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Q: You run “heads up” at RaceLegal.com all the time, but now I see “shoot-out” bracket racing advertised every now and then. What’s going on?
A: Your RaceLegal.com program was developed as the safer and sanctioned track alternative to illegal street racing. Therefore we consistently run a “heads-up” street legal format designed to attract the the 16 – 26 year old target population who is statistically most likely to be involved in high risk illegal street racing activity.
However, we have always provided the opportunity to race bracket to those who prefer this format all the time, or occasionally. It’s real simple. Find a willing contestant (Code Four is an excellent example). When you reach the burnout box announce to the track official that “this is a bracket race and my dial-in is ____.” You and your competitor’s dial-ins are entered into our timing tower computers and you’re off with a staggered light that sets up the proper handicap for both you and your competitor. The neat thing is that you can race all night that way if you want.
We also offer periodic “RaceLegal.com Bracket Race Shoot-outs.” These are sponsored events that include an optional “buy-in.” You’ll need a well calculated “dial-in,” pay your entry fee, make some practice passes and then join the fun for the “shoot-out” portion of the event. Cash prizes are awarded for the top finishers.
If you have any questions about any of this, just ask our race officials. They will be glad to both teach and coach you so that you can take full advantage of the RaceLegal.com experience.
Q: Can I race my car uncorked (i.e. with a cutout or open headers)?
A: We have a 93 decibel noise limit that we are obligated to enforce through our contract with San Diego Qualcomm Stadium. From the perspective of common sense, the continued operation of our program depends on the goodwill of our neighbors in the surrounding areas, and maintaining reasonable controls on what some people strangely consider objectionable noise (no matter how we feel about it) helps us stay on good terms with the community.
A: While we would prefer that you race with your tops up or sunroof in, we also understand that there may be situations where your helmet touches the roof of the car and creates a safety problem. If you have this problem, please contact the Lead Vehicle Inspector for permission to run “topless”.
Q: Can I run slicks on my car?
A: Yes, cars and motorcycles can run slicks. To accommodate the high demand of improving traction, we spray both tracks with VP (a traction compound) and subsequently have approved slicks. The safety factor needed to run slicks was VP.
Q: Can I use nitrous oxide (NOS)?
A: Yes, you may, as long as you meet some basic safety standards. The nitrous bottles must be properly mounted and secured, and be approved by the DOT for use in a nitrous oxide system. All fuel and nitrous lines and solenoids must be securely and appropriately installed and in good condition. If the nitrous oxide bottle is mounted in the same compartment as the driver (in other words, not separated by a fixed, substantial bulkhead from the passenger compartment), you MUST have a ‘blowdown’ or ‘dump’ tube installed on the pressure relief valve assembly. It is highly recommended that vehicles with separate trunks use a dump tube as well, but is not mandatory. Vehicles such as pickups with the nitrous oxide bottle mounted in the bed are also exempt from the blowdown tube requirement.
Note that this rule is not negotiable – if an unvented bottle is revealed in tech inspection, you will be given the choice of running with the bottle completely removed from the vehicle, or getting a refund at the gate. If you are subsequently caught running with a previously rejected bottle that has mysteriously reappeared in your car, you will be disqualified without refund, and you may be asked not to RaceLegal at the discretion of track officials.
For the purposes of this rule, cars such as late model F-bodies, hatchbacks, wagons, sport utility vehicles, or “5 door” cars are not considered to have separate trunk areas, security panels notwithstanding. Sedans with fold-down rear seats or trunk ‘pass through’ panels are acceptable provided that the seats or panel(s) are substantially equivalent to a fixed seatback and can be secured in place. Final decisions are at the discretion of the race consultant. Your safety is our primary concern.
Q: My battery is in the trunk; is this OK?
A: If the battery is mounted in an area separate from the passenger compartment (see above for definition) it must be securely mounted (no appreciable movement when rocked/shaken by hand) and in good condition, with appropriate wiring connections. If the battery shares space with the driver, it must additionally be in a sealed battery box that is vented outside the vehicle in order to prevent injuries from spilled acid due to damage or tipping in the event of a crash. Note that “Orbital” style batteries must still meet this requirement due to the possibility of leaks due to physical damage.
Q: My racecar gets trailered. Can I run it at a RaceLegal.com event?
A: We welcome trailered-in racecars as long as they meet all of our safety requirements and decibel maximum. Unload car in pit area and drive your trailered-in car to the tech lines for inspection. Trailered-in and out racecars are NOT subject to the Current Registration criterion required of driven-in racecars. However, you MUST have a valid driver’s license.
Q: My car club would like to have our own area for the group to park together. Can we just stake a claim to a section of parking lot?
A: We welcome and encourage club participation at the RaceLegal.com events. Please feel free to call our office at least 24 hours in advance of an event to reserve your space. To best accommodate you, we will need to know how many cars you will be bringing, how many will be racing, and an estimated time of arrival. We can arrange to meet with a representative from your club during setup (normally the day before an event) to choose your area.
Q: Can we barbeque or tailgate at the races?
A: Absolutely! Please be sure to clean up after yourself and properly dispose of any hot coals in the marked receptacles before you leave. Also, keep in mind that RaceLegal.com events are alcohol-free.
Q: Is RaceLegal.com tied to the San Diego Police Department or any other law enforcement agency?
A: No, we are not. The many police jurisdictions in San Diego County work independently of the RaceLegal.com program. Their job is to provide enforcement of the laws against illegal street racing, and ours is to provide a safer and sanctioned alternative. All of the police entities in San Diego County have been supportive of the RaceLegal.com as the legitimate alternative to illegal street racing. RaceLegal.com is proud to be associated with the SDPD as part of the “Code Four Racing Program” where our racers have the opportunity to compete against an off-duty police officer.
Q: I think that my car is good enough and I am skilled enough as a driver to be sponsored. Have any RaceLegal.com participants attracted sponsorship?
A: Remember that sponsorship is not much different than applying for a job. You have to demonstrate value to your potential sponsor just like you would to an employer. You need to begin with research in your area to find out who might best provide you with the resources you need to race at your level and identify what you can do for them. Also keep in mind that your value to a potential sponsor revolves around the exposure you and your car receive and the image you present.
Q: Can I bring my dog / snake / iguana / ferret to the race events?
A: Sure! But please keep all pets on a leash and clean up after them.
Q: How do I become an exhibitor at the events?
A: All requests to display at our events are subject to evaluation by our management team to ensure that our goals are in alignment. Please contact us at 619-265-8159 for more information or to submit your request. Any additional information you can provide about your product or service will be helpful in our review.
Q: You call yourselves “The Track Alternative to Street Racing”; don’t you like street racers?
A: On the contrary! We’re doing our best to provide a program that meets your needs and desires as best we can within the restrictions we must abide by. Our most important goal is to keep you alive and well. RaceLegal.com is your program, and we welcome your constructive comments and assistance in improving it to better serve the needs of San Diego’s racing community.
Q: Lately, I have been seeing uniformed San Diego Police officers at the RaceLegal.com events. Are they spying on us?
A: As our popularity has grown, so have the potential for problems. Any time you gather 350 racers and more than 3,000 spectators in one place, you have to be mindful of the safety and security of the attendees. Your safety is our fundamental priority, and having uniformed police officers to augment our own event security staff is one more way to ensure that the environment remains safe for everyone in attendance.
Q: I was given a handout on the “Rules of Conduct” when I paid my entrance fee at the last event. What are the rules of conduct, and how are they enforced?
A: Our strictly enforced Code of Conduct is:
Respect for Yourself –
- No Alcohol
- No Drugs
Respect for Others –
- No violence or threats of violence
- No property damage, theft, or vandalism
- Disputes are settled on the track, not in the pits
Respect for Safety –
- Speed limit in the pits, staging areas, and all areas besides the track is 5mph
- No burnouts except ‘in the box’
- Spectators do not cross caution tape or ropes, or take ‘shortcuts’ across the pre-staging area
- Drivers watch for spectators encroaching on the RaceLegal lane
- No donuts, e-brake slides, “brake checks” or other stunts you saw in an Option 2 video at any time.
- Obey the directions given by track officials. We are only interested in providing a safe, fun experience for you – please help us achieve this goal
Your cooperation is both appreciated and mandatory. Failure to abide by this Code of Conduct will lead to your removal from the event. Repeated violations will prevent you from attending future races.
We are serious about making our race events a true alternative to street racing. Beyond the obvious, this also means none of the pointless drama and risk taking that goes down at the street races. When you’re interested in having a good time, getting in some clean passes, and not having to worry about having your stuff stolen or getting beaten up, you’re ready for RaceLegal.com.
Q: I’ve never raced at a track before, and I don’t want to screw up or look like I don’t know what I’m doing. Where can I learn about the ins and outs of legal drag racing, like how the timing lights work and how I stage, etc?
A: At RaceLegal, we’re doing our best to make our program user-friendly for the first-time participant. Everyone remembers their first time, and we want it to be a fond memory for you. When you arrive at the event, our helpful gate personnel will be happy to tell you where you need to go to spectate or race, and answer any questions you have about the race schedule. Once you’ve gone to tech inspection, our officials will help you to select a class that you’ll be competitive in, and explain the differences between bracket and heads-up racing. They’re also there to make sure your car meets our safety standards, which can be found on our website at the <Requirements> page. You might want to take a few minutes to watch other racers as they stage and run before getting in line yourself. A drivers’ meeting will be held, where track officials will pass along new information and answer any questions you may have.
Q: How can I race for free?
A: We welcome and encourage volunteer help at our race events, and like to reward our racers and spectators for your efforts. In exchange for your assistance in tearing down (picking up cones and equipment) after an event, we will give you a Complimentary Entry Card to be used at a future racing event. If you are interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-265-8159.
Q: Why do we race on a 1/8 mile track instead of a 1/4 mile track?
A: Availability, Safety and Liability. Insurance policies mandate that the shut down area be twice the length of the track. Therefore, if we were to race 1/4 mile, we would need 1/2 mile shut down area, which equals 3/4 of a mile of a total straight away. At this time it is not available to us. Our search continues for a longer and larger venue.
Q: What happens when it rains? What is the event cancellation policy?
A: When it rains, we cancel the race for safety reasons. Always check the web site or call 619-265-8159 (or the cell phone on race day: 619-890-0287) if you have any question about a possible rainout. We will get the race status up on the web page ASAP in the event of rain or the threat of rain. We will error on the side of caution and go by the Doppler Radar projection.
If the event is canceled within the first two and one half hours of racing, all spectators and racers will receive a complimentary pass valid for the next scheduled race event only.
An event cancelled after the first two and one half hours of racing is considered final and no complimentary passes will be issued.