2021 Saratoga Speedway Hornet Rules
Any naturally aspirated 4 Cylinder car with a maximum wheelbase of 105.5”.
Hornets will be divided into two classes, Hornet A and Hornet B divisions.
Genuine safety concerns are encouraged. Safety suggestions and concerns can be sent to the Hornet Division Tech Director or Saratoga Speedway General Managers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only racers and car-owners may dispute the legality of other cars through an official process outlined below. Any person who does not follow the protest procedures outlined herein to protest or complain about the legality of another car by directly approaching any official at any time may be penalized at the discretion of the General Managers. Penalties include fines; forfeiture of points/payout; expulsion from the pits and/or suspension.
Tech Director/Race Director or General Managers may overrule the directives laid out in this document at any time at their discretion in the interests of fair competition and speedway operations.
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 $200.00 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.
Roll-Bars mandatory. Your cars are getting faster; the track now has a safety wall, there have been past mishaps resulting in injury. Through much discussion with racers, tech, insurance, and safety personnel it’s obvious that Hornet cars in both classes need more protection for their drivers. We care about your safety and we know you do too. We have developed new requirements for both “A” and “B” classes that are simple to install and will not break the bank. These changes are required for both classes prior to getting on the track in 2021.
There are 500 ways to construct roll bars and cages but all of them have basic elements; attachment points to the chassis and/or body, cross bracing for strength and protection. We’re not going to dictate every possible configuration for each body style but we are going to insist on some basic ideals listed below and the Hornet Class Tech Director will be the authority.
There are two drawings attached here that are a guide and not intended to be a definitive engineering drawing of mandatory requirements. The instructions in paragraph 1 and 2 below will explain the minimum requirements. If you have any questions or are unsure ask the Hornet Class Tech Director.
ROLL BARS (all pipes and tubes are to be steel construction)
b) Two 1.75 (min)” OD tube uprights spanning the interior of the car (ideally) directly over frame rails or stiffeners behind and within 12 inches of the back of the driver seat and welded to the hoop at the top and welded or bolted to the floor/frame rail/stiffener at the bottom using ¼ inch thickness steel mounting plates
c) Two 1.75 (min)” OD tube diagonal back braces welded to the hoop at the top and spanning the distance from the hoop to a point at the rear of the compartment ideally terminating directly on a frame rail/stiffener, bolted or welded at the bottom using ¼ inch thickness mounting plates.
d) Two 1.75 (min)” OD tube diagonal front braces welded to the hoop at the top and spanning the distance from the hoop to a point at the front of the compartment ideally terminating directly on a frame rail/stiffener, bolted or welded at the bottom using ¼ inch thickness mounting plates
e) One 1.75 (min)” OD side-bar on each side spanning the distance between and welded to the front and rear hoops
f) One 1.75 (min)” OD or equivalent steel crossbar behind the driver’s seat spanning the distance between and welded to L/R rear hoop.
g) Crossbar can be located between the hoops or welded behind the hoops and extended out to “butt-up” against the body at the same height and in-line with the door rub-rails
h) If attaching crossbar between hoops attach at “door-bar rub-rails height and add an extension on each side from the crossbar terminus out to the inside body at the rub-rails
i) Roll bars must be bolted with 4 or more ½” bolts with large washers per plate to the floor pan
j) Driver’s door must be welded or chained shut. Must have driver’s side door reinforcement with a minimum of a 6” C-Channel or equivalent bolted to the outside of the door with ½” bolts and beveled ends; no sharp edges throughout
k) Passenger door must be chained or welded shut. All sunroof openings must be covered over with 26-gauge or thicker sheet metal or mesh firmly welded/riveted/bolted.
l) Passenger door must have door reinforcement with a minimum of a 4” C-Channel or equivalent bolted to the outside of the door with ½” bolts and beveled ends; no sharp edges throughout.
This is illustration is only a guide for Hornet construction. It does not show all required elements. The written descriptions are the minimum standard
2. Hornet “B”
3. Steering and pedals must remain completely stock for make and model of car. All insulation under hood must be removed
4. A manufactured aluminum-racing seat is required.
5. Seat must be mounted with a minimum of 3/8-inch grade 5 bolts with large washers.
6. It is recommended that the seat also offer rib protection
7. Headrests recommended on both sides
8. Battery must be securely fastened at all times. Batteries can be moved onto the front passenger floor, and must be mounted securely in a boat style battery box to prevent spillage, but an inactive battery must be mounted in stock location
9. Gas Tank
10. All glass (Except front windshield) must be removed
11. 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
12. 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
13. Vehicle hood must remain on the car in the original form. Holes may be cut in to the hood to allow venting of air for overheating and to allow fire-extinguisher access in the event of a fire. Adding extra material with the intent of forcing air into the engine bay is prohibited
14. A manufactured aluminum-racing seat is required.
Seat must be mounted with a minimum of 3/8-inch grade 5 bolts with large washers. It is recommended that the seat also offer rib protection and have leg extensions.
Headrests recommended on both sides
Example: If your car is measured to be 5 ½” in the ‘B’ Class at your left front, the three other points of your car may not be above 6 ½”. This is to prevent the staggering of suspension height.
The POC at Fountain Tire for purchase of these tires is Brad at 250-287-9291.
See chart below for sizing.