New Racing Info
The rules as they apply to all vehicles in the pits:
Violations will be handled as follows:
**Note: Violations determined by management as grossly negligent may result in immediate event DQ and/or removal from the facility. YOU, the entered race drivers are responsible for the actions of your crew. If they violate the rules, they put YOUR race day at risk.
New Racer Information
1. Almost every Friday night, S.I.R. is open for test n tune, high school drags, sport compacts and street legal racing. Our schedule appears on this website with times and costs. Our track officials and regular racers are always willing to help you get started, just ask at the ticket booth to be paired up with one.
2. Your first stop is the ticket booth. To race you must be 16 years old and have a valid drivers license. If you are 16 or 17 years old you must have parental permission form on file to race. This parental permission form must be signed by BOTH PARENTS or one (1) parent if they have sole custody. This form must be signed in front of officials at the track or notarized. This form is available at the ticket booth and must be completed and turned in before you will be allowed to race. The cost for car & driver is $20 and any crew is $10 for regular racers for Test and Tune nights. For high school racers it is $10.00 with a valid high school ID. You will be given a tech card and car number, if you don’t have one.
3. After entering the gate, you are in the pits. Find a space to park (remember not to park in a reserved space). Fill out the tech card and proceed to the tech area.
4. The tech area is located on the road just inside the gate to the North. Pull into the line and wait until a tech person comes to you. Some obvious things you will need are: seatbelts, safe tires (no cord showing), all lug nuts, radiator coolant overflow catch canister (the factory one is fine), no fluid leaks, battery needs to be tied down, long pants (no shorts allowed), and no tank tops. If your car runs faster than 13.99 you will need an approved helmet. The tech inspector will put your car numbers on your windshield. After tech is completed, take your tech card to the trailer to sign a waiver and get your wristband. You will be allowed 1 crew band so take that person with you.
5. The track announcer will announce when the staging lanes are open. Listen carefully for which lane you will be in ie: race cars-lane X, high school lane Y, etc. Once in the lanes do not leave your car. The staging master will advise you when it is your turn to run. Watch him carefully so you will know which lane to proceed to.
6. When you pull forward to stage, make sure your door is closed, your window is up and your car numbers are visable to the tower. If the track lights are on, you must have your lights on so you can be seen by the starting line crew in case you have trouble at the other end. If you have street tires, do not drive through the waterbox! Treaded tires will just pick up the water and sling water all over the inside of your wheel wells. You will then track water all the way down the track, which is not good. After you pull around
the water box you can do a burnout but be careful not to cross over the starting line.
7. Do not pull up to the tree. The staging beams are actually about 40 feet or so before the tree. If you have problems staging, the starter will help you. Slowly pull forward until the top yellow light comes on the tree. This means you are pre-staged. Then gently roll forward until the next yellow light comes on. You are now staged!
8. The starter will activate the tree and the yellow lights will come on, one at a time .5 seconds apart. When the last yellow light comes on, GO! By the time you react your car will react and the green light will be on. If you red light, don’t worry, even experienced racers
9. Make sure you know exactly where the finish line is. Most new racers brake way too early. The speed trap beams are located 66’ before the finish line beams. Make sure you don’t brake until you have crossed the finish line. Do not hit your brakes too hard or you could spin out.
10. When exiting the track, remember…the car in the left lane has the right of way. Always exit at the first exit that is safe. NEVER cross in front of the car in the left lane, even if you are ahead of him. NEVER make a U turn on the track, you could get yourself or another racer killed.
11. After you exit you will see a building on the return road. Stop here and pick up your E.T. slip. This slip will tell you your reaction time off the line, your 60’ ET, your 330’ ET, 1/8 mile ET & MPH, 1000’ ET and your ¼ mile ET and MPH. It will also show the times from your opponent and who won the race.
12. Now go back to the pits and compare all of your runs to see where you need improvement. If you need help reading this slip, ask an experienced racer or track personnel. They will be glad to help you.
Congratulations! You have completed your first drag race.