2014 Colorado 1200 Outlaws LLC.

Rules/Specifications

EPCS General Rules

Revised January, 2014 (changes and/or adjustments are notated in italicized bold & yellow)

The Colorado 1200 Outlaws LLC. was created solely for the purpose of promoting a motorcycle engine based 1200cc class of open wheel type (sprint car appearing) race cars, currently competing with the Colorado Outlaw Racing Assoc. LLC., at El Paso County Speedway located at Calhan, in the State of Colorado, and possibly participating at other tracks in Colorado, or in any bordering states.

These pages contain the official rules and car specifications for all sanctioned events of the Colorado 1200 Outlaws, LLC (hereon 1200’s). The 1200’s or their appointed representative will have the final say to resolve any point not covered herein. All decisions by 1200 officials or their appointed representative are FINAL!

No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from these publications. Under no circumstances, do the 1200’s guarantee against injury or death of any participant, spectator, 1200’s official, or track official.

SPORTSMANSHIP - Racing is a very emotional sport. As such, good sportsmanship is the key element of any competitors racing program. This must include respect for all participants – drivers, owners, pit crews and officials. For our part we will make very effort with our rules regardless of whom or what is involved. We will treat all participants with respect and expect similar treatment in return. A racer’s pit area is his/her castle – therefore please stay out of other racer’s pit areas, especially after an incident where you have been involved with that racer. Drivers – remember that you are responsible for the actions of your crews. Any offending parties will be fined appropriately and disciplinary actions will be initiated as deemed necessary.

 Colorado 1200 Outlaw Rules

All participants must conform to all 1200’s rules specifications. Participant also agrees to follow any/all General Rules and Guidelines at any track a 1200 event is held.

• The term "official", as used in this rules package, will refer only to 1200 officials and not those of any track or other entity.  At any 1200’s event, two “volunteers” will be assigned the duty of hosting the post race tech. inspection.  The same two “volunteers” may be used at more than one event at any time throughout the racing season.

• The 1200 Outlaws have a one (1) weekend grace period for any "visiting" competitor. Visiting competitors can race for the purse money paid, but will not score championship points.  All drivers must register for a license with the 1200’s at a cost of $ 75.00 to score any championship points for any sanctioned event (NO EXCEPTIONS). All drivers must be at least 16 years old, exception: drivers under the age of 16 (but no younger than 14) will be allowed to race once he/she has met ALL of the following conditions; 1) Provide a certified copy of the competitors birth certificate; 2) the 1200’s administration must have a minor release waiver of liability signed by the drivers’ parent/guardian on file; 3) driver must produce proof of prior racing experience.  Anyone under the age of 14 and/or anyone who has not complied with the conditions above will be denied entry to race. Registration may be revoked, and a competitor asked to leave the premises for an incident regarding non-sportsmanlike, or conduct unbecoming a 1200’s member mannerisms. The space in the pit area occupied by the driver/owner/car and tow vehicle is theirs for the event.  Another competitor is not allowed to enter that space unless you are invited to do so, especially in any kind of overly aggressive manner.

• All registered cars must display a current registration decal and official decals of all major 1200’s sponsors, affixed to the car where they are visible from the front or left side to receive points and/or monies.

• All drivers must attend the 1200’s or track pit meeting at each/any racing facility.  Any driver failing to attend the pit meeting will have to start at the rear of the field in their designated heat race. In a situation that there is no heat race, then the driver will have to start at rear of designated feature (either the "B" or "A" feature).

Any car may be inspected at any time during the event by 1200’s officials to determine the general legality of the car, up to and including safety concerns, i.e.; safety restraint systems, wing overhang violations, roll cage damage, steering and/or suspension damage, fuel containment damage, as well as any other safety related concerns.  Items of a “competitor protest-able” nature shall be left to the protest process.

• All competitors must utilize a “Raceceiver”. No two-way radios or electronic communication devices shall be used by any driver or team.

• All 1st year 1200's competitors MUST attend a “New Driver” orientation session before being allowed to compete.

• All 1200 competitors must also abide by “local track” rules and race procedures.

  NUMBERS

  All car numbers must be approved by and registered with the Association. No duplicate car numbers will be allowed within the Association. All car numbers must be approved by and registered with the Colo. 1200 Outaws LLC. Information on number availability is available at the C.R.A. office. If two drivers want same number, priority is given to driver competing in the most events in the prior year if they register on/before the first point race. Colo. 1200 Outlaws LLC license registration fee for the 2014 season: - $ 75, or combo Colo. 1200/High Plains Midgets - $ 125 (every driver must be registered with Colorado 1200 Outlaws LLC, if not, driver will receive NO points and NO money for that race event). Numbers will be reserved no longer than the February 1st following the previous season if not renewed. Three digit numbers or additional letters are not permitted (due to track scorekeeper provisions). The size, color and style of numbers must allow prompt identification by officials at all times. Number must be kept clean. If your number is unreadable you need to make necessary changes or not be scored.  In such case that duplicate numbers occur, a letter/number will be added to the car that has not competed with the Colo. 1200 Outlaws. Notice must be given to track staff and all other attending members of a car and/or number change for any driver. The car number 69 has been permanently retired in honor of Jack Bongberg, and will not be allowed to be utilized.

Numbers must be legibly displayed on both sides of tail tank/cover with minimum 12” numbers.  Numbers must be legibly displayed with 12” numbers on the sideboards and 18” numbers on the center of the top wing. A minimum 10" number must be displayed on the nose of the hood if competing with the High Plains Midgets. The size, color and style of numbers must allow prompt identification by officials at all times. Number must be kept clean. If your number is unreadable you need to make necessary changes or not be scored.

STAGING

    All cars must be in the staging area and lined up correctly for their races.  If not in line, you will be placed on the tail or refused entry to the race. No car may be push-started in/from the staging area.  If push-started, car/driver will have to start that race from the rear of the field.

• RACE PROCEDURES – Refer to EPCS “General Rules”.

     FLAGS – Refer to EPCS “General Rules”.

     EXITING THE TRACK -- After the initial green flag, if you exit the track during a race, and are in the infield, you may re-enter in a safe manner.  If you exit the track and go to the pits, you may not re-enter the track.  Exception: those tracks with a “hot pit” area.

     RESTARTS -- During a start or restart, a driver who jumps cars (positions) will be placed back in the final scoring sheet two spots for every car jumped. Those who flagrantly jump cars or drive unnecessarily rough will be disqualified and scored last in the race. Any driver(s)/car(s) pushed to restart its engine (on the track) after a yellow flag, shall restart the race at the rear of the field, lined up according to the scoring on the previously scored lap.

     DISPUTES -- All disputes involving racing procedure that develop at trackside must be settled by the Colo. 1200 Outlaw officials.  Should any participant have a complaint with a race track official or administrator, he will immediately bring it to the attention of an official or officer who will, in turn, deal with the necessary parties and bring the problem to a conclusion.  Under no circumstances shall a participant directly approach the racetrack staff.

Any fighting, un-sportsmanlike conduct, drinking, or use of drugs by a driver or any member of his pit crew will result in immediate suspension of that driver for the remainder of the racing season. 

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

-- 4-Cycle motorcycle engine. 1202cc (+/-¼%: 1205cc maximum). Maximum 6-inch offset; measured C/L of motor to C/L of frame.

-- All engines will be measured (cc’d) and mechanically sealed by a 1200’s official (an engine sealed by a competing Assoc. will be acceptable).

-- Electric self-starting – Cars can only be pushed to start in case of mechanical failure (i.e. dead battery, etc.) and must be approved by a 1200’s official for that race.  Any car push started, either from the staging area, or on the track, must start/restart from the rear of the field.

-- Naturally aspirated: carburetors or fuel injection.  Fuel injection may be either constant flow or EFI.  EFI systems may be comprised of either OEM or aftermarket throttle bodies, injectors and ECU. No ram air systems allowed.

-- Stock appearing head, cylinder and crankcase.  Head and crankcase are to be OEM (original equipment manufacturer) castings.  "After-market" look-alike cylinders (blocks) are allowed.

-- No aftermarket traction control devices are allowed in any form.

-- Mufflers -- All cars must have a muffler capable of keeping the noise level at or below 95dB (measured at 100 ft. from edge of racing surface).  Complete exhaust system must be leak free and remain intact for the duration of the race.

CAR / CHASSIS

-- Car is to resemble a Sprint Car, particularly the hood and tail.  No side pods allowed, nerf bars (kick offs) may not be enclosed in any fashion.

-- Roll cage minimum: 1 ¼” x .095 chassis. Highly recommended: 1 3/8" OD X .095; Wall: 4130-N tubing. Allowed:  1 3/8" OD X .120 Wall: mild steel tubing.

-- Driver minimum head clearance: 3" measured to the top of the cage, with driver belted in (in racing position), helmet in place, with driver in full upright, seated position.

-- Cars must be equipped with a metal firewall completely separating the engine from the driver's compartment. Driver's feet are required to be behind the firewall and the engine.  Cars must have a floor pan that extends from the front of the seat to the firewall.

-- No chassis altering devices allowed from inside the cockpit during an event, i.e. computer controlled or cockpit adjustable shocks, torsion bar/blade adjusters, etc.  (Exception: wing slider, brake proportioning valve, Dial-A-Jets.)

-- Wheelbase: Minimum: 66"; Maximum: 72".

-- Brakes: Hydraulic brakes capable of sliding a minimum of both rear wheels at racing speeds are required.

-- Bumpers: Bumpers and nerf bars are required.  Nerf bars cannot be wider than the rear tires.

-- Steering: Steering gear is mandatory.  Rack and pinion steering is acceptable. Go-cart type steering is not allowed. Steering wheel must have a quick-release fastener (no pin type release). Release hub may not contain any plastic parts.

-- Fuel tanks/bladders: Must have approved racing fuel cell/tank. All fuel tanks, fuel cells, bladders, or plastic tanks must be constructed and supported in a manner to avoid rupture or breakage, and must contain a fuel bladder or approved foam blocks. A traditional fuel tank that extends beyond the rear torsion tubes must contain a fuel bladder and meet SFI spec. 28.3. Non traditional cell/tank must be mounted within chassis tubes, must be strapped and bolted and secured with minimum 3/8” grade 5 bolts. A midget style shell concealing the tank is required. “Hard Cell” tanks must have a FIA or SFI safety rating. Top flush cap fill plate required. No open vents. No screw on caps allowed. Metal / aluminum / homemade tanks are not allowed.

-- Battery: must be mounted securely to frame.  No wire or rubber cords can be used. Marine type cover highly recommended.

-- Chain: Final chain drive is mandatory.  Chains must be properly guarded.  If within the frame rails, the chain guard must be minimum 14 gauge stainless steel, 12 gauge mild steel, or 3/32” tempered 2024 aluminum, and designed to completely shield and protect the driver and the fuel tank (if the fuel tank is in line with the chain) from the chain.  The guard is to extend on top from the firewall to beyond the drivers seat, from the top of the chain to the floor pan and from the firewall to behind the seat on the side of the driver, or both sides in such a manner that the chain cannot puncture the fuel tank, if it is directly in line with the chain.  The guard must be designed to prevent the chain from entering the driver’s compartment.

-- Driver’s seat: must be a manufactured aluminum racing seat.  Fiberglass or homemade seats are not allowed.  A five point, 3” lap belt, shoulder harness and sub belt system are required. Seat must be bolted to the chassis with a minimum of three (3) 5/16” grade 8 bolts with lock nuts. No Dzus style fasteners will be allowed. If the seat is not of high back design, a helmet pad must be utilized behind the driver’s head.

-- Radiators and oil coolers: Radiators and/or oil coolers must be located in a shielded area outside the driver's compartment and cannot extend above or be located behind the driver's head.

FUEL

-- Gasoline (pump or racing type) or Alcohol fuel (ethanol / methanol). Sunoco brand "ALKY" is the only permitted non-performance enhancing fuel lubricating additive allowed.  No ram air systems allowed.

-- NO Nitro, Nitrous Oxide or Oxygenated agents (propane, butane) are allowed, or may be introduced into any portion of the fuel/air induction system.  The fuel/air induction system includes, but is not limited to, the fuel tank/bladder, all fuel lines and fittings, fuel filters, fuel pump, fuel pump regulator, fuel rail, pill holders, carburetors, throttle bodies, air stacks, air box, air filter(s), Dial-A-Jet, barrel valve(s), directly into the intake ports in the head, or directly into the combustion chamber.

-- Fuel valve must be located as close as possible to the fuel tank.   Valve must be operable from rear wheel area without requiring tools or removal of any parts for access.  Remote operation from cockpit is allowed.  All fuel shutoff valves must be clearly marked as to the “OFF” position, so that safety workers clearly understand which way to shut off fuel flow in the vent of an incident.

TIRES & WHEELS

-- Wheels must be 13" in diameter only.

-- Tires are to be a minimum of 62" circumference.

WEIGHT

-- 750 pound minimum, car only, at the conclusion of any race, as well as car and driver must weigh a minimum of 950 lbs.  600cc powered cars must weigh a minimum of 850 lbs. car and driver.  Fuel cannot be added to make weight following the event.  Cars can add ballast, but it must be securely bolted to the frame.  NO wire, hose clamps, etc. can be used to secure ballast.

WINGS

-- Top (cage) wings are mandatory.  Top wings cannot exceed 16 square feet and cannot extend beyond the width of the tires as measured by placing a straight bar at the lower outside sidewall of the rear tire (either one) and extending the bar vertically to touch the upper outside sidewall of that rear tire.  The top wing MUST NOT touch the bar or disqualification and loss of points for that race will result.  The only exception to this rule is if that car was involved in an on-track incident in that race that may have changed the original position of the wing.  This is considered a safety issue and will be dealt with very seriously.  Nose wings are allowed. NO plywood or Plexiglas wings will be permitted.

• DRIVER SAFETY

ALL DRIVERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING IN USE EVERY TIME THEY ARE IN THEIR CAR ON THE TRACK:

  SA2005 (or newer) rated SNELL (or SFI 31.2) full-face helmet is required (M-rated helmets are not allowed).

  Approved NOMEX or equal fire suit.  (Single-layer suits must have NOMEX underwear.)  Gloves, socks, shoes and head sock (or skirt). SFI-5 rated fire suits and NOMEX underwear are highly recommended.

  Three-inch lap and shoulder harness, and sub belt are required.  Belts must be attached to car in a safe manner as approved by the technical directors and must not be over three (3) years old.

  Arm restraints and neck collars are required.  Head and neck restraint system is highly recommended (neck collar not required with this system).

  Fire extinguishers are required for each car in the pit, and must be inspected every six (6) months.

  Racecars utilizing alcohol for fuel must have water available in the pits.

  Kill switch is required within the driver's reach when restraints are on.  Main power switch must be clearly marked as to the “OFF” position, so that safety workers clearly understand which way to shut off electrics in the event of an incident.

  Cage nets on the right side of cage are required. Cage nets on left side are recommended.  Cars equipped with a correctly mounted full containment seat are exempt from the requirement for a cage net.

  Any 1200’s official has the right to disqualify any car judged to be unsafe until corrections are completed.

  After any on-track crash, the car (or cars) will need to be re-inspected before being allowed into the next racing heat or feature or event.

• Heat Race(s) & Feature Format

1. All accumulated championship points go to the registered driver.

2. First night, the pill draw for the heat race lineup will be held at the pit shack (or at announced location).  Pills to be drawn by the drivers, and the lineup will be written on the lineup board at that time.  Low # - pole, low # 3, low #5, etc. for 1st heat; low #2 pole, low #4, low #6, etc. for 2nd heat. No more than 10 cars per heat.  If more than 21 cars in attendance, then a third heat may be required. (In the case of three heats, low #3 will be on pole, every third # succeeding, etc). All cars equipped with an engine less than 900cc must start at the rear of the field for both heat (s) & feature (s).

3. From second night on, all heats will be determined by incoming points, lined up totally inverted, with new drivers carrying no points average lined up to the rear. Points average is determined only by feature points acquired, divided by features competed in, with the exception of any feature DNS.

4. B-Mains (when needed) are lined up "HEADS UP" with the highest finishing non-qualifiers to the front.

5. First night, the winner of the first heat will draw a "chip" at the official lineup board to determine how many rows will be inverted for the feature event.   There will be three (3) chips, a "5", a "6", or "All"  (full field inversion).  The remainder of the field will be lined up "heads up" after the front rows are inverted.

6. From second night on, when two heat races are run, the top 10 qualifiers will be inverted for feature line-up according to points average (number of total feature points scored, divided by number of races run). When three or more heat races are run, the top 12 qualifiers will be inverted for feature line-up according to points average.  The remainder of the field will be lined up "heads up" after the front rows are inverted, excluding rookies (see "Rookie rule" in General Rules). Any DNS (0 points) in any previous feature, will not calculate into any racer's points avg.

7. Any new driver that qualifies and does not yet have a points average shall be lined up in the 11th position on a ten (10) car invert, and in the 13th position on a twelve (12) car invert.

8. Accrued heat race points DO NOT calculate in the points average. Points average is determined only by feature points acquired, divided by features competed in, with the exception of any feature DNS.

9. Points average will also determine the line-up for rookie contenders for their first five events, and will apply as stated above thereafter.

10. Any car not running at a reasonable racing speed may be black-flagged for safety reasons.

11. At the end of the feature event, the top four (4) finishing cars shall proceed directly from the racetrack to the designated scale location for post race tech. Failure to appear (or stop) at the scales will result in a minimum penalty of the loss of two finishing positions for that feature event.  Subsequent violations of this rule will result in the loss of three finishing positions for those feature events.  At the completion of the main event, the alternate driver (fourth place) will draw a poker chip.  All of these chips would include a technical requirement, i.e. Fuel, or no additional tech.  This would be done post race only, not at the beginning of the race night or at the beginning of the race.  The 4 poker chips values will be labeled: 3 chips - Fuel; 1 chip - blank.

PROTEST – Refer to EPCS “General Rules M – Protest”  (in accordance with EPCS & IMCA)

If the rules don’t say you can, ASSUME YOU CAN’T!!  

Rules submissions for subsequent racing seasons must be submitted to Alan Davis 18245 State Hwy. 94 Colo. Spgs., CO 80930 or adavis_11@yahoo.com , by Oct. 31st of each year to be considered for admission into the following years rules/guidelines. Submissions will be reviewed by an appointed "Rules Committee" after all have been received.

ANNUAL AWARDS (may be held in conjunction with El Paso County Speedway Awards Banquet).

Rookie of the Year

A “Rookie” is any driver who has not completed in more than five (5) 1200/mini sprint/lightning sprint events before joining as a Colorado 1200 Outlaws driver.

A "Rookie-Of-The-Year" candidate must complete a minimum of 60% of the scheduled races for that season.  The candidate must show marked improvement through the course of the season.  The "Rookie-Of-The-Year" will be determined by the total amount of points scored through the course of the season.

Points Champion

The driver that has accumulated the most points throughout the race season at sanctioned Colorado 1200 Outlaws points races.

 

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