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IndySlotCar Series Rule Book
Updated August 2016

SECTION 1 Membership/Fees/Full-scale series Representation/Race Night Participation

Part A: Membership/Fees

1. New members: A majority of the current members will have voted to invite that driver.  The invitation will come from the commissioner.

2. Season Entry Fee: Each driver shall pay a season entry fee. Fees are used for: cars, tires, and any other needed equipment, web site or other media items, awards and other expenses for the awards banquet.

            a. FULL TIME DRIVER--$40.00, eligible to enter all races.
            b. PART TIME DRIVER--$25.00, allowed to enter up to nine (9) events* -The Strom amendment.  Part-time members can move up to full time at any time by paying an additional $15.00

3. Each driver shall designate which IndyCar Series team/driver they will represent. Only current IndyCar teams/cars/drivers may be represented (based on the IndyCar Series web site on August 1, preceding the IndySlotCar Series season).  Driver/car/team selections must be coordinated with the commissioner.  Selections will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, traditional combinations will be held from previous seasons.

4. The body of the car is the driver’s/team’s responsibility to prepare and maintain. The chassis are kept by the series but each driver maintains his own custom body, with paint scheme to mimic equivalent IndyCar Series body as closely as possible. 

            a. Local sponsors may be added, but cannot change the general paint scheme of the           IndyCar entry they represent.

            b. Current tech rules on body specs apply, see Sec. 3:D.

 Part B: Event Fees

1. Track owners may charge up to four dollars to enter an event. This fee is to help with the cost of food and beverage provided for the drivers at each race. 

2. “Pole to Win” fund.  Each driver that starts a race will pay $1. If a driver wins from the Pole, they win the amount in the fund.  The fund carries over until a driver wins a race from the pole.  At the end of the season, this fund will be used to defray costs of the banquet if any money remains.

Part C: Race Night Participation

1. Race host: must provide at a minimum: soda, water, beer and snacks. A full meal is optional, however, drivers should be notified ahead of time that there won’t be a full meal.

2. Drivers:

            a. If a driver misses qualifying they will not be allowed to participate.

            b. Only the driver that qualifies a car will be allowed to race the car, no driver substitutions.

            c. Will act as marshals, computer operator or TV crew when not competing. Everyone will           stay until the event is complete to help celebrate the winner and help in clean up.

SECTION 2 The Championship

Part A: The Driver Championship

1. The driver with the most championship points is declared the champion and awarded the Husarsbilt Cup, which they may retain for the year until a new champion is declared. The series retains ownership of the Husarsbilt Cup.

2. Ties for the driver championship and subsequent positions will break on the following basis:

            a. Most 1st places, if that is equal, most 2nd places, etc.

3. The series may award permanent trophies for the champion and as many positions below that as the series may decide. Various other awards may be distributed based on season performance.

Part C: Points Structure

1. IndySlotCar Series championship points awarded at each race as follows, based on IndyCar’s system, including double points and special points for qualifying for the “HO Indy 500”:

Regular Events Race

HO Indy 500 Race

HO Indy 500 Qualifying

Position

Points

Position

Points

Position

Points

1

50

1

100

1

42

2

40

2

80

2

40

3

35

3

70

3

38

4

32

4

64

4

36

5

30

5

60

5

34

6

28

6

56

6

32

7

26

7

52

7

30

8

24

8

48

8

28

9

22

9

44

9

26

10

20

10

40

10

24

11

19

11

38

11

23

12

18

12

36

12

22

13 and below

17

13 and below

34

13 and below

21

2. Two (2) points will be awarded to the Fastest Qualifier (POLE) for regular events.

3. One (1) point will be awarded to the winner of each Heat Race in all events. 

SECTION 3 Event Rules

Part A: Assigning Chassis

At the start of a “club car” race night, each driver will draw two chassis at random, starting with the driver lowest in points. The drivers may practice both cars, but will then return one of the cars back to the series before qualifying. If more than 12 drivers are entered, the highest and lowest in points will be allowed only one chassis.

Part B: Practice

Groups of three or four drivers (depending on total number of entrants) are selected for warm-up periods. The drivers will be grouped by championship points, starting with the low point group first, 5 minute practice sessions.  “Open class” events practice will be 6 minutes.

Part C: Qualifying

1. Oval tracks   

            a. Order determined based on the finish in the last event held in the series. Drivers that did not             participate in the previous race first, followed in reverse finishing order of the last event.
            b. Each driver will complete 4 laps, total time will determine the qualifying order. If two or more             drivers have identical times, the driver with the fastest single lap gets the position.

2. Road Courses
            a. Group qualifying with the groups randomly chosen.

            b. Each group will drive for 30 seconds in each lane, with an orderly rotation.

            c. The fastest individual lap by each driver will determine the order. If two or more drivers have             identical times, the driver who posted the time first gets the position.

Part D: Heat Round

1. Heats will be filled in one of two ways, to be selected by the computer or the flip of a coin following qualifying:
            a. Random      

            b. Fastest to slowest grouped together, lane selection will be randomly chosen, slower heats race first. (when there are fewer than 12 drivers, the 4 car heats will be the slower groups)

2. Heat Race combinations based on number of entrants:
            12 = Three groups of 4 each. Each winner advances, and second place finisher with the most laps
            11 = Two groups of 4 and one of 3. Each winner advances, and second place finisher with the      most laps
            10 = One groups of 4 and two of 3. Each winner advances, and second place finisher with the      most laps
            9  = Three groups of 3. Each winner advances, and second place finisher with the most laps
            8  = Two groups of 4. Each winner and the two highest lap totals of the finishers in either heat.
            7  = One group of 4 and one group of 3. Each winner and the two highest lap totals of the             finishers in either heat.

             6  = Two groups of 3. Each winner and the two highest lap totals of the finishers in either heat.

             5  = Pole winner automatically advances to the final, is credited with a heat win. One heat is run with the winner and the top two other finishers advancing.

3. Heats of 10 minutes each are run.

4. At halfway the power is shut off and the computer does a random lane switch. The cars, which cannot be touched by the drivers during the break, are now placed into the new lane at the point where they stopped for the break and the race is resumed.

5. The highest lap total from each heat race is the winner.

            a. Total laps and sections are counted from second place finishers in a 3 heat event. The second   place car with the most laps and sections of a lap advances to the final.

            b. In a two heat race event the winner and then the lap and sections are counted for second and     third place cars.

            c. In the case of a tie, drivers have equal laps and sections, a coin toss shall determine the winner,             if 3 drivers tie, highest in points is out and the remaining two drivers will flip a coin to determine             who advances to the final.

Part E: Final Four

1. The final is run for 20 minutes or the number of laps specified in the name of the event.

2. Lane selection will be based on qualifying order, with highest qualifier choosing first.

3. Pit Stop cards are to be shuffled and cut before the event by the person lowest in the standings among the Final Four drivers.

4. A random lane switch at the halfway point of the race.

5. After the halfway break, pit stops are made. The Pit Stop cards each have a pit stop scenario to be followed by the driver, who must stop within the pit box before the clock begins on his stop. The leader is called in first, and then each position following that comes in one by one.

Part F: Finishing Order

The final order of the field not competing in the Final is determined by laps completed, sections are not counted.  Ties are broken by the higher qualifying position.

SECTION 4 Racing Rules

Part A: Checkup

If another car is blocking your lane in any way a driver must stop or at least slow down until the accident is cleared. Failure to checkup as called by the marshals will result in verbal warnings per the warning procedure described in Sec. 4, Part K. 

Part B: Clearing Cars

At the end of each race round, marshals shall clear the track of cars and place them into the pits. Drivers may not touch their own cars until the start of each round, where there will be a minute provided trackside prior to the round for car maintenance.

Part C: DNFs

1. DNF stands for Did Not Finish. A driver is scored with a DNF if his car leaves the racing board (The entire car clears the edge of the board/table surface at any point) during a race, except for reasons listed in Sec. 4, Part B.2. Controller holders or boxes are not considered part of the board. Points still awarded for the appropriate finishing position.

2. Exceptions:

            a. A DNF cannot be caused by a lane jump. If a car jumps into another lane and then leaves the             board, it is not a DNF and the driver is allowed to continue from the point of the incident.
            b. If another driver causes your DNF by clearly not following the checkup rule. A car is hit by             another car that clearly had time to react and check-up but did not.

            c. A car was clearly in an area that marshals could not get to in a timely fashion and it was hit.
            d. A marshal cannot cause a DNF, if a car hits a marshal’s hand as they replace a car to the track it is not a DNF. (The Rotter Rule)

            e. If there is any question to the validity of a DNF during an event, marshals may make a track     call to discuss. 

Part D: Interference

There shall be no driver interference with another car or another driver either on or off the track. Interference with another driver or another driver's car on track will bring a verbal warning and/or stop-and-go penalty called by marshals.

Part E: Lane Jump

If a car jumps from its lane to another, a driver or marshal must call out "LANE JUMP" or words to that effect. The power is then cut and the correction made before the race is started again.

Part F: Marshal Abuse

Drivers shall not be verbally abusive to marshals. A marshal may call a penalty on a driver if that marshal feels the driver has been overly abusive to a marshal.

Part G: Protests

Any driver complaints about possible rule infractions during a race must be reported to the Commissioner on race night of the alleged infraction to make it a formal complaint. Then the commissioner or his office shall set up a review of the complaint and issue a ruling before the next event.

Part H: Rough Driving

There shall be no rough driving. If a marshal feels a driver is guilty of driving with recklessness at any point in a race that marshal may use warnings per Section 4 Part K. Continued reckless driving may result in being black-flagged.

Part I: Stop-And-Go Penalty

If a car leaves the track and no portion of the car is touching any portion of track (track means the actual black track piece, not counting rail or curbing or walls) a 5 second stop-and-go penalty is assessed. The marshal replaces the car at the crash point, and then the car must stop in the track’s marked pit box and wait for a five-second count by the marshals before continuing. The stop must be completed entirely inside the pit box lines if outside the car must drive around and try again. Drivers have three laps to answer a stop-and-go penalty or they will be black flagged.

Part J: Track Call
A driver may make a track call if there is a major problem with the facility. A marshal may make a track call in the event of an unmarshalable car or situation. A track call means the power and clock are stopped until the situation can be corrected. This may include controller trouble...track separations...power problems. 

Part K: Warnings

The general rule infraction procedure on race nights as follows:
            1st warning--Verbal warning
            2nd warning--Probation for the next race. This means any single warning at the next race and the             driver   loses five (5) championship points at that event.
            3rd warning—Immediate loss of five (5) points and probation for the next race.
            4th warning--disqualified from the event and probation for the next race and loss of five (5)             points. Disqualification means no points and no stats.

SECTION 5 Technical Rules 

Part A: Club Cars
Series will keep and maintain all chassis used for “club car” events. The cars are as equally prepared as possible.

Part B: Club Car Chassis Servicing
Pickup shoes and tires may be cleaned. No oiling. All work on cars must be done only at announced times for car prep and only at trackside. No cars can be worked on in any other areas of the racing facility.

Part C: Car Body Rules

1. Wings may be lowered or shaved or reinforced, but wings must remain in stock location, i.e. rear wing at back of car, front wing at front. Metal or any other like material may not be used to reinforce wings.

2. Side pods may be shaved slightly

3. No alterations to height of air box or roll hoop

4. No alterations to overall length of body, less wings, i.e. nose tip to rear transmission

5. No additions to the body, i.e. ballast, more wings, etc. body must be derived from stock design.

Part D: Controllers
Drivers must use only the controllers provided at the track, and no changes shall be allowed to those controllers.

Part E: Tires
Tires that came with the chassis must remain on the car at all times, unless excessive wear is detected.

Part F: Traction Aids
The use of any glue or other traction aids is not allowed.

Part G: Working On Cars During A Race
During a race or qualifying only a driver may work to his/her car and only during green flag conditions. No working pit crews allowed.

Part H: Open Class Chassis Event Rules

1. 440X2 slot car car in original configuration as sold by the manufacturer, i.e. Tyco (pre-1999) or Hot Wheels Electric Racing (1999 - current).

2. Inspections of the cars will take place before qualifying.

3. A random selection of participants will conduct inspections.

a. 1st inspector: checks motor, chassis and body for any modifications listed in Sec. 3, Part H.2.

            b. 2nd inspector: A Series designated magnet will test for too strong of magnets on the cars.

            c. 3rd inspector: A Series designated slot will check that wheels and tires are not too wide.

4. Modifications allowed/disallowed 

            a. No alterations to stock dimensions or shape of chassis

            b. No modifications to guide pin

            c. No engine modifications
            d. Front and rear tires and hubs may be replaced. Tires must be black
            e. Stock traction magnets only
            f. Pickup shoes may be replaced with non-stock shoes
            g. Pickup shoe springs may be replaced with non-stock.
            h. Gears may be replaced with non-stock gears of any material and tooth count.

            i. Miscellaneous: No excessive oiling permitted. Excessive defined as oiling which leaves residue on track surface or as deemed so by inspector.

SECTION 6 De-Slot Race Rules

Part A: De-Slot definition

A car that is unable to continue under its own power in its own lane due to the guide pin being out of its own slot.
            a. spin out or stall or going backwards in your own lane is NOT a de-slot.

            b. crash out of your lane and right back in and able to continue is NOT a de-slot
            c. lane jump into another lane IS a de-slot
            d. de-slot caused by another car’s crash IS a de-slot
            e. normal DNF rules also apply see Section 4 Part B.

Part B: Qualifying

See Section 3 Part C.

Part C:  Heat races

See Section 3 Part D plus drivers are allowed two free de-slots in the standard 10-minute race. A third de-slot in a heat driver is scored with a DNF. If only one car remains, that driver advances to the final without having to complete the full time.

Part D: Scoring

Active drivers finish ahead of DNF drivers. In other words, if someone went 100 laps and then DNF’d, the driver still running at the end takes the position, even if they only has 80 laps.  See Section 3 Part D.5 for filling the final.

Part E: Final Four

See Section 3 Part E.  There are three free de-slots allowed, on the fourth a drivers is scored with a DNF.  If only one driver remains, the race and clock are stopped immediately and that driver is the winner.

SECTION 7 HO Indy 500

Part A: Qualifying

1. The order of qualifying is determined by a random draw that is held at the track on carburetion night.

2. A total of 50 minutes will be allowed for all of qualifications. Any driver on the track when the gun sounds may complete that run.

3. Standard car selection applies. However, instead of returning the second car after practice, this second car will be used as the back-up qualifying car. Unqualified cars are available to the field upon discretion of the driver/owner.

4. All four lap total-time qualifying attempts are run in Blue Lane.

5. Cars are lined up in the pits in the order of the original random draw. Any car that waves off or pulls out of the line must go to the back of the qualifying line.

6. The top eight fastest times for four laps advance to the field of eight for heat races.

7. Each run is allowed up to a one-minute warm up. At any point before that minute the driver must indicate to begin his four-lap attempt. The attempts begin with a flying start, as the computer begins counting when a driver passes the start/finish line.

8. Each car is given three attempts to qualify.  Each car/driver may wave off up to two attempts. To wave off an attempt a driver must not have started the fourth and final lap of the run. A driver cannot wave off a third attempt.

9. After a wave off (driver simply waves his hand and verbally indicates a wave off) the car goes to the back of the current qualifying line.

10. No work on the cars is allowed during the time in the qualifying line. Any work on the car must be done during the one-minute warm-up time.

11. If a car is bumped from the field, that car is no longer allowed in the competition.

12. If a driver’s car is bumped or after a field of eight cars have qualified a driver may choose to pull a car out of the field and place a backup car at the back of the qualifying line. 

13. A driver shall keep the body from his original car on all cars the driver is attempting to make the field in. (bring an old body so you can ID your backup cars just to keep track of the various cars being held in the car box)

14. Positions/points awarded P-9 through the field according to qualifying times.

Part B: Racing:

1. A five-minute Consi race for two points is run after the heats. Last place up through a field of four competes.

2. Heat races

a. Top eight select heat and lanes in qualifying order

b. Top two from each heat qualify for the final.

 3. The 1000 lap final race:

            a. All standard Section 4: Racing Rules apply.

a. 200-220 laps: Fuel stop window. Each driver must proceed to the pre-measured fuel (water cup) and fully consume the water in the cup matching the driver’s lane color, without excessive spilling and the cup placed back on the fueling board upright before the driver returns to his controller. No running once inside the pit lane line. If marshals see infractions of pit rules during any stop a driver may be called in to make a 10-second stop-and-go penalty.

            b. 400-420 laps:  Fuel stop window #2. Same rules as in Section 7 Part B.4.a

            c. 500 laps: Power to the track is stopped. Lane swap break. 
            d. Tire change re-start. Each car is placed at the fuel board where there is also a sealed set of new             tires waiting. On a marshal’s signal to start, the power to the track and the clock are started again             as all four drivers change rear tires from the ones on their car to the new set. Tools to help open   the package of tires are allowed. Upon changing to the new set of rear tires (which must be done                       standing at the fueling board) the driver takes the car and puts it inside the pit box on the track in        his newly-drawn lane color and goes to his controller position to resume racing in the new lane.

            e. 600 laps: Pit Card round of stops as per Section 3 Part E.3 and E.5

            f. 700-720 Fuel stop window #3. Same rules as in Section 7 Part B.4.a

            g. 1000 laps Finish - Winner drinks milk.

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