General Track Rules
ADMISSION & REGISTRATION
L A Raceway reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone.
Only those persons who have completed the required waivers and releases will be given a wristband and allowed in the restricted pit area. When the wristband or pit pass is removed, access to the restricted area will be denied. No person with a wristband or pit pass may consume alcohol in the grandstand area unless they relinquish their wristband or pit pass and they will not be allowed to return to the restricted pit area until after the checkered flag of the last event of the race program. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Car numbers are carried over from the previous year with the driver to the first points race of the year. If two drivers want the same number, priority is given to the driver competing in the most events in the prior year if they register on/before the first point race. If neither car has run at L A Raceway, number preference will be given to the earliest registration date. Any car numbers carried over from the previous year but not used in the first points race will be issued based on a first come/first served basis. Car numbers can be any single, double or triple digit. Car numbers should be a minimum of 18 inches high on both sides and top. Car number should also be placed on left front corner and left rear corner on all cars other than sprints. Number size, color, style and condition must allow prompt identification by officials at all times.
Professional Conduct on the track and Within the Pit Area. Drivers and car owners will be held responsible for the conduct and actions of themselves, their crew members and other persons associated with their racing operation. Such conduct is subject to the loss of points, prize money, trophy, and/or suspension without recourse against L A Raceway. Fighting or threats of violence may result in disqualification, the loss of points, the loss of money, and/or suspension from racing at L A Raceway.
Professional Conduct on the Track: All infractions of rough driving or un-sportsman like driving may result in disqualification, a suspension and/or the loss of points and/or money.
Alcohol and/or Drug Use: Alcohol is not allowed to be present and visible in the Restricted Pit Area before or during a racing program. Alcohol may not be consumed in the Restricted Pit Area until after the final checkered flag of the last event of the race program.
There will be no tolerance of alcohol use before the checkered flag of the last event of any race program or the possession and/or use of drugs in the pits at any time. No car owner, driver, crew member or other person associated with a racing operation suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be allowed in the Restricted Pit Area, and the associated driver/owner could be subject to suspension or loss of points and monies based upon the discretion of the race officials.
SAFETY WITHIN THE RESTRICTED PIT AREA
Use of non-racing motor vehicles in the Restricted Pit Area: L A Raceway allows the courteous and careful use of four wheelers within the Restricted Pit Area as push vehicles, as a means of equipment transportation or as a means of personal transportation. The failure to observe traffic patterns, excessive speed, reckless operation or improper operation will result in the loss of authorization to use four wheelers. Operation of Racing Vehicles in the Restricted Pit Area: The Restricted Pit Area is designated as the ‘restricted area’ for the preparation of cars for competition. All drivers must operate their vehicles within the Restricted Pit Area in a manner that is safe and under control. The Restricted Pit Area is not a test area for racecars. Drivers are responsible to watch for pedestrians and other vehicles in the pit area, and to exercise caution in the pit area. Failure to observe traffic patterns, excess speed or reckless driving may result in disqualification, loss of money, loss of points and/or suspension.
Nitrous oxide, supercharging, and turbo charging are not allowed. No radio communication equipment (transmitting or listening devices) is allowed in any car.
All cars may be inspected at any time upon entering the pit area.
Any car may be rejected from competition for safety reasons at any time. Any car, team or driver not meeting L A Raceway specifications, standard racing or safety procedure(s) and/or equipment specification is subject to automatic disqualification. Any owner/driverrefusing inspection or failing to pass inspection will be subject to forfeiture of monies and points and may be subject to disqualification, and/or suspension. If a car is found illegal due to fuel or engine modification, the first offense will result in a two week suspension for owner and driver, second offense will result in a one year suspension from date of infraction for owner and driver and a refusal to tech will result in the same.
No one allowed in Tech area except authorized track personnel, driver and one crew member.
All drivers are required to be fully suited any time they are driving their car under power.
All crews must have an operable fire extinguisher capable of putting out fuel and oil fires.
Track Entry & Exit During Races: All cars enter the track at turn four and exit the track on turn three. Drivers must leave the track at the most convenient exit during hot laps or racing if his/her car has become disabled. If a driver exits the track because their car is disabled, they must insure that their car is not blocking the exit. Cars can not be worked on by the driver, any crew member or any race official while it is stopped in a position that is on the racing surface, in an exit from the track or blocks an entrance to the track. Cars may enter the track only when directed by a race official. Drivers must enter and exit the track at a slow reasonable speed. Drivers can be subject to suspension for reckless driving in the pits. Post Race Track Exit: After a race has been concluded, allcars must exit the track on turn three. Black Flag for Safety Reasons: If, in the judgment of track officials, a car represents a safety hazard to himself or other competitors he may be black-flagged from any race. Cars Disabled on the Track: Drivers must remain in the car, keep helmets on and belts secured until the race is stopped or until directed differently by a race official, unless there is present danger from spilling fluids or fire. If a race official directs the driver to exit the car, the driver must leave the racing surface by going to the infield at the closest edge of the track unless directed differently by a race official. If a driver is involved in a collision with other cars or with track barriers, or if a car rolls over, only race officials and safety personnel are permitted on the racing surface. At an appropriate time one crew member will be allowed on the track at the direction of a race official. Car owners, crewmembers and other persons associated with a racing operation who enter the racing area and/or obstruct any safety or rescue operation, can cause a driver to lose points, lose money, be disqualified, and/or suspended.
PROCEDURAL INFORMATION & RULES
L A Raceway makes arrangements for sufficient push trucks and packing trucks to prepare the track under normal circumstances. If the track cannot be adequately prepared by the push and pack trucks, all competition cars will be expected to roll or iron the race track surface prior to starting the program. Drivers must present their car to the appropriate staging area when called for hot laps.
GRID POSITION DETERMINATION
All drivers must, each race program, register immediately on entering the pit area for each event in which they plan to participate. Signing in at the pit gate for pit access does not constitute checking in for line up purposes.
Special events: Track officials will determine qualifying and line up procedures.
The number of heats will be determined once the total number of cars registered per class has been determined. The specific heat and position within that heat will be determined by random draw. In heats only, drivers will be assigned points for both finishing position plus passing points (1.5 points for each spot advanced from starting position to finishing position). Passing points are awarded only for total spots advanced, not for every pass made and the starting position is determined at the initial green flag. A driver electing to take the tail or a spot other than his assigned starting spot will not receive passing points. In the event of a tie in passing points, the driver who first earned the points shall be positioned in front of any subsequent driver bearing the same number of points. NOTE: These points have nothing to do with and are not included in season points for track championships.
A & B Features are heads up based on total heat points (finishing position plus passing points) from all heats combined. A & B Features are not subject to passing points and B feature transfers will be determined from finish position. A Feature finish will determine winner.
An additional starting spot in a feature event can be added as a Promoter’s Provisional.
If any car does not line up for a race, all other cars will move straight forward in the lineups.
RAIN OUTS AND POSTPONEMENTS
If an event is interrupted after qualifying events are completed, the feature races will be rescheduled or cancelled, at the discretion of raceway management. If the event is canceled competitors will be paid based on the finish of heat races and subsequent position of the starting grid. If features are rescheduled for the next week and double features are run, the second feature will be lined up ‘heads up’ based on accumulated season points. The field will be filled through ‘B’ features, if needed, and the promoter’s provisional.
ORDER OF EVENTS
The order of events will be announced at the Driver’s Meeting and will be placed on the line up board. Track officials will also post the line-ups on the line up board. It is the responsibility of each driver to check the postings to know their exact starting position. It is the driver’s responsibility to be in the staging area when his/her class has been called for hot laps or an appropriate race has been called to start. L A Raceway officials will not delay any event for any driver who is late for lineup. The staging area for all classes is off turn number 4-corner entrance to the track at the north end of the pits. Drivers are responsible for lining up in two rows. Cars should line up in a manner that leaves an access path to the track for the safety vehicles.
Starts will be official only upon the starter signaling with the green flag. Original starts are with the cars lined up two (2) cars abreast (side by side) in two (2) rows. In the event a pace vehicle is used, all cars shall take their proper position behind it at a reasonable distance to insure safety. The pace vehicle will speed up to exit the track at the first exit. (In the event a pace vehicle is not used, the pole car is responsible for setting the pace which shall be consistent with track conditions and as required to keep the field in formation.) When the yellow light goes out on the straight and the pace vehicle has exited the track, drivers should prepare for the start of the event. Cars must stay nose to tail in two rows until the green flag is displayed. Once the pace vehicle has exited the track the car on the inside pole position is responsible for maintaining a reasonable pace after the control lights go out and before the green flag is displayed. A white line will be placed across turn four for all double file starts. All cars must remain in proper order in two lines until the lead car or cars reach this point. The flagman will not show the green flag until the pole car reaches the line. If officials judge the front row car or cars are out of position, that cars back in the field are out of line, or that someone has jumped the start, a yellow light will be displayed on the back straight after the green flag is shown. This provides the cars on the track with ample time and space to slow down. Jumping on starts or disrupting starts will not be tolerated. Offenders will be sent to the rear on the first offense. If the same car causes a false start two times during the same race he/she may be disqualified and sent to the pits. If the race is yellow/red flagged before all cars have completed one lap, the cars will be lined up for the restart with the cars in the original starting position, two rows of cars, except for any offenders who have been sent to the rear. This is signified by the flagman holding two flags in an upright position side by side. If after four attempts to start, the race is yellow/red flagged on the first lap the cars will be lined up single file for the start. When the green flag is thrown all cars may start racing.
FLAGS and LIGHTS
Green Flag Start all races, racing for positions, clear track. All starts shall be slow with pole car setting pace. Any car attempting to “jump the start” will cause a false start.
Yellow Flag There is an obstruction such as a stalled car or debris on track. Passing is not allowed. Slow down immediately to a cautious pace and remain in single file until the restart of race. Laps do not count toward the total.
Red Flag There has been a severe collision, or the track is blocked. Stop racing advance slowly to straightaway farthest from the incident and stop. Drivers must watch race officials for restart orders. The lap on which the red flag is thrown will not be counted.
Black Flag – Furled A furled black flag will be shown to a driver or group of drivers as a warning. The furled black flag is shown when the flagman has determined that a driver or group of drivers has committed an infraction of the track rules. The flagman will point the black flag at the offender(s).
Black Flag – Unfurled Leave track, return to pits and check with race officials. Laps will not be counted for a car that receives a black flag. Failure to leave track after being black-flagged may cause car to be disqualified from the current event, and could be suspended from further racing.
White Flag – One lap to go, last lap before checkered flag.
Blue Flag w/Yellow Diagonal Stay on your line, do not switch lanes there are one or more faster cars overtaking your car.
Checkered Flag The race is over. A race is not considered complete until the checkered flag appears. If a yellow or red flag must be thrown after the checkered flag appears, the race will be considered officially over. The payoff will be done in accordance with the line up resulting from a yellow or red flag situation.
No Lights Prepare to race
Yellow Light There is an obstruction such as a stalled car or debris on track. Passing is not allowed. Slow down immediately to a cautious pace and remain in single file until the restart of race. Laps do not count toward the total. Do not race back to the yellow flag.
Red Light Stop race immediately. Advance slowly to straightway farthest from the incident and stop.
All lineups for restarts will be in a single file line with allcars nose to tail at a reasonable distance from one another. The line up for the restart will be determined by the order of cars on the last lap completed under a green flag. All cars that stop on a yellow flag, for any reason, (other than at the instructions of a race official), will be placed at the rear of lineup at the re-start. (A 360 degree spin is considered to be a stop.) Cars causing yellow/red flag and remaining on racing surface that are able to restart without service will be placed at the rear, in the order they were running prior to yellow/red flag. Cars going to pits will be placed at the rear in the order they return to the track. Any driver who works on his car or permits any other person (other than a race official) to work on his car on the racing surface, during a yellow flag must go to the pits. Under a Red Flag delay in a race, crewmembers may not enter the racing area until directed to do so by race personnel. Crewmembers may perform any work on the cars or add fuel to any car, but not until permitted to do so by race officials. If race officials authorize work, any car that has work performed on it by crewmembers must be completed in time to join the lineup at the time that they are called by the race officials. These cars may rejoin the field in the position designated by the lineup. Race officials will not extend a red flag in order to allow work to be completed on a car. Once the red flag condition goes to a solid yellow, all crewmembers must exit the racing area. It is the responsibility of driver’s to follow the directions of the track officials on the front and backstretch, and to get into proper order. A car that refuses to get into the specified order will be directed to the rear after two attempts. If the offending driver refuses to go to the rear then he/she will be disqualified and sent to the pits. The leader is responsible for setting a reasonable pace for the start. ALL CARS MUST REMAIN NOSE TO TAIL. Any driver viewed as lagging or hanging back to gain an advantage will go to the rear on the first offense. On single file restarts, the yellow light will be turned off when the single file line approaches the cone. No car may pass until the yellow light is off and that car has passed the cone. The leader must start the race at the cone and allcars must go between the cone and the wall in the proper single file order. Any car going on the wrong side of the cone or hitting the cone will be placed at the tail. On a restart, if a car is unable to join the field and a green flag is given, but no laps are scored, then the car may join the field at the rear for the next restart. All line-ups for restarts ‘will be determined by the order of cars on the last completed green flag lap. Decisions of the officials are final. Jumping on restarts will not be tolerated. The offender will be sent to the rear. If the driver jumps the restart two times in the same race he will be disqualified and sent to the pits. If it is determined that a driver has jumped positions on a restart and the driver does not follow the instructions of the race officials with regard to the order of the lineup, then he/she will be disqualified and sent to the pits. If a driver has been instructed to go to the rear, he/she must go there without delay. If the offending driver refuses to go to the rear then he/she will be disqualified and sent to the pits. It is the drivers’ responsibility to move to the position that has been indicated and not the responsibility of the other cars to attempt to pass him/her.
Whenever it is deemed dangerous to continue an event by L A Raceway officials, the event may be stopped and/or terminated at their discretion.
Any car not running at a reasonable racing speed may be subject to disqualification for safety reasons. A car and driver qualify as a team. Each driver can qualify only one car per class, per event. No driver will be permitted to change cars after taking the green flag of his qualifying heat race without permission from race officials. If race officials grant permission and the driver is permitted to change cars, the driver will start at the rear of the next race for which the car is qualified to run. In order for the driver to change cars, another driver must be stepping out of the car. Any driver changes made without permission from race officials may result in disqualification. A green flag lap has been completed when all lead lap cars have crossed the start/finish line. When a yellow flag or red flag condition takes effect cars are scored in the positions that they were in under the last completed green flag lap. Cars do not race back to the start/finish line for position scoring. Any car that stops on the track, FOR ANY REASON, (unless instructed to stop by a track official) during a heat or Main event race must go to the rear. If there is reasonable question about your position, check with an official on the front stretch and your position will be determined by the officials, DO NOT STOP TO ARGUE ABOUT YOUR POSITION. Any car or cars involved when another car stops in front of them, will go at the rear, in front of the offender. Any car on or near the racing surface that delays a start or restart of any race shall be sent to the rear of that lap by race officials. Any driver passing the pace vehicle (when used) on a start or on a restart will be sent to the rear. Any driver involved in two yellow flag situations, or one yellow flag and one red flag, or two red flag situations will exit the track and go to the pits. The race officials will use the ‘two spin’ rule. Any driver spinning a second time will go to the pits. You may go to the pits on a yellow flag and re-enter at the rear with the permission of the race officials. Drivers that enter the pits on a Yellow Flag or Red Flag condition will start at the rear when the race resumes. Drivers must be ready to race and enter the track when the track clears and the alignment for restart is ready. Drivers who have entered the track under Yellow Flag or Red Flag conditions may only re-enter at the rear with the permission of the race officials.
RACE SCORING AND RESULTS
The scorer will determine the lineup for re-starts and the final position of each car in every race. Driver’s or car owners may request to review the score sheets after the race in question, however the decision of the officials is final. If a race is stopped due to a red flag, and it is ruled completed, the finishing positions will be paid according to the last officially scored lap previous to the red flag. Any car or cars red flagged will be put to the rear of the lineup of official finish.
Monies and trophies must be picked up and will not be mailed. Any monies or trophies not picked up by or during the last points race of season may be forfeited.
The pit area must be cleared 45 minutes after the last feature event.
Questions about a rule(s), disagreements with the decision(s) of race officials or disagreement with scoring decisions, must be made through the appropriate appeal channel. All appeals must be expressed to the competition director. Race officials, competitors, car owners and other persons associated with a racing operation will be treated with courtesy and respect! Verbal abuse, verbal attacks and/or physical threats towards others will not be tolerated
Ten (10) “show” points for each night entered. (Car must be present, in running condition and driver must have registered for position to prove presence at track.)
Car must take green flag to qualify for points in heats and features. Should two or more drivers have the same season point totals, the number of feature wins will be the tie-breaker, then second place finishes, etc. until the tie is broken. Drivers not attending the awards banquet may forfeit their awards.