Safety Regulations & Safety Diagram

SAFETY REGULATIONS

1.    Car Inspection:  All cars are subject to a safety and legality inspection at any time before, during or after any event.  If the Chief Steward deems a car has not met all track safety or rule standards, that car may not be allowed to compete until all deficiencies have been corrected.  It is the responsibility of the driver, car owner and crew, individually and severally, (not the OSP officials) to have the car free from mechanical defects, in safe racing condition and properly inspected prior to any event.

a.    Inspection & Practice Dates prior to the season opener are available by calling the speedway office or by visiting http://www.ospracing.net.

b.    Drivers may also call the speedway office and make an appointment to come out to the track during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for a pre-race safety and technical inspection. 

2.    Seat & Safety Harness:  Seat back can be mounted no further rearward than rear vertical edge of driver’s door.  Safety belts and driver’s seat must be secured to the roll cage (not floor pan) and must be approved by the track officials.  A quick release seat belt and shoulder harness of at least three (3) inches in width is mandatory.  Anti-submarine belts are highly recommended.  Safety belts must have legible date of manufacture on nametag, may not be more than five (5) years old and must have safety approval by track officials.  See Diagram at the back of the book for seat and safety belt installation.

3.    Fire Extinguishers:  Working on-board fire extinguishers are required in all racecars and must be securely mounted within arm’s reach of the driver.  DO NOT TAPE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO A ROLL BAR.  It is Georgia law that all tow vehicles in a hot pit area are required to have a minimum of one ten (10 lb.) pound A-B-C Fire Extinguisher in their possession and must be on display and easily accessible at the back of the race car trailer.  All teams competing at Oglethorpe Speedway Park will be required to abide by this law.  All fire extinguishers will be checked during pre-season safety inspections and again periodically throughout the year.  Those drivers not in compliance with this Georgia state law will not be allowed to participate until the situation has been corrected.  If the situation cannot be corrected by race time, the team will have to leave the hot pit area.

4.    Window Nets:  Each car must be fitted with an approved window screen protecting the driver’s door window. 

5.    Helmet:  Every driver is required to wear a helmet any time his or her car enters the racing surface.  It is mandatory that helmets be labeled Snell Foundation Approved with a minimum requirement of Snell 90.  The track officials must approve all helmets.

6.    Driver’s Suits:  Fire retardant driver suits are required in all divisions; except 440’s.  This includes top and pants.  No short pants, tank tops, short sleeves, jeans, etc. allowed.  Make sure the driver’s suit is clean of grease or fuel spills.  Look for torn or worn out areas.  If the suit is full of holes or is extremely dirty and unsafe, the track officials may ask you to find a new protective racing suit prior to competition.

a.    The following safety equipment is not required, but highly recommended.

1)    Driver uniform that is double layer.

2)    Flame retardant racing gloves.

3)    Underwear, head sock (balaclava), foot socks and shoes that are flame retardant.

4)    Full-face helmet and arm restraints.

5)    Roll bar padding around the driver area.

7.    Fuel Cells:  Safety fuel cells are required in all divisions except 440’s.  They must be fully enclosed in steel (.020 minimum thickness) and securely mounted in the rear of the car/truck.  Fuel cells in the Street Stock, Mini Stock and Pure Stock can hang no lower than the frame rails.  See Diagram at the back of the book.

8.    Fire Walls:  Complete sheet metal (.020 minimum) firewalls are required between the driver’s compartment/fuel cell area and the driver’s compartment/engine area.  Aluminum firewalls are not allowed in the Street Stock, Mini Stock or Pure Stock divisions.  Refer to the division section for additional requirements on the Fire Walls.

9.    Driveshaft Loops:  A driveshaft safety loop made of flat bar (.25” x 2” minimum size) is required.  It should be installed about 12 inches from the rear of the transmission.  Construct it so that the driveshaft cannot fall down onto the track in the event of u-joint failure.  ALL DRIVESHAFTS MUST BE PAINTED WHITE AND HAVE THE CAR NUMBER PAINTED ON IT IN CONTRASTING COLOR.

10.All weights added to the car must be mounted with proper weight mounts or double bolted and plated.  ALL ADDED WEIGHTS MUST BE PAINTED WHITE AND HAVE THE CAR NUMBER PAINTED ON IT IN CONTRASTING COLOR.

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