This is an advanced course, every sign up will be carefully reviewed.
The day of the event if you do not meet the tandem requirements you will be put into the non tandem group. This is a very high speed course and must be treated as that.
-Pit speed is 5mph!!! Do not speed in the Pits.
-Absolutely no burnouts,donuts or dangerous driving in the pits.
-Pit areas must be kept clean.
-Drivers meetings are MANDATORY.
Here is a breakdown of the classes we use at Drift HQ Events:
Tandem (Class A) - Drivers who have proven themselves not only to have control of the car, but also to have control of their car when multiple cars are on the track at the same time. This is the only class permitted to have a single passenger.
Everyone Else: (Class B) - Drivers who have complete control of their car, drive the recommended line consistently, and very rarely make mistakes or spin. Also newly caged or caged drivers from other areas we need to evaluate for A class. Drivers who have proven themselves to have control of the car, drivers who can make mostly solid runs (spinning out on occasion).
A note about classes: just because you have a cage, DOES NOT automatically put you in A class, or mean you’re able to tandem at our events. If you’re a new driver, or from out of town with a cage, we will put you in B class for a run group, so we can see you drive, and know that you’re not going to be endangering other drivers or yourself by running tandem.
**Drift HQ staff reserves the right to move a driver up or down in class as needed.**
Tech: Driver Requirements
- The first thing to do after receiving entry to an event is secure a pit stall. Promptly prepare the vehicle to be track ready before arriving to the inspection area. Please form a line so that we know which car to tech next. The sooner we get you teched, the sooner you hit the track.
- All occupants must wear a safety helmet during on-track sessions. Only helmets certified to meet the following standards are permitted:
- Snell Memorial Foundation –SA2015,SAH2015, SA2020, SAH2020 SFI Foundation – Spec 31.2, Spec 31.2A
FIA 8860-2004, 8860-2001
- Full-faced helmets are recommended, open face are allowed only with eye protection.
Helmet chin straps must be buckled or fastened while on course.
- It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that both the driver and passengers keep limbs and body parts inside the vehicle while on a hot track (selfie sticks are OK).
- If you are involved in an incident or broken down, remain in your vehicle and assume the track is still hot until the safety crew reaches you. The ONLY time you should exit the vehicle on the track is if your vehicle is on fire. Then do so with extreme caution and assume the track is hot until the safety crew reaches you.
- Please use common sense. Speeding in the pits, coming off of the track at excessive speed or any other unsafe driving off track will not be tolerated.
- Please be respectful to the facility’s property. Please clean up after yourself in your pit stall. Be mindful of fluids and how they are disposed of. We want to leave a good impression of the Drift Community at the given venue.
- Only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used for storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. Approved safety cans or Department of Transportation approved containers shall be used for the handling and use of flammable liquids in quantities of 5 gallons or less.
- A safety can is (29CFR1926.155(1) an approved, closed container, of not more than 5 gallons capacity, having a flash arresting screen, spring closing lid and spout cover and so designed that it will safely relieve internal pressure when subjected to fire exposure.
- Stay safe. Only use approved gas cans.
- Age requirement for passengers is 13 years or older. No tandem (cage or no cage) with passengers 13-17 years of age. Cage required for tandem with passengers 18+.
Tech: Vehicle Requirements
- 1.1 Loose Items All loose items must be removed from the interior of the car (prior to tech inspection). This goes for the engine bay and under car as well. Please secure any loose items that could become hazardous to you, spectators or other drivers.
- 1.2 Convertibles/Roadsters must have a motorsport approved roll bar, no style bars are permitted. Vehicles are not allowed to run without doors. Cars under repair/projects must have structural rigidity around the entire car (ex: large sections missing leaving the car vulnerable in a crash). It is encouraged to run all body panels. Body panels (within reason) may be secured with zipties, duct tape, etc.
- 1.3 Seats Your seat(s) must be stable and properly secured in the car.
- 1.4 Seat-belts and Harnesses You must have functioning 3 point belts for all seats that hold drivers/passengers, or no less than a 3pt harness.
- 1.5 Cages Cages are required for multi-car tandems involving more than 2 cars. A minimum six-point roll cage with door bars is required. Cages should be constructed with proper engineered design and welding principles in mind. If you are planning on running Pro Am events, check your respective Pro Am series rulebook. Our cage rules are not nearly as strict, but we will still check for cracks, poorly gapped joints, bad welds, etc. Drivers are ultimately responsible for the construction and safety of the car. *These rules can change at the discretion of the staff. Meaning, if we see a non-cage driver with great car control, they may be permitted to run in a multi-car tandem of more than 3 cars. Or a caged driver can be restricted from a multi-car tandem group if they are exhibiting poor control, causing an unsafe situation.
- 1.6 Fire Extinguishers Fire extinguishers are required for all tandem drivers (caged and non-caged). Fire extinguishers are not required for single runs, but are highly recommended. Fire extinguishers must be securely mounted to the interior of the car.
- 2.1 Battery Tie Downs You must have battery tie downs. Factory or aftermarket battery tie downs must be in place and functional where ever your battery is placed. They should be strong enough to keep the battery from tipping/spilling (even if you have a leak proof or solid cell). There is always the danger of it flying free of its respective housing and leaking, causing injury or damage.
- 2.2 Positive Battery Terminal Your positive battery terminal must be covered with an OEM or better battery terminal cover.
- 2.4 Wiring Wiring must be clear of any foot or hand controls. Wires carrying voltage need to be covered by non-conductive material.
- 2.5 Tail Lights & Brake Lights Tail lights and brake lights must work as intended (especially for tandem).
- 2.6 Windshields must be installed and OEM glass or OEM replacement material and be free of cracks. Non-glass, Lexan/polycarbonate replacement windshields must be a minimum thickness of .1875-inch securely mounted and have a vertical brace made of .0625-inch aluminum and be .750-inch wide which is securely mounted down the center of the opening on inside the vehicle.
- 3.1 Your car must be free of all excessive fluid leaks: radiator, engine oil, trans/diff, power steering, brakes (S-Chassis power steering and brake fluid reservoirs must be covered to prevent overflow from heat saturation).
- 3.2 Full exhaust is not required for most events, but is highly recommended. *This rule can change depending on the venue restrictions.
- 4.1 Suspension Ball joints, tie rods, and all other suspension components must be in good condition and free of damage or excessive play. Trucks must have modifications to prevent excessive suspension travel and body roll.
- 4.2 Steering Steering wheel, hub, shaft and rack must be free of excessive play or binding.
- 4.3 Brakes Brake pedal must have firm pressure with low fade and brake shows, pads and rotors must perform as intended with minimal wear and no damage.
- 4.4 Lug Nuts All lug nuts must be in place and tight. Please be sure you are running the appropriate lug for your wheel and stud.