Upon entering into an AmericanDRAGCAR
event, racers receive a tech sheet which must be filled out accurately and
completely before proceeding to tech inspections. During tech inspections
each vehicle will be weighed with it's respective driver and assigned a category
of competition according to the extent of the vehicle's modifications and the
racer's technical data will be put into the DRAGCAR
indexing formula to produce a vehicle specific performance index which will
designate their specific class. Racers will be notified at this time of
their minimum allowable weight for their class and will be afforded the
opportunity to adjust their vehicle's weight in order to bump up or down a class
if so desired.
racing venues will then start off by giving racers two minimum (or three minimum
if a 2-day event) rounds of qualifying to establish the field's qualifying order
based on performances against their respective indexes. The quickest run
of the qualifying rounds for each racer will become that racer's official
qualifying time. The elapsed time furthest under any competitors
respective index will become the Number 1 qualifying time and Numbers 2 through
32 will be in descending order correspondingly.
The 32 qualifiers will then be placed
on a competition ladder for first round pairings in this manner;
Odd numbered qualifiers (1-31) will be placed on the left side of the ladder in
descending order and even numbered qualifiers (2-32) will be placed on the right
side of the ladder in descending order.
reasoning behind this pairing order is to encourage lower field qualifiers to
continue to compete in subsequent races with the possibility of earning some
round money as well as accumulating race points rather than hopelessly throwing
in the towel after only a few repeated bottom of the field qualifying
Note: Field sizes will be
dependent upon that category total entry count. Forty six entrants are
required to allow for an 8 car qualified field, sixty two are required for a 16
car field, ninety cars entered are required for a 32 car qualified field, and
114 entries are required for a 64 car qualified field.
All non-qualifiers and first round losers are automatically entered into
contestants according to their actual performance.
competitions will be held utilizing a five tenths full competition tree starting
system. Delay boxes are permitted and are incorporated into the formulated
index to produce a four hundredths handicap.
safety guidelines enforced by the hosting facility must be followed.
are run very similar to conventional Competition Eliminators in other
popular drag racing venues.|
|Vehicles are assigned their
Formulated Index according to the specifics provided on the tech
sheets and qualify against these indexes.|
|Tech sheets must be fully
and accurately completed before proceeding to tech inspection. Racers unable
to provide full and accurate technical specifications required will only be
eligible to enter DragSport
|Racers must scale during
tech inspection as well as after each Qualifying Round and winning
elimination round. Racers are not required to scale qualifying attempts
which they do not wish to have officially considered such as in cases where
mechanical or conditional difficulties drastically impaired vehicle
|Upon scale in during tech,
racers will be informed of their class, index, and minimum allowable weight
for that class at the classification time and will be afforded the
opportunity to adjust their weight in order to move up or down a class.|
categories are run on a 5 tenths full countdown tree.|
|Deep staging is permitted.|
|Courtesy staging is not
|Racers must adhere to class
lane assignments and class qualifying schedules. Racers will not be
permitted to randomly qualify outside of their class qualifying sessions. In
instances where a racer has missed all of their qualifying sessions, they
will be afforded one qualifying run after all scheduled class qualifying
sessions have been completed.|
|Qualifying order is
established according to the quickest in relation to respective indexes.
Qualifying ties will be awarded to the first which had been run.|
|Racers will be laddered
according to the DragStar/DragCar
|Eliminations are run with
handicapped starts based off of the Formulated Indexes with the first
to cross the finish line being the winner regardless of ET. Except in
special circumstances, racers will not be in jeopardy of being re-indexed by
running any amount under their DragStar/DragCar
|Bye runs and competition
singles will only require that the racer be present with their vehicle in
the staging lanes during the running of their Eliminator.
Vehicles must be in race
ready condition with no work being performed on it during this time. Racers
do have the option of running out their bye run.|
|Re-run requests which are
not at the order of the tower or AmericanDRAGCAR
will only be
granted if both competitors involved agree and both are present to make the
request to the race director.|
Outline and Rules
is a cross between what is called Open Comp and Comp Eliminator in some
other popular heads-up drag racing venues.|
is open to all non-qualifiers and first round losers of DragStar/DragCar
and may be run exclusively in instances where car counts fail to produce
competitive qualified fields.|
run on a 5 tenths full countdown tree.|
|Deep staging is permitted.|
|Courtesy staging is not
|Qualifying runs shall be
made in full power all out to the finish line fashion.|
|Vehicles are assigned an Adjusted
Index according to their qualifying performances.
running electronic timers will have their qualifying ET's rounded to the
nearest 5 hundredths for their Adjusted Index. Example: A 10.18
through 10.22 would be rounded to a 10.20 index.|
|Those who are
running electronic timers will have their qualifying ET's rounded down
to the next 5 hundredths for their Adjusted Index. Example: A
10.21 through 10.25 would be rounded to a 10.20 index.|
|Any racer feeling that
their Adjusted Index is slower than what they will likely run in
eliminations may request to have their Adjusted Index lowered by any
amount in 5 hundredth increments. (.05, .10, .15, etc.) This request must be
made before the start of First Round of eliminations during the time of
index adjusting at the back of staging and driver must initial off on the Adjusted
Index sheet to verify that they requested the new index given. This will
only be an option before the start of First Round eliminations and once a
racer opts to have their Adjusted Index set lower than the DragSport
standard, this index may not be raised for any reasons outside of correcting
an organizational error.|
|Racers will be laddered
for First Round as per the DragSport
ladder. First round bye-runs will be
awarded to the best qualifying position in relation to their DragSport Eliminator
Index. Ties will go to the most recent run during qualifying.|
eliminations are run on a handicapped start based off of the indexes with
the first to cross the finish line being the winner regardless of ET.|
|Round winners running under
their index may be subject to subsequent round Re-Indexing in
accordance with the Run-Under Re-Indexing Table.|
All Re-Indexing run-under
calculations are based off of First Found Adjusted
Indexes regardless of the number index re-adjustments. This means that
running under a 5 hundredths re-adjusted index by 3 hundredths will be
calculated as an 8 hundredths run-under, and the subsequent Re-Indexing
will be accordingly.
A racer with an Adjusted Index of
10.00 which has been Re-Indexed to
9.95 and now runs under the 9.95 Index
by 3 hundredths will not be Re-Indexed
as a 3 hundredths Run-Under but as an 8 hundredths Run-Under as the 3
under (9.95-9.92=.03) 9.92 is
actually 8 hundredths under the First Round Adjusted
Index of 10.00.
Run-Under Re-Indexing Table for Non-Electronics
NOTE: Once a
re-indexing run-under has occurred for a Non-Delay competing vehicle, the 2
hundredths cushion is removed and subsequent run-unders start immediately upon
running under the Re-Adjusted Index.
Run-Under Re-Indexing Table for Electronics
does not currently
mandate post race teardowns on a regular basis, reasonable suspicion inspections
and racer initiated protest procedures may be executed.
Any racer (car owner or driver)
wishing to do so may initiate a protest of any other racer competing in their
category provided that the racer being protested is in fact running further
under their respective index than the racer wishing to initiate the protest.
There are two levels of vehicle
A Primary "Level 1"
Inspection consists of a visual inspection, scale weight, fuel check, throttle
bore measurement, gross intake valve lift, and engine displacement pumping.
A Full "Level 2"
Inspection will also include removing one head for actual intake valve, bore,
and stroke measurements.
The fees for initiating a
racer protest are as follows:
Level 1 - $150
Level 2 - $300
Note: 100 percent of the racer protest fee goes to/back to the racers.
does not retain any
percentage of a racer's protest fee.
Any racer refusing to comply with the protest inspection will forfeit all season
qualifying and race points accumulated as well as 66 percent of all monies
awarded at the event of the protest filing, and the protesting racer shall be
refunded the full protest fee.
In the event that the protested racer's vehicle is found to be correct as
claimed on their technical data sheet, that racer shall receive the full protest
fee as compensation for parts and labor. Said racer's protested vehicle
shall also be exempt from any future protests for a period of 6 consecutive
months so long as his/her under index performance does not exceed that of any
single quickest run during the event at the time of protest by over 1/2 of one
percent of that racer's current index.
Example: Protested racer's index during the event at which he/she was protested
was 11.10 and their best posted E.T. during the event was 10.697.
11.10 - 10.697
= Under Index Performance .403
11.10 x .005 = .0555 (round this to .056)
.403 + .056 = .459
11.10 - .459 = 10.641
This protested vehicle is exempt from protests unless it's under index
performance exceeds .459 seconds, meaning that if while still running on an
11.10 index at a subsequent event during this 6 month period and it runs as
quick as 10.641, no racer initiated protests will be executed on this vehicle.
The 1/2 of one percent padding is
merely to account for changes in atmospheric conditions that may lead to better
performances at later events.
NOTE: Considerable atmospheric conditional changes will be taken into
consideration in any event that this may have had an impact on performances
being better than those allowed for in the protest policies stated here.
In the event that the protested racer is found to be racing an incorrectly
claimed vehicle, that racer shall forfeit all qualifying and race points awarded
at the event in which the protest took place as well as 33 percent of all monies
awarded at this event. Their vehicle index will be corrected according to
the inspection data and their under index performance will be established based
on the corrected index. This racer's vehicle will now be exempt from any
future protests for a period of 6 months as long as their under index
performance does not exceed that of any single quickest run during the event at
the time of protest by over 1/2 of one percent of that racer's current true
found index. The racer initiating the protest will be refunded the full
protest fee in this instance as well.