Hornet Car Rules

2020 Saratoga Speedway Hornet Rules

Any naturally aspirated 4 Cylinder car with a maximum wheelbase of 105.5”. No rotary engine cars, no mid or rear 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’s compartment and door-bar. Vtec, VVT-I, variable cam/valve timing engines NOT allowed. If the factory/OEM “block-stamp” on the engine is modified or tampered with in any way, the engine will be deemed illegal until another engine with the correct and unaltered factory marking is put in.

Hornets will be divided into two classes, Hornet A and Hornet B divisions.

  • ‘A’ division will consist of cars with a manufacturer advertised horsepower of 134hp and more, to a maximum of 155 rated horsepower. Any Integra’s will automatically be in the A division.
  • ‘B’ division will consist of cars with a manufacturer advertised horsepower of 133hp or less. Honda Accords will be allowed in the ‘B’ division, but must use 14” steel rims. Chevrolet Cavaliers/Pontiac Sunfires are considered ‘B’ division cars.

‘A’ Division cars with a lap time lower than 17.800 seconds will be deemed illegal and disqualified with no points from the race/qualification session in which the time was achieved.

‘B’ Division cars with a lap time lower than 19.000 seconds will be deemed illegal and disqualified with no points from the race/qualification session in which the time was achieved.

Once a driver has won the entry level Hornet ‘B’ Points Championship or any Championship in other classes, they cannot compete in the ‘B’ division any longer.

Although genuine safety concerns are encouraged to be brought up, drivers shall not approach the Hornet Tech Director or Speedway Staff with the intention of pointing out rule violations on other race cars. Racers may dispute other cars through an official process.

Tech Director/Speedway Officials may overrule the directives laid out in this document at any time.


1. Structure

    1. Roll-Bars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Either a single hoop rollover bar or two 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/passenger seat area. 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.
    2. 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. Door bar must have beveled or rounded ends. Passenger door must be chained or otherwise be firmly secured, but still may be able to open. All sunroof openings must be covered over with 26 gauge or thicker sheet metal or mesh.
    3. Passenger door must have a ‘rub bar’ style side bar. Rear cross brace required to be connected between the driver’s door C-Channel and the passenger door rub-bar behind the driver/passenger seats. Cross brace is to be bolted through both door bars and must be minimum 2” OD pipe or equivalent steel. This reinforcement is an attempt to help mitigate the effects of a possible side-impact. Vehicles equipped with a full-cage will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine whether this reinforcement is required to be added.
    4. Steering and pedals must remain completely stock for make and model of car. All insulation under hood must be removed.
    5. Battery must be securely fastened and remain under the hood. 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.
    6. 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).
      3. Fuel cell/boat tanks must be covered, secured, and located in trunk, minimum 1” drain holes required in trunk pan.
    7. All glass (Except front windshield) must be removed.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.


2. Safety

    1. Approved helmets, neck-braces, gloves, and long sleeved garments required. (No Nylon)
    2. Seat belts must be a 5-point harness with a minimum width of 2”.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. Car numbers must also be displayed on the upper right (passenger) side of the front windshield – this is to assist in lining up cars for races.
    5. No one-way or two-way radio communications between driver and pits/grandstands permitted.
    6. 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.
    7. ‘B’ class cars MUST be equipped with a working 3rd brake light.
    8. All cars are to have no rear-view mirrors of any kind.
    9. Brake pads/rotors/calipers must be in proper working condition with acceptable life left. This rule will be policed on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of speedway officials.


3. Drivetrain

    1. Stock carburetor or injection system to be used. Injectors must be factory/OEM specification. Both intake and exhaust manifolds must remain stock/factory/OEM casting.
    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.) Engine swaps for engines originally not for the make and model car may be analyzed on a case-by-case basis by the Tech Director.
    3. Engine/Transmission internals must remain stock/OEM. Intake/exhaust porting and polishing NOT allowed.
    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. Ride Height
      1. Ride height is to be measured from any of the four jacking points (pinch-welds) with the driver inside the car. These pinch welds must be stock, unaltered, and non-tampered with.
      2. All four-pinch weld jacking points must be within 1” (one inch) difference. This difference is to give margin for different driver sizes and the potential for different suspension stiffness/tire pressures.
        1. ‘B’ Class ride height to be measured at a minimum of 5 ½”
        2. ‘A’ Class using 14” American Racer tires to be measured at a minimum of 5”.
        3. ‘A’ Class using 15” American Racer tires to be measured at a minimum of 5 ¾”.
      3. 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.
    2. 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 coil-over suspension systems permitted.
      2. Sway bars are permitted if the vehicle was supplied with them from the factory.
      3. ‘B’ Division may camber the right front tire only to a maximum of 1” allowed.
      4. ‘A’ Division may camber any wheel only to a maximum of 2” allowed.
        1. Camber measurement is taken from a right-angle ruler placed against the wheel and is the difference between the bottom area of the rim to the ruler, and the top area of the rim to the ruler.
      5. Strut tower cross-bracing not allowed.
    3. Tires
      1. Both ‘A’ and ‘B’ division must use all 4 tires the same size.
      2. ‘B’ Division must use factory steel rims up to 15”, maximum 7” width, with DOT approved tires no wider than 185 with profile no lower than 60 series. Minimum 400 treadwear rating. Wheel spacers not allowed.
      3. ‘A’ Division may use either steel or aluminum rims, with a maximum of 7” width. Wheel offset must be factory specification, not to be less than +40. Modifying wheels to obtain a different specification is NOT allowed – must be original casting. Wheel spacers NOT allowed.
      4. All ‘A’ Division cars must run an American Racer tire which is available at Fountain Tire in Campbell River. Maximum 6 tires per car per season, all tires must be the same size. NO EXCEPTIONS. The POC for purchase of these tires is Brad at 250-287-9291.     See chart below for sizing.