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$content .= "<h1><a name=\"general\">ORSCA GENERAL RULES</a></h1>
<h2>SECTION 1: GENERAL RULES - ALL CLASSES SECTION </h2>
<h3>1.1 - Credentials and License</h3>
All participants must purchase and present a tech card at the time of
inspection. All drivers must have a valid state or government issued
drivers license, proper credentials to compete in 7.0, 6.0, EZ Street,
Limited Street, Outlaw 5.30 Index and Outlaw 10.5 classes. Drivers must
show a valid copy of their NHRA competition license to compete when
that class requires the license. All drivers must be a member of ORSCA
to receive driver points and to participate in the points championship.
Membership cards must be in your possession and presented at time of
tech. If you attempt to compete without a physical license, regardless
of whether or not ORSCA has viewed your license before, it shall be
assumed that no valid license exists. All drivers are strongly
encouraged to acquire the competition license prior to an ORSCA event.
<h3>SECTION 1.2 - Competition Numbers and Crew Access</h3>
Each vehicle entered into competition must have an official ORSCA
membership number affixed to the windshield and on each side window.
The competition number must be accompanied by the class designation
(Outlaw 10.5, Limited Street, EZ Street, Outlaw 5.30 Index, Outlaw 6.0
Index and Outlaw 7.0 Index). A racer may use an official competition
license number for the vehicle; however, this must be approved by
ORSCA prior to the season of competition and must remain with the
Vehicle throughout the season. All crewmembers should be wearing crew
shirts and must have signed a waiver at ORSCA Tech and have been issued
a wristband to be allowed in the starting area. No more than four (4)
crewmembers per vehicle allowed in the staging area and must possess
proper credentials. No crewmembers are allowed to touch the vehicle
during the burnout or once a vehicle is pre-staged.
<h3>SECTION 1.3 - Staging</h3>
Points will not be awarded until a vehicle has self-started and
self-staged. This applies to single runs as well. In all classes,
deep staging is allowed, but at the risk of the competitor. Once both
vehicles are staged, this activates the autostart to begin the run. If
any competitor leaves the starting line after being staged and before
system is activated, the run will be disqualified.
If both drivers of a race leave the line before the starting system is activated, The driver leaving first will be disqualified.
If the starter is unable to determin who left first both drivers will be disqualifed.
Any E'Ts posted would be void of any lane choice or other considerations
The final staging motion using applied power must be in a forward motion going from pre-stage to stage position.
This will be the procedure ORSCA will follow from this point forward on staging and disqualification proceedure.
You may review this rule in the 2006 NHRA rule book page 234 section 17 race procedure.
<h3>SECTION 1:4 - Qualifying and Eliminations</h3>
Qualifying positions will be determined on luck of the draw pairing.
Once a competitor has received a qualifying position and lane no
changes may be made, except by an official from ORSCA. If any
competitor fails to qualify in the assigned position, then that round
of qualifying will be forfeited. All classes will qualify and eliminate
on a pro-ladder. During eliminations, the number one qualifier will be
given the option to run where he/she chooses in the ladder. Otherwise,
we will start with the slowest qualified pairing and continue to the
quickest. Lane choice will be given to the quickest qualifier during
first round. Subsequent to that, it will be awarded to the previous
rounds quickest E.T. All vehicles must weigh at the conclusion of each
run during qualifying and eliminations.
<h3>SECTION 1.5 - E.T. Records</h3>
Only qualifying, elimination, and final round runs will be counted
Toward E.T. records. The record will only be awarded to the driver
holding the record at the end of the event. In the case of a tie, the
record goes to the driver who records the fastest speed or lowest E.T.
on the record setting run. If a tie still exists, the driver who set
the back-up record first, within 1% at the same event will have the
record. In the event that two runs exceed the record, the latter run
being faster, it will be used to back & shy; up the first and the first
shall be established as the record. All records must be backed-up
<h3>SECTION 1.6 - Single Runs</h3>
On a single run only those competitors who stage in accordance with
All applicable standards and take the green light shall be considered
the winner. Cars must stage and take the green light under their own
power. If you cross the centerline on a single run, during
eliminations, you will lose lane choice for the next round.
<h3>SECTION 1.7 - Foul Starts, Red Lights, Crossing Centerline</h3>
Disqualification will be determined on a first or worst offense. The
First competitor to commit a foul is eliminated. If a competitor red
lights and the opponent crosses the centerline, then the competitor's
opponent will be disqualified and the competitor who red lighted
will be re-instated. Any vehicle whose tire completely passes beyond
either the center yellow line or the outside boundary line shall be
<h3>SECTION 1.8 - Scoring Equipment Failure</h3>
Unless one competitor concedes defeat voluntarily, ORSCA will award
The victory at its discretion or may choose to re-run the race. ORSCA
may choose to review videotape, if available, to determine a winner.
All decisions will be final.
<h3>SECTION 1.9 - Track Preparation</h3>
Track conditions vary from track to track in factors such as, track
temperature, humidity, and heat index. Every effort will be made by
track personnel and ORSCA to make each venue as equal as possible. Any
competitor found to be dropping debris or liquid that could have an
affect on traction or other racers will not be allowed to run until
their issues are addressed to the satisfaction of track staff. Teams
are strongly recommended to report any debris or concerns to the track
official before their car enters the burn out box. Entering the burn
out box constitutes a team's acceptance of track conditions.
<h3>SECTION 1.10 - Weights and Scales</h3>
All vehicles upon completion of a qualifying or in eliminations run
Must cross the scales or the run may be disqualified. ORSCA utilizes
track scales, which may vary from track to track. This shall be the
sole means of measuring weight (irregardless of what your car weighed
at the shop or previous event). Any team member or driver observed
adding weight to a vehicle after a run and prior to crossing the scales
will be disqualified from the event.
<h2>SECTION 2 - TECHNICAL AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT</h2>
<h3>SECTION 2.1 - Head </h3>
Helmets are required in all classes of competition. For any vehicle
with a 6.39 or quicker E.T., must have a helmet meeting a Snell 95,
2000, 31.1,31.2, 41.1, or 41.2 specs. Any helmet that is modified in
any way, other than painting, shall be deemed unsafe and not suitable
for competition. Helmets must be worn prior to entering the burnout
<h3>SECTION 2.2 - Clothing</h3>
All drivers are required to wear a jacket meeting SAFETY
specifications. Any vehicle with a 6.39 or quicker E.T., jacket and
pants must meet spec 3.2A/5 and gloves meeting spec 3.2A/1 and a neck
collar meeting 3.3 spec and shoes meeting spec 3.3/5. Any vehicle
utilizing methanol as its primary source of fuel, must have the
following safety clothing: jacket and pants, meeting spec 3.2A/20,
gloves, boots meeting 3.2/A15 spec and shoes meeting spec 3,3/5.
<h3>SECTION 2.3 - Seat Belts & Roll-over Protection</h3>
All cars require a roll bar or cage and must have a 5-point driver
restraint system meeting spec 16.1. Driver restraint systems must be
updated two years from the date stamped on the tag of the belt. All
vehicles with an E.T. of 6.39 or quicker must have a roll cage and be
certified as per class requirements. All vehicles with a roll cage
must have padding meeting spec 45-1 in any area where the driver's
helmet may contact it. All vehicles 6.39 or quicker must have a window
net, either ribbon or mesh type meeting spec 27.1. A permanent
attachment must be present at the bottom of the window net. No eyelet
clips, dog leash, or hose clamps can be used.
<h3>SECTION 2.4 - Chassis Certifications</h3>
All cars running faster than 6.39 or 135 mph must have a valid
NHRA/IHRA Chassis certification sticker in place in order to compete.
Should any vehicle make a pass faster than 6.39 or 135 mph that run
shall be disallowed in all cases and no points or qualifying status
shall be awarded to that run. All applicable regulations as they
pertain to the vehicle shall be enforced. Any runs made without
applicable chassis or driver certifications shall be disallowed.
<h2>SECTION 3: ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN</h2>
<h3>SECTION 3.1 - Cooling System</h3>
All water-cooled entries must have a one pint minimum capacity overflow
reservoir hooked to the radiator in such a way so as to ensure no
coolant shall be dropped on the track. All coolant systems must use
water only. No antifreeze or additives allowed.
<h3>SECTION 3.2 - Fuel Systems</h3>
Fuel cells and components must meet applicable NHRA/IHRA specs. In
hatchback vehicles in all classes, a firewall must separate the
driver's compartment from the fuel cell.
<h3>SECTION 3.3 - Nitrous Oxide/pressurized bottles</h3>
Bottles must be stamped 1800-psi minimum. Bottles must be mounted
Directly to the body or chassis utilizing steel brackets and all
mounting points. All nitrous bottles mounted in the driver's
compartment must be vented to the outside.
<h3>SECTION 3.4 - Throttle</h3>
Every competing vehicle must have a foot throttle incorporating some
Sort of positive action return spring attached directly to the throttle
arm/body/carburetors. Must be manually operated by driver's foot.
Cable throttle systems allowed so long as no brazed or welded fittings
exist on steel cables.
<h3>SECTION 3.5 - Transmissions</h3>
Functional neutral safety switch is required. May be limited as per
Class requirements. Shifter must have a reverse lock out.
<h3>SECTION 3.6 - Driveline</h3>
Open drivelines passing any part of the driver's body must be
Completely enclosed with a plate of 1/8\" minimum thickness securely
mounted to the frame or frame structure.
<h3>SECTION 3.7 - Parachutes</h3>
Required on all cars exceeding 150 mph. Parachute tether must be
Mounted to the chassis by a minimum V? Grade 8 bolt or equivalent.
<h3>SECTION 3.8 - Headlights, Taillights and Street Equipment</h3>
All vehicles in competition must have factory headlights and
Tail lights and must be in working order. Vehicles with hide a way
Headlights must have a working headlight behind the headlight door. A
fog lamp may be substituted in place of the headlamp at tech official's
<h3>SECTION 3.9 - Ballast</h3>
No liquid or loose ballast permitted. Weight boxes are permitted, but
No more than two are allowed to hold small items such as shot bags,
lead bars, etc. so long as total ballast weight does not exceed 150
lbs. The ballast or boxes must be securely mounted to the frame with at
least two bolts 1/2\" in diameter.
<h3>SECTION 3.10 - Floors</h3>
Classes requiring factory floorboards that in their original
Construction are manufactured of fiberglass, SMC, or some other
breakable material, must have a metal sub-floor from the firewall to
the rear of the driver's seat on the driver's side only.
<h3>SECTION 3.11 - Batteries</h3>
All batteries must be securely mounted. No batteries in passenger
compartment. For hatchback vehicles or for those vehicles with inside
material removed exposing trunk area, a firewall of .024\" thick steel
or .032\" aluminum must be installed to seal battery area off from
driver area. Relocated batteries must be fastened using a minimum of 2
bolts, 3/8\" in diameter (No J-Bolts.) Vehicles are limited to a maximum
of two automotive batteries or 150 lbs. total combined weight.
<h3>SECTION 3.12 - Master Cutoff Switches</h3>
Such devices are mandatory if battery is relocated to a position
other than stock. Such switches must be installed at the rearmost
portion of the vehicle in a location easily accessible from outside the
body. The off position must be clearly identified with the word \"OFF\".
NOTE: If using a push/pull type switch, the off position must be push
to turn off and labeled \"PUSH OFF\".
<h3>SECTION 3.13 - Wheels</h3>
All lug nuts must be in place and tight. Wheel studs must project
into the hex portion of the lug nut by at the least the distance of the
diameter of the wheel stud. Hubcaps must be removed for competition. A
maximum of four tires and wheels per vehicle, with the exception of
wheelie wheels, which must be non-metallic. Wheelie bars must be fixed,
no hydraulics, pneumatics, or electronics may in any way provide
adjustment or movement during a run.
<h2>Section 4 - PROTEST PROCEDURES, DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT POLICIES</h2>
<h3>SECTION 4.1 - Protest Procedure</h3>
Every effort is made to properly inspect all cars for proper
Compliance and equipment. From time to time, something may pass through
tech undetected or a racer may have personal knowledge of illegal
equipment or safety deficiencies. If you have personal knowledge of a
racer using illegal equipment or not in compliance with the rules, it
is your obligation to report this infraction. All protests must be
filed the day prior to scheduled eliminations and can only be filed by
a qualified team or members who are competing in the same class as the
vehicle protested. Protests must be filed and accompanied with the
corresponding fee paid in cash only. The protest fee shall be forfeited
minus technical fees to the car owner should the protest be deemed
without merit or the car is found to be legal. ORSCA reserves the right
to reject any protest filed that it determines in its sole and absolute
discretion, is deemed to be frivolous or intended to harass another
competitor or is to otherwise gain some unfair competitive advantage.
Complaints, tips, or other advisories outside these guidelines do not
constitute valid protest and hence shall be disregarded. If inspection
finds and determines that a vehicle is not in compliance to the rules,
it is ORSCA's sole discretion to take action dependent upon the
infraction. This action may consist of a verbal warning to an expulsion
from competition until the infraction is corrected. In the event a
vehicle is found to be illegal, the driver and team will forfeit all
points gathered at that event. If a driver or team is found to have
willfully installed or utilized an illegal part or parts after they
have completed the tech inspection, then it is at ORSCA's discretion to
take disciplinary action commensurate with the offense. (This action
may range from forfeiture and expulsion from an event to racing
privilege suspended for up to one year from the offense).
<h3>SECTION 4.2 - Decisions by Race Director</h3>
Race Director may alter, amend, or waive any rule or specification
for any single occurrence or for any good reason without advance notice
and with no obligations to anyone or organization. The Event Director
has sole and irrevocable right to determine eligibility of a racer or
team, make decisions with regard to what constitutes fair competition,
inappropriate or un-sportsmanlike conduct, threatening behavior or what
constitutes a violation worthy of disciplinary action and what that
appropriate discipline may be. Entrance into any ORSCA sanctioned event
means that drivers, crewmembers, and participants agree with all rules,
procedures and guidelines. Teams do not have the right to protest the
rules, only to protest against those teams believed not to be in
compliance. With regard to equipment or race procedures, decisions on-
sight by Race Director are final. No review or appeal process the day
of the race, so as to ensure finality to an event. The Race Director or
Tech Director must retain final authority in disqualifying parts,
racers, equipment for violation of the rules, failure to comply with
directions, or for any technical or behavioral infraction.
<h3>SECTION 4.3 - Participant Conduct</h3>
Any participant who, at the sole discretion of ORSCA, 1) verbally
abuses/threatens any other person, 2) uses vulgar or derogatory
language, 3) engages in un-sportsmanlike conduct, 4) creates a
condition that is hostile, unfair, unsafe, or is out of order, shall be
subject to immediate removal from the event and further disciplinary
action. ORSCA reserves final judgment as to what type of behavior,
conduct or language shall be deemed hostile, unfair, unsafe, or with
issues of un-sportsmanlike conduct and what constitutes threats or
abuse. ORSCA decisions are final without appeal or further discussion.
Race questions must be directed to the ORSCA Race Director who are on
sight. Protest discussions or other dialogue will only take place with
a maximum of two team members present and both teams must be in
uniform. These discussions will be held in a private room or forum and
will not be open to large groups or public. Protests will not be
honored or examined in any way on the day of final eliminations.
<h3>SECTION 4.4 - Confidentiality</h3>
For primary tech inspection, ORSCA shall inspect vehicles in an
appropriate, technical area, to be designated at our discretion.
ORSCA shall not reveal any trade or technical secrets to a competing
team even if those secrets or equipment are found to be illegal.
Competitors are assured that any details revealed to ORSCA Technical
Director or staff, shall not be revealed to other teams for any reason.
During technical inspections, ORSCA officials may limit the number of
and which team personnel may be present at time of inspection.
<h3>SECTION 4.5 - Implied Consent</h3>
All ORSCA participants and attendees who are in any way engaged or
associated with competing teams, shall recognize that their presence
at an ORSCA event implies consent to search or inspect any vehicle
engaged in competition, any equipment or support vehicles used. ORSCA
shall at its discretion, choose to examine the inside or tow vehicles,
vehicles in competition, or anywhere they deem appropriate as to ensure
that all safety and classification guidelines are being strictly
followed. Any team refusing immediate and unconditional access to an
area after the ORSCA official requests shall result in the team's
immediate removal from the event, loss of all points, and may result in
suspension from competition for a period solely at ORSCA's discretion.
<h3>SECTION 4.6 - Substance Abuse</h3>
ORSCA is a zero tolerance organization. If any driver, team member,
Or person working on or near a competitor's vehicle is found to be
Consuming alcohol or found to have any measurable blood alcohol
content, he/she shall be deemed under the influence and be banned from
all participation in that event. ORSCA reserves the right to determine
that a person in unfit for competition, without measurable blood
alcohol content. No team member in uniform is allowed to consume any
alcohol or be under the influence at any time during an event. All
members wearing crew uniforms shall be assumed to play a key role in
the preparation of the vehicle and the assurance of compliance with
safety guidelines and be subject to those terms and conditions.
<h3>SECTION 4.7 - Driver Change</h3>
The Event Director has the option of permitting driver changes under
The following conditions: 1) replacement driver must meet ORSCA
Requirements and possess proper credentials, 2) original driver must be
withdrawn from competition and will not be re-instated, 3) all previous
qualifying times shall be voided for vehicle in competition, 4)
replacement driver must re-qualify vehicle during normal qualifying
schedule, 5) no replacements allowed after qualifications have ended,
6) limited to one replacement per event. A replacement driver shall not
drive more than one vehicle per class of competition.