2018 Thunderbird Raceway Rules
All decisions by Thunderbird Raceway officials or scorers are final!
1. Drivers, owners, and crew members will conduct themselves as professionals. Any
unsportsmanlike conduct by drivers, owners or crew members shall be grounds for disqualification
and / or suspension.
2. All drivers or crew members under the age of 18 must have a waiver and parent consent form
signed before entering the pit area or competing at Thunderbird Raceway
3. No equipment or race car will be considered as having been approved by reason of having
passed through inspection unobserved.
4. Any person who defies or violates the intent or spirit of the Thunderbird Raceway rules shall be
considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be subject to suspension or
removal from the premises.
5. Thunderbird Raceway reserves the right to refuse any car or participant at any event, for any
Sportsmanship Rules for Drivers and Crew
1. All discussions with officials shall be conducted in a professional manner.
2. Drivers are responsible for the conduct and actions of all crew members (this includes spouses,
relatives, and significant others). Unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, or harassing officials may result
in disqualification and/or suspension.
3. All drivers & crew will conduct themselves in a professional manner.
4. Disqualification and or suspension will result for the following unsportsmanlike behavior.
A. Driver or crew member going into other drivers pit area.
B. Fighting or assault.
C. Any driver threatening or touching an official.
D. Any driver stopping on the track and throwing a tantrum or holding up the show.
E. Any driver that takes his or hers helmet off while on the race track during an event.
F. Any driver or crew member using profanity or obscure gestures at flagman or any official.
G. Any driver that intentionally makes contact with another car following the finish of a race or during
a caution period.
H. Or any other unprofessional or unsportsmanlike conduct not covered in this section.
Personal Protection Equipment
It is the sole responsibility of each competitor for the effectiveness and proper installation, per the
manufacturer’s specifications to be adequate for competition at every event. Each competitor is
expected to investigate and educate themselves for continuing improvement regarding their own
personal safety equipment.
Seat Belt/Restraint System
A. It is recommended that each car be equipped with an SFI 16.5 or SFI 16.1 approved seat belt
restraint system until the date of the belt expiration (usually two years). Seat belts restraint systems
shall be installed in accordance with the directions and application of the system supplier or
B. Seat belt webbing that comes into contact with any sharp or un-radiused metal edge should be
protected from that edge by means of push on grip vinyl trim. Seat manufacturers supply the seat
with trim protecting the webbing from abrasion or cutting under impact conditions and should be
used to their specifications.
C. It is the responsibility of the driver, not the officials or the promoter to ensure that his/her seat belt
restraint system and all components are SFI approved, correctly installed, maintained, and properly
A. Each driver should wear a fire resistant uniform meeting the SFI 3.2A/5 specification and display
a valid SFI3.2A/5 label.
B. Each driver should also wear fire resistant accessories that effectively cover the remaining parts
of the body. Shoes and gloves should meet the SFI 3.3 specification and display a valid SFI 3.3
RaceCeiver: The RaceCeiver is required for Hot Laps, Heats, & Features!-Working mufflers are
-Seat Belts should not be older than 3 years!
RACE PROCEDURES FOR ALL EVENTS AT THUNDERBIRD RACEWAY
Every person driving a race car on the track must wear the required helmet and cinched
harness and lap belt whenever in the race car, including track packing, warm-ups, hot
laps and races.
No person, except the driver and THUNDERBIRD and/or track officials, is allowed on
the race track at any time after the race starts.
All drivers are responsible for registering their cars and having a number drawn for their
starting position in the heat race. A car may be registered and compete in only one
class per night (event).
If a car is unable to start the race, all cars behind that car’s position will advance one
position (either directly, or by criss-crossing their cars, at the track’s option).
When a race is stopped after the completion of at least one (1) lap, cars shall be lined
up in the order in which they were running at the completion of the Last full lap before
being stopped. The car or cars causing the race to be stopped, if any, shall start at the
rear. If a car causes a race stoppage twice in the same race, that race car will be sent to
the pits, but will be scored and receive points for its finishing position as if it had
dropped out of the race at that time.
A race may be stopped at the discretion of the starter or officials at any time they
consider it dangerous or unsafe to continue. If a car loses front bumper or back bumper
or fuel cell guard, the car must go to the pits for the remainder of said race.
Any car being lapped consistently by the field may be black-flagged at the flagman’s
Track promoters may run multiple heats in any class, but there must be a minimum of
five (5) cars in each heat.. Nine (9) or fewer cars entered in any class shall be limited to
one heat race. Driver can only start the heat race that he/she was scheduled to start.
Raceceivers –mandatory, but only for track officials to communicate with drivers and
score cars. No radio communication is allowed between competitors, crew members,
fans or other participants.
Transponders- mandatory, this is the driver responsibility to have work transponder.
Restart Line-Up. All tracks will use double file restarts, Delaware style with the leader in
front, alone in row one. Second place driver will get choice of inside or outside starting
location. Fourth place will always be inside row three. Promoter may use discretion and
revert to single file restarts if track conditions exist that warrant a single file restart in the
spirit of good and fair competition; promoter is not required to revert to single file
restarts at any time.
Track Official An employee, independent contractor or agent of a promoter who assists
in the conducting and promoting of the racing event, and interpreting and enforcing the
rules, at a promoter’s racing facility.
Track Rules The rules for a racing event at a particular racing facility, as published by
the promoter, posted at the racing facility, or announced at any drivers’ or pit meeting
prior to any racing event.
THUNDERBIRD reserves the right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules,
exhibits or drawings that THUNDERBIRD deems necessary for the betterment and/or
safety of racing.
Any driver entering any racing event is considered to have inspected the track and
determined that all conditions are satisfactory. If the driver does not feel that conditions
are satisfactory, then the driver should not race
Any participant who defies or violates the intent or spirit of the THUNDERBIRD rules
shall be considered to have engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct and shall be dealt with
by THUNDERBIRD or track officials depending upon the nature of the infraction.
Alcoholic Beverages Consumption of beer or alcoholic beverages in the pit area, or
being under the influence of beer or alcoholic beverages in the pit area, is prohibited
until the entire program for all divisions is completed.
Illegal Drugs Definition Illegal drugs are those substances or drug substances defined
and prohibited by state and/or federal laws. Any person who is found to be in possession of, or under the influence of, any illegal
drug or drug substance on the race track property;
If the rules do not specifically allow a part or component, or do not allow specific
alterations or modifications to a part or component, then that part or component is
No softening or conditioning of tires is allowed in any class. Any tire can be confiscated
by a THUNDERBIRD or track tech official on any race night at any track to be evaluated
and returned within a reasonable period of time.
The promoter will send a sample of the protested tire(s) to an independent lab for
To have rookie status in any class, a driver must not have competed in more than five
(5) events in that class.
SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PROTESTS
Only the driver may protest
A driver may only protest one infraction per race
Only the tech inspector has the final word on the legality of the race cars involved in a
No person shall prevent or interfere with the protest procedure.