Figure 8 Rules

2020 Saratoga Speedway Figure 8 Rules

Any naturally aspirated 4 Cylinder car with a maximum wheelbase of 105.5”. No rotary engine cars, no 4-cylinder Ford Fairmont’s, no turbocharged/supercharged engines, no All-Wheel Drives allowed. Complete stock steel body, interior, frame, and suspension. NO bracing anywhere except inside the driver/passenger’s compartment and door-bar.

Figure 8 cars must not have a horsepower rating above 155hp.

Conduct of the Class

Figure 8 at Saratoga Speedway is classified as a “Contact Class” and will be observed/ flagged as such. This means there will be bumps, rubbing, and spins made in a safe and controlled manner. Malicious hits/contact will not be tolerated and will be penalized in accordance with the severity of the incident.

If you have any complaints, disputes, problems, or questions, only the Driver and one representative from your team/pit may approach an Official, in a civil manner to resolve the situation.

1. Structure

Two vertical upright posts located directly behind the driver/passenger seat required at a minimum with one cross pipe between. You may either have a single hoop rollover bar or a 2” OD pipe or equivalent steel upright, with steel mounting plates minimum ¼” thick and 12”x12” on each end, mounted vertical from roof to floor pan located behind the driver’s seat. Roll bars and uprights must be bolted with 4 or more minimum ½” bolts with large washers per plate to the floor pan and roof.

    1. Driver and passenger side doors must be welded or chained shut. Must have driver’s side and passenger side door reinforcement with a minimum of a 6” C-Channel or equivalent bolted to the outside of the door with ½” bolts. Door bar must have beveled or rounded ends. All sunroof openings must be covered over with 26 gauge or thicker sheet metal or mesh.
    2. All sunroof openings must be covered over with 26 gauge or thicker sheet metal or mesh.
    3. Rear cross brace required to be connected between both side door bar reinforcements behind the driver/passenger seats. Cross brace is to be bolted through both C-Channel door bars.
    4. Front and rear bumpers on all vehicles must be securely welded or bolted to the frame. Bumpers must be stock type car or truck bumpers. Holes mat be cut in the floor pan and chain looped through holes and bumpers to assist securing them in place.
    5. Radiator support bracing is allowed, under the premise that it is designed to protect and preserve the radiator. Bracing designed to inflict or cause damage to other vehicles (ex. Heavy bracing steel front bumpers, front ram-style bumpers, etc.) are NOT permitted.
    6. Steering and pedals must remain completely stock for make and model of car. All insulation under hood must be removed.
    7. Battery must be securely fastened at all times. Vehicles with NO passenger seat must have the battery mounted on the passenger floor. Vehicles with a passenger seat must have the battery mounted behind the passenger. Under no circumstances may a battery exist under the hood.
    8. Gas Tank
      1. If stock gas tank is ahead of rear axle, it may remain in place. A fuel cell or plastic boat tank (6.6 gallon maximum) is RECOMMENDED (Subject to tech)
      2. If stock gas tank is behind rear axle, it MUST be replaced with a fuel cell or plastic boat tank (6.6 gallon maximum).
    9. All glass (Except front windshield) must be removed.
    10. All flammable materials inside the vehicle must be removed. This includes headliner, carpets, inside door cards/panels, etc. The only interior material that may remain is the dashboard
    11. Transponder mount – All cars must mount a bracket (MUST use a transponder bracket, no exceptions) on the side of the spare tire wheel well just behind the rear axle, or mount a strong “L” bracket to the frame behind the rear axle.


2. Safety

    1. Approved helmets, gloves, and long sleeved garments required. (No Nylon)
    2. Seat belts must be a 5-point harness with a minimum width of 2”.
    3. All cars must have safety netting in the driver’s window.
    4. If a car is equipped to carry a passenger, the passenger must have safety netting in the window as well as a 5-point safety harness.
    5. Cars must be painted bright in color. NO black/dark blue/dark green/dark purple/dark brown etc. Your car must be painted such that it is easy to spot.
    6. Car numbers on doors MUST be at least 20” tall in a highly contrasting color. Vertical roof numbers must be at least 20” in height on a contrasting background, securely mounted. If we cannot read the number, you will not be scored. Crude spray painted signs and numbers are not acceptable.
    7. No one-way or two-way radio communications between driver and/or pits/grandstands permitted.
    8. Line-ups are at the discretion of Track Officials at all times. Line-ups will be the order as recorded on the last completed green-flag lap. If one full lap has not been completed before a caution/yellow flag, a complete double-file restart will occur.


3. Drivetrain

    1. Stock carburetor or injection system to be used. Both intake and exhaust manifolds must remain stock to the engine in the car.
    2. Factory/stock engine/transmission for the make and model of the car. (Ex. An Integra engine or transmission may NOT be run in a Civic chassis.)
    3. Engine/Transmission internals must remain stock/OEM.
    4. Stock exhaust system for that make/model. MUFFLERS MANDATORY. Car may not exceed 90db at 100’ distance. All cars are to have mufflers, and exhausts must extend past the rear axle.
    5. Stock unaltered rear end or front wheel drive system. No locked traction or limited slip differentials allowed.


4. Suspension/Tires

    1. Suspension
      1. Cutting or lowering of stock coil springs is allowed, but the vehicle must have even length springs from side to side. Aftermarket lowering springs are allowed. NO coilover suspension systems permitted.
      2. Sway bars are permitted if the vehicle was supplied with them from the factory.
    2. Tires
      1. No forklift tires, studded tires, retread tires, or racing tires permitted. No home fabricated or redrilled wheels permitted. You may use any rims with DOT street tires that you can fit into your wheel wells. All wheel studs, lug nuts, and stud seats are to be in good condition.

5. All vehicles are subject to tech and safety inspection. If your vehicle fails tech or safety inspection, a detailed explanation of the faults and how to rectify these shortcomings will be provided. If repairs cannot be made, the vehicle may not be allowed to race.