resulting in the fine or suspension or, in the case of an appeal hearing, none of whom participated as a panel member in any prior informal review relating to the same matter.
3. Continuation of Fines and Suspensions: Fines and suspensions imposed shall remain in effect during the time period that any request for informal review or request for appeal hearing is pending, not withstanding the expiration date of any suspension prior to the review or the hearing, until a decision has been made after the informal review or after an appeal hearing.
1-G. VIOLATION OF SPIRIT OR INTENT OF RULES
1. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Any participant who defies or violates the spirit or intent of the PRA rules shall be considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be dealt with by PRA or Track Officials depending on the nature of the infraction. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a fine of up to $1000.00 and/or suspension of up to one (1) year and/or probation for up to one (1) year from the date of the infraction.
2. DEFAMATION: Any participant, PRA member, staff, etc who intentionally invokes, or participates in making defamatory statements about the PRA, Douglas County Speedway, PRA
staff, or our program via social media, public discussions, or other acts, may be subject of a fine, loss of points/purse/disqualification, or banned from future events hosted by the Pacific Racing Association.
1-H. RESERVED PARTICIPATION RIGHT
PRA or Track Officials reserves the right to refuse or accept the entry of any car or participant. Furthermore, PRA, or Track Officials reserves the right to revoke or cancel any entry, or participant’s claimed right to be on the track premises, if it is felt or determined that the participant’s presence or conduct is not in the best interests of the sport of auto racing, the other competitors, spectators, track management and/or employees of PRA.
1. Driver Responsibility: The driver is responsible for the actions of his pit crew in all respects. The driver shall be the sole spokesperson for his/her car owner and pit crew in any and all matters, and must talk with the Track Official in charge regarding their conduct or behavior.
2. Fighting: Any participant directly involved with any fighting or misconduct at any PRA sanctioned event, on the racetrack, in the pits, or on the track premises, at any time, may be fined up to $500.00, may be suspended from all PRA events for fourteen (14) days from the date of infraction and shall forfeit all PRA points to the date of infraction and all prize money earned in the event.
3. Assault / Abuse of Officials/Participant: No participant, official, employee, volunteer, nor sponsor shall subject any PRA Official, Track Official, track employee, track volunteer, sponsor or participant to any abuse or improper language at any time. Any participant, official, employee, volunteer, or sponsor who assaults or threatens any PRA Official, Track Official, track employee, track volunteer, sponsor or other participant may be suspended for up to fourteen (14) days from the date of infraction and may be fined up to $500.00 and shall forfeit all PRA Points.
4. Alcoholic Beverages: Consumption of Beer or Alcoholic beverages in the pit area, of being under the influence of Beer or Alcoholic beverages in the pit area, is prohibited until the completion of the final main event. If a participant is caught consuming Alcoholic beverages while in the pit area, before the checkered flag of the final main event of the night, he/she shall be immediately ejected from the race track premises and shall be subject to a mandatory $500.00 fine and a ninety (90) day suspension.
1-J. DRUG POLICY
1. Illegal Drugs, Definition: Illegal drugs are those substances or drug substances defined and prohibited by state and/or federal laws.
2. General Prohibition: Possession or use of illegal drugs or drug substances, as defined above, is prohibited in any form, by any participant at a PRA sanctioned event either on Speedway grounds or in any area considered to be used in the operation of the Speedway, such as parking lots or leased properties.
3. Participant: All participants are considered to be responsible for their personal conduct.
4. Specific Prohibition, Violations, and Penalties: Any person who is:
a. found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, any illegal drug or drug substances on the Speedway property; or
b. arrested by duly constituted authorities and charged with possession and/or use of illegal drugs or drug substances, regardless of whether the offence occurred on or off the Speedway property; or
c. Formally charged by a court of law with any illegal drug violation, regardless of whether the offense occurred on or off the Speedway property.
d. Shall be subject to the following penalties by PRA.
e. Suspension from competition and eviction from all PRA sanctioned events, and denial of further entry to PRA sanctioned events for a period to be determined by PRA.
f. Any participant who is formally charged by a court of law with an illegal drug violation, regardless of the level of the offence, upon PRA being so advised, shall be suspended from all forms of participation at PRA sanctioned events until such time as the charges are fully adjudicated through the legal process.
g. Any participant convicted of an illegal drug violation, regardless of the level of the offense by a court of law, shall be prohibited from taking part in any PRA sanctioned event for a minimum period of one (1) year from the date of conviction.
h. In addition, during any suspension imposed above, all point fund money, including all contingency awards, shall be held by PRA pending adjudication of the charges and shall be forfeited if the participant is convicted of the charges.
5. Appeal and Hearing: Any participant suspended for violation of these drug policies will be granted a formal appeal hearing by a panel designated by PRA provided the suspended participant requests such a hearing, to PRA in writing, within fifteen (15) days from the day of suspension. It is the responsibility of the participant to make such a request for a hearing.
6. Reinstatements: A participant suspended for a violation of these drug policy rules, Except in the case of persons charged with the selling of drugs, may as a result of a decision reached through the appeal and hearing process be reinstated, if;
a. In the case of drug use, it is mutually agreed that the participant, at his/her own expense, will produce documentation from a physician licensed within the State, certifying that he/she is drug independent, as a result of random and periodic examinations and urinalysis testing, made at the request of PRA.
b. In the case of drug possession, that the participant produces evidence, satisfactory to the hearing panel that he/she was not in possession of illegal drugs.
7. Prescribed Drugs: If a participant is using prescription drugs on the advice of a physician, such use must be reported to the PRA or Track Officials prior to the participant’s entry into any Speedway activities. Failure to so notify will subject the participants to penalties as prescribed above.
1-K. HAVE FUN
1-L. ILLEGAL PARTS
1. Illegal Parts: Illegal parts shall be any parts or components of a racecar, or any alterations or modifications to any such parts or components, that do not meet the particular PRA rules and specifications of the class in which the racecar is competing.
2. Illegal: Being illegal consists of any aspect of the racecar, which violates, or results in a violation of any PRA rules or specifications.
3. Disallowed if not allowed: If the rules do not specifically allow a part or component, or do not allow specific alterations or modifications to a part or component, then they are disallowed.
4. Removal of Identifying Marks: Any grinding, defacing or otherwise removing or obliterating casting marks, or any other identifying marks or numbers on a motor or chassis part will automatically render the part illegal, except that this particular paragraph will not apply to open competition events.
5. Penalty: Except for a specific penalty as otherwise provided, the penalty for illegal parts, or being illegal, as defined above, whether discovered through post race inspection, through tear down, as a result of a protest or in connection with a claim, will result in a penalty. Violation of these rules will be assessed and the penalty will be assessed as a minor violation, general violation or major violation. The severity of the violation is to be determined by PRA Officials
a. Minor Violations: Non-performance enhancing violations will result in one or all of the following:
1. Warning and removal/repair of the part
2. $50.00 fine
3. Second minor violation will result in the penalty being increased to a general violation.
b. General Violations: Violations of the rule book which are not found to be a substantial gain by the competitor will result in one or all of the following:
1. $100 fine
2. Loss of purse for the event
3. Loss of points for the event
c. Major Violations: Performance enhancing violations which result in a substantial gain by the competitor will result in one or all of the following:
1. $200 fine
2. Loss of season points
3. Loss of track record times if set within the same season
4. Suspension from events up to thirty (30) days
5. Confiscation of the illegal part
d. If you are found in violation of the rules and issued a fine, you must pay the fine before competing in future events.
1-M. RESERVED TEAR DOWN RIGHTS
1. Tear Down: After feature race, PRA or Track Officials reserves the right to tear down the engine of any racecar in any class. This reserved tear down right is separate and distinct from any inspection to which any racecar in any class is subject to rule section 2-D.
2. Procedure: A tear down shall consist of the disassembly of the upper end, or lower end, or both, of the engine. An upper end tear down includes, but is not limited to, the removal of the carburetor, spacer plates or adapters, valve covers, intake manifold, exhaust manifolds, headers, valve train components and heads. A lower end tear down includes, but not limited to, removal of oil pan, crankshaft, rods and pistons.
3. Fee for Tear Down: PRA or Track Officials shall advise the driver that a tear down is requested and shall post a tear down fee that is equal to the protest fees set forth in section 5-E. If after a tear down, the engine is found to be legal, then the posted tear down fee will be paid to the driver. If after the tear down, the engine is found to be illegal, the posted tear down fee will be retained by PRA or the Track Officials.
4. Illegal Parts: If any engine parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of section 1-L regarding illegal parts, and section 1-N regarding confiscation of illegal part, shall apply.
1-N. CONFISCATION OF ILLEGAL PARTS
1. All illegal parts or components discovered through inspection, through tear down, or as a result of a protest or claim, shall be confiscated by PRA or Track Officials and forfeited by the participant to PRA.
2. All such forfeited parts, after being tagged with numbered tamper proof tags, shall be delivered by PRA or Track Officials to be disposed of at their discretion.
3. Failure of a participant to surrender illegal parts for confiscation shall result in a separate penalty, in addition to any other penalties for illegal parts under these rules, of two (2) times the estimated retail value of the illegal parts (as determined by PRA.)
1-O. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
All PRA participants are independent contractors and are not the agents or employees of PRA or any PRA sanctioned race. PRA participants, as independent contractors, are solely responsible for preparing their racecars, to perform in PRA racing events, in accordance with the PRA rules and procedures. As independent contractors, PRA participants are solely responsible for compensating their employees, agents, or pit crew members. PRA participants, as independent contractors, also assume full responsibility for reporting or filing any reports or tax returns with the appropriate authorities on any earnings or funds received as a result of their participation in PRA sanctioned racing events, including but not limited to, Federal Social Security Taxes, Federal Income Taxes, State Income Taxes, Federal and State Withholding Taxes, Unemployment Taxes and Workers Compensation Insurance.
1-P. COMPETITOR AGREEMENT REGARDING RULES
A participant, by competing in PRA sanctioned racing event, specifically agrees and acknowledges the following;
1. That he/she is familiar with and understands all of the PRA rules and procedures as set forth in this rulebook.
2. That by applying for a PRA competitors license and/or membership, or by participating in a PRA sanctioned racing event, he/she specifically agree to abide by all of the PRA rules and procedures.
3. That by entering a PRA sanctioned racing event, a competitor certifies that his/her racecar meets all of the requirements of the PRA rules for participating in a PRA sanctioned racing event.
4. That, if as a result of an inspection, tear down, protest or claim, a competitor’s racecar is determined to be illegal, it is the sole responsibility of the competitor, who bears the burden of proof, to prove that his/her racecar is in compliance with the applicable PRA rules and requirements.
1-Q. FLUID DISPOSAL
1. Any hazardous waste oil must be removed from the premises by the participant and disposed of following any state and/or federal laws concerning waste oil.
2. No dumping or draining of waste oil or gas of any kind on the Speedway grounds or pavement will be permitted.
3. Violators will be fined and/or suspended at the discretion of PRA.
SECTION 2 – GENERAL POLICIES
2-A. PREVAILING POLICY
1. Any disagreements over technical questions or operations will be resolved by PRA or Track Officials. When their decision is rendered, such decision is final and binding, except provided in section 1-D.
2. PRA or Track Officials will establish the length, frequency and administration of all events and programs and when their decision is rendered, that decision is final and binding and non-appealable.
To race in any PRA sanctioned racing event a driver must be at least eleven (11) years of age, have signed PRA waiver of insurance, have not been convicted of an illegal drug violation during the one (1) year period prior to the date of application, paid the required fee and be in good standing. PRA reserves the right to deny a membership to any driver.
1. Car Numbers: Car numbers will be assigned to the participant that have paid the applicable membership fees, completed the membership application, and have not requested a number that has been previously assigned to another participant in the same class.
a. All cars must be numbered with large legible numbers on both sides, and top panel.
b. Numbers on sides and top panel of car must be in contracting color from body. All numbers shall be at least 4” thick and at least 20” tall.
c. Paint should be kept nice looking and in good condition. All numbers must be kept clean and legible.
d. Sponsor’s name must not interfere with car numbers and must be neatly lettered
2-C. POST RACE TECH
In all classes, racecars in each feature race may be required to attend the post race tech inspection, if so determined by PRA or Track Officials. Any driver required to receive a post race inspection immediately following the qualifying procedure and/or feature events, who:
1. Does not go directly to the inspection area, or
2. Avoids going to the inspection area, or
3. Does not remain in the inspection area until inspected, or
4. Does not pass the inspection for the class, according to the PRA or Track Officials at the track for the event.
THEN: If violation is after qualifying, driver shall be given no time and forfeit qualifying points and shall be disqualified from entering the heat race or races scheduled for the class the participant is competing in. The participant will be allowed to start at the back of the last chance, consolation or feature race in the scratch position. If violation is after the feature event, driver shall be disqualified and given no points or awards for that feature.
1. Timing and Scope of Inspection: All racecars competing in PRA sanctioned racing events are subject to inspection by PRA or Track Officials at any time and to any extent or degree, as determined by PRA or Track Officials. The timing, scope, or extent of an inspection, on a specific racecar, are final, binding, and non-appealable, except provided in section 1-D #1.
2. Types of Inspections:
a. Safety Inspections: An inspection, usually conducted at the beginning of the racing season or a racing event, to determine whether a racecar complies with the minimum applicable chassis and body specifications, and safety requirements. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event.
b. Pre-Race Inspection: An inspection, conducted in advance of a racing event, including a minimum specifications inspection, to determine whether a racecar complies with applicable chassis and body specifications, safety requirements, and any other rules or specifications, is at the discretion of the PRA or Track Officials. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event.
c. Post Race Inspections: An inspection, conducted after a racing event, to determine whether a racecar complies with all applicable rules and specifications, for that class of racecar, with the scope and extent of the particular items to be inspected and determined by PRA or Track Officials in their sole discretion.
3. Effect of Prior Inspection: The fact that a racecar has passed a minimum specifications inspection, a pre-race inspection, or any inspection at another racetrack or event, is no guarantee or assurance that the racecar will pass a post race inspection.
4. Cooperation of the Driver: In connection with any type of inspection, the driver must cooperate with PRA or Track Officials, to enable PRA or Track Officials to conduct or complete an inspection, including removing or disassembling various parts or components.
5. Refusal or Termination of Inspection:
a. Any driver who refuses to allow a pre-race or minimum specification inspection to be conducted will not be allowed to compete in the racing event.
b. Any driver who refuses to allow a post race inspection or who terminates an inspection in progress, shall be fined $500.00, suspended for thirty (30) days, lose all points, and forfeit all money and awards for that event.
2-E. PIT PASS
1. Each person entering the pit area will be required to read and sign the Waiver/Release Form to acquire a pit pass.
2. Any person or participant age eleven to seventeen (11-17) must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian, and the Minor Release Form must be complete and signed by all persons involved. Back gate employees shall receive a completed and dated form for each minor the Parent/Guardian wishes to admit in to the restricted or pit area. Parent/Guardian is responsible for the well being of said minor while in the restricted or pit area.
3. Proof of age is required… No Exceptions.
2-F. AWARDS AND PRIZES
The presentation of trophies or other awards/prizes shall not be final until conclusion of the entire scheduled racing event. Therefore, any and all trophies and awards/prizes shall remain the property of PRA until such time as any and all protest and/or tear downs have finally resolved; not withstanding, that for purposes of ceremony, a trophy and/or prize may be presented during the course of that scheduled racing event. Any driver/car owner who fails or refuses to abide by this rule, shall be subject to suspension from PRA scheduled race events until such time as any trophy or award/prize presented, shall be returned to PRA upon demand by the PRA as a result of any violation of General, Track, and Safety rules including, but not limited to refusal to permit tear down as otherwise set forth in the rules.
1. All scaling of vehicles will be pre-qualifying and/or pre-race.
2. Weights will be measured with driver strapped in driver’s seat in normal driving position, with all appropriate personal/safety gear as driven on the track, and with both hands on the steering wheel.
3. After being scaled, you are prohibited from working on your car. The only exception is adding or removing air from the tires.
4. You are allowed two (2) opportunities to make weight. If you fail to make weight your first time, you will be sent back to your pits for adjustments.
SECTION 3 – GENERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
1. At any time, before, during, or after an event, PRA or Track Officials may require additional measures or equipment, or make additional determinations, as they deem necessary to further reduce the risk to competitors.
2. All cars are subject to a minimum specifications inspection at any time and a refusal of such inspection is subject to section 2-D. It is the responsibility of the driver to prepare his/her car to comply with all the minimum specifications, to be free of defects, and in safe racing conditions.
3-B. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
1. Helmets: Helmets are required and must be a minimum of SA 2010 and must be worn at all times when the car is on the track and must accompany the vehicle at time of inspection. The helmet must have face shield or eyewear protection, which must be in place while the care is on the track. A full-face helmet is required.
2. Driving Suit: SFI approved full fire suits of a flame-retardant nature must be worn by all competitors. Fire retardant neck braces, fire retardant gloves, and fire retardant shoes are required.
3. Belts: Five point safety belts, sub belt and shoulder harness required. The shoulder harness must be mounted securely to the roll cage. Seatbelts and shoulder harness no less that 3” wide is compulsory and must connect with a quick release buckle
a. Belts beyond five (5) years after manufacture date will not be allowed.
b. Open top cars. Drivers must wear arm restraints.
4. Window Net: Driver-side ribbon window net is required. No string or mesh nets allowed. They must be fastened securely with a quick release type latch that can be released either from inside or outside of the car. No frays or tears allowed
5. Padding: Roll bar padding on all bars within reach of the driver is mandatory
6. Steering Wheel: All classes expect Hornets
a. A metal quick-release steering wheel coupler must be used.
b. 2” steering wheel pad recommended
7. Aluminum Racing Seat Only: Seat must be mounted inside frame rail and ahead of the rear tire.
8. Kill Switch: A Kill Switch is required and must be within easy reach of the driver with the shoulder harness and lap belts fully cinched. The Kill Switch must be clearly marked “on” “off” and painted RED. 9. Batteries: All batteries must be secured with a metal mount/strap and shielded from the driver.
10. Ballast: All ballast shall be securely mounted with minimum 3/8” bolts, painted white and display the car number on every piece.
11. Exhaust System: Exhaust system must be mounted in such a way as to direct spent gasses away from the cockpit area of the vehicle and away from possible areas of fuel spillage.
12. Exhaust Noise Suppression: It is mandatory for the exhaust system to be equipped with a noise suppressor of some type so as not to exceed a decibel level of 95 at 100’.
13. Car Extinguishers:
a. All racecars must have a fully charged, operable (dry chemical, C2O or Halon) 2.5 pound minimum fire extinguisher.
b. A built-in Halon or equivalent system is strongly recommended.
c. Must be secured with a metal mount/strap.
14.Navigator/ CO-Driver: Are Allowed in all classes
a. Must meet driver side safety requirements.
14. Pit Extinguishers: A minimum 2 ½ pound dry chemical or CO2 fire extinguisher must be present and in view for each race vehicle while in the pits. It is highly recommended to have a bag of quick dry for oil spills.
SECTION 4 – POINTS SYSTEM
4-A. EVENT POINTS
Accumulated toward track championship. Events may award double points at the option of PRA.
SECTION 5 – PROTEST PROCEDURE
This engine/chassis protest rule is applicable to all PRA classes listed below at all PRA sanctioned events, shows, and specials.
5-B. RACECARS SUBJECT TO BEING PROTESTED
All racecars competing in the feature event.
5-C. RACECARS ELIGIBLE TO EXECUTE A PROTEST
Any racecars competing in the feature event, which;
1. Have a driver who possesses a PRA membership card for that feature class of cars.
2. Meet the minimum class weight and are otherwise legal under PRA rules.
3. Have a driver who has registered his/her intent to protest in writing, listing the desired component or part of suspicion with a PRA or Track Officials prior to the start of the feature race and has tendered the required class protest fee.
5-D. RACECARS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PROTEST
1. Those drivers not possessing a PRA membership card.
2. Those that do not meet the minimum class weight or are otherwise illegal under PRA rules.
5-E. PROTEST FEE
1. Late Model or Modified (Engine: $400.00 for either the top end or the bottom end)
2. Late Model or Modified (Chassis: $200.00 per component or item).
3. Street Stock, Mini Stock or Hornet (Engine: $200.00 for either the top end or the bottom end)
4. Street Stock, Mini Stock or Hornet (Chassis: $100.00 per component or item)
5. Disposition of the protest fee. If after the tear down, the engine is found to be legal, 100% of the protest fee will be paid to the protested driver. If after tear down, the engine is found to illegal, 100% of the protest fee will be returned to the protesting driver.
5-F. PROTEST PROCEDURE
After the feature race, a PRA or Track Officials will notify the driver of the relevant racecar that his racecar has been protested. The protested driver shall than proceed directly to the area designated for inspection and tear down pursuant to a protest. The scaling area is the designated area and PRA or Track Officials may determine to tear down the racecar at that time or may impound the racecar for later inspection not to exceed a 24 hour period. PRA or Track Officials will then proceed in accordance with the class of racecar protested, to tear down the engine or chassis in the protested racecar, as follows;
1. All Divisions Engine: Tear down upper end or lower end or both, to inspect for illegalities. May or may not include removal of engine for thorough inspection. Inspector may delegate the disassembly process to a crew member or driver of the engine under protest.
2. All Divisions Chassis: Inspect for illegalities. May or may not include removal of chassis parts for thorough inspection.
3. During tear down, the following people will be allowed to be present: authorized mechanics and PRA or Track Officials, two (2) Members from the car in question, the driver filing the protest fee and one (1) Board member.
5-G. SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PROTESTS
1. Only the driver may protest.
2. A driver may only protest one (1) engine per race.
3. Only the PRA or Track Officials has the final word on the legality of racecars involved in a protest.
4. No person shall prevent or interfere with the protest procedure.
5-H. PENALTIES OR SANCTIONS RELATED TO PROTEST
If an engine’s parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of section 1-L regarding illegal parts and section 1-N regarding confiscation of illegal parts, shall apply.
1. Withdrawal of Protest: If a driver declares that the intent to protest, and tender the required protest fee, and then the driver changes his/her mind and withdraws the protest, then the driver will forfeit all money and awards for the event and shall also lose all points earned to date.
2. Refusal of Protest: A driver who refuses to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest shall be subject to the following penalties:
a. First Refusal: First refusal to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest, driver forfeits all cash and contingency winnings for the event, any trophies earned in the feature, plus loss of points earned to date, and the driver shall be fined $500.00 and suspended for thirty (30) days.
b. Second Refusal: Upon second refusal, driver forfeits all cash and contingency winnings for the event, trophies earned in the event, and loss of all points to date. In addition, driver shall be fined $1,000.00 and suspended for one (1) year from the date of the infraction.
5-I. RACE RESULTS PROTEST PROCEDURE
1. Protests on race results must be made in writing to the PRA or Track Officials within fifteen (15) minutes after the individual event is posted. Protests must be made by driver/Owner and accompanied by $100.00 cash. The protest committee will consist of one (1) Board Member and the Track Officials involved.
2. Payoff will be withheld on protested positions until an official result has been established.
SECTION 6 – TRACK RULES
6-A. SAFETY & EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT
1. Medical first responders and adequate fire-fighting equipment must be present at the track before cars will be permitted on the track for warm-ups or competition.
1. All vehicles must have the capability of starting without being pushed or pulled. All cars must join lineup on demand, unaided or go to the rear of that race.
1. Are required and must be mounted 15” behind center line of rear end.
1. Cars must be lined up and ready to go to the starting line before the previous event is completed. If not in position, car will go the back of the pack.
1. All races will be rolling starts. The pole car has the dress when pace car is not on the track, as directed by the flagger. No more than two (2) false starts will be allowed. After the second false start, the offender, if any, will be pulled out of line and placed in the last position for the start of the race. The flagger’s decision determines the offender.
2. Cars must hold their position until the green flag is thrown.
1. In the event of a restart on the first lap, cars will line up as they were on the start.
6-G. IMPROPER DRIVING
1. For offences of rough driving, cutting markers, unnecessary or excessive bumping, crowding, chopping, and other related offences, the car may be penalized one (1) or more positions during the event or at the completion, be black flagged, or participant may be suspended as to the severity of the offence, as determined by PRA or Track Officials.
1. All ties will go to the outside car.
6-I. TIME TRIALS ( QUALIFYING)
1. All participants that qualify a car will be afforded an optional, one (1) lap “challenge” time in. Any participant using a “challenge” time in, must exceed his/her first time in by .300 of a second, or the participant will have to run in the scratch position in all events and will receive finish points in the feature race only. Each car will be given a maximum of two (2) timed starts.
2. Under no condition shall a participant or car be allowed to time in or “challenge” a time in after time trials have been closed to that class. If a driver does not qualify in the appropriate time allotted or arrives at the event after qualifying is complete for his/her division, said driver will be positioned in the back of the pack in the line-up for the events.
3. Cars timing in at more than a second off fast qualifier must be placed at back of the field.
6-J. ROOKIE DRIVERS
1. New drivers in any class will start in the rear of qualified events for at least three (3) or more race dates if necessary.
2. Front and rear bumpers will be striped bright orange or yellow for the year to signify rookie status.
3. Rookie status will be determined by PRA or Track Officials.
1. No car will be started or permitted to continue in competition, if in the opinion of PRA or Track Officials; it is a hazard to the other cars in the event.
1. On track repairs will be allowed only on red flag conditions with the permission of the PRA or Track Officials. One (1) person per car allowed with “in hand” tools only. No re-fueling.
6-M. DRIVER CHANGES
1. If more than one (1) driver qualifies a car, the driver who will drive the car in competition will start in the position in which he personally qualified the car. For a driver to change cars he must have timed in a car and he will start in the back of the field in the new car.
6-N. FLAG RULES
The flagger, in communication with the driver’s in a race, shall employ signals in accordance with the following codes:
1. Green Flag: When dropped; the track is green and the race is on!
2. Yellow Flag: Caution. Accident or unfavorable conditions ahead. A yellow flag displayed by the flagger means hold position, and slow to a pace speed in a safe manner. Yellow flag lap will not be scored. Race leader will maintain a slow, safe pace during caution laps if not picked up by the pace car. Leader must maintain the same speed as the pace car. Do not crowd the pace car. The pace car will speed up and exit off of turn two (2) when the flagger displays the one (1) to go signal. Any car going to the pits under yellow will start at the rear of the field in the inside lane only. All cars causing and/or involved in the yellow flag will go to the back of the pack on the restart. The flagger, at his discretion, may give positions back to those deemed not at fault. If the yellow flag is given after the leader has taken the white flag, then the field will race to the checkered flag.
a. Any car that has been charged with two (2) cautions in a heat race or three (3) cautions in a main event will be black flagged.
b. If realignment is necessary, alignment will be determined by the previous green flag lap. If the red is thrown after a yellow flag the lineup will be determined by the previous green flag lap.
3. Red Flag: Stop, the race is halted, upon observing the red flag drivers will bring their cars to an immediate, controlled, safe stop, on the apron if possible. Participants may subsequently drive to the pits with the flagger’s permission. Participants must restart at the back of the pack when returning from the pits to the line-up.
a. If realignment is necessary, alignment will be determined by the previous green flag lap. If the red is thrown after a yellow flag the lineup will be determined by the previous green flag lap.
4. Black Flag: Remove your car from the track on the next lap. The car will not be scored if it does not exit on the next lap. Cars that are black flagged due to a mechanical issue may repair the issue and re-enter the track at the discretion of the Track Officials.
a. Any rolled flag pointed at a driver is a warning of improper driving and pending penalty or black flag if the situation is not corrected.
5. Yellow / Red Diagonal Divided Flag: The race is being restarted. Participants are to reduce speed and realign their cars in the proper order for the restart.
6. White Flag: Denotes the beginning of the last lap of the race.
7. Checkered Flag: Denotes the end of the race.
8. Participants: Will obey all flags when they are displayed the first time.
6-O. AUTHORIZED VEHICLES
1. Only authorized vehicles and racecars will be allowed in the pit area. No spectator or pit crew member car/truck may park in the pit area.
6-P. SMOKE AND SPILLAGE
1. Any car observed to be smoking excessively or which is observed to be spilling oil, gas or water on the track will be black flagged immediately.
1. Participant shall stay in their car at all times while car is on the track, unless the participant’s safety is in danger or approval to exit is given by a Track Officials.
6-R. ADDITIONAL FINES
Additional fines levied by PRA or Track Officials will be paid to PRA. Un-paid fines will subject the offender to revocation of pit pass privileges until paid.
1. $100.00 fine may be assessed to any participant using excessive speed in the pit area.
2. $100.00 fine may be assessed to any participant or crewmember or both riding on a car or trailer while in motion.
3. $100.00 fine for parking in unauthorized areas.
4. $100.00 fine for abusive language toward any PRA or track officials, employee, competitor or participant