Hornet Car Rules

2019 Saratoga Speedway Hornet 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’s compartment and door-bar.

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.

‘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 19.050 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.

  1. Structure
    1. Roll-Bars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Either 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. A second upright may be mounted in front of the front passenger 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.
    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. Steering and pedals must remain completely stock for make and model of car. All insulation under hood must be removed.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. All glass (Except front windshield) must be removed.
    7. 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
    8. 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.
  1. 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.
    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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 coilover 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.
    3. Tires
      1. B Division Cars must use factory rims up to 15”, Maximum 6” width, with DOT approved tires now wider than 185 profile no lower than 60 series. Minimum 400 treadwear rating, if tread wear cannot be read on tire, it will be deemed Illegal. Wheel spacers NOT ALLOWED.
      2. ‘A’ Division may use either steel or aluminum rims, with a maximum of 6” width. Wheel offset must not exceed 1”. Wheel spacers NOT allowed.
      3. 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.