RULES FOR 2013 SEASON - MARCH 8, 2013
Supersedes revision of March 8, 2011
May Be Amended
NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. They are intended solely as a guide for the conduct of the sport, and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to participants, spectators, officials, or others.
DEFINITION: Kentucky Vintage Racing Association is a DBA of Moore Motorsports Inc., a corporation whose owner and president is Mark Moore. It is a sole ownership. There are no committees or other officers. Any input from others is welcome and will be considered, but all final decisions will be made by KVRA President and Race Director Mark Moore.
MISSION STATEMENTS: It is our mission and goal to create, maintain, and grow a vintage stock car series that is exciting and enjoyable to all who participate. We are not perfect and we have made and will make mistakes from time to time. But we will strive to lead this series in a way that is in the best interest of everyone involved. We feel this is a great way for racers of all types (retired veterans, active drivers, and beginners) and their families to get involved in a growing sport with a bright future. We welcome anyone who wants to get on board.
1. GENERAL RULES AND POLICIES
The absence of a specific rule does not imply approval, consent, or permission. Do not assume or interpret an item to be correct or allowed just because it is not specifically addressed in the KRVA rules. If there is any doubt about the status of any rule, call the KVRA Technical Manager.
If the Technical Manager cannot answer the question, he will forward the inquiry to the KVRA President for clarification. The spirit and intent behind the technical language of KVRA rules will always prevail when an interpretation is made by KVRA officials. We cannot make rules to cover every given point or situation or to fit everyone's individual needs or personal preferences.
Participation in any KVRA event is by invitation only. Anyone wishing to participate must secure an invitation from KVRA in advance. Please contact KVRA Race Director, Mark Moore, via telephone or email 24 to 48 hours in advance of any event in which you wish to participate. If anyone fails to contact KVRA Race Director (Mark Moore) 24 to 48 hours in advance of an event, and they show up at that event, they will start in the rear of the field, and they will forfeit all prize money. This contact is critical prior to an event in order to facilitate KVRA's pre-race activities and eliminate unnecessary confusion
KVRA reserves the right to maintain a substance abuse program. KVRA reserves the right to require or administer random drug screenings.
1.1 - Interpretation of all KVRA rules and final decisions in application of the rules are at the discretion of KVRA officials..
1.2 - All KVRA drivers and pit crews will abide by the individual track rules and regulations while at a KVRA event.
1.3 - Participants who are guilty of dangerous or overly aggressive driving or poor sportsmanship on or off the track are subject to disciplinary action by KVRA as well as by track officials, according to their policies. It will be at the discretion of KVRA officials and / or the track flagman or stewards at each event to determine if a racer is guilty of rough or overly aggressive driving. KVRA's policy is to provide a verbal warning after a first incident, with subsequent violations punishable by probation, suspension or expulsion from KVRA competition, at the discretion of KVRA officials. Track rules take priority over KVRA rules if track officials or supervising law enforcement officials decide on more severe punishment in response to an incident.
1.4 - KVRA may at any time make amendments to these rules. Rule changes will be posted online on the KVRA Web site (http://www.kentuckyvintageracing.com) and noted in the official KVRA newsletter. It is crucial that each participant driver within the limits of his or her skill level and within the limits of the race car. This is a family-oriented sport. Vulgarity will not be tolerated. Acts of retaliation on or off the track will not be tolerated.
1.5 - Race cars are subject to be inspected by KVRA officials at any time.
It is the responsibility of the driver, not Kentucky Vintage Racing Association or its officials, to ensure that his/her seat belt restraint system and all components are SFI approved, correctly installed and maintained, and properly used.
The driver should wear a helmet in accordance with the directions provided by the helmet manufacturer and/or supplier. If a head and neck restraint system is connected, it should conform to the manufacturer's mounting instructions. Head and neck restraints are strongly recommended. There should be no sharp or protruding edges in and around the cockpit which would impede the driver's rapid exit from the car. A marked electrical kill switch in reach of the driver is strongly recommended.
2.1 - Fire-resistant uniforms and a full-coverage helmet (minimum Snell 90 rating) with full face shield are required for all drivers.
2.2 - Fire-resistant gloves and shoes are mandatory.
2.3 - One fire extinguisher, rated for gas and oil fires, is mandatory in each car. It must be fully charged, operational and securely mounted.
2.4 - The firewall at the front of the cockpit should be constructed to protect the driver against fire from the engine compartment. It should be fully constructed of metal to minimize air flow from the engine compartment into the cockpit and contain no holes or gaps.
2.5 - Driver's seat must be proper racing seat design and installed securely to the frame as per manufacturer's specifications.
2.6 - The use of at least a five-point safety harness, including crotch belt, is required. The system is to be mounted to the frame and not the floor pan. Belts and harnesses are recommended to be no more than 3 years old.
2.7 - Bead locks are recommended on the right rear wheel, but are not mandatory.
2.8 - Head and neck restraints are highly recommended.
2.9 - Solid steering wheels, for protection of wrists, are recommended.
2.10 - All cars must have suitable steel cage in driver's compartment, including head rest. Roll cage must be at least a six-point cage with a minimum of three horizontal bars in the left door area and at least two horizontal bars in the right door area. The cage must be welded to the frame and extend above driver's head. Roll bars must be padded in the driver's area.
2.11 - Window nets are mandatory on all conventional bodies and are recommended on all center-steer bodies.
2.12 - At least three bars or minimum 1/4-inch diameter mesh wire is mandatory in front of the driver.
2.13 - Batteries must be securely mounted. It is recommended that batteries located in the driver compartment be shielded.
2.14 - Cars with open drivelines must have a drive shaft catch loop made from minimum 1/4-inch by 1-1/4-inch steel, located near the front universal joint to prevent it from dropping to the ground. Open drive shafts must be painted white for visibility and safety.
2.15 - All electric fuel pumps must be wired so that when the ignition switch and/or disconnect switch is turned off, the fuel pump will be disabled. Any car with an electric fuel pump must have a rollover cut-off switch to disable the pump in the event the car is upside down and the driver cannot turn the switches off.
2.16 - Minimum of three-wheel brakes are required. Brakes may be disc or drum.
2.17 - Full metal floorboards are mandatory. Steel is recommended, especially under the driver.
3. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
3.1 - All bodies must be American-made steel bodies, 1948 and older models. A substantial amount of the original body and its appearance is to be maintained. Vintage truck bodies are allowed, as long as the original appearance is maintained; i.e., an original or fabricated bed or cargo box. KVRA officials reserve the right to determine whether a body includes too much custom fabricated material to retain the flavor of a vintage race car.
3.1.1 - No wings, airfoils, airdams, side skirts, spoilers, or other aerodynamic-assist devices are permitted. Lexan windows or panels are not permitted anywhere except in the windshield location or area.
3.2 - Chassis may be original vintage-type, replica vintage-type, stock front clip, or complete tubular-steel fabrication, with either straight axle or independent front suspension. Conventional rear axles are required (no independent suspension or transaxle); quick-change differentials are permitted. Transverse or elliptical leaf springs, coil springs, coilovers, or torsion-bar suspension systems may be used.
3.3 - There are no restrictions on tire/wheel brands, materials/compounds, types or sizes. Bead-lock wheels on the right rear are recommended but not required.
3.4 - Any inline or V-type steel-block engine is permitted; no limit on cubic-inch displacement. Aluminum blocks are not permitted. Aluminum heads are permitted. All heads must be 23-degree only; no 18-dgree or smaller-angle heads will be allowed. Fuel injection, superchargers or turbochargers are NOT permitted. Electronic, magneto, or conventional breaker-point ignition systems are permitted. Traction-control devices that limit wheelspin through computerized braking, acceleration retardation, or any other method of controlling wheel speed are NOT permitted.
3.5 - Gasoline or methanol may be used. To assist safety crews responding to an accident, cars using methanol fuel should have a prominent "A" advisory notice on the vehicle's body. No nitrous oxide, nitrous methane, propylene oxide or any type of additives are permitted. Fuel may be checked at any time.
3.5.1 - All cars must have steel or plastic fuel cells. No aluminum cells allowed. No part of the fuel cell may extend below protective tubing of the chassis.
3.6 - All cars start and move under their own power. No push-starting allowed except for a mechanical problem. Each car must have a full workable transmission with reverse. No "in-and-out" boxes are allowed.
4. RACE PROCEDURE
4.1 - KVRA officials will negotiate with tracks to secure race dates and obtain the best prize money package available. KVRA members are not to independently negotiate race dates or purse money with any track, nor invite other vintage clubs to participate in KVRA events. Any assistance in securing race dates or otherwise promoting the series is appreciated, but please use the appropriate channels through the KVRA officials.
4.2 - KVRA's role in each racing program is subject to the discretion of the track management, but we will strive for the opportunity to have warm-up laps, two heat races, and a feature event. Assuming that we will be permitted to run two preliminary races, the field will be arbitrarily divided into 1st and 2nd heats. Within those heats, the starting grids will be determined by pill prior to each event. This pill draw will be done by KVRA Race Director, Mark Moore, at his convenience after arriving at the racetrack. He will choose an available volunteer to actually draw the pills for each participant who has notified him in advance of the event. This will help streamline pre-race activities and facilitate a smoother process of getting the lineups posted and delivered to the racetrack officials, instead of waiting until everyone arrives at the racetrack (further delaying the process, causing more stress and confusion). Drivers may skip the pill draw and start at the back of the lineup for their heat race if they wish. The feature lineup will be determined by the finishing order of each heat race, with the fast heat competitors in the first half of the grid and the slow heat competitors filling out the field.
4.3 - HANDICAPS: To encourage the greatest diversity of winners and opportunities to win races, winners of events will be handicapped the next time they take part in a KVRA event, as follows: Any driver who wins two feature races in a row at the same track will be placed at the middle of the feature lineup the next time he competes at that track. The driver will start behind all second-heat cars. All other handicap rules are rescinded. The highest level of entertainment and competition must be maintained at each KVRA event in order to provide maximum value for the track promoter and fans and to ensure future growth. Due to the leniency of the rules package with regard to chassis, tires, engines, etc., and the diversity of driving talent and experience, there may be a potential for excessive domination by a single participant. If such a condition arises, the dominant competitor will be subject to scrutiny by KVRA officials. We encourage fierce competition in each event, but we will not allow one participant to dominate the series.
4.4 - Conduct of racing events will be done according to the rules and regulations of the host track. KVRA drivers are responsible for becoming familiar with and abiding by procedures and are encouraged to attend the track's pre-race drivers' meeting.
4.4.1 - It will be the responsibility of the inside pole sitter to keep the pace fast enough for reasonable starting conditions but slow enough to keep the field grouped together until the green flag falls.
4.4.2 - KVRA competitors are urged to immediately cease competition when the yellow flag is displayed and not race back to the caution, even if track rules permit it.
4.5 - The official finishing order or KVRA races will be confirmed by KVRA officials. Scoring will be done by track staff and/or KVRA officials.
4.6 - A pre-race drivers meeting will be held at each event. The time for the meeting will be posted at the KVRA trailer. It is the responsibility of each participant to be at this meeting on time. Any driver or car owner who misses the meeting will forfeit the prize money for that entry for that event.
5. MISCELLANEOUSRACING FLAGS:
- GREEN - Used to start the race and to signal the resumption of racing after a caution flag. Green lights around the track are illuminated when the starter waves the green flag and remain lit while competition is allowed to continue.
- YELLOW - Drivers are to cease competition, slow down and form up in line because of an unsafe situation such as a spinout or crash. Yellow lights are illuminated in synch with the display of the yellow flag.
- RED - Signals an emergency situation. All cars must stop immediately. Red lights are illuminated in synch with the display of the red flag.
- BLACK - Displayed to individual cars to order the driver to leave the track because of an unsafe mechanical condition or as a penalty for rough or unsafe driving.
- BLUE FLAG WITH YELLOW DIAGONAL STRIPE - Used to warn slower cars that faster traffic is overtaking them. Drivers who are being lapped should run a steady line and stay out of the way of the faster cars.
- WHITE - Signifies that the final lap is under way.
- CHECKERED FLAG - Race is complete.
GOOD TASTE: No derogatory or distasteful statements or logos will be permitted on any race car, hauler or driver's or crew member's uniform at any KVRA event.