LAPS INC. TRACK EVENT RULES

LAPS INC. was formed to give the motorsports enthusiast a place to learn about and enjoy driving their high performance sport cars and sport sedans to their full potential. The benefits of having a venue to explore the ability of oneself and their machine in a safe environment are unquestionable. Even though we have safe and friendly environments to test are skill level and abilities, we must maintain that safety is the most important element of our events. Therefore we have rules. These are our basic guidelines as to what we should come to expect from one another on and off the track.

Mandatory Requirements and Pre-event Guidelines

Mandatory Requirements: These Items are the minimum needs for a driver or passenger and are MANDATORY during all high speed lapping sessions. All drivers and passengers must have:

  • Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Long Pants (No exceptions)
  • Closed toed shoes (Must cover entire foot, I.E Driving shoes, Gym shoes/Sneakers)
  • SA 2005 or Newer Open or Closed face Helmet. Rental helmets are available at the track for $25.00.

Recommended but not mandatory equipment. I.E. Nomex lined, Drivers suit, Driving shoes, Nomex Socks, Nomex balaclava, Nomex driving gloves, neck brace or a head and neck restraint system such as HANS device, and a properly mounted fire extinguisher

TECH

  • All LAPS INC. events are self tech.
  • All vehicles must have a number on both sides of the vehicle at a minimum. Numbers can be on rear windows, and can be made of tape or shoe polish if necessary. We also suggest a number on the hood of vehicle if possible. Preferably numbers should be at least 8″ high and 2″ wide. You are allowed to use your own choice of numbers.
  • It is the owner/Driver of the cars responsibility to ensure that their cars are in top shape and prepped for the track.
  • LAPS INC. highly recommends taking your car to your dealership, service center of choice, or your personal mechanic prior to all track events to make sure that your car is prepared for the track.
  • Remember to continue to monitor the condition of your vehicle throughout the day keeping in mind that conditions can and will change.
  • LAPS INC. is in no way liable or responsible for teching YOUR car for the track.

Driver’s Meeting:

  • Driver’s meeting’s are MANDATORY for all Track pack and individual event participants including, spectators, Novice, intermediate and advanced run groups.
  • The driver’s meeting is very informative with information and instructions specific to each run group. Such as passing rules, track etiquette as well as current and changing track conditions.
  • Anyone caught not attending (Unless approved by LAPS INC. staff) will be spoken to with a potential loss in track time.
  • Classroom/Instruction: Classroom Instruction is MANDATORY for all beginners and everyones welcome to attend for a refresher at anytime.
  • Instructors are available and MANDATORY for all first time beginners. Additional instructors may be available for other participants after the first time beginners are assigned their instructors.

General Event Rules and Guidelines

These rules and guidelines apply to all spectators, drivers, and passengers:

  • It is MANDATORY that all event liability forms and insurance waivers are filled out and signed prior to or during the registration process at all LAPS INC. track events.
  • It is MANDATORY that anyone on the track property must have their appropriate wristbands from registration on at all times during the event.
  • It is MANDATORY that all Drivers, and passengers need to be 18 years old (Unless they are approved for our Jr. driving program) to be allowed on track during during all regular driving session’s at our events.
  • Spectators of all ages are welcome at no additional charge (unless track specifies)
  • LAPS INC. staff as well as the track staff has the right to disallow or remove from premises, any attendee, driver, or vehicle at any time before, during, or after any LAPS INC. event without a refund. Following LAPS INC. and the specific tracks rules is MANDATORY at all LAPS INC. events

Day of Event Rules and Guidelines

On track driving rules and guidelines:

  • You must know what all flags look like and their meaning. It is also important to know the locations of the corner workers safety stations.
  • Black Flag station – Any on track infractions can or will be given a black flag it is mandatory for you to come and see what the problem is. Remember it may not be anything you’ve done. It could be a mechanical issue with your car. For example – leaking fluid, body parts hanging, tire problems, smoke coming from your car or multitude of other potential problems. Usually the black flag station is located right next to the starter on the grid.
  • Prior to heading out to the grid you must have your seat belts buckled, and all MANDATORY safety equipment on. Both the driver and passenger windows down, and completely ready to drive on track.
  • Show starter you run group wristband and wait on the grid for the starter to allow you to enter the track. (Never head on track with out the starter or track officials permission)
  • Remember no racing is allowed period.
  • Once released to go on track it is MANDATORY for you to stay inside of the blend line until the blend line ends.
  • Always check your mirrors before moving on line.
  • The first lap of each session should be used to warm tires, brakes, and to get the driver up to speed. This lap should be run at a reduced speed.
  • Track etiquette. Pay attention to other drivers, your mirrors, and exercise proper on track etiquette. (I.E. If a car is consistently on your rear bumper, he is most likely faster than you. Give him a point by to pass as you enter the next passing zone.)
  • Passing Zones are different per run group and it your responsibility to know them.
  • It is the responsibility of both drivers involved in a passing situation to make the pass happen in a safe and efficient manner.
  • If a pass seems risky or either driver is not comfortable use common sense as well as your best judgement and wait for the next safe passing opportunity.
  • All passes must be done after receiving a point by. To give a point by you extend the left arm out the driver’s window and pointing toward the passing side that you would like them to pass you on (Offline).
  • Driver being passed must stay online and point by the passing car offline to complete the pass.
  • Driver being passed needs to do whatever is needed to help the passing car by in a safe manner (I.E. give an early point, lift off the throttle, or possibly tap the brakes to allow the pass to completed safely and before the braking zone of the next corner) Once the pass is complete continue with your session.
  • No passing in the corners is allowed at any time.
  • No track horseplay will be tolerated.
  • Once the session is over you’ll receive a checkered flag and get 1/2 lap for you and your car to cool down. This will allow your brakes to cool before entering the pit area as well.
  • Remember passing is still allowed so make sure you are aware of other participants in your mirrors and allow them by if necessary.
  • When exiting the track the driver should extend his left arm out the window straight up with his hand in a fist when entering the corner before the pit entrance. Speed limit in the pit area is 15 mph.
  • Once on grid pull off at the specified exit cool down you and your vehicle and drive slowly to your pit space.
  • No speeding in the paddock.
  • Passengers will only be permitted to ride with instructors and qualified experienced drivers as determined by the event organizers.
  • Any spin or loss of control when a passenger is in the car will result in termination of passenger privileges and possible expulsion from the event.
  • Three off rule. First off- visit the black flag station and talk with track control. You may resume driving. Second off- visit black flag station and talk with track control. You will be asked to sit out for the rest of the session. Third off- You will be done driving for the day.

FLAGS

Racing flags are traditionally used in auto racing and similar motorsports to indicate track condition and to communicate important messages to drivers.

Typically, the starter, sometimes the grand marshal of a race, waves the flags atop a flag stand near the start/finish line.

On road courses, track marshals are also stationed at observation posts along the course in order to communicate both local and course-wide conditions to drivers.

Alternatively, some racecourses employ lights to supplement the primary flag at the start/finish line.