2017 General Rules

 

ORLAND RACEWAY – 2017 GENERAL RULES

Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the racing officials. Officials decision is final

Section1:

1:1.      All persons participating in a scheduled program, including but not limited to participants, equipment owners, pit crew members and guests or affiliated persons, assume full responsibility for any and all injuries sustained, including death and property damage, at any time they are on Orland Raceway property, or in route to or from Orland Raceway property.

1:2.      Track Promoter and officials are not responsible for any damage or theft of trucks, equipment, tools or personal property on the premises.  It is recommended that one person remain with personal property at all times to avoid possible theft and/or damage.

1:3.      No participant, equipment owner, pit crew member, guest or any other affiliated person shall have any claim for injury, damages, expenses or otherwise, against Orland Raceway and/or it’s directors, officials, employees and/or volunteers by reason of disqualification, damage or injury to either equipment, participant or both.  Any person, whether participant, car owner, pit crew member, guest or other affiliated person further agree that the race track is in a safe condition and usable if they take part in the racing activities.

1:4.      No person will be allowed in the pit area until a wristband (hereinafter “pit pass”) has been secured for the scheduled event.  Pit passes must be in plain view at all times and are not transferable.  Violation may result in a fine and/or suspension or banishment from the restricted area.

1:5.      Minors will not be allowed into the Pit area without authorization from a parent and will be required to sign a liability release form.   No one under the age of 12 will be allowed to race.

1:6.      Drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of any controlled substance in the Pit area is forbidden during scheduled events.  Any participant in a scheduled event who exhibits evidence of using alcoholic beverages and/or any controlled substance will be immediately escorted from the pit area.  They may be given any of the following :

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Removal from Orland Raceway pit area.
  3. Suspension from that night’s event
  4. Suspension from any event for a time to be determined by the Promoter.
  5. A fine up to $500.00

 

ALL FINES MUST BE PAID BY CASH OR MONEY ORDER BEFORE RETURNING TO THE FACILITY.

ALL PENALTIES MAY BE ASSESSED AT THE PROMOTER’S DISCRETION.

NOTE: The general admission area is the only area in which the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

 

1:7.      The participant assumes responsibility for the actions of his/her pit crew and/or guests and/or any other person affiliated with his/her vehicle at all scheduled events.  In every aspect, the participant shall be the sole representative for his/her car owner and pit crew in all manners pertaining to the race program and events.

1:8.      No person shall participate in fights, physical or verbal, or conduct himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner, including derogatory hand gestures and/or improper/foul language, at any time in the pit area or on the racing premises.  Violators will be subject to any penalty, or combination of penalties, as the Track Promoter deems appropriate. All fines must be paid by cash or money order before returning to the facility.

1:9.      No person shall intentionally cause damage to another person’s property, car, tools or equipment on the raceway premises on or off the racetrack.  Violators will be subject to any penalty, or combination of penalties deemed appropriate by the track promoter.

All fines must be paid by cash or money order before returning to the facility.

1:10.    No person shall subject any official, volunteer or employee of Orland Raceway, to verbal abuse, including the use of improper or foul language or hand gestures at any time.  Violators will be subject to any penalty or combination of penalties.

1:11.    Participants agree to abide by official decisions. Decisions by race officials pertaining to on-track observations and calls, interpretations of rules, race procedures, start and re-start positions and scoring of positions shall be considered final.

1:12.    Discussions with the Promoter, Head Official or Safety Officials pertaining to official race decisions may be held AFTER completion of the FINAL race in the program of the day/evening with the participant or car owner ONLY, at the discretion of the Promoter or Head Official.  All decisions made by the Promoter or Head Official shall be considered final.

 

 

 

1:13.    It is the responsibility of the participant to make sure that all cash fines levied against him/her or any person associated with him/her are paid before the next race program.  Participant and his/her car will not be allowed to participate in any race until all fines are paid.  Promoter reserves the right to deduct any and all unpaid fines from the participant’s/car owner’s winnings.

1:14.    All participants must attend the drivers meeting held prior to the start of that night’s race.

1:15.    NO SPEEDING will be allowed in any restricted area.  Violators will be subject to any penalty, or combination of penalties set forth by these General Rules and Regulations.

1:16.    No reckless driving will be permitted.  No one will be allowed to drive any motorized vehicles in the pits, at any time, without a valid driver’s license (racing equipment exempt).

1:17.    When entering or leaving the pit area, drivers must use caution or be subject to a penalty.

1:18.    No dogs or other pets are allowed in the pit area during a race program unless they are confined in a vehicle or on a leash.

1:19.    If a driver leaves the track under a green light he must check in with the line-up official and will only be allowed to re-enter the race while under a caution.

1:20.    Cars may be pushed or towed off the track, and return once repairs are made and car is deemed safe to operate by a safety official.  The driver will only be allowed to re-enter the race while under a caution.  A driver will receive 3 laps to make necessary repairs, after the race field is set to begin racing.    The conclusion of the third lap will be a green flag.  YOU MAY ONLY ENTER THE TRACK AFTER CHECKING WITH THE LINE-UP OFFICIAL AND UNDER A CAUTION.

 

SECTION 2 COMPETITION FORMAT

2:1.      The competition format and/or program may be altered by the Promoter and/or Head Official at any time.

2:2.      Points:  Season Championship points will be awarded by the Main Event finishing position and Heat race finishing position.

2:3.      Lineups:  During registration, each driver will “pill pick” a qualifying number.  Line-ups will be based on draw.

2:4.      Track Pack:  If track packing is necessary, classes to pack will be announced at Promoter’s or Head Official’s discretion.  ALL cars are required to participate in packing the track.  If the driver chooses not to participate in packing the race track, that driver may be started at the back or scratched from their heat.

2:5.      Hot Laps:  Following driver’s meeting and/or track packing, each will receive 3 hot laps.  Hot laps will be ordered by class.  If you are not in the staging area with your class you will not receive laps.  Exceptions may be made by officiating crew.

2:6.      Heat Races:  The number of cars registered will determine the number of heat races in each division.  Heat 1 lineup will be determined by the “pill draw”.   Points will be earned by finishing order.  Did-not-finishers earn finishing position points, did-not-starts earn zero (0) points and disqualifying earns zero (0) points.

2:7.      Main Event:  The Main Event is determined by Heat finishes.  The Promoter and/or Head Official may choose to change the number of laps for various reasons.

2:8.      Main Event Points:  Main event points are awarded according to your finishing position.  Did not finishers earn finishing position points, did not starts earn zero (0) points, disqualifying earns zero (0) points

2:9.      The Promoter and/or Head Official reserves the right to declare any race event (heat, semi-main or main) a timed event based on one (1) lap equaling one (1) minute.

2:10.    Semi-Mains:  If there are 2+ cars more than the maximum amount of cars allowed for a main event, we will run a semi-main (B-Main).

 

SECTION 3  RACE PROCEDURES

3:1.      The Promoter has the right to reject the entry of any car, driver or person onto the premises at any time, without explanation.

3:2.      No person may enter the racing arena until he/her has completed and signed all required releases, registration and/or entry forms.

3:3.      No person shall be permitted to sign the waiver and release form for anyone other than himself/herself, unless a minor is involved.  Violators may be fined and/or disqualified and/or suspended.

3:4.      Female drivers will not be allowed to participate in any racing event while they are pregnant.

3:5.      Any driver  requiring transporting to, and/or treatment at, and/or examination at any hospital emergency room from the track, and/or examination by a doctor, must have a signed release form from the examining doctor before further competition.

3:6.      The Promoter or Head Official may eliminate any driver from competition should the driver be deemed physically or emotionally unfit to participate in a racing event.

3:7.      No driver changes shall be made without notifying the Promoter, Head Official or a Pit Steward.  Any driver doing so will be disqualified for that race event and forfeit any money or points earned in that race event.   All driver changes must be made in the pits only.

3:8.      The driver and the car he/she is changing to must also be registered for that race event, for the driver change to be legal.  If the driver change takes place prior to the Heat race they may maintain the pill draw. No driver changes can be made after the B-Main  begins.

3:9.      When called, each driver must immediately proceed to the staging area.  It is the driver’s responsibility to know when their race is up and what their line-up position is.

3:10.    When the cars on the track are lined up in race order, the driver or drivers that are LATE will be given two (2) laps to make that race and get their spot.  If the driver or drivers are not on the track after two (2) laps, the field will move straight forward.  If the LATE driver makes it on the track before the flagman gives the one-to-go sign, the driver or drivers will be placed at the rear of the field.

3:11.    The track officials will direct the cars to their re-start positions.  There will be no discussion or argument as to line-up positions.  A driver will be given one warning.  If the driver refuses to get into the assigned position, the driver will be black flagged and disqualified from the current race.

3:12.    After the car has been given the checkered flag and crossed the start/finish line, the car must slow down immediately.  Any driver staying on the gas for more than half a lap after receiving the checkered flag may be assessed a one (1) position penalty on the finish for recklessness.

3:13.    All cars taking the checkered flag in 1st thru 4th place, in a Main Event, will be weighed.  Any car that does not weigh may result in a disqualification from that event.

3:14.    Cars that leave the track under a green flag for repairs will not be allowed back on the track unless under a caution.  Driver will start at the back of the field.

3:15.    Cars that leave the track under a caution will be given  three (3) laps After the field is back in  it’s correct lineup and ready to start racing again.  The driver will start at the back of the field.

3:16.    During a red flag condition, the Head Official may allow pit crews into the infield  to assist their driver with repairs or adjustments.  All crew members must have approval to enter the race arena, after receiving approval from pit official, must enter the field from the pit side only.  Violators may subject their car to disqualification for the race event.

3:17.    No fluid containers of any kind (gas, water, coolant, etc.) will be allowed on the track without specific permission from a Track Official.  Violators may subject their car to disqualification for that race event.

3:18.    Any car that comes to a stop on the racing surface under a green or yellow flag condition for any reason other than by the direction of an official will be positioned to the rear of the field for the re-start.

3:19.    Any car involved in two (2) incidents resulting in a caution or red flag will be black flagged from the race and receive points based on finished laps.

3:20.    The Head Official assisted by other track officials, reserves the right to determine when a car stopped or was stopped for safety purposes and to reposition the car accordingly.

3:21.    Foul driving (rough driving, intentional spinouts) is not allowed and any driver guilty of foul driving will be penalized at the discretion of the Head Official.  Penalties for foul driving may include any one or more of the following:  Loss of position any time during or after completion of the race event, removal from the race, loss of money or points earned for that race event, a fine, suspension, disqualification, probation or removal from the raceway premises.

3:22.    Foul driving includes intentionally cutting the mark, unnecessary bumping, crowding, chopping, banking, charging corners or rough driving.

3:23.    Any cars which are throwing or leaking fluids, smoking excessively or appear to be mechanically unsafe to continue racing will be given the black flag.

3:24.    All cars must begin each race event with all engine parts, such as exhaust, muffler, etc. intact.  If during a race event, exhaust parts become loose or are lost off the car and the Track Officials feel there is an issue of safety involved, that car will be given the black flag.

3:25.    When a car becomes disabled or is no longer eligible to compete during a race event, the driver shall park his/her car in a safe place in the infield and shall stay with his/her car until completion of that race.  The driver shall assist track workers in removing his/ her disabled car from the infield.  Any driver that abandons his/her car in the infield may be disqualified from that racing event and forfeit any money and points earned for that race.

3:26.    No driver may stop his/her car on the race track during a race event or after the completion of a race event for any reason other than a safety issue or at the direction of a Track Official.  Violators may be disqualified.

3:27.    No complaints will be heard by the Promoter, Head Official or Track Official until the FINAL race event has been completed.  Any complaints or discussions of issues shall be directed to the Head Official by the driver or car owner only.  Violators may be disqualified or subject to fines.  Being confrontational with the Promoter, Head Official or any Track Official during the race program will be subject to any penalty, or combination of penalties, as set forth in these General Rules and Regulations.

3:28.    Judgment decisions made by the Head Official or Track Officials cannot be protested.

3:29.    All technical disputes are to be settled immediately after completion of the race program.

3:30.    Rookies Eligibility: A rookie shall be a driver who has not competed in more than three (3) race events,  in the points race season, in the prior year in his class, and must declare himself/herself a rookie to the Head Official and upon sign-in of the race event.  The driver declaring himself/herself a rookie must start the first two (2) races at the back of the pack and run a rookie flag from the back of the roll cage.  The Promoter or Head Official reserves the right to continue to declare the driver a rookie for an un-numbered amount of races if the Promoter or Head Official feels the driver is not ready to advance.

 

SECTION 4:  FLAGS

4:01.    The flagman controls the race event from the start of the race to the checkered flag.  All drivers must watch and obey the flagman.

4:02.    Green Flag:  Starts the race.   The starter will display the Green Flag as the cars come around on turn four  (4), if the starter thinks the cars are lined up properly.  The cars MUST maintain their designated starting positions until the Green Flag is displayed.  The pole car sets the pace.  It is the responsibility of the outside pole car to keep pace with the pole car.  The initial front row will be given two (2) attempts at a clean start.  After the second attempt, BOTH  cars will be moved back one (1) row.  The second row moves up into the front row.

4:03.    Green Flag re-starts:  The Green Flag will be displayed at some point coming out of turn four(4) at the flagman’s discretion.  The flagman controls the re-start, not the first place car.  Once the Green Flag is displayed, racing may begin throughout the track.

4:04.    Yellow Flag- Signifies Caution:  When the yellow flag is displayed, the driver is to slow down immediately and maintain a reasonable speed considering the conditions that exist on the race track.  The determination of a reasonable speed is a judgment call that will be made by Track Officials.  Caution flags are not counted at Orland Raceway unless stated.  Therefore, do not race to the yellow flag.  The position of the cars for a re-start will be the same position held by each car of the last lap completed under green flag conditions.

4:05.    Blue Flag with Diagonal Yellow (or orange) stripe- Signifies Hold Your Position:    This flag is displayed to cars being lapped by the leaders of the race.  Signaled cars should hold their racing line and not try to block the leaders.  The car(s) signaled do NOT have to yield to the leader(s) as the car(s) signaled may be in a race for position with car(s) behind it.  THIS IS NOT A MOVE OVER FLAG, YOU ARE TO HOLD YOUR POSITION.

4:06.    Red Flag- Stop Immediately:  The red flag means the race must be stopped.  When the red flag is displayed all cars MUST STOP immediately on the race track surface.  Cars should be brought to a stop carefully and safely.

4:07.    Black flag- Report Immediately to a Pit Official:    When the black flag is displayed (opened up) to a driver, the driver must leave the track and report to a Pit Official.  If a black flag is presented to the driver still rolled up, it is a warning (Don’t do that again.).  Failure to obey the black flag will result in the scoring of that car to be discontinued until further notice.

4:08.    White Flag- Race Leader Has Started His/Her Last Lap:  When the white flag is displayed, it means the race leader has started his/her last lap.

4:09.    Checkered Flag- Completion of the Race:  When the checkered flag is displayed, it means the race is completed.  When the required laps have been completed by the lead car, the race will be declared “official” regardless of any flag being displayed.  When the checkered flag has been given to the leader, the balance of the field receives the checkered flag in the same lap.  Finishing positions will be awarded according to the most laps traveled in the least time, whether the car is still running or not.

4:10.    Red and Yellow Diagonal Flag:  The red and yellow diagonal flag will be displayed when there is a spin or tangle on the first lap of the race.  The cars will line up in their original order.

4:11.    Red and Black Diagonal Flag:  When the red and black diagonal flag is displayed, the driver should enter the infield because of mechanical problems.

SECTION 5- SAFETY:

5:01.    A full set of racing flags shall be used in all race programs at Orland Raceway.

5:02.    The following safety equipment is mandatory for all drivers participating in Orland Raceway programs, including practice sessions and track packing.

  1. Helmets- Full head coverage must meet DOT rating.
  2. Approved shields.
  3. Fire Retardant racing suit, either one piece or two. Single layer nomex is acceptable.
  4. Racing gloves
  5. Racing shoes (optional)
  6. Neck brace (optional)
  7. Arm restraints adequate to keep driver’s hands contained within the roll          cage if there is not a window net present.
  8. Seat belts/harness, five (5) point, correctly installed and not more than three (3) years old.
  9. All mechanically operated devices must be mounted below the driver’s shoulders for safety.
  10. Chain guards will be installed on all cars where chains are exposed to the driver and/or other participants.  Minimum thickness is .090.  The chain guard must be safety approved by the Promoter.
  11. Any car that upsets, rolls or is involved in a serious accident must be inspected and approved by a Track Official to continue competition.
  12. Safety inspections may be made at any time by a Track Official.  Any car may be disqualified for safety specifications.
  13.  First race of the season and first time racers will have a safety check inspection performed by a Track Official.
  14. Any driver that gets out of his/her car while on the racing surface, other than for emergency reasons or if asked by an official to do so, will be disqualified and lose all points for that race event.
  15. Any driver that walks away from his/her car after an accident or mechanical failure during a race event and LEAVES THE TRACK/INFIELD, and returns to the pits, will forfeit the privilege of having his/her car towed back to the pits.  The car will remain in the infield until the end of the race night.  Any driver that abandons his/her car in the infield may be disqualified from that racing event and forfeit any money and points earned for that race.
  16. It is strongly recommended that fuel bladder and a head and neck restraining device be used.

 

SECTION 6: MECHANICAL/TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS:

6:01.   The Promoter or Head Official reserves the right to judge, decide and establish what constitutes a legal car.

6:02.    The Promoter reserves the right to subject any car to a mechanical inspection at the discretion of any Track Official.

6:03.    It shall be the responsibility of the driver or car owner to prepare the car for any inspection request by Track Officials.  Failure to comply shall result in disqualification of the driver and car.

6:04.    It will be the responsibility of the driver or car owner to have no more than two (2) persons in the designated inspection area.

6:05.    Any car that is not taken immediately to the designated inspection area or is removed from the racing premises without the permission of a Track Official at any race program which call for a mandatory inspection of cars (including car weighing) after a race event or at the end of the program, may subject the driver and car to disqualification.

6:06.    It is mandatory that a driver stay seated in his or her car until the car is weighed and the weight has been recorded.  A car is allowed one (1) re-weigh.  Driver must remain seated in car and not leave the scale area.

6:07.    The top four (4) finishers in the Main Event may be subject to technical inspection.