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Source — California Speedway Media Relations
Date Posted — August 17, 2001
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Basic Technical Requirements
Vehicle must be registered in the state of California and carry valid insurance.

no water, fuel, oil or trans leaks.

No aftermarket electronic devices allowed (throttle stops, delay boxes, etc.)

Must be routed through street legal muffler(s). All runs will be monitored on a decibel meter. If it is too loud you will not be allowed to run. NO EXCEPTIONS! It is your responsibility.

Street legal DOT approved treaded tires, front and rear required on all vehicles. Tires will be inspected for overall condition (no bare tires).

All wheel studs, with lug nuts required. Broken or missing studs/lugs must be replaced before racing. Hub caps/wheel covers must be removed for inspection.

Lines & Hoses:
All fuel, transmission, brake and power steering lines must be secure and free of leaks. Neoprene fuel lines limited to 12" overall.

Overflow catch tank mandatory on all vehicles and no leaks.

Must have valid state driver's license. No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, bare feet permitted when racing. (Insurance requirement).

Required in all vehicles faster than 13.99 seconds. Helmet must meet SNELL 85 (effective Jan. 98) or better standards (must have label inside of helmet).

Must be securely fastened to floor or frame with minimum 4 attaching bolt and nuts. No sheet metal screws.

Seat Belts:
All cars and trucks must have as a minimum, an O.E.M.-type lap belt system, securely mounted to frame or floor.

Batteries & Ballast:
Batteries must be secured per OEM, or with minimum of 2 (two), 3/8" diameter bolts (no straps, bungee cords, wire, etc.) Loose ballast is not permitted on the racetrack, so be prepared to empty trunks and interiors of all loose items. Spare tires, jacks, etc. must be securely mounted or must be removed. Tools, jack stands, coolers, loose speakers, wheel covers, etc. are considered loose ballast and are not permitted on the track. If you don't need it, or don't want to leave it unattended, leave it at home.

Neutral Safety Switch:
All vehicles must be equipped with an operational Neutral Safety Switch. The neutral safety switch prevents the vehicle's starter from turning the engine over unless the transmission is in Park or Neutral (or unless the clutch pedal is depressed with a manual transmission).

Nitrous Oxide:
Bottles must be stamped as meeting DOT 1800-pound standards and must be securely bolted to the frame or floor (no bungee cords, hose clamps, etc). All fittings, hoses, etc. must be compatible from same manufacturer, vented to outside of driver compartment.

Roll Bars & Cages:
Roll bar required in any vehicle running between 10:00 and 11:99 E.T. (convertibles between 11:00 and 13:99). Roll cage required in any vehicle faster than 9.99 (convertibles quicker than 10.99). Roll bar / cage structures must meet minimum NHRA standards as found in the 1999 rulebook.

Must be registered for the street, front and rear brakes, chain guards, ignition cutoff switch, and functioning snapback throttle mandatory. Any pressurized container (air shifter bottles, nitrous bottles) must be stamped as DOT 1800-pound standards. Leather jacket, gloves and leather (above ankle) shoes mandatory (up to 120 mph). full-face helmet labeled as meeting SNELL 85 or better Mandatory.

When elapsed times are quicker than 11.99 specialized racing equipment is required. For example, when a roll bar or cage is required, so is an approved 5-point shoulder harness assembly. If you know or suspect that your vehicle will exceed these ET limits, we suggest contacting the NHRA Tech Department at (626) 914 4761 with your questions.

After Tech Inspection
Move your car forward and walk to the "Tech Registration Table" Where you will show I.D., sign a release of liability and get a wristband for restricted area access. Once you have completed registration, return to your car to have your number applied to your windows. You may now find yourself a "pit" location (10' X 20' max per car).

Hear the Call
Tune your car radio to 104.7 fm for the Speedway's PA announcements. All categories will be called to the staging lanes at random rotation. Listen for your category to be called. Please DO NOT come to the lanes until your category is called. Be sure to bring your "RUN CARD" and have all safety items in place with seat belts on. Also, leave all loose items out of vehicle.

Rev it up
When you get to the back of the staging area, you will be directed to a lane. At the front of the lane you will be asked for your "RUN CARD", get it punched and proceed as directed.

Burn - Out!!!
You will be directed to the "box", where a 5 second burn - out is permitted. On the Starting Line Official's signal, roll your car forward until the top two small yellow bulbs on your side of the christmas tree are lit… STOP. You are now STAGED and ready. When the tree is activated, you will see 3 amber bulbs flash ˝ second apart then GREEN…GO!!! GO on the GREEN. Hint: Try to leave on the last amber for a better reaction time.

Top Speed…
After crossing the Finish Line, let off the gas slowly apply the brakes. Stay in your lane and drive to the end of the track, turn left and return to the pits, stopping at "TIME-SLIPS" booth. Return road speed limit is 15 MPH.

Quiet Please
In our continued efforts to be good neighbors, we will be enforcing our "zero tolerance" policy for decimeter readings over limit. Also, please be considerate of what our neighbors think of us when leaving the facility…Drive Safely

California Speedway reserves the right to deny participation and revoke all rights and privileges pertaining to this event.####

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Article posted by staff on August 17, 2001.