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The Hondata Experience will be hosted at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, an NHRA sanctioned track. All NHRA safety rules and Guidelines must be followed at all times during the event. It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to ensure that their vehicle is in absolute compliance of any and all NHRA rules.

Must have valid state driver's license, sign the Release of Liability Form and adhere to all NHRA rules as required in the NHRA Rule Book. No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, or bare feet permitted when racing.
Anyone under 18 years of age must have a parental permission form completed to race. The form must be signed by both parents unless one parent has sole custody, in that case one signature will be accepted. If the parent(s) are not present on race day, the form must be notarized and submitted at registration. The form must be an original, no photo copies or faxes accepted.

No more than one person is permitted in any car during any run. No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, or bare feet permitted.

Required in all vehicles 13.99 seconds and quicker. Helmet must meet NHRA approved SNELL rating and must have required label on the inside of the helmet. SNELL 2010 good until 1-1-2022. SNELL 2015 good until 2027. D.O.T. ONLY HELMETS ARE NOT LEGAL.

Protective Clothing
A NHRA approved jacket meeting SFI Spec 3.2/1 is mandatory when running: 13.99 to 10.00 , in a non-factory stock supercharger, non-OEM turbocharger, or nitrous equipped with an OEM or .024 -inch steel firewall vehicle; or 11.49 to 10.00 in a naturally aspirated, OEM supercharged, or OEM turbocharged with full OEM or .024-inch steel firewall vehicle.

No water, fuel, oil, or trans leaks

Approved racing slicks are permitted, as well as street legal DOT approved tread tires, front and rear required on all vehicles. Tires will be inspected for overall condition.

All wheel studs, with lug nuts required. Broken or missing studs/lugs must be replaced before racing. Hub caps/wheel covers must be removed for inspection.

Lines & Hoses
All fuel, transmission, brake, and power steering lines must be secure and free of leaks.

Fuel System
All fuel-tank filler necks located inside trunk must have filler neck vented outside of body. Vented caps prohibited. All batteries, fuel line, fuel pumps, or filler necks located inside trunk require complete bulkhead of at least .024-inch steel or .032-inch aluminum to isolate driver compartment from trunk, if there is no bulkhead between fuel cell and driver you will not go down the track. Fuel lines must be located outside driver compartment. Fuel tank must be within confines of the body.

Overflow catch tank (16 oz. minimum) mandatory on all vehicles and no leaks.

Must be securely fastened to floor or frame with minimum 4 attaching bolt and nuts. No sheet metal screws.

Seat Belts
All cars and trucks must have as a minimum an O.E.M. type lap belt system, securely mounted to frame or floor. Cars and Trucks running 11.49 and quicker and/or in convertibles running 13.49 and quicker must have seat belts SFI 16.1 and a minimum 5 point roll bar. See NHRA roll bar requirements.

Batteries must be secured per O.E.M. or with minimum of two (2) 3/8 diameter bolts (no straps, bungee cords, wire, etc). Batteries may not be located in the driver or passenger compartment. If relocated to the trunk; a rear firewall of .024-inch steel or .032-inch aluminum, or an approved NHRA box and a master cutoff switch is mandatory. The master power cutoff switch must be installed at the rearmost part of the vehicle and be easily accessible from the outside of the rear body and must stop all electrical functions. Please see NHRA General Regulations ( 8:1 and 8:4) for full installation specifications.

Loose ballast is not permitted on the racetrack, so be prepared to empty trunks and interiors of all loose items. Spare tires, jacks, etc. must be securely mounted or must be removed. Tools, jack stands, coolers, loose speakers, wheel covers, etc. are considered loose ballast and are not permitted on the track. If you don't need it, or don't want to leave it unattended, leave it at home.

Neutral Safety Switch
All vehicles must be equipped with an operational neutral safety switch. The neutral safety switch prevents the vehicle's starter from turning the engine over unless the transmission is in park or neutral (or unless the clutch pedal is depressed with a manual transmission).

Roll Bars & Cages
Roll bar required in any vehicle running between 10.00 and 11.49 E.T. with stock firewall and stock floor (convertibles between 11.00 and 13.49). Roll bar/cage structures must meet minimum NHRA Summit racing series standards as found in the 2015 rule book. Cars running 10.99 to 10.00 with altered firewall and floor must use a roll-cage.

Unaltered 2008 OEM model-year and newer cars requirements and specifications
Cars running slower than 10.00 and 134 mph do not have to meet any vehicle Summit Racing Series requirements. Convertibles and T-tops must meet the Summit Racing Series roll-bar and roll-cage requirements. NOTE: See helmet and protective clothing requirements.\
NOTE: When elapsed times are quicker than 11.49 specialized racing equipment is required. For example, when a roll bar or cage is required, so is an approved 5-point harness assembly. If you know or suspect that your vehicle will exceed these ET limits, we suggest contacting the NHRA Tech Department at (626) 914-4761 with your questions.

After Tech Inspection
Move your car forward (please turn off car before exiting), walk to the "Tech Registration booth" where you will sign a Release of Liability, get your restricted area wristband. Upon completed registration, your vehicle should have a run card/sticker and a car number applied to your windows. You may now find yourself a pit location (10 X 20) max per car.

Hear the Call
Tune your car radio to 104.9 FM for the PA announcements. All categories will be called to the staging lanes in groups of 100. The group number is on your run card. Please DO NOT come to the lanes until your category is called. Be sure you have all safety items in place with seat belts on.

Staging Lanes
When you are called to the lanes, go to the back of the staging lanes and you will be directed to a lane. At the front of the lane your run card/sticker will be marked. Please proceed forward as directed.

You will be directed to the water box where a 5 second burn-out is permitted. On the starting line official's signal, roll your car forward until the top two small yellow bulbs on your side of the tree are lit. STOP. You are now staged and ready.

Finish Line
After crossing the finish line, let off the gas slowly and apply the brakes. Stay in your lane and exit at the top end of the track, The right lane should exit first even though you may have to wait on them. DO NOT DO A U-TURN ON THE TRACK.