Rules

PARTICIPANT CONDUCT-EXPECTATIONS

Every participant and driver at a Traction Optional sanctioned event will conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior and sportsmanship. Particularly in their relationship with other drivers and Officials, and moreover the host venues expectations.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 18 years old (16 or over with Parental consent).
Hold a current valid state driver’s license.
Have use of an automobile that meets Traction Optional’s technical requirements.
Have proper safety equipment.
Fully pay all applicable fees.
Sign all registration forms and waiver of liability agreement.
All cars will be subject to a strict safety inspection as outlined in the rules and registration form.
Cars will be marked to show that inspection is complete.

Entrant must get their car tech’d before going to Drivers Meeting.
Drivers and crew members must attend the Drivers Meeting.

CONDUCT OF GUESTS AND CREW

Drivers will be responsible for the conduct and behavior of those accompanying them to an event such as crew, mechanics, and friends. Any offense committed by the driver’s crew, mechanics, or friends will be directly chargeable to the driver. Damage to the racetrack, its surface, fencing, paddock, walls, buildings, trailers, equipment, vehicles, etc., by the driver (including his/her friends, and
crew) is the responsibility of the driver, and said driver agrees herein to make restitution.

PADDOCK RULES

A) The speed limit in the paddock is ten (10) MPH
B) Oil, water, electrical power, and compressed air are the responsibility of the entrant.
C) Participants will be held responsible for any damage they cause to the paddock, pit
lane, fencing, bathrooms, and any other objects.
D) Do not dispose of tires at the race facility.
E) Do not litter or leave any mess. Bring oil dry, pans, towels, etc for clean up. Take your trash with you!
F) Proper parking is a must to ensure that all participants will fit into the paddock.
G) . No burnouts, clutch popping etc. Traction Optional officials and course marshals reserve
the right to remove participants who are deemed unsafe. Participants who are deemed unsafe
will be fined $500.00 per offense and subject to removal and disallowed entry to further events.

ELIGIBLE  VEHICLES

A) Any 2 or 4 door coupe, sedan or sports car
B) Must be powered by the rear wheels to drift but we are all wheel and front wheel drive friendly.

CLASSES AND RUN GROUPS

A) All drivers will be assigned to a class/run group.
B) Different class groups will be discussed during the drivers meeting.
C) Classes will not be based on vehicle modifications or performance ability.

TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS

All drivers and participating vehicles will be subject to a safety inspection. This inspection will be conducted by the Technical Manager or appointed Traction Optional staff. Vehicles will not be allowed into racetrack before inspection.

DRIVERS

A) Drivers must wear at minimum shirt, shorts and closed toe shoes. Long sleeves and pants
recommended. Fire suits are encouraged and mandatory during tandem runs and competition.
B) Helmet meeting current DOT, Snell specifications or equivalent is required.
Drivers must wear a helmet and have their seatbelt secured before staging. It is strongly
recommended to replace helmets and seatbelts that have sustained any substantial impact.

ENGINE RELATED

A) Performance modifications are unlimited but must be completed in a safe and working fashion.
B) Engine must be free of major leaks and open reservoirs.
C) No loose items inside engine bay.
D) Batteries must be secured to body of the car. Bungee cords, zipties, and strap are NOT approved as a battery tie down. An electrically non-conductive material must cover the positive battery terminal. Any battery located inside the driver’s compartment should be fully covered and firmly secured to the chassis in a marine type battery case. True dry cell batteries may be
mounted without a surrounding case, however a case is still recommended.
E) Must have liquid overflow devices for oil and water. Minimum can size is 1liter.
F) Throttle must have positive action return spring. A stop must be used to prevent linkage from
passing over-center, sticking in the open position.

DRIVETRAIN

A) Drive shaft loops recommended for all cars. Open drivelines passing any part of the driver’s
body must be enclosed in steel plate mounted to the frame/chassis.
B) All cars must have a reverse gear.

SUSPENSION, BRAKES

A) Four wheel hydraulic brakes mandatory
B) Brake calipers, lines, rotors, pedals must in good working order. Pedal will be tested for “brake feel”.
C) A working hand or emergency brake recommended
D) Suspension modifications are unlimited for performance purposes but may not be rigid
mounted and must have a minimum travel of 1 inch.
E) All lug nuts must be present.

TIRES

Any production tire type may be used but must not be below wear indicators. Severely
worn, weather cracked or otherwise unsafe tires will not be allowed.

BODYWORK

A) All bodywork must be clean and presentable. All doors, latches etc. must securely
latched or fastened.
B) Seatbelts must be securely attached in OEM locations or attached to roll cage accordi
ng to SFI regulations.
C) Driver and all passenger seats must be securely fastened to chassis
of car.
D) Roll cages are recommended for all cars
E) 4 point or above harnesses must use a harness bar.
F) Night events require 2 working headlights.
G) Convertibles must have a minimum of a roll bar.

EXHAUST WORK

All vehicles must not exceed 120 db at 50 ft. unless stricter rules are required by host venue. We recommend using a muffler for all Naturally Aspirated motors.

INTERIOR

A) All non-essential loose items must be removed.
B) Gauges are free.
C) Must be clean and professional in appearance.
Seatbelts and Seatbelts andHarnesses Harnesses Harnesses
The seatbelts should be in good condition. No damage may be present on the seatbelts
and they must be the factory configuration. Harnesses that are expired for racing may be used
providing that they are in at least very good condition. The use of a lap belt without any shoulder restraint is not permitted. Passenger seatbelts must meet the same minimum requirements as the driver seatbelts if being used by a passenger.
*Aftermarket DOT-certified belt sets, installed to the manufacturer’s specifications may
be allowed. Proof of DOT certification and proper installation is the driver’s
responsibility.

SEATS

All seats must be securely fastened to the structure of the car such that they are strong enough to withstand a major impact. If replaced, the replacement seat should be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If stock seats are to be used with a roll bar/cage, care should be taken to prevent the
seat from submarining under the rollbar. Care should also be taken to prevent the
occupant from hitting his/her head on the roll bar/cage.

LOOSE OBJECTS

All loose objects in car and trunk should be removed. Floor mats, dash mats, spare tire, jack, tools, etc. must be removed.

CAMERA MOUNTS

Video camera mounts should be approved by tech before entering the course at every event. Cameras should use at least one (1) bolt to attach the camera to the mount; and at least one strap should be used to secure the camera.

ROLL CAGES

Roll cages are required only for tandem run groups, Roll cages must include a minimum of one door bar per side and have good penetration in the welds. We recommend building a cage using Formula D ProAm regulations.

FLAG SIGNALS

The following signals are used to signal to Drivers of various conditions and direct Drivers to obey various specific conditions. Cloth flags are generally used, but may be replaced with similarly coded rigid boards or with lights. A steady light is the equivalent of a stationary flag, and a flashing light to a waved flag.

RED

The session has been stopped. Use caution and stop immediately.
Be prepared to proceed to pit lane if so directed.
All vehicles must stop and start line will close until directed by a Traction Optional official.

The rules and guidelines contained are abstracted from Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS) Sports Car Club ofAmerica (SCCA) Japanese Automotive Federation (JAF) and Federation of International Automobile (FIA). They are also compiled based on the needs and experiences of Traction Optional LLC. Traction Optional reserves the right to interpret and enforce these rules as needed to maintain a safe and enjoyable motor sports event. All persons participating in Traction Optional events must agree to follow these rules and those contained in the Waiver of Liability on the entry forms.