Board The Board of Directors of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, duly elected at its annual meeting.
O.E.M. Means and refers to original equipment manufacturer.
Stock Means the way that something came from the original equipment manufacturer and used as intended by original equipment manufacturer.
Participant Each and every driver, car owner, sponsor, mechanic, crew member or any other pit personnel taking part in any way in any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing event. All such persons have voluntarily become involved in a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing event, with the full understanding that he/she must abide by all of the rules and regulations of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION. By their participation in a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing event, all such persons acknowledge that they are fully aware of the risks involved in the sport of auto racing and that by participating in such a racing event they assume all such risks. This includes any participant entering the pit area whether racing or not.
Racing Event An auto racing event conducted at the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION’s racing facility.
Track Official An employee, independent contractor or agent of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION who assists in the conducting and promoting of the racing event, and interpreting and enforcing the rules, at LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION’s racing facility.
Track Rules The rules for a racing event at LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION’s racing facility, as published, posted, or announced at any drivers’ or pit meeting prior to any racing event.
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Rules The rules and procedures set forth in this rule book, as adopted by the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION. at their board meeting, and as amended in accordance with paragraph 1.4, and in effect for all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION racing events.
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION -Sanctioned Any racing event, being conducted by the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION at their racing facility.
SECTION 1 – GENERAL RULES
1.1 GENERAL APPLICATION
The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules shall apply to each and every participant who participates in any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned racing event. All participants subject to the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules are expected to know the rules and any claimed ignorance of the rules will not be accepted or tolerated. All racers, competitors, suppliers or sponsors having any question regarding the legality of any product must request the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION BOARD to review the same and render an opinion as to legality. All new products must be pre-approved by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION’s BOARD. Any and all parts including but not limited to clutches and transmissions that have not been prior approved by the BOARD will be considered illegal until such time that the BOARD has reviewed the product and rendered its decision as to whether or not the products falls within the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION racing rules. The decision of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION BOARD is final. The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION BOARD’s decision will be premised upon the intent and spirit of these rules. The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION BOARD will delineate what is authorized and not authorized under the rules. LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION reserves the right to adjust as they see appropriate.
1.2 EFFECTIVE DATE
The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules, and any amendment of rules, are effective upon the date of publication by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, regardless of when a person subject to the rules receives actual notice of the rule.
1.3 EXHIBITS AND DRAWINGS
Exhibits and drawings are deemed rules illustrations and are enforceable rules.
1.4 AMENDMENT OF RULES
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION reserves the right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules, exhibits or drawings that LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION deems necessary for the betterment and/or safety of racing. The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules may be amended at the board meeting of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, and subsequent publication in the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rulebook. In addition, the Board may issue amendments during the racing season in the form of dated technical bulletins, which shall be distributed electronically. Participants shall be responsible for being aware of and complying with all such amendments issued in the form of technical bulletins.
The LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules are applicable to all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned events and all track competitors.
1.6 COMPETITOR OBLIGATION
Every driver must inspect the racing surface and the race track area to learn of any defects, obstructions, or anything which, in the driver’s opinion, is unsafe, and the driver shall report that condition in writing to a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or track official. Any driver entering any racing event is considered to have inspected the track and determined that all conditions are satisfactory. If the driver does not feel that conditions are satisfactory, then the driver should not race. The driver further acknowledges that the driver is aware that auto racing involves risks and that by competing in an event the driver assumes these risks with full awareness and knowledge.
1.7 FINALITY OF DECISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
1.7.1 THE DECISIONS OF LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION RACE TRACK OFFICIALS, OR BY THE BOARD, AT A LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION SANCTIONED EVENT, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF RULES AND THE SCORING OF POSITIONS, SHALL BE FINAL, BINDING AND NON-APPEALABLE, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.8 BELOW.
1.7.2 ALL PARTICIPANTS, AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN A LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-SANCTIONED RACING EVENT, AGREE THAT ALL DECISIONS OF LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION BOARD, OR TRACK OFFICIALS, REGARDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION RULES, AND THE SCORING OF POSITIONS, SHALL BE NON-LITIGABLE. ALL PARTICIPANTS FURTHER COVENANT AND AGREE THAT THEY WILL NOT INITIATE ANY TYPE OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION TO CHALLENGE SUCH DECISIONS, TO SEEK MONETARY DAMAGES, TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE RELIEF OR TO SEEK ANY OTHER KIND OF LEGAL REMEDY. IF A PARTICIPANT PURSUES ANY SUCH LEGAL ACTION THAT VIOLATES THIS PROVISION, THEN THE PARTICIPANT EXPRESSLY AGREES TO REIMBURSE LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION FOR ALL OF ITS ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS IN DEFENDING AGAINST SUCH LEGAL ACTION.
1.8 REVIEW AND APPEAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURES
If an offense or infraction is discovered by a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION representative, in accordance with the rules, then a participant who has been suspended, or fined $300.00 or more by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, may seek an informal review or an appeal hearing regarding the fine or suspension as follows:
1.8.1 Informal Review
22.214.171.124 Procedure A participant desiring informal review of action taken by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION must submit a written request for informal review, accompanied by any relevant documentation, within the time, and in the manner, specified in paragraph 1.8.3 below.
126.96.36.199 Review and Decision An informal review panel will review the written request and documentation submitted. The panel, in its sole discretion, may elect to confer by telephone with the affected participant and/or interested parties; provided, however, the participant shall not have a right to request a telephone conference with the panel. A decision will be made by the panel and mailed to the participant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven (7) days of the receipt of the request for informal review.
188.8.131.52 Appeal Hearing After Informal Review Decision A participant aggrieved by a decision after an informal review may subsequently seek an appeal hearing by filing a request for appeal hearing within five (5) days after the date of receipt of the written informal review panel decision.
1.8.2 Appeal Hearing
184.108.40.206 Procedure A participant desiring an appeal hearing of action taken by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION must submit a written request for appeal hearing, accompanied by any relevant documentation, within the time, and in the manner, specified in paragraph 1.8.3 below.
220.127.116.11 Appeal Hearing Fee The request for an appeal hearing must be accompanied by a fee of $150.00 in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, which shall be non-refundable unless the hearing panel decides in the appealing participant’s favor.
18.104.22.168 Informal Review Not a Prerequisite An informal review is not necessary, or is not a prerequisite, before requesting an appeal hearing.
22.214.171.124 Hearing Within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the request for appeal hearing, the Board shall appoint an appeal panel and shall notify the participant of the date, time and place of the appeal hearing, which shall be scheduled not less than twenty (20) days, nor more than forty-five (45) days, from the date LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION received the request for appeal hearing. The panel will decide on the appropriate procedure for conducting the hearing and shall not be bound by formal rules of evidence or procedure but shall pursue the best procedure for obtaining the relevant facts to reach a decision.
The appealing participant shall appear in person at the hearing (but not through a representative or an attorney) and may be accompanied by not more than three witnesses. LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION’s head tech inspector, or other designated LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION person, shall appear in person at the hearing (but not through any representative or an attorney) and may be accompanied by not more than three witnesses. No other persons shall be present during the hearing.
The President of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or his designate shall conduct the hearing. No record of the hearing shall be made by either the participant or LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION by tape recording, court reporter or any other method.
126.96.36.199 Hearing Panel Decision After the hearing, a decision will be made by the hearing panel and will be mailed to the participant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven (7) days of the date of the hearing. The decision of the appeals panel shall not be further appeal able within LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or to any court, it being the agreement and understanding that this appeal hearing is the sole and final remedy for appeal of fines or suspensions.
1.8.3 Time for Filing, and Contents of, Request for Informal Review or Appeal Hearing A request for informal review, or a request for an appeal hearing, must be made in writing by the participant and sent to the Board, at the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION office, with a postmark no later than five (5) days after the date of receipt of written notice by the participant informing him/her of the imposition of the fine or suspension or, in the case of an appeal after an informal review, within five (5) days after the date of the receipt of the written informal review panel decision. In the case of both an informal review and an appeal hearing, the written request must specifically state what parts of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION action are to be reviewed, or are being appealed, and must set forth with particularity the grounds or reasons why the participant believes the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION action should be changed or overturned.
1.8.4 Composition of Informal Review and Appeal Hearing Panels An informal review panel, and an appeal hearing panel, shall each consist of three (3) members, designated by the Board, none of whom were involved in the original determination resulting in the fine or suspension or, in the case of an appeal hearing, none of whom participated as a panel member in any prior informal review relating to the same matter.
1.8.5 Continuation of Fines and Suspensions Fines and suspensions imposed shall remain in effect during the time period that any request for informal review or request for an appeal hearing is pending, notwithstanding the expiration of any suspension prior to the review or the hearing, until a decision has been made after informal review or after an appeal hearing.
1.9 VIOLATION OF SPIRIT AND INTENT OF RULES – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Any participant who defies or violates the intent or spirit of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules shall be considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be dealt with by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or track officials depending upon the nature of the infraction. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a fine of up to $300.00 and/or a suspension of up to one year and/or probation for up to one year from the date of infraction.
1.10 RESERVED PARTICIPATION RIGHT
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION reserves the right to refuse to accept the entry of any car or participant. Furthermore, LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION reserves the right to revoke or cancel any entry, or any participant’s claimed right to be on the track premises, if it is felt or determined that a participant’s presence or conduct is not in the best interest of the sport of auto racing, the other competitors, the spectators, track management and/or employees or LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION.
1.11.1 Driver Responsibility The driver is responsible for the actions of his pit crew in all respects. The driver shall be the sole spokesperson for his/her car owner and pit crew in any and all matters, and must talk with the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, Board Representative or track official in charge regarding their conduct or behavior.
1.11.2 Fighting Any participant directly involved with any fighting or misconduct at any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned event, on the race track, in the pits, or at any time while on the track premises, may be fined up to $300.00, and/or may be suspended from all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION events for up to, two weeks from the date of infraction and/or shall forfeit all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION points to the date of infraction and all prize money earned for the event. Participant shall be as defined in definitions.
1.11.3 Assault/Abuse of Officials No participant shall subject any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION official, track official, track employee, or sponsor to any abusive or improper language at any time. Any driver who gets out of his/her race car, or any participant, who assaults or threatens any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION official, track official, track employee, Board Member or sponsor, may be suspended for up to two weeks from the date of infraction and may be fined up to $300.00 and/or shall forfeit all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION points
1.11.4 Alcoholic Beverages Consumption of beer or alcoholic beverages in the pit area, or being under the influence of beer or alcoholic beverages in the pit area, is prohibited until the entire program for all divisions is completed. If a participant is caught consuming alcoholic beverages in the pit area, or is deemed to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages in the pit area, before the entire program for all divisions is completed, he/she shall be immediately ejected from the race track premises and shall be subject to a mandatory fine of $300.00 and/or a (90)-day suspension.
1.11.5 Speeding in the pits Any participant determined by a track representative to be speeding in the pits will be subject to a fine of up to $50.00 and/or disqualification, forfeiture of pay, and /or forfeiture of points for the night. For any subsequent violation in the same racing season participant will be subject to a fine of up to $100.00 and/or disqualification, and/or forfeiture of pay, and/or forfeiture of points for the night, and up to (30) day suspension.
1.11.6 Reckless Endangerment Any participant determined by a track representative to have committed gross misconduct which could or does endanger any participant, fans or official of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION will be subject to a fine up to $300.00 and/or disqualification, and/or forfeiture of pay, and/or forfeiture of points for the night, and /or up to a (30) day suspension.
1.12 LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION DRUG POLICY
1.12.1 Illegal Drugs – Definition Illegal drugs are those substances or drug substances defined and prohibited by state and/or federal laws.
1.12.2 General Prohibition Possession or use of illegal drugs or drug substances, as defined above, is prohibited in any form, by any participant at a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned track, either on the race track grounds or in any area considered to be used in the operation of the race track, such as parking lots or leased properties.
1.12.3 Participant A participant is as defined in the definitions in this rulebook. All such participants are considered to be responsible for their personal conduct.
1.12.4 Specific Prohibition, Violations and Penalties Any person who is:
188.8.131.52 found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, any illegal drug or drug substance on the race track property; or
184.108.40.206 arrested by duly constituted authorities and charged with possession and/or use of illegal drugs or drug substances, regardless of whether the offense occurred on or off the race track property; or
220.127.116.11 formally charged by a court of law with any illegal drug violation, regardless of whether the offense occurred on or off the race track property,
18.104.22.168 SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING PENALTIES BY LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION:
22.214.171.124 Suspension from competition and eviction from all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned tracks, and denial of further entry to LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned events for a period to be determined by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION officials.
126.96.36.199 Any participant who is formally charged by a court of law with an illegal drug violation, regardless of the level of the offense, upon LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION being so advised, shall be suspended from all forms of participation at LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned events until such time as the charges are fully adjudicated through the legal process.
188.8.131.52 Any participant convicted of an illegal drug violation, regardless of the level of the offense, by a court of law shall be prohibited from taking part in any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned event for a minimum period of one (1) year from the date of conviction.
184.108.40.206 In addition, during any suspension imposed above, all point fund money, including all contingency awards, shall be held by the track or LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION pending adjudication of the charges and shall be forfeited if the participant is convicted of the charges.
1.12.5 Appeal and Hearing Any participant suspended for violation of these drug policy rules will be granted a formal appeal hearing by a panel designated by the Board, provided the suspended participant requests such a hearing, to the Board in writing, within fourteen (14) calendar days of the date of suspension. It is the responsibility of the suspended participant to make such a request for a hearing.
1.12.6 Reinstatements A participant suspended for violation of these drug policy rules, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF PERSONS CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS, may as the result of a decision reached through the appeal and hearing process be reinstated, if:
220.127.116.11 In the case of drug use, it is mutually agreed that the participant, at his or her own expense, will produce documentation from a physician licensed within the state, certifying that he or she is drug-independent, as a result of random and periodic examinations and urinalysis testing, made at the request of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION.
18.104.22.168 In the case of drug possession, that the participant produces evidence, satisfactory to the hearing panel, that he or she was not in possession of illegal drugs.
1.12.7. Prescribed Drugs If a participant is using prescription drugs on the advice of a physician, such use must be reported to the chief pit steward or racing director prior to the participant’s entry into any race track activities. Failure to so notify will subject the participant to penalties as prescribed above.
1.13 PROBATION AND SUSPENSIONS
1.13.1 Probation All fines and suspensions will automatically carry a one-year-from-date-of-infraction probationary period.
1.13.2 Fines and Suspensions A participant fined and suspended in one class is suspended from participating in all other classes until the expiration of the suspension and the payment of the fine. However, participants shall only lose track points in the class for which the fine and suspension was imposed.
1.14 DURATION OF PENALTIES
All penalties will apply throughout the entire LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION racing season and will apply to all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned events. Any suspensions of ninety (90) days or less, which have not been fully served as of the end of the racing season will commence with the beginning of the point season in the following year and continue until fully served.
1.15 ILLEGAL PARTS
1.15.1 Illegal Parts Illegal parts shall be any parts or components of a race car, or any alterations or modifications to any such parts or components, which do not meet the particular LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules and specifications of the class in which the race car is competing. This includes any questionable parts until deemed legal by the board.
1.15.2 Illegal Being illegal consists of any aspect of the race car that violates, or results in a violation, of any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules or specifications.
1.15.3 Disallowed if Not Allowed If the rules do not specifically allow a part or component, or do not allow specific alterations or modifications to a part or component, then that part or component is disallowed.
1.15.4 Removal of Identifying Marks Any grinding, defacing or otherwise removing or obliterating of casting marks, casting numbers or any other identifying marks or numbers on a motor or chassis part will automatically render that part illegal.
1.15.5 Penalty Except for a specific penalty as otherwise provided, the penalty for illegal parts, or being illegal, as defined above, whether discovered through a post-race inspection, through tear down, as a result of a protest or in connection with a claim, shall be up to $300.00 fine, and/or up to a suspension of thirty (30) days, loss of all points and forfeiture of all money and awards earned for that event.
1.16 RESERVED TEAR DOWN RIGHT
1.16.1 Tear Down After the feature race, LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or the track official, reserves the right to tear down the engine of any race car in any class. This reserved tear down right is separate and distinct from any inspection to which any race car in any class is subject under Rule 2.10.
1.16.2 Procedure A tear down shall consist of the disassembly of the upper end, or lower end, or both, of the engine. An upper-end tear down includes, but is not limited to, the removal of the carburetor, spacer plates or adapters, valve covers, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, headers, valve train components and heads. A lower-end tear down includes, but is not limited to, removal of oil pan, crankshaft, rods and pistons.
1.16.3 Fee for Tear Down LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or the track official, shall advise the driver that a tear down is requested and shall post a tear down fee that is equal to the protest fees set forth in Paragraph 5.5.1 If, after tear down, the engine is found to be legal, then the posted tear down fee will be paid to the driver. If, after tear down, the engine is found to be illegal, the posted tear down fee will paid to the person that protested.
1.16.4 Illegal Parts If any engine parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of Rule 1.15 regarding illegal parts, and of Rule 1.17 regarding confiscation of illegal or questionable parts, shall apply.
1.17 CONFISCATION OF ILLEGAL PARTS
1.17.1 All illegal parts or components discovered through inspection, through tear down or as a result of a protest or claim, shall be confiscated by track officials and forfeited by the participant to LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION.
1.17.2 All such forfeited parts, shall be delivered by track officials to LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION and shall become the property of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION to be disposed of in its discretion.
1.17.3 Failure of a participant to surrender illegal or questionable parts for further research or confiscation shall result in a separate penalty, in addition to any other penalties for illegal parts under these rules, of two (2) times the estimated retail value of the illegal parts (as determined by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION).
1.18 INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
All LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION participants are independent contractors and are not the agents or employees of LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION. LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION participants, as independent contractors, are solely responsible for preparing their racecars to perform in LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing events in accordance with the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules and procedures. As independent contractors, LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION participants are solely responsible for compensating their employees, agents or pit crewmembers. LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION participants, as independent contractors, also assume full responsibility for reporting or filing any reports or tax returns with the appropriate authorities on any and all earnings or funds received as a result of their participation in LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing events, including, but not limited to, Federal Social Security taxes, Federal income taxes, state income taxes, Federal and state withholding taxes, unemployment taxes and workers compensation insurance.
1.19 COMPETITOR AGREEMENT REGARDING RULES
A participant, by competing in a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned event, specifically agrees and acknowledges the following:
1. 19.1 That he or she is familiar with and understands all of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules and procedures as set forth in this rulebook.
1. 19.2 That by participating in a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing event, he or she specifically agrees to abide by all of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules and procedures.
1. 19.3 That by entering a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned racing event, a competitor certifies that his or her racecar meets all of the requirements of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules for participating in a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned racing event.
1. 19.4 That, if as a result of an inspection, tear down, protest, or claim, a competitor’s race car is determined to be illegal, it is the sole responsibility of the competitor, who bears the burden of proof, to prove that his or her race car is in compliance with the applicable LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION rules and requirements.
SECTION 2 – TRACK POLICIES
2.1 PREVAILING POLICY
2.1.1 Any disagreements over technical questions or operations will be resolved by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or track officials. When their decision is rendered, such decision is final and binding, except as provided in Paragraph 1.8.
2.1.2 LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or track officials will establish the length, frequency and administration of all events and programs, and when their decision is rendered, that decision is final and binding and non-appeal able.
2.2.1 To race in any LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned event a driver must be at least sixteen (12) years of age, have purchased a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION membership, have not been convicted of an illegal drug violation during the one-year period prior to the date of the application and be in good standing.
2.2.2 Any driver who permits someone else to use his/her membership card will be subject to a mandatory fine of up to $300.00 and/or disqualification.
2.2.3 A current LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION membership card and a driver’s license or picture I.D. must be presented at the time of sign-in and registration.
2.2.4 A driver must have a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION point fund membership to collect a point fund check. All points only go with the driver unless otherwise specified.
2.2.5 Only a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION driver with a current membership may protest.
2.2.6 No driver or other participants may enter the race track or pit area until he/she has personally signed all releases, registrations and entry forms. No person will be permitted to sign the release sheet for any other person other than himself/herself. Any participant who fails to sign all release and registration forms will be disqualified and any prize money will be forfeited.
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Membership – $20.00
LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Membership/Point Fund – $25.00
2.3 PIT AGE REQUIREMENT
All persons under the age of eighteen (18) must have a signed minor release form on file at the track.
2.4 RACE PROCEDURES
2.4.1 Every person driving a race car on the track must wear the required helmet and cinched harness and lap belt whenever in the race car, including warm-ups, hot laps and races.
2.4.2 No person, except the driver and LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION and/or track officials, is allowed on the race track at any time after the race starts.
2.4.3 All drivers are responsible for registering their cars and having a number drawn for their starting position in the heat race. A car may be registered and compete in only one class per night (event).
2.4.4 If a car is unable to start the race, all cars behind that car’s position will advance one position (either directly, or by criss-crossing their cars, at the track’s option). Cars entering the track on the parade lap will start at the rear of the field, regardless of their qualifying position.
2.4.5 If a car moves out of position before the green flag is thrown, the driver may be penalized two positions and points at the pay-off window.
2.4.6 When a race is stopped after the completion of at least one (1) lap, cars shall be lined up in the order in which they were running at the completion of the last full lap before being stopped. The car or cars causing the race to be stopped, if any, shall start at the rear. If a car causes a race stoppage twice in the same race, that race car will be sent to the pits, but will be scored and receive points for its finishing position as if it had dropped out of the race at that time.
2.4.7 A race may be stopped at the discretion of the starter or officials at any time they consider it DANGEROUS or UNSAFE to continue.
2.4.8 Any car being lapped consistently by the field may be black-flagged at the flagman’s discretion.
2.4.9 Track may designate the tire compound for either the feature event or for the entire season.
2.4.10 Track can run more than one heat in any class, but there must be a minimum of five (5) cars in each heat.
2.4.11 If a race car passes the pace car, that race car shall be put to the rear of the field.
2.5 DRIVER OR ENGINE CHANGES
2.5.1 No driver or car changes are allowed after the heat races.
2.5.2 The driver may qualify only one car in a class. In the event of a wreck in practice, the driver will be allowed to qualify another car provided that that car has not yet been qualified.
2.5.3 If a driver changes motors between the qualifying event and the next event, he or she will have to start in the last position in the main event. This rule will be exempt on multiple-day events.
2.6.1 For regular weekly events, the racetrack shall have the option to use a line-up based upon either:
A. A point-average system, involving a draw for the heat races and the use of a three-week point average (based upon the last three events that a competitor had competed in at that race track) for the feature race; or
B. A draw-for-position system, involving a draw for the heat races and then the re-draw procedure outlined below for the feature race; provided, however, a race track using the draw-for-position system may use two (2) straight-up starts for the features two (2) times during the racing season.
2.6.2 Under the point-average system, the same number of cars as specified for re-draws in Paragraph 2.6.4 must be inverted for the feature race.
2.6.3 Under the re-draw procedure, the top finishers in the heat races will re-draw for starting position in the feature race.
2.6.4 The re-draw for all classes of cars is as follows: one (1) heat race, re-draw six (6); two (2) heat races, re-draw five (5); three (3)heat races, redraw four (4); four (4) heat races, redraw three (3); five (5) heat races, redraw two (2).
2.6.5 The re-draw for starting positions will be done in an area where it can be observed by the drivers.
2.6.6 The driver must finish the heat race in order to be eligible for the re-draw.
2.7 GOOD STANDING
You must be in good standing with the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION in order to receive any point fund money and/or other awards. All fines must be paid, all suspensions must be fully served and all outstanding debts to LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION must be fully paid in order to be considered to be in good standing with LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION. LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION reserves the right to offset the amount of any outstanding fine or other monies due to LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION from a participant against any point fund money or other award to which the participant may be entitled. This includes any participants who have fines, suspensions or debts pending with LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION.
2.8 RACE CAR NUMBERS/LETTERS
Drivers are responsible for notifying LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION of their current car number or number changes. Numbers/letters must be at least eighteen (18) inches high, may consist of any combination of no more than three (3) numbers and letters, must be in a contrasting color to the background color, and must be neatly painted on both door panels and on the roof or wing and facing the grandstand. Reflective, mirror-like, or prismatic numbers are not allowed. Hard-to-see car colors [black, navy, maroon, brown] are strongly discouraged. A six-inch-by-six-inch number of contrasting color must be on the front of car as well as the back of car.
2.9 POST-RACE SCALING
In all classes, the top three (5) race cars in each qualifying race and the top five (5) race cars in their feature race must scale. Any driver required to scale, immediately following the qualifying and/or feature events, who:
A. Does not go directly to the scales, or
B. Avoids going to the scales, or
C. Does not remain at the scales until scaled, or
D. Does not meet the minimum weight for the class, according to the scale at the race track for the event,
If in the heat race, shall be disqualified from the heat race and shall forfeit all points as well as all prize money for the heat race, but shall be allowed to start at the back of the last chance, consolation or feature race.
If in the feature race, shall be disqualified and shall forfeit all points as well as all prize money for the feature race, but may still be subject to the claim rule, if applicable.
2.10.1 Timing and Scope of Inspection All race cars competing in LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION events are subject to inspection by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or track officials, at any time, and to any extent or degree, as determined by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or track officials, in their sole discretion. The decisions by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or track officials, regarding the specific race cars to be inspected, and the timing, scope or extent of any inspection, are final, binding and non-appeal able, except as provided in Paragraph 1.8.
2.10.2 Types of Inspection
22.214.171.124 Minimum Specifications Inspection An inspection, usually conducted at the beginning of a racing season or a racing event, to determine whether a race car complies with the minimum applicable chassis and body specifications and all safety requirements. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event.
126.96.36.199 Pre-Race Inspection An inspection, conducted in advance of a racing event, including a minimum specifications inspection, to determine whether a race car complies with applicable chassis and body specifications, safety requirements and any other rules or specifications, in the discretion of the track officials. Any deficiencies or rule violations discovered must be corrected before the racecar will be allowed to compete in the racing event.
188.8.131.52 Post Race Inspection An inspection, conducted after a racing event, to determine whether a race car complies with all of the applicable rules and specifications, for that class of race car, with the scope and extent of the particular items to be inspected to be determined by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or the track officials, in their sole discretion.
2.10.3 Effect of Prior Inspection The fact that a race car has passed a minimum specifications inspection, a pre-race inspection or any inspection at any other time, is no guarantee or assurance that the race car will pass a post-race inspection.
2.10.4 Cooperation of Driver In connection with any type of inspection, the driver must cooperate with LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION, or track officials, to enable track officials to conduct or complete an inspection, including removing or disassembling various parts or components.
2.10.5 Refusal or Termination of Inspection
184.108.40.206 Any driver who refuses to allow a pre-race or a minimum specification inspection to be conducted will not be allowed to compete in the racing event.
220.127.116.11 Any driver who refuses to allow a post-race inspection, or who terminates an inspection in progress, shall be fined up to $1,000.00, lose all points, forfeit all money and awards for that event and/or suspended for up to thirty (30) days.
SECTION 3 – MINIMUM STANDARDS
3.1.1 At any time, before, during or after an event, LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION or track officials may require additional measures or equipment, or make additional determinations, as they deem necessary to further reduce the risk to competitors.
3.1.2 All cars are subject to a minimum specification inspection at any time and a refusal of such inspection is subject to Rule 5.8.3 It is the responsibility of the driver to prepare his/her car to comply with all minimum specifications, to be free of defects, and in safe racing condition.
3.3.1 Helmets Helmets are required and must be a minimum of SNELL 2005 SA RATED. Manufacturer tag and SNELL sticker must not be removed. Helmet must be worn at all times when the car is on the track and must accompany the vehicle at time of inspection. The helmet must have a face shield or eyewear protection, which must be in place while the car, is on the track. For championship sprints, a full-face helmet is strongly recommended. Neck brace is strongly recommended.
3.3.2 Driving Suit A driving suit of a flame-retardant nature must be worn by all competitors. If the driving suit is a two-piece suit, both the top and the bottom must be worn at the same time.
3.3.3 Exhaust System Exhaust systems must be mounted in such a way as to direct spent gases away from the cockpit area of the vehicle and away from areas of possible fuel spillage.
3.3.4 Exhaust Noise Suppression It is mandatory for the exhaust system to be equipped with a muffler of some type so as not to exceed a decibel level of 100 decibels at 100 feet. However, if governmental ordinances require a lower decibel level, then it it may be mandatory for the exhaust system to be equipped with a muffler so as not to exceed that lower decibel level. In all cases, the decibel level should be measured at racing speed or RPM and shall not be exceeded anywhere around the racetrack.
3.3.5 Fuel Cell Safety-approved fuel cells are mandatory. Fuel cells must be enclosed in a metal case of 18-gauge metal and must have a protective hoop at the rear that extends at least one (1) inch below the fuel cell. The fuel cell overflow hose MUST go to the bottom of the cell on the outside and must be fastened at the bottom of the cell, or a ball check valve must be used. All fuel cells must have a minimum of two (2) 2-inch X 18-inch metal straps or equivalent metal surrounding the fuel cell.
3.3.6 Batteries Batteries must be securely mounted and shielded. Batteries mounted inside the vehicle must be in marine-type cases mounted in the vehicle with at least one 2 inch nylon strap with a metal fastener. 12-volt batteries only.
3.3.7 Loose Objects Loose objects and/or weights will not be allowed above the interior tin or deck or in the driver’s compartment. Any weight added to other areas of the vehicle must be securely mounted using a minimum of two (2) 1/2-inch bolts through the weights. Weights must be painted white and have your car number painted on them.
3.3.8 Shoulder Harness, Belts, Restraints & Nets A competition shoulder harness, at least three (3) inches wide, and a lap belt at least three (3) inches wide are required. No OEM factory-type shoulder belts or straps will be allowed. Metal-to-metal buckles are required on the shoulder harness and the lap belt. The harness must be mounted in at least FIVE (5) points below the driver’s shoulders [SUB STRAP]. Arm restraints or window net are mandatory. Roll bar padding and neck brace are strongly recommended. Beginning in 2004, belts and harness CANNOT be over three (3) years old. Also in 2004 window nets will be mandatory in all classes.
3.3.9 Kill Switch A kill switch is required and must be within easy reach of the driver with the shoulder harness and lap belt fully cinched. This kill switch must be clearly marked “off” and “on.”
3.3.10 Drive Shaft Hoops Drive shaft hoops are required and must be constructed of at least the equivalent of 1/4-inch by 2-inch steel and must be mounted in such a manner as to contain the drive shaft in case of breakage. The hoop must be no closer than 5 inches from the center of the u-joint and no further than 9 inches back from the u-joint at the end of the transmission. The drive shaft MUST be painted white.
3.3.11 Mirrors and Radio No mirrors or radios of any kind are allowed at any time.
3.3.12 Steering Wheel A quick-disconnect steering wheel is optional.
3.3.13 Brakes All cars must have brakes on all four (4) wheels. Pure Stocks must be able lock up all (4) wheels at any given time. No carbon fiber brakes allowed.
18.104.22.168 Loss of Weight or Muffler Any car losing a weight or muffler during a race will be subject to disqualification from that race.
SECTION 4 – POINT SYSTEM
4.1 POINT SYSTEM
Points only go to the driver or drivers designated prior to the first time the car is raced. POINTS DO NOT GO WITH THE SALE OF THE CAR. Points will be awarded at all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned events on the following basis:
4.1.1 General Points go to the driver. The driver will receive the best point finish between the heat race or the consolation race event before entering the feature [one event only].
4.1.2 Eligibility for Points If a race car pulls out onto the race track, under its own power, with the intent to race, then the driver will receive the points for the finish in that race.
4.1.3 Show Points All drivers in each class participating in the race events at a track will receive show points based upon the number of cars participating in that class, as follows:
A. 1 to 9 cars participating, ten (10) show points.
B. 10 to 15 cars participating, eleven (11) show points.
C. 16 or more cars participating, twelve (12) show points.
Participating means that a car must take a green flag at some time during the racing program, including hot laps.
4.1.4 Heat Races
Pos. Points Pos. Points
1st 10 6th 5
2nd 9 7th 4
3rd 8 8th 3
4th 7 9th 2
5th 6 10th 2
4.1.5 Consolation Races
Pos. Points Pos. Points
1st 5 4th 2
2nd 4 5th 2
[All other cars in races receive 2 points]
4.1.6 Feature Races
Pos. Points Pos. Points Pos. Points Pos. Points
1st 35 7th 28 13th 22 19th 16
2nd 33 8th 27 14th 21 20th 15
3rd 32 9th 26 15th 20 21st 14
4th 31 10th 25 16th 19 22nd 13
5th 30 11th 24 17th 18 23rd 12
6th 29 12th 23 18th 17 24th 11
[All other cars in races receive 11 points]
SECTION 5 – ENGINE PROTEST RULE
The engine protest rule is only applicable to all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION sanctioned classes at all LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION-sanctioned track openers, regular weekly shows and specials.
5.2 RACE CARS SUBJECT TO BEING PROTESTED
All race cars competing in the feature event.
5.3 RACE CARS ELIGIBLE TO PROTEST
Any race cars competing in the feature event, which;
5.3.1 Have a driver who possesses a LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION membership.
5.3.2 Have a driver who executes a confidential “silent protest” with a track tech official prior to the start of the feature race and has tendered the required protest fee.
5.4 RACE CARS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PROTEST
5.4.1 Those drivers not possessing applicable Wissota membership or LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION membership for classes sanctioned by LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION.
5.5 PROTEST FEE
5.5.1 Pure Stock – $100.00 for either the top end or the bottom end, or $250.00 for both. $100.00 for the transmission. $100.00 for the suspension or driveline. Two(2), items only.
5.5.3 Disposition of protest fee. If, after tear down, the engine is found to be legal, 100% of the protest fee will be paid to the protested driver. If, after the tear down, the engine is found to be illegal, 100% of the protest fee will be returned to the protesting driver.
5.6 PROTEST PROCEDURE
After the feature race, a track official will notify the driver of the relevant racecar that his racecar has been protested. The protested driver shall then proceed directly to the area designated for inspection and tear down pursuant to a protest. Track officials will then proceed, in accordance with the class of racecar protested, to tear down the engine in the protested racecar, as follows:
5.6.6 Pure Stocks – tear down of upper end, or lower end, or both. Removal of necessary components to check bore, stroke, heads, rods and crankshaft.
5.7 SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PROTESTS
5.7.1 Only the driver with a membership may protest.
5.7.2 A driver may only protest one engine per race.
5.7.3 Only the board has the final word on the legality of the race cars involved in a protest.
5.7.4 No person shall prevent or interfere with the protest procedure.
5.8 PENALTIES OR SANCTIONS RELATED TO PROTESTS
5.8.1 If any engine parts are found to be illegal, the provisions of Rule 1.16 regarding illegal parts, and Rule 1.18 regarding confiscation of illegal parts, shall apply.
5.8.2 Withdrawal of protest If a driver declares an intent to protest, and tenders the required protest fee, and then the driver changes his/her mind and withdraws the protest, then the driver will forfeit all money and awards for the event and shall also lose all points earned to date.
5.8.3 Refusal of protest A driver who refuses to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest shall be subject to the following penalties:
22.214.171.124 First refusal Upon first refusal to allow an inspection/tear down pursuant to a protest, driver forfeits all cash and all contingency winnings for the event, any trophies earned in the feature, plus loss of all points earned to date plus the driver shall be fined a $300.00 and suspended for (7) days.
126.96.36.199 Second refusal Upon second refusal, driver forfeits all cash and all contingency winnings for the event, any trophies earned in the event, and loss of all points earned to date. In addition, driver shall be fined $500.00 and suspended for one (30) days from date of the infraction.
SECTION 6 – LATE MODELS
Late Models are subject to all applicable WISSOTA Rules as well as rules contained in sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.10, 3.1, and 3.3.14 of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Rule book.
SECTION 7 – MODIFIEDS
Modifieds are subject to all applicable WISSOTA Rules as well as rules contained in sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.10, 3.1, and 3.3.14 of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Rule book.
SECTION 8 – MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Midwest Modifieds are subject to all applicable WISSOTA Rules as well as rules contained in sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.10, 3.1, and 3.3.14 of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Rule book.
SECTION 9 – SUPER STOCKS
Super Stocks are subject to all applicable WISSOTA Rules as well as rules contained in sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.10, 3.1, and 3.3.14 of the LAKEHEAD RACING ASSOCIATION Rule book.
SECTION 10 – PURE STOCKS
ALL THE RULES IN SECTIONS 1-5 APPLY TO THIS CLASS