NorCal SAAC Open Track Rules

GENERAL DISCLAIMER STATEMENT

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of Open Track events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants agree to comply with these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF, OR COMPLIANCE WITH, THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS.

They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official.

The event steward shall be empowered to impose any further restrictions that in his/her opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT THEREFROM. Any interpretation of these rules is left to the discretion of the OTEC officials. THEIR DECISION IS FINAL.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OTEC OFFICIALS
DEFINITIONS
SECTION 1 - GENERAL RULES
SECTION 2 - GENERAL POLICIES
SECTION 3 - SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
SECTION 4 - TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

OTEC OFFICIALS

CHAIRMAN: Tom Georgalos

MEMBERS: Walt Boeninger, Ray Banks, Mike Camicia, Nadine Camicia, Tom Fry, Scott Hirose, Jan Orme, Cole Reif, Jerry Brown, Dave Murray, Scott Rust, and Joe Silva and their designees at any event.

DEFINITIONS

  • Emergency Information Form means the Emergency Information Form that is part of a participant's application packet and is filed with OTEC registration.
  • NorCal SAAC means the Northern California Shelby American Automobile Club.
  • NorCal SAAC Board of Directors means the elected officers and board members at large of Nor Cal SAAC.
  • Open Track means the non-competitive sport of driving on closed roads without the recording of starting or finishing orders, lap times or other measurements.
  • OTEC means the open track executive committee as formulated and confirmed by the Nor Cal SAAC Board of Directors.
  • Rules means these NorCal SAAC Open Track Rules.
  • Steward means the OTEC official in charge of the Open Track event.

SECTION 1 - GENERAL RULES

1.1AMENDMENT OF RULES
  Nor Cal SAAC reserves to right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules, exhibit or drawings that Nor Cal SAAC deems necessary for the betterment and/or safety of the Open Track sport.
  
1.2DRIVER'S OBLIGATION
  Every driver must inspect the driving surface and the track area to learn of any defects, obstructions, or anything which, in the driver's opinion, is unsafe and the driver shall report that condition in writing to an OTEC official.  Any driver is considered to have inspected the track and determined that all conditions are satisfactory.  If the driver does not feel that conditions are satisfactory, then the driver should not drive.  The driver further acknowledges that the driver is aware that Open Track driving involves risks and that by driving in an event the driver assumes these risks with full awareness and knowledge.
  
1.3FINALITY OF DECISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
  THE DECISIONS OF OTEC OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF RULES SHALL BE FINAL, BINDING AND NON-APPEALABLE, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.4 BELOW.
  ALL PARTICIPANTS, AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN A NOR CAL SAAC EVENT, AGREE THAT ALL DECISIONS OF THE OTEC OFFICIALS, REGARDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE NOR CAL SAAC OPEN TRACK RULES SHALL BE NON-LITIGABLE. ALL PARTICIPANTS FURTHER COVENANT AND AGREE THAT THEY WILL NOT INITIATE ANY TYPE OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST NOR CAL SAAC, OR A TRACK USED BY NOR CAL SAAC, 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 NOR CAL SAAC FOR ALL OF ITS ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS IN DEFENDING AGAINST SUCH LEGAL ACTION.
  
1.4REVIEW AND APPEAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURE
  If a participant has been suspended or expelled from Nor Cal SAAC events for infractions of these rules by OTEC officials, they may seek an informal review as follows:
1.4.1PROCEDURE
  A participant desiring a review of action taken by OTEC officials must first submit a written request for the review, accompanied by relevant documentation, to OTEC within 20 days of receipt of action from OTEC.
1.4.2REVIEW AND DECISION
  The written request and documentation submitted will be reviewed by OTEC.  OTEC, in its sole discretion, may elect to contact the affected participant; provided, however, the participant shall not have a right to request a conference with OTEC.  A decision will be made by OTEC and mailed to the participant within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the request for review.
  
1.5VIOLATION OF SPIRIT OR INTENT OF RULES - UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  Any participant who defies of violates the spirit or intent of these Rules shall be considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be dealt with by OTEC.  Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in reprimand, probation or suspension from Open Track events, depending upon the nature of the infraction(s).  Repeated infractions at multiple events may result in expulsion.
  
1.6RESERVED PARTICIPATION RIGHT
  OTEC reserves the right to refuse to accept the entry of any participant. Furthermore, OTEC reserves the right to revoke or cancel any entry, or any participant's claimed right to be on the track premises, if it is felt or determined that a participant's presence or conduct is not in the best interest of the Open Track sport.
  
1.7CONDUCT
  PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY. The participant is responsible for the actions of all members of his party in all respects.
  
1.8DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
1.8.1ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
  Consumption of alcoholic beverages, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages is prohibited until the end of the day and the Steward's announcement that the track is cold.
1.8.2ILLEGAL DRUGS, DEFINITION
 Illegal drugs are those substances or drug substances defined and prohibited by state and/or federal laws.
1.8.3GENERAL PROHIBITION
  Possession or use of illegal drugs or drug substances, as defined above, is prohibited in any form, by any participant at a Nor Cal SAAC event.
1.8.4PRESCRIBED DRUGS
 Participants using prescribed drugs must list them all on their Emergency Information Form.
1.8.5VIOLATIONS
  Participants who violate the Drug and Alcohol Policy will be: immediately ejected from the track premises; identified and referred to local authorities; considered by OTEC for appropriate action, including expulsion from future events.
  
1.9PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT REGARDING RULES
 A participant, by participating in a Nor Cal SAAC event, specifically agrees and acknowledges the following:
 
1.9.aThat he or she is familiar with and understands all of the Rules as set forth in this rule book.
1.9.bThat by entering a Nor Cal SAAC Open Track event, he or she specifically agrees to abide by all of the Rules.
1.9.cThat by entering a Nor Cal SAAC Open Track event, he or she certifies that his or her car meets all of the safety requirements for participating in the event.
1.9.cThat, if as a result of an inspection a participant's car is found not to meet any safety requirement, it is the sole  responsibility of the  participant to correct the problem or withdraw from the event.
  
1.10PARTICIPANT'S LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES
  A participant is liable for any damage he or she or their party causes to any property on or off the track. Note that this specifically, but without limitation, includes damage to the track property or any other participant's person or car.

SECTION 2 - GENERAL POLICIES

2.1 PREVAILING POLICY
2.1.1 Any disagreements over technical questions or operations will be resolved by OTEC Officials. When their decision is rendered, such decision is final and binding.
2.1.2 OTEC Officials will establish the format, length, frequency and administration of all events and when their decision is rendered, that decision is final and binding and non-appealable.
  
2.2INSPECTIONS
2.2.1 SAFETY INSPECTIONS. All cars participating in Open Track events will be subject to a safety inspection, as defined by OTEC, prior to entering the track.
2.2.2 ANNUAL MINI-NATS EXPANDED INSPECTION. All cars participating in the annual Mini-Nats event will be subject to an expanded safety inspection, as defined by OTEC, preferably prior to arriving at the track and before entering the track.
2.2.3 PARTICIPANT SAFETY INSPECTION RESPONSIBILITY. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETE INSPECTION OF THEIR CARS, AND CONFORMANCE WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS, PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT THE TRACK. THE SAFETY OF A PARTICIPANT'S CAR IS HIS OR HER SOLE RESPONSIBILITY, THE INSPECTIONS BY OTEC ARE ONLY FOR GROSS ISSUES.
  
2.3APPEARANCE
  All cars will be of acceptable appearance with intact paint of one color, or of a definite pattern, displaying some sheen.  All panels on all cars will be free of significant dents and damage.  Front and rear glass will be intact as defined by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.  Interpretation of acceptable appearance will be made by OTEC with appeal as defined in Section 1.4, above.
  
2.4BLACK FLAG POLICY
2.4.1 Any driver who is shown a black flag by any course worker will exit the track at the next track exit and report immediately to the Steward for consultation.
2.4.2 Any driver who receives 3 black flags during the course of an Open Track event may, at the Steward's discretion, be immediately expelled from the event without refund of entrance fees to the event.
2.4.3 By way of example, but without limitation, the following behavior will result in the immediate issuance of a black flag:
 
2.4.3.aDriving 4 wheels off the paved track surface.
2.4.3.bSpinning, whether the car leaves the paved surface or not.
2.4.3.cPassing in a no-passing zone, except in the case of a clearly disabled vehicle.
2.4.3.dPassing under a standing or waved yellow flag.
2.4.3.ePassing in an unsafe manner.
2.4.3.fOverly aggressive driving as determined by the Steward.
2.4.3.gFailure to obey flags shown by the course workers.
2.4.3.hMechanical black flags.
  
2.512-MONTH SUSPENSION POLICY
  Any driver who is at fault, as determined by the Steward, in an incident of car-to-car contact or an incident that results in injury to another person, will be suspended from participation in all Nor Cal SAAC Open Track events for a period of 12 months from the time of the incident.
  

SECTION 3 - SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

3.1 GENERAL
  At any time, before, during or after an event, OTEC officials may require additional measures or equipment, or make additional determinations, as they deem necessary to further reduce the risk to participants.
  
3.2MINIMUM OPEN TRACK SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY
  
 
"X" indicates required and "O" indicates optional/recommended
Safety RequirementRun Group
Novice Intermediate Advanced Expert
Yellow Red Green Blue
Snell rating for helmet SA2005, M2005 or later X X X X
2.5 lb Fire extinguisher with metal mounting bracket O O O O
Gloves (fireproof preferred) X X X X
Long-sleeve cotton shirt X X X  
Full-length pants X X X  
Nomex or PBI fireproof suit (minimum 2-layers)       X
Seat belts (stock seat belts OK) X X X  
Racing-style harnesses (minimum 5-point)       X
Roll bar for open-cockpit vehicle (min. 4-point bar)
(Cobras with 3-point bars OK, no passengers allowed)
X X X X
Roll bar for closed-cockpit vehicle (min. 4-point bar)       X
  
3.3RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT
  The installation of a ROLL BAR (meeting contemporary standards), an ONBOARD FIRE SYSTEM (meeting contemporary standards), and a FUEL CELL (meeting contemporary standards) are recommended to reduce the risk of death, bodily injury and/or the possibility of property damage in the event of an incident.

SECTION 4 - TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

4.1DETAILED TECH REQUIREMENTS
  Preparation of the car and technical inspection of the car are the responsibility of the participant. The participant is responsible for a through inspection of the entire car and for resolving any issues. Any car that is found to have a technical problem at the track will not be allowed on the track. The list below discusses some of the areas to be inspected and is for guidance only, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list.
  
4.1.1BRAKES
  Brakes will be tested for pedal height and fade when the car is stationary. Brake fluid level will be checked. Fluid should be fresh (less than 6 months old). Pads must be in good shape and be free of worn spots, warped backing plates, or cracking in the friction material.  Brake lights will be checked and must be working properly on all cars.
  Note: 1995-1998 Mustang Cobra front brake hoses have been known to fail under open track/race conditions. Ford Motor Company has issued a warning concerning these hoses. These factory rubber hoses will not be permitted and will be failed at tech. For more information, contact your local Ford dealer, or if using a retrofitted Cobra brake kit, contact the vendor who supplied the kit.
  
4.1.2TIMING EQUIPMENT
  Timing equipment of any kind is strictly prohibited, particularly, but not limited to, any type of in car remote triggered devices.  Our events are classified as "Open Track", and by definition, non-competitive.  Any kind of timing done during the course of the event could, in the eyes of our insurance provider, be construed as a change in the nature of the event we are running.  Any remote timing equipment found in use will be unilaterally turned off and/or confiscated until the end of the weekend.  Repeat offenders risk a mechanical black flag violation.
  
4.1.3DRIVER SAFETY
  Loose objects in the passenger compartment and trunk must be removed or secured.  This includes interior-mounted spare tires in 1965 Shelby GT350s, for example.  No handheld cameras will be allowed.  Sun roofs and T-tops must be closed.  All convertibles must run with the tops down.  Window nets or arm restraints are recommended.  Arms must be kept in the passenger compartment and cannot be rested on the window frame.  Windows must be open at all times while the car is on course.
  
4.1.4ROLL BARS
  All Open cars (convertibles) require roll bars in all groups.  Roll bars are required for all cars in Blue Group and recommended for all other groups.  If passengers are to be carried in Blue Group, the roll bar must also provide passenger protection.  Thus, Cobras with driver-only roll hoops will not be allowed to carry passengers.  The single exception to this policy will be granted to allow Yellow group cars with driver-only roll hoops to carry a driving instructor.
 

Roll bars must be made of materials sufficiently strong to support the weight of the car in a rollover.  Decorative "dress bars" made of thin wall exhaust tubing or conduit do not provide adequate rollover protection.

  
4.1.5SEAT BELTS AND HARNESSES
  Seat belts are required for the driver and any passengers.  Blue group requires 5- or 6-point harnesses, while Green requires minimum 4-point for both driver and passengers.  All belts must be in good shape with no signs of fraying or wear, and must be firmly mounted with a solid metallic connection to the roll bar or chassis.  Obviously sun-damaged, old webbing will not be allowed. Webbing must be relatively fresh.  Any stretch marks will render harnesses unsafe.
  
4.1.6CLOTHING
  Full coverage fire-retardant driving suits and gloves (Nomex or equivalent) are required in the Blue group.  Full coverage 100% cotton shirts and pants are required in all other groups.  Fire-retardant driving suits are not required for the Yellow, Red or Green groups although they are recommended. Gloves are also required in all groups (leather is acceptable).  All groups require full coverage, non-melting shoes (e.g. suede or leather, not nylon).  No tank tops or shorts are allowed.  Requirements apply to both drivers and passengers.  Driver and passenger safety gear must be presented with the car at the Tech Inspection.
  
4.1.7HELMETS
  Helmets must  meet one of the following Snell ratings: SA2005, M2005 or later.  Helmets showing external damage, chin strap fraying or wear, or missing the Snell sticker in the lining will not be allowed.  For open-cockpit cars, all occupants must have helmet face shield lowered or wear goggles.  Inspection stickers will be issued for all helmets.
  
4.1.8FIRE EXTINGUISHER
  Fire extinguishers are recommended in all groups. A fire extinguisher (2.5lb minimum) must be firmly mounted to solid metallic structure in a metal bracket and be within easy reach of the driver.  Both dry chemical and Halon types are acceptable.  Integral fire systems are also allowed in all groups.
  
4.1.9ENGINE COMPARTMENT
  No car will be permitted on course with fluid leaks.  This check will be made with the engine running.  Radiators and oil recovery systems much have a catch tank to retain overflow.  Fuel lines will be checked for proper mounting and excessive play.  Factory PCV systems and coolant recovery systems are considered adequate substitutes for catch tanks for these systems.  Cars in Blue Group should have catch tanks for the rear axle and power steering systems as well.  Two throttle return springs are required.
  
4.1.10BATTERY
  The battery must be securely mounted and must have the positive terminal covered with either a factory boot or with tape.  The original factory bracket is acceptable. Batteries in the interior or trunk should use a marine style battery box or its equivalent with a closeable lid and these batteries must be mounted with metal-to-metal mounting brackets to the car's body.  Factory installed battery mounting is generally acceptable with proper mounting and positive terminal covering.
  
4.1.11MUFFLERS
 

Mufflers are required on all cars. No open exhausts will be allowed. The exhaust system must be able to meet the sound limit for the venue lsted below:

Thunderhill Raceway103dB(A)
Sonoma Raceway103dB(A)
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca90 or 92dB(A) unless otherwise specified
  
4.1.12STEERING AND FRONT SUSPENSION
 The steering and front suspension must not have excessive looseness in any of the wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rods, or control arm bushings.  These will be checked with the front end supported on a jack.
  
4.1.13TIRES
  Tread and sidewalls will be checked for wear past safe limits, cuts, bruises, and deterioration. Street tires much have an H or better speed rating and a minimum of 3/32-inch tread depth.  Shaved race tires must have discernible tread.
  
4.1.14WHEELS
  All wheels must be on tight and have no visible cracks or structural damage. Wire wheels must have no missing or loose spokes. Lug nuts and studs must be in good condition and have a minimum of 3/8-inch thread engagement. Locking lug nuts are prohibited. Owners may be requested to remove a lug nut from each wheel to check the thread engagement and studs. All removable wheel trim (trim rings, hubcaps) must be removed.
  
4.1.15MIRRORS
 Cars must be equipped with functional and properly adjusted center and driver's side rear view mirrors.
  
4.1.16NUMBERS
  Each car shall have an assigned number. This number must be displayed on the car at all times while on the track. It must be displayed on both sides at a minimum.  An additional location on the hood is recommended.  The digits must be at least 10 inches high with a 1 inch wide stroke and be in a strongly contrasting color to the color of the car.  Shoe polish on the windows will not be permitted.
  
4.1.17TAPING OF HEADLIGHTS
  All glass headlights must be taped to retain the glass in case of an incident. Plastic aero-style headlights and plastic taillights need not be taped.
  
4.1.18TECHNICAL INSPECTION
  All drivers are responsible for proper preparation and inspection of their cars prior to Open Track events. During the registration process, all drivers must affirm that their cars have been inspected and prepared for the event. OTEC officials may inspect cars, at their sole discretion, at an event and any cars judged to fail the inspection, at the sole discretion of the OTEC official(s), will not be allowed on the track.