SARATOGA SPEEDWAY BOMBERS RULES 2021
RULE BOOK DISCLAIMER
The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptance requirements for such auto racing events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules.
NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF, OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS.
These rules and regulations are intended as a guide for the conduct of auto racing at Saratoga Speedway and are no way a guarantee against injury, or death to a participant, spectator, officials or others.
The Race Director and/or Technical Director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications or rules herein, or impose any further restrictions that, in their opinion, do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements.
NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF THESE SPECIFICATIONS OR RULES.
Any interpretation of, or deviation from these specifications or rules is left to the discretion of the General Manager(s), the Race Director and/or Technical Officials. Their decision is final.
Minor drivers (under 19 years of age) and their parents are responsible to read and understand the rules and regulations set forth in this rulebook.
COMPETITOR OBLIGATION: Every driver must inspect the racing surface and the racetrack area to learn of any defects, obstructions, or anything which, in the driver’s opinion, is unsafe and the driver shall report in writing to a track official. Any driver entering any racing event 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 race. The driver further acknowledges that he is aware that auto racing involves risks and that by competing in that event the driver assumes these risks with full awareness and knowledge.
ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF THE TRACK OFFICIALS, ANY EQUIPMENT THAT THE OFFICIALS CONSIDER EXOTIC OR NOT IN THE INTENT OF THE RULES WILL BE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL FOR COMPETITION. IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS, THE RULES MAY BE ADJUSTED TO CREATE A BALANCE IN COMPETITION.
No pretence is made for having designed a foolproof set of rules and regulations. The spirit and intent of the rules is the standard by which Saratoga Speedway track events will be governed. Saratoga Speedway Tech officials are authorized to decide if an equipment change, or modification is an attempt to circumvent these rules. Saratoga Speedway officials can and will disqualify a race car in violation of the spirit or intent of these rules. If this rulebook does not specifically state that you can alter, change or otherwise modify something on your car, you should consider it a violation of these rules. No part is deemed to have been approved by Saratoga Speedway officials by passing through prior technical inspections.
All drivers are required to have a functioning Raceceiver radio with functioning headphones/earplugs when they enter the track surface racing or practice. If you do not have a functioning radio and earpiece you will not be allowed onto the track.
The Driver of each car represents to officials and all others that his car has satisfied all applicable rules including but not limited to safety rules whenever such Driver participated in any warm-up, practice, or competitive laps.
The Driver of each car is also completely responsible for ALL actions of ALL crewmembers, sponsors, or all else signed under their number.
If you have any complaints, disputes, problems, or questions, only the Driver and Crew Chief, Driver and Car Owner, or Driver and one representative from your team may approach an Official, in a civil manner to resolve the situation.
All participants are expected to take pride in being part of Saratoga Speedway’s racing program. Auto racing entertainment is what we have to offer and we will not tolerate the lack of professional attitude, conduct, or appearance of car, driver, crew, or others involved. Management reserves the right to identify activities contrary to this ideal and will take appropriate measures to correct them to the satisfaction of this statement.
All cars are required to completely conform to the rules package specific to their class. All parts or components deemed by the Technical Officials to be non-conforming will be prohibited. Use of prohibited parts may result in disqualification, fine and/or suspension to the Driver and/or Owner at the discretion of track officials and management.
Any prohibited or illegal part found may become the property of Saratoga Speedway at the discretion of Tech Director.
Saratoga Speedway Officials will decide all construction rules. Their decision will be final on all construction rules. Burden of proof on any concern will be the responsibility of the driver and car owner.
These rules are a guideline. Contact the Saratoga Speedway Technical Officials for final approval of your race car.
All Saratoga Speedway divisions are designed to promote greater interest in oval track competition; these rules are intended to create fair classes of racing that are also competitive and fun, and to be inclusive. This sport can be expensive however Saratoga Speedway will strive to create a rules program designed to invite all levels of racing and to be accessible to as many enthusiasts as possible while maintaining a competitive and entertaining environment.
These rules are set for one year, the 2021 racing season. Rules may be subject to change at any time to ensure a safe competitive level of competition.
1. Drivers in the Bombers Class must be 14 years of age before the first official race of the season.
2. All persons seeking entry to the pits must sign waivers at the gate prior to being granted access. Persons under 19 years of age must present a minor’s release that is signed by a parent or legal guardian before gaining access to the pits. Parents and guardians can come to the speedway in advance to sign a waiver granting their minor child access for the next weekend’s event.
3. All drivers must register their car and team before entering the pits in 2021. All registrations previous to the new ownership transition in 2020 for Saratoga Speedway are not valid. All drivers must be registered members of Saratoga Speedway in good standing. Registration forms must be completed online.
4. All entrants to the pits will be issued a wristband. PIT ENTRANTS NOT WEARING PIT BAND AT ALL TIMES WILL BE REMOVED FROM SARATOGA SPEEDWAY. Pit passes will only be sold at Saratoga Speedway at the pit access gate.
5. Drivers must sign waiver as Driver as well as “sign-in” their pit crews and sponsors beside their names on the crew waiver form (taking responsibility for their pit members), at the pit access gate. Only that person can drive the car that night. If a driver fails to properly register as the Driver for the night, that car will not receive points or money.
6. Driver substitutions are authorized by Race Director or General Management only and substitute driver must drive your car. Unapproved driver substitutions will result in loss of all points and forfeiture of payout and tow-dough for that night.
7. The pits are a dynamic and potentially dangerous area. Minimum age to enter the pits during race operations is 10 years old. Children under 10 are allowed into the pits for practice or non-race events at the discretion of officials and must be under direct supervision at all times.
1. All protests and appeals shall be governed by the 2021 rulebook.
2. If a Driver or registered Car-Owner believes that another competitor in the same class is in violation of the rules, the member may protest suspected infractions individually (if there are two actions there must be two protests etc.) to the Technical Director or Race Director. The protest must be made in writing by the Driver or Car Owner and must indicate the rule that is being protested within twenty minutes after the checkered flag is displayed signifying the completion of the race. A $250.00 protest fee shall accompany each separate protest. The Race Director and/or Technical Director shall decide whether the protest is valid in accordance with the rules. If the Technical Director deems the protest ineligible for investigation, he/she will indicate their decision in writing on the protest slip and return it with the deposit to the protester. If the protest is deemed eligible for investigation the driver in question will be informed of the protest immediately after presentations in the winners circle and will be directed to bring the car directly to the tech pad immediately where they will be informed of the nature of the protest and be allowed one assistant to remove parts if required. Refusal to remove part(s) indicated by Tech Director for inspection purposes will result in that part/system being deemed illegal and appropriate action will be taken. Only the driver and assistant of a protested team will be allowed into the tech pad area. Only Saratoga Speedway Officials will be permitted in the tech pad area with the driver and assistant of the car under protest. If the Driver under protest does not proceed immediately and directly to the tech pad for inspection, they will automatically forfeit all points for the race night and be ineligible for payout or tow-dough; the protest will still be valid, and inspections will be carried out in accordance with the protest and rule book. The tech director will direct removal of parts for inspection by driver and/or assistant if and as necessary, and will take images, measurements, utilize gauges and inspection tools as needed to thoroughly inspect the part/system in question in order to make an accurate assessment. Tech director is the final authority of the legality of the part(s) or system in question and will inform the Race Director of the results of the inspection. The Race Director will in private inform first the driver under protest then the person making the protest of the results of the inspection and recommended remedial actions or inform regarding confiscated parts deemed illegal if any. All parts found to be illegal may become the property of Saratoga Speedway at the Tech Director’s discretion, the protest deposit will be returned to the protester. If the protested part(s) are found to be legal, the protest deposit will be given to the affected driver. After deciding the protest, Saratoga Speedway Officials will take whatever action deemed appropriate to further the interests of fairness and finality in competition results. Such action includes, but are not limited to:
3. Request to appeal a protest decision must be submitted in writing by the Driver or registered Car Owner in receipt of the decision in question to the General Managers of Saratoga Speedway within 24 hrs. of the official decision being levied. A $250.00 non-refundable appeals fee must accompany appeals request. General Managers will review the merits of the appeal and will perform any research or consultations deemed necessary to effectively address the nature of the appeal. The decision of the General Managers is final and will be provided in writing to the appellant and track officials within 5 days of receipt.
1. It is the responsibility of each race team to have access to a current set of rules for the division that they are participating in.
2. The Race Director will be the main authority concerning the running of the races. The Race Director and the Starter/Flagman will be in charge of on-track competition and coordination of assisting officials. The Technical Director of each “Home-Track” class will maintain oversight of all construction specifications and tire management details in accordance with the rules and handle all technical protests. The General Managers will maintain oversight of all racing and operational activities at all times and will have final authority on all aspects of Saratoga Speedway activities and infrastructures.
3. Officials will establish the race event procedures, starting positions, length, frequency and administration of all events and programs. When their decision is rendered, that decision will be final and binding. The race may be shortened due to time allotted or weather and once the race has passed the halfway point, it will be an official race.
4. Any complaints, disputes, questions, or problems must be directed, by the Driver or registered Car Owner, to the Race Director immediately following the event.
5. Tech Director may from time to time request the removal a part or tear down for tech inspection. Refusal to comply with such requests will result in the part in question to be deemed illegal and until it is inspected and deemed legal by Tech Director the car in question will not be allowed on the track.
6. With the exception of Protests (dealt with earlier in these rules), all complaints, disputes, or problems will be directed to the Pit Boss, Tech Director, Race Director at the completion of that race or completion of the nights racing events. Complaints are not to be made to the scorers, starter (Flag Man) or announcers. Any driver, car owner, crew member or family member who goes to the scoring tower or flag tower at any time to dispute a call may result in removal from Saratoga Speedway and penalties for the driver of the car they are associated with.
7. Any Driver stopping on the racing surface to argue with an Official, regarding an Officials decision, will be automatically disqualified from the event and or suspended.
8. Any Driver or Crew Member who is injured or involved in an accident must submit to a check by the medical attendants or if the incident is deemed serious by track officials, will not enter or re-enter a race until approval to do so is given by Officials and medical attendants. Medical transportation from the racetrack to the hospital is the competitors’ responsibility.
9. Driver’s meeting is mandatory. Drivers must attend, if the Driver does attend the drivers meeting, he/she will start at the back of their respective races.
10. Only 1-way track-mandatory “Receceiver” communications systems between Race Director and Race Drivers are authorized for use. Use of any unauthorised communication devices are NOT allowed and will be subject to confiscation by track officials and driver will be subject to penalties.
11. Permission must be obtained from the Race Director or Technical Director before any practice and or safety laps, other than the designated practice time may be taken. All cars MUST go through Tech and Safety inspection prior to entering the racing surface. All cars will run under the approval of the Technical and Safety Inspectors.
12. Any unauthorized persons entering onto the racing surface during race conditions will result in a disqualification, penalty, fine, or suspension, to the person and affiliated Driver.
13. No personal cars or vehicles in the pit area.
14. One person must always remain with the race car.
15. All Rookie drivers may be required to start at the back of all events for the first two weeks of racing.
16. Waste oil must be placed in waste oil barrels at the designated waste oil area. Failure to do this will result in a minimum fine of $200.00.
17. Unsportsmanlike conduct by drivers will not be tolerated. An appropriate penalty will be issued.
18. Verbal or physical abuse of anyone will not be tolerated. Minimum suspension one week, fine or both.
19. Any competitor or Crew Member who participated in a fight in the pits, or on the racetrack, or on the premises, will result in a minimum of $500.00 fine, suspension, and/or loss of points and positions in the event. STAY IN YOUR OWN PITS! ANY DRIVER OR CREWMEMBER THAT GOES INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S PITS, YELLING OR WITH ANY KIND OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!! YOUR CAR WILL BE LOADED AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE RACETRACK PREMISES.
20. Any competitor or Crew Member with a pit wristband who is seen consuming any alcoholic beverage, or non-prescription drugs or is obviously intoxicated or under the influence or exudes an obvious alcohol smell will be immediately escorted from the Pits and not granted re-entry for 24 hrs. Their affiliated team may be subject to further penalties up to and including life-long ban from Saratoga Speedway at the discretion of the General Managers with recommendations from track officials.
21. Any competing car, whose speed has been reduced to the point where it could cause a safety problem, may be removed from the racing surface at the option of the Officials.
22. End of the year tie breaker procedures: Most first place A-Main wins, if still tied after wins, the tiebreaker will continue as follows until tie is broken. Most A-Main second place finishes; most third place A-Main finishes; most top five finishes (all events); and highest win percentage in all events.
23. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: If you run more than five (5) races in Bombers and/or an upper division in any year, you are not eligible to compete for Rookie of The Year in Bombers.
24. Any car continuously unable to start under its own power may be liable to a penalty or disqualification from the event or from the complete program.
25. Any Driver or Crew that does not take their car to the line-up grid when requested to by the Officials may be required to start at the back of the line-up for that event at the discretion of the Race Director.
26. If a car is dead on the track when racing is in progress, the Driver must stay in the car with seat belts fastened until the race is stopped except in case of a fire or rollover. Failure to comply may result in a penalty, disqualification, and/or suspension.
27. No race cars will be allowed on the track until the track has been opened for official practice or racing.
28. No person shall be permitted to ride on the outside of a race car, tow vehicle or trailer at any time.
29. No speeding in the pits. You must use caution while driving in the pit area or you will be subject to a fine or suspension. No donuts, burnouts, etc. allowed. We need to keep the pits safe for Drivers and all others.
30. NO firearms allowed in the pit area.
1. You must take the Green Flag at the start of the main event in order to compete in that main event. If you come out once the race has started without approval from the Race Director you will be black flagged and parked.
2. On the original start of any race, Drivers must stay double file nose to tail and may not pass until you are past the start/finish line. Drivers on the front row of any race, get one (1) chance on the original start. If the start is waved off, they will go back a row and the second row car behind will move up to the front row. If you cause a caution on the original start, you will go to the back of the field.
3. On any start of a race, if a car drops out, the line will move up. Example: If a car on the inside row, say the third-place car, falls out of line and cannot start the race, then that row only will move ahead. Same as if the sixth-place car falls out, then only the outside row will move ahead.
4. At Saratoga Speedway’s discretion. CONE RE-STARTS: On cone restarts the flagman will give you the 2 to go sign, then next time around there will be a cone on the front straight. You will choose inside or outside whatever lane you choose that is where you are going to start. If you change lanes you will be penalized after the race or black-flagged. All restarts will be double file, the leader will set the pace. No passing until the green flag or green light comes on. Drivers receiving the black flag will always go to the end of the longest line.
5. GREEN FLAG: On any start or re-start, you will always receive the green. If the Race Director does not like the start, he will then throw the yellow, and re-start the race.
6. YELLOW FLAG: When a yellow flag or yellow lights comes on, you will slow and maintain your position, you may not pass, failure to do so will result in being put to the back of the field. Under each caution, yellow laps will NOT count. No racing back to the yellow. If you are unsure what position you are in, listen to the Officials to direct you to your proper restart position on the raceceiver radio. If you are involved in or cause a caution, you go to the rear of the field.
7. RED FLAG: Cars must come to a complete, safe stop. Drivers are not allowed to move their car off the track on a red flag. Drivers may exit the track, only by permission of an Official or when the track goes to a yellow condition. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a two (2)-lap penalty. Repairs or service of any nature or refuelling will NOT be permitted when the race is halted due to a red flag
8. BLACK FLAG: Drivers receiving a black flag will leave the track immediately and report to the Pit Boss in a designated area, failure to abide by the black flag with result in disqualification. You will have three laps to report to the pits before you will not be scored.
RACE PROCEDURES AND LINEUPS
Saratoga Speedway officials will advise drivers of the make-up of the number of heat races, main events, field maximum size and other pertinent information at the drivers meeting.
CAR CONSTRUCTION RULES
COMPETING MODELS & BODIES
1. Open to any 1960 current North American full-size passenger car, no vans, convertibles or 4-wheel drives. Minimum wheelbase 101”.
2. Minimum weight 3300 lbs. with driver at all times, no tolerance. Maximum 46% rear weight, 55% left side weight. Cars not meeting weight rules will forfeit that feature points and not be eligible for payout.
3. Minimum ride height 6“(inches).
4. All bodies must remain in stock location and height. After market door skins, front noses, and rear bumper covers allowed. Rub rails allowed must be capped on both ends.
5. Front inner fender wells may be removed; wheel openings may be cut for tire clearance only. Hoods and deck lids may be stripped, hood must be secure and have a minimum of three hood pins, and deck lid must have a minimum of two hood pins.
6. Rear spoiler allowed, if not OEM spoiler not to exceed 4 inches in height with 5 inches of material. Spoiler can be no wider than stock quarter panels.
7. Tow hooks front and rear are mandatory.
8. All cars must retain stock unaltered front and rear firewalls, floor pan, and all other inner panels. All holes in the front and rear firewall must be sealed.
9. All glass must be removed, stock glass windshield ok, windshield openings must be strapped with a minimum 1 1/4” straps or tech approved substitution.
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
1. All frames must be complete and retain OEM specifications and dimensions as manufactured.
2. All suspension components must be stock steel OEM for make and model. Stock OEM ball joint or OEM replacement ball joints allowed. Replacement ball joints must remain stock dimension for make and model.
3. Aftermarket 5-inch or 5 ½” springs allowed. Left and right springs must match, wire diameter, coil count and height must be the same. Nonadjustable spring spacers allowed but must be the same height on each side. No weight jacks allowed.
4. Rear leaf springs must be steel. Leaf length, width, thickness, and count must be the same. A maximum of one leaf on one leaf stack will be allowed to be shortened. Left and right springs must match, wire diameter, coil count and height must be the same. Coil spring spacers allowed but must be the same thickness side to side. Lowering blocks allowed but must be the same thickness side to side. No composite leaf springs allowed.
5. Stock sway bar must be mounted in stock location. Must mount with stock mounting hardware and be of equal lengths on both sides, no shimming allowed.
6. Stock, steel nonadjustable, non-take apart shocks permitted. Front and rear shocks must mount in stock location with OEM mounts and fasteners.
1. Maximum 360 cubic inches, with an unaltered 2bbl Rochester carburetor MANDATORY.
2. Any other stock North American O.E.M. cast iron, carbureted produced engine eligible.
3. Make to make swap allowed (e.g., GM to GM, Ford to Ford etc.)
4. Engine mounted in stock location, with O.E.M. stock mount assembly for that engine.
5. Marine blocks allowed. No other exotic or marine parts.
6. Engine block, pistons, rods, crank, and combination must match make and model.
7. Stock replacement, Eagle or Scat, rotating assemblies allowed. Must be stock equivalent.
8. Stock replacement heads allowed. No Vortec heads. No aluminum or racing heads. Consult tech for clarification.
9. Stock or stock replacement valves. Maximum valve size. GM 1.94 intake, 1.5 exhaust, Ford 2.04 intake, 1.66 exhaust. Chrysler 2.02 intake, 1.60 exhaust. Hardened seats allowed.
10. Replacement screw in studs, guide plates allowed to save head(s).
11. No de-burring, polishing, porting, port matching, sand blasting, acid etching etc.
12. Remainder of head must be stock.
13. Stock cast iron intake manifolds only. No Bowtie or marine type manifolds allowed. No High-Rise Manifolds allowed. 4-barrel manifolds will be allowed an adapter to 2bbl Rochester. Adapter and gaskets must not exceed 1 3/8”.
14. CAM: maximum 460 lift, flat tappet hydraulic cam and lifter set.
15. Stock 1.5 ratio rocker arms only
16. PISTONS: stock O.E.M configuration. Flat top maximum.
17. Steel fan blade only. No viscous drive, clutch type, fiberglass, or plastic.
18. Seal right valve cover and install breather(s) in left valve cover.
19. No Bow Tie, SVO, MOPAR etc. performance or racing parts.
20. Alternator optional.
21. Circle Track Crate Engines 602 (CT350 350 HP) allowed. Will be required to run a 0.875” horsepower reduction restrictor plate, part #7227N with any 4bbl carburetor. (Contact tech for more information if using this option) Restrictor plate is to be untouched; no oval or grinding of edges will be allowed.
1. Must have stock OEM operational four-wheel brake system.
1. Stock OEM rear ends only, must be stock for make model and year. Open rear ends only, no locked rear ends allowed.
TRANSMISSIONS & CLUTCHES
1. Transmission must be OEM production, manual or automatic. All gears must be in working order. All transmissions must have a reverse gear.
2. Automatic transmissions must have a fully operational torque converter. Torque converter must be 10” or larger. No direct lockup transmissions allowed.
3. Stock OEM type clutch assembly’s only, minimum 10 1/2” single disc clutch.
4. Stock OEM steel flywheels only.
5. Transmission cooler and oil lines must be enclosed in a steel line if run through the drivers’ compartment.
1. An approved scatter shield is highly recommended.
2. A fabricated 3/16” steel 180-degree shield around a cast bell housing will also be allowed.
1. One-piece steel drive shafts only.
2. It is mandatory that one 1/4-inch x 1 1/2-inch steel drive shaft hoops, front and rear be installed in a safe manner. Chain may also be used.
3. All drive shafts must be painted white.
WHEELS AND LUGS
1. 7” maximum steel wheels ONLY. Racing wheels recommended.
2. Wheel studs must protrude past lug nuts. 1-inch lug nuts mandatory. 5/8” studs recommended
1. Hoosier 970 mounted on 15-inch rims. Will be permitted to buy a maximum of 8 new tires per season. The 8 new tires include 4 new tires for the first race night. Tech will keep a log of your tires and will brand them as they are registered with tech. Used unbranded tires will be deemed illegal.
2. Tire softening or soaking is not permitted. Penalty for tire soaking will be loss of points and money/fine and or suspension.
3. In the event that a tire is destroyed early in the season and in the interest of cost-control: a maximum of two used unbranded tires can be submitted to tech for approval, branding and entry into tech log-book prior to the first day of June. Damaged branded and registered tire to be replaced must be inspected by tech against tire log and deemed unserviceable and eligible for replacement at tech discretion. Tech has final authority regarding admissibility of all tires.
IGNITION AND BATTERY
1. Stock OEM Ignitions only.
2. Battery must be mounted in a sealed covered and vented battery box that is located in a safe manner with protection for the driver and others. Angle iron box frame or equivalent required, no wood.
3. All electrical switches must be located within easy reach of the driver.
4. A labeled on/off master switch is required and must be connected to the battery cable in such manner that would cut all electrical power to the car and be located in the drivers compartment so that it is accessible from both sides of the car.
1. Stock cast iron exhaust manifolds or 1 5/8” maximum tube size headers. No stepped, crossover, or 180-degree headers allowed. Must run dual exhaust, no 2 into 1 exhaust systems.
2. Mufflers mandatory, exhaust must extend past the driver’s compartment.
3. All cars must be no louder than 95 decibels at 100ft. No exceptions.
1. Radiator must be stock appearing and remain in stock position.
2. Aluminum radiators are permitted.
3. A fan shroud must be installed if using a steel fan.
4. An overflow catch can connected to the radiator overflow is mandatory.
ROLL CAGE AND PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT
For all safety devices it is the responsibility of the driver, not Saratoga Speedway, its officers, or its agents to ensure his/her safety device systems are correctly installed, maintained, and properly used at all times. As with safety items, it is highly recommended that the driver fully reviews and complies with all manufacture’s installation and usage guidelines.
OPTION 1-UPRIGHT CAGE
1. All welds must be proper, and Tech Director must approve cages. All cage bolts will be a minimum 1/2″ bolts with suitable nuts and washers. All cage pipes will be a minimum of 2″ outside diameter steel pipe, 3/16″ minimum wall thickness. Drivers side upright to be minimum 3″ x 3/16″. All pipes that are joined will be welded. The roll cage may also consist of the following:
2. Must have two uprights welded together with one cross pipe. One upright will be directly behind the driver’s seat and the other upright will be in the passenger seat area. The cross pipe needs to be level and a maximum of 4″ from the roof. Uprights must be flanged and bolted to the floor and the roof with a minimum 6″ x 6″ x 3/16″ steel plate. A minimum 3 bolts per flange with suitable nuts and washers are required. Both uprights must be back braced by steel pipe. The back brace is to be welded to the upright near the cross bar and welded to the frame at the other end. Instead of welding to the frame you may use a minimum 6” x 6” flange and bolt the back brace to the rear floorboards or the base of the rear firewall within the interior compartment. A minimum of two 1/2″ bolts per flange with suitable nuts and washers is required.
3. A cross brace must be installed from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side behind the driver’s upright. This cross brace must be flanged and bolted through the door bar and the passenger side door (And quarter panel if applicable). Flanges are to contact both doorposts. Minimum two 3/4″ bolts with suitable nuts and washers on each flange.
4. A dash bar must be installed from the driver’s doorpost to the passenger’s doorpost, above the steering column. This dash bar must be flanged and secured on both ends. The steering column must be chained securely to the dash bar.
5. Drivers side door must have minimum 8” C-channel. Ends must be angled.
6. All bars within reach of driver must be padded.
OPTION 2-FULL CAGE
1. Standard roll cage required. All roll cage bars must be a minimum of 1 3/4 inch outside diameter tubing of a minimum .095 wall thickness. Gussets are compulsory on all roll cage and door bar joints. All bar joints must be electric welded. Galvanized or Aluminum material is NOT allowed. The roll cage must have a minimum of three door bars on the left side. The roll cage must have a minimum of two door bars on the right side of the car or triangulated bracing. Front and rear bay/bracing bars can be designed as you see fit. Using weaker tubing is strongly suggested, to create a crush area in front of and behind the driver to ensure safety.
2. All bars within reach of driver must be padded.
FUEL CELL AND FUEL LINE
1. Fuel cell shall be securely mounted behind rear axle in the trunk area.
2. Fuel cell must be mounted no lower than the lowest point of the stock trunk pan. Minimum 12” off ground
3. A steel framework, welded to the frame or cage, must be used to mount the fuel cell. The framework must be fabricated from a minimum of 1”x 1” .083 square tubing.
4. Two straps longwise and two straps crosswise across the top of the fuel cell. The material for these straps must be a minimum 1”x 1” .083 square tubing or 1-1/2” x 1/8” steel strapping.
5. Fuel cells must be bolted to the framework.
6. Fuel lines must be enclosed in a protected conduit (steel tubing), if run through the driver’s compartment.
7. Any fuel pump is permitted.
9. Glass fuel filters are not permitted.
1. It is required that at all times the driver wear a driving suit and gloves of fire resistant material that effectively covers the body. Fire resistant shoes, socks, head sock and underwear are recommended. Driver’s suits with rips, tears and holes will not be permitted.
2. It is recommended that that the driver’s suit be the best quality fire protection available.
HELMETS, HEAD & NECK RESTRAINTS
1. Recommend that drivers should wear a helmet carrying a least a valid SA 2000 standard Snell and/or SFI 31.1 or 31.2 sticker. M rated helmets will not be permitted.
2. Full face helmets with Lexan face shield recommended. Nomex helmet skirt and Nomex covered chinstrap recommended.
3. It is recommended that all drivers wear a neck and head restraint system (Hans or equivalent).
4. Neck brace (doughnut) mandatory if not using Hans or equivalent.
1. It is highly recommended that the driver carefully review the seat belts manufacture’s installation.
2. Seat belts must be a five-point system.
3. A Quick Release seatbelt no less than 3-inches in width is compulsory. Both ends of the lap belt must be fastened to the roll cage with high quality bolts, not less than 3/8-inch in diameter.
4. Shoulder harness must be no less than 3-inches in width and must come from behind and below the top of the driver’s seat. Where the harness crosses the roll cage, it must bypass through a steel guide welded to the cage in a manner that will prevent the harness from sliding side to side. No inertia reels are permitted.
5. A center crotch belt must be used. It must be a minimum of 2-inches wide and mount to the roll cage seat mount.
6. Where the belts pass through the seat edges the edge must have a grommet or be rolled to prevent the belt from being cut.
7. All belts must connect in a single latch, at the lap belt. Latch must be approved quick release type.
8. Belts older than 5 years must be approved by tech. No belts older than 10 years will be allowed. Belt with manufacturer date stamp removed will not be accepted for use.
1. A manufactured aluminum-racing seat is required.
2. Seat must be mounted with a minimum of 3/8-inch grade 5 bolts with large washers. Two bolts must be located at the top of the seat and two on bottom.
3. It is recommended that the seat also offer rib protection and have leg extensions.
4. Headrests recommended on both sides.
1. A window net is mandatory; rib style or mesh is allowed. The net must be permanently mounted at the bottom and have an approved quick release at the top.
2. Window net must be within five years of manufactures date.
3. Window net must have manufactures date and tag or it will not be permitted.
APPEARANCE & NUMBERS
All cars must be bright in appearance with contrasting numbers. Numbers must be least 18 inches high and 3 inches wide and be legible from sides of car and roof. Roof numbers to be read form the passenger side of the car. Numbers will only be issued by Saratoga Speedway. Submit your Tower cards to reserve your number.
Any part or equipment found during an inspection or any other time, that does not meet applicable Saratoga Speedway standards must be surrendered to SARATOGA SPEEDWAY Tech Officials at that time and will not be returned. Failing to surrender the illegal part or parts will result in penalties and possible suspension.
Saratoga Speedway Officials reserve the right to make final decisions in the interpretation of any rules or race procedures at any time. No equipment will be considered as having been approved by reason of passing through inspection,
SARATOGA SPEEDWAY Officials recommend that you carefully study the Saratoga Speedway rulebook to be familiar with all aspects of racing. If you are considering a part for modification or procedure not covered in these rules, contact Saratoga Speedway Tech Official before proceeding with any purchases or modifications.
If you have any questions regarding the technical rules, contact the Saratoga Speedway Tech Official. If you have any questions about race operations contact the Race Director. If you have any questions about speedway operations contact the General Managers.
In keeping with Saratoga Speedway’s commitment to maintaining proper balance in the competition arena, it may be necessary for Saratoga Speedway to make rule changes and/or rule modifications from time to time. Such changes are designed to enhance close competition.
EIRI: (Except in rare instances) Decisions of Saratoga Speedway Officials are final and binding with- out exception.