Things you should know before racing on the track:
When you step onto the track, cars always have the right of way! It is important to remember that there are many types of RC cars ranging from 1 pound lightweights to 7 pound trucks. They are capable of high speeds and you have drivers with different skill levels. Because of an RC cars small size it’s easy to misjudge how fast they are approaching. In the time it takes you to take two steps the cars can cover 30 feet. Drivers tend to focus solely on their car and have limited peripheral vision. They might not see you on the track before it’s too late. So be careful when crossing the track. Pay special attention when you bend over to pick up a car. Especially around jumps, as cars can be flying 6+ feet into the air. Ask staff if there are spots kids should not marshal. This is a family place and we have racers/drivers of all ages. Please pay special attention to young kids on the track. Kids love to help, but often fail to see dangerous situations. If a little one is out there in an exposed spot call it out, slow down. Lipo Sacks are required to charge Lithium type batteries. The shop has several to choose from if you don’t already have this safety measure for charging. Green emergency LiPo buckets: These are not garbage cans or battery disposal locations. They are there in case of an emergency LiPo fire. If a car or battery catches fire, the sand in the bucket needs to be dumped on the vehicle, stopping the oxygen that feeds the fire. No open-toed shoes (no flip flops)
Attitudes – Leave them at home. We are all here because we enjoy racing our cars. This is a family friendly race facility. No foul, abusive, or threatening language is allowed. Remember there are usually children present.
Do not yell at each other on the drivers stand. Do not yell at the turn marshals. If you do, you may be asked to leave.
Pit spots – We require pit mats if using one of our 80 powered pit spots. You can also use a bath towel. Music must be family friendly and kept to a minimal volume. Keep the pits clean by using the many provided trash containers. Put pit mat dirt back in the corner of the track.
No foul, abusive, or threatening language. This is a family environment that often has children present.
Pay before you play. This applies to both a race or a practice day. Before you head to the drivers’ stand, head to the shop to pay (and make sure you’re signed up for the race).
All vehicles have a 2s LiPo (7.4v) battery limit when on the track.
LiPo batteries must be hard cased packs.
RC racing is a non-contact sport. If you crash/spinout another car, you should stop and wait for that car to pass before you resume, even if it cost you the victory. In general the car with the inside line owns it. You have to fall back or drive a different line.
Sign up for races ASAP. This is done in the timing tower. Here you write down some info about yourself, and what classes you are going to drive. Signup sheets have to be handed in about 1 hour before race start so we can put you in the computer. Call the shop if you are running late and can’t make it in time to get signed up.
Get out to marshal immediately after your race. Do not return to your pit. Head to the numbered corner corresponding to the position you started in the race you just finished.
Do not obstruct the view of other drivers. Do not lean over or rest on the rail on the drivers stand. Try keeping pointing to a minimum, as you will be obstructing the view of others. Your radio should not be further out than the rail. You should try to stand up straight without touching the rail, while holding the radio in a comfortable position.
Work together during qualifying, let the faster cars go by. Go wide and let the car pass when you’re comfortable with it. Do not wait too long, racers get impatient.
Reverse is not allowed during any racing.
Track cutting – It happens, but you can’t skip part of the track and then just fall back inline with traffic as that is cheating. When it happens, you have 3 options of what you can do. You can handle it yourself by letting the car that was behind you pass. You can wait for a turn marshal to get your car and place it back on the correct part of the track. Or lastly, if the first 2 aren’t an option, you can wait for the race director to tell you it’s ok to go again.
Pay attention to, and follow instructions from, the race announcer/director.
You have to marshal or get someone to marshal for you after each of your races. The only exception is if you’re handicapped. If you have 2 or more races right after each other, you will have to find someone who will marshal for you, usually you can swap marshaling with other racers.
Attend the drivers meeting. Drivers meeting will be held about 15-30 minutes before race time. It takes about 5-10 minutes. Everybody has to attend the meeting! Please do not have conversations with others during this time.
You may line up before your race at the bottom of those stairs. During the main you will line up at the bottom of the stairs based on where you qualified.
When you flip the cars over, point them in the right direction.
Try to hold the car as you flip it. If you flip it like a coin it may not always land on its wheels.
Do not put them down on the upside of a jump or pointing the wrong way.
Make sure traffic is clear before trying to flip a car over.
Do not put a car down in front of on-coming traffic.
Put broken cars upside down on the track.
Get to cars as quickly as possible without interfering with on-coming traffic.
Watch your corner not the race
Do not obstruct drivers view by standing in front of a turn.
What happens during a typical race day/night
You should try to arrive early to find a pit spot and get signed up. You want to try and sign up at least 1 hour before start time.
Drivers meeting will be held about 15-30 minutes before race time. The Race Director will talk for about 5-10 minutes. Everybody has to attend the meeting!
The race schedule (Heat Sheets) will be posted on the wall by the offices. Check which races you are in. If you have any back to back races you can find a substitute marshal. There is usually between 8 and 13 heats. If your in the last heat, then you will be marshaling the first heat. Once the race program has made it through all heats, its starts all over with second round of qualifiers. When they are done it will be the main race. New sheets will be posted for the mains. In the main, the 8 fastest racers will be in the A-Main, the rest in the B-main. Should you win the B, the top 2 drivers get bumped up into the A-main. You get to race one more time. Normally there’s 2 qualifiers and 1 Main. Sometimes, if time allows for it, there can be more qualifiers, and or more mains. The qualifier always determines where you start in the main. If there is multiple mains (Double A mains), you will start the same place for all of them regardless if you lost or won. The average will be calculated to determine the winner. Sometimes there is a throw-out, which basically means your worst race gets discarded.
Finally, its time to race/qualify. If your a rookie you will be up first, so make sure your battery is charged and you have mounted your transponder.
Enter drivers stand from left staircase. You may line up before your race on those stairs. During the main you will line up on the stairs based on where you qualified.
Do not start taking practice laps until the race director tells you the “track is hot”. Typically this allows for 1-2 laps before the race director says “straight is closed”. This means no more laps. Keep your car at walking speeds as marshals will be getting onto the track and drivers will be lining up on the straight. The order of the grid is the same as posted on the heat sheets. Sometimes there can be changes so listen to the race director. Drive your car to your starting position.
The race director may call you to run your car over the start/finish line (also referred to as the “loop”). This allows the director to associate your name in the scoring system with your transponder. As you can imagine, running your car over the loop when the race director calls someone else causes confusion.
There are two types of starts for qualifying:
IFMAR: You start when your name is called, not when the start tone sounds. Everybody is on their own timer which starts when you pass the start\finish line. It is ok to park your car next to someone else for the start, since everybody is on their own clock. You should let faster guys pass by going wide in a turn. Slow down just a little bit and let the car come around. Do this in a place where your comfortable with it. Rule of thumb is within 3 turns. When the race director says race is over, you keep racing until you hear your name.
Heads up: Everybody goes when the tone sounds. The qualifying will end at the same time for everybody. This type of start allows you to practice starts like it will be in the Main race. You should still let faster racers pass you. The key here is to get around the first couple of turns without crashing. Remember this is a non contact sport. Try to keep a bit of distance between the car in front of you, while also trying not to get hit from behind.
When time has expired for the race, the race director will tell you when you are done. Pull your car off the track. Exit on the right side of stairs.
After your race, go marshal ASAP on the numbered spot corresponding to where you started your last race.
When your done with marshaling use the blowers to blow off the track. Return your transponder if you borrowed one.
Get ready for the next race and it all starts over.
Main Race: You will grid up in the order that has been posted on the new heat sheets. When the tone sounds everybody goes. Your are no longer required to let the faster guy’s pass, unless they are lapping you in which case you have to give way. Behave sportsman like (no matter what class your running). When the finish tone sounds, you will be done when you cross the start/finish line. If you are in the top 3, pick up your car and go to the podium for photos. If you don’t want your picture taken, still go to podium and let photographer know so they are not waiting for you to show. Get back out and marshal.
Your done, hope you had fun ;-) Results will be posted online and on the wall with heat sheets.
What do all those numbers mean? – You’ll have 2 rounds to do as many laps as you can in the qualifier. The best run of the 2 counts towards your starting position in the “main” race. A time of 12/5:08.05 means you ran 12 laps in 5 minutes and 6 seconds. The 12/5:06.70 is faster than a 12/5:08.05, as it took an extra 6 seconds vs 8 seconds for the person to finish their last lap. We take this result and grid you in qualifying order for the “main”. When there are more than 10 contestants, we may need to split the group. In this case, the top drivers make the “A Main”, and the others are in the “B Main”.
Need more racing? Check the Race Calendar