IHRA Official Rulebook

clearly visible on all appropriate sides of your vehicle.If your vehicle has additional numbers visible on the car, they must be covered entirely prior to competition. (A line across the number is not acceptable.) Failure to abide by this policy may result in loss of qualifying attempt or elimination round at race directors discreation. REFUELING: Refueling is not permitted once the engine has been started for a competitive run, unless instructed to do so by an IHRA official. REINSTATEMENT: There is no reinstatement policy, even if the winning car is unable to return. RE-RUNS: All runs will stand, except interruptions caused by electrical failure or weather. Incremental and speed variances have no bearing in determining an electrical interruption. If any “single” amber bulb is burned out on the competitor’s side of the tree, the race will be re-run. Track conditions, interference from the car in the other lane, etc will not constitute a re-run. Cars will run in the order they are paired. This includes qualifying and eliminations. Dial-in and lane choice will not change on the re-run. RETURN ROAD: All contestants must keep their speed to a minimum on the Return Road. Violation will result in disqualification. STAGING: All race cars will be called to the Staging Area by the announcer. Only one call is required. Five minutes after the first call, any machine not appearing in the Staging Area will be subject to disqualification. Any car left unattended in the Staging Lanes may be disqualified. Once a car reaches the front of the staging lanes for a run, it must be prepared to fire and race. If one of the vehicles fails to start when signaled by the head of staging official, it will be given 30 seconds to fire before being disqualified. If an entry loses fire, the head of staging or starting line official has the authority to not permit re-firing of the entry if there is not time or if it would be unsafe for the competitors, crew or spectators. Note: If a car is properly equipped with starter, battery, etc., but will momentarily not start, one (1) chance will be given to start the car in the lanes; however, it must be repaired before the next round. After proper staging and receiving the starter’s signal to go, it is not allowable to restage for a second attempt. To be considered a round winner, the competitors Final Staging motion, using vehicle’s applied power, must be in a forward motion going from pre-stage to stage position. The car’s starter is not considered “applied power”. Once the vehicle is staged it is considered in the race. Staging must be made with the front wheels only. Rear wheel starts prohibited. Failure to stage when so instructed by the starter or overstaging, or leaving the starting line before the timing system is activated, or leaving the starting line before the start system has been reset will result in no “E.T.” for that run, and possible disqualification. Deep staging is the sole responsibility of the driver. Special allowances for deep stagers do NOT need to be made by the starter and/or starting system. STARTING LINE ACCESS: All professional crew members must display the proper starting line credentials,to pass the head of staging during competition rounds. All drivers and crew members must follow the instruction of security officer/s. Failure to comply may result in fines or disqualification and loss of restricted area access. Once a car is Pre-Staged in any class, all crewmen must be back behind the designated cones or line. STARTING SYSTEM: The “Rollout” at all Sportsman Spectacular and Team Finals events will be set at 11 1/2” for Pre-stage and 11 1/2” for Stage, with 7” between the beams. This will be set using a wheel 22” in diameter. “Auto Start” will be used in all classes at National Events and Team Finals events. It will also be used at Pro-Am Divisional Events when host track is equipped with “Auto Start” system. Once both cars are pre-staged and the first car stages, the second car has a predetermined amount of time to stage before the tree is automatically activated. This predetermined amount of time is referred to as “Time Out”. If the second car fails to stage before the system “Times Out”, it will be given a red light. The time out for each class is as follows: Autostart Staged Staged Settings Minimum to Start Total Professional Classes 0.5 0.3 7 Top Dragster 0.6 0.9 10 Top Sportsman 0.6 0.9 10 Super Stock 0.6 0.9 10 Stock 0.6 0.9 10 Quick Rod 0.6 0.7 10 Super Rod 0.6 0.7 10 Hot Rod 0.6 0.8 10 ET Bracket/Team Finals 0.6 0.9 10 Junior Dragster (10-17) 1.0 0.8 15 Junior Dragster (7-9) 1.0 0.8 15



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