2017 Rule Book

Print copies of the rule book are available at the Registration Trailer.
Our Gang 4 Wheelers, Inc.
Ice Racing 2017 Season
(Revised Spring 2016)

1. Four Wheel Drive Vehicles Only
A. All vehicles must be four (4) wheel drive or AWD (example: Jeep, Scout, Bronco, Blazer, etc.). No ATV’s, Quads, UTV’s, Golf Carts, etc.

B. All vehicles must have only four (4) tires on the ice at one time. NO DUAL-WHEELED vehicles allowed.

2. Entry Fees
A. All entry fees will be $20.00 per driver, per class, for all ice race dates, including the Championship races. Entry fees are subject to change without notice.

B. The entry fee for late registration is $30.00. A late fee is assessed to any driver who registers after the close of registration and prior to the Driver’s Meeting. No registration will be allowed after the driver’s meeting has started. Driver must be on-site during open registration.

C. NO CHECKS ACCEPTED.

D. NO REFUNDS will be given at any time.

E. Fun Days are $20.00 per driver and a $5.00 per vehicle safety inspection fee; unless you receive a race tech inspection.

F. Racing tech inspection fees are $10.00 for all classes.

G. No pre-pays allowed for special races (i.e. Go for the Gold, etc.)

3. Drivers’ Requirements
A. All drivers must possess a valid state driver’s license or learner’s permit with a legal guardian present in the vehicle and show proof of insurance

B. All drivers must show their license when going through registration, driver’s license may be checked periodically at the official’s request. Minors under the age of 18 mush have a parent or guardian present when signing the minor waiver.

C. Any driver suspected of being impaired or intoxicated will be disqualified from the day’s events.

D. First time cheater class participants must make one lap (half-throttle) on the track under club supervision before the class starts.

4. Registration & Staging
A. Registration:

1. Drivers must register for races only after the vehicle has been teched in by the Tech Committee. Drivers may practice only after they have registered and their vehicle has a staging number on it.

2. There may be four (4) drivers entered in the same vehicle, consisting of two (2) men and two (2) women; unless prior permission is obtained from Our Gang 4 Wheelers.

3. A third driver can race in a vehicle with two (2) men and two (2) women if their vehicle breaks down after registering and prior to the start of their first heat. Three (3) drivers will be allowed in a class for the remainder of that weekend. The maximum number of drivers will be three (3) women and/or three (3) men per vehicle.

4. All registered drivers must attend each day’s driver’s meeting.

5. Staging numbers will be drawn randomly and no redraws will be allowed.

6. A maximum of 200 entrants will be allowed to register each day (including Fun Days) or at the discretion of Our Gang.

7. You can race any one studs or bare rubber class on any day, but not two separate classes in one day.

B. Staging:

1. All drivers are responsible for promptly reporting to and lining up in the staging lines. When a driver’s number is called and his/her vehicle is already on the racecourse or in the staging line, the driver or their representative must stand in his/her place in line.

2. If Center Ice and Head of Staging are ready to begin a heat, the drivers and/or crew member must be lined up and ready or they WILL be disqualified. It is the responsibility of the driver to notify the Head of Staging of any problems.

3. If a vehicle must withdraw from the races for any reason, the driver(s) and/or crew member MUST report all numbers to be scratched to the head staging official and/or the head registration official immediately.

4. The Staging officials will be responsible for monitoring time allowances for cool-downs, breakdowns and/or tire changes. Any request for any time allowance must be reported to the staging officials immediately. The driver and/or crew member must declare if it is a cool-down or mechanical breakdown.

5. The Staging and/or the Center Ice Official will halt all racing whenever deemed necessary for safety, mechanical, or technical reasons.

6. While not on the track, vehicle speed will not exceed an idle. Receiving a driver’s meeting reminder is considered a warning. Any driver exceeding this speed limit will be disqualified from racing for the day or upon referee’s decision.

7. Should both drivers in a vehicle have numbers which stage up together, they must run off.  There will be no switching of positions to prevent a run off. The run off can be done by times or one of the drivers may choose to use another vehicle for this round only.

8. The Head of Staging Official has discretion of which Our Gang approved bracket is used.

5. The Races
A. Race elimination will be run in heats of two (2) vehicles each. A time limit for the completion of each heat will be up to the discretion of the Center Ice Official.

B. The vehicle must complete the entire course in order to win a heat. Should a vehicle running a heat break down or become stuck, the Center Ice Official shall determine if it is safe for the other vehicle in the heat to complete the course and shall instruct the vehicle to complete the course. If the Center Ice Official determines it is not safe to complete the course, the Center Ice Official shall determine the other vehicle as the winner.

C. The means of starting a race will be determined by Center Ice.

D. If a vehicle contacts a pylon, leaves the marked course (i.e. passes a gate, cuts a corner or endangers course workers), the driver loses the heat. If the track crew identifies a safety issue the drive will be stopped and it will be an automatic loss (i.e. de-beaded tire, tire blowout or unlatched hood).

E. Any time a double loss occurs during a trophy bracket, the drivers will be re-run to determine a winner.

F. If a driver is unable to finish the heat due to mechanical trouble, this is considered a loss of that round. If a driver’s vehicle is withdrawn from racing due to mechanical trouble before that driver’s first heat, he/she may transfer his/her number to another vehicle qualified for that class or division. The referees and the staging officials must be made aware of the change immediately.

G. The Center Ice Official has control over where the vehicles line up at the starting gate.

H. There will be no delay or restart of any heat, once a driver has indicated they are ready, unless deemed necessary by Center Ice.

I. The driver’s window on all vehicles must be completely rolled down or removed for the entire heat to enable the driver and race officials to see and hear one another.

J. The pairing of two (2) vehicles does not occur until the ready nod is given to the Center Ice Official.

K. Any forward tire movement of a vehicle prior to the go signal, after the Center Ice Official has received a ready nod from both drivers, will be black-flagged.

L. If a driver’s seat belt comes undone more than once per race day they will be disqualified unless deemed otherwise by an official.

M. The start gate will be 20 feet wide (25% more room). If any part of the vehicle hits a pylon at the start, the driver will lose that round.

N. When crossing the finish line all drivers must keep at least one hand on the steering wheel and not look to see the checkered flag until their vehicle has slowed and completely cleared the track. The Center Ice Official will keep the flag raised until both drivers have cleared the track and can observe the flag.

O. A rollover is considered a loss.

P. Passengers:

1. The driver and one (1) passenger will be allowed in the vehicle while competing in all classes with the exemption of the Street division where children can be additional passengers as long as they are in size appropriate restraint systems and allowed at the discretion of staging.

2. NO passengers are allowed in the Cheater class.

Q. Cool Downs/Break Downs/Tire Changing

1. A time allotment of three (3) minutes for a cool down will be given as necessary, per heat, there is no limit to the number of cool downs allowed.

2. Break down times are ten (10) minutes per vehicle, per class. Drivers must be at Head of Staging, race ready, before ten (10) minutes expires.

3. Tire changing, including flats, when permitted by the specific class and division rules and approved by the referees and/or Tech Committee, shall not exceed ten (10) minutes or at the discretion of the officials.

6. Practicing

A. There is no guarantee of practice time. It will be held only if sufficient time, conditions and referees allow. Practice will be closed 15 minutes before the start of the Driver’s Meeting. At Our Gang’s discretion, practice may be limited to 2 laps per person.

B. Practicing will be allowed only after each vehicle’s drivers have all registered and the vehicle has the staging number(s) on it.

C. A practice track may remain open under the discretion of the Officials.

D. There will be no practicing on Championship days while other races are in progress.

E. All other race rules apply.

7. Trophy Winners
A. Awards will be given for first (1st) through fifth (5th) place (number of entrants permitting). If a class has 50 entrants or more, 6th thru 10th place will be added.

B. All divisions will hold a point race based off regular season events. The top point earner and the runner-up will be recognized in the Championship Points race. The top point earner for drivers who have not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the previous race season would be eligible for the division Points Challenge award as well.

C. Points are accrued by driving in a regular season class. They are awarded as follows:

1. 1st Place…………………….6 points
2. 2nd Place…………….…….5 points
3. 3rd Place……………………4 points
4. 4th Place……………………3 points
5. 5th Place……………………2 points
6. 6th Place and below……1 point
(Participation points do not count towards Cheater Invitational points)

D. Our Gang does not recognize ties in the point races. In the event of a tie, the following tie breakers will be applied in this order:

1. The driver with the most first place finishes.
2. The driver with the most second place finishes.
3. The driver with the most third place finishes.
4. The driver with the most fourth place finishes.
5. A two (2) lap tie-breaking race will be run between the tied drivers.

E. Any awards or trophies not picked up by the awards banquet will be donated back to the general fund.

8. Protests
A. Protests will only be accepted by the President for mechanical or safety equipment violations or other cheating. The decisions of the officials and referees are final and cannot be protested.

B. Protests may ONLY be made by the driver(s) involved and must be made prior to next pairing.

C. Valid protests must be accompanied by a $50.00 cash deposit. If the protest is upheld, the deposit will be returned. If the protest is denied, the deposit will be retained by OUR GANG 4 WHEELERS, INC. for defrayment of costs.

9. Cheating
A. A fine of $100.00 and/or banishment from further races held by OUR GANG 4 WHEELERS, INC. will be imposed on any person caught cheating. No trophies will be awarded. These decisions will be made at the discretion of the referees.

10. The Referees
A. The referee reserves the right to interpret these rules as necessary, to bar intoxicated/impaired or disorderly persons from competition, to rule in the interests of general safety and on all other unforeseen points of controversy as they may arise. All decisions of these referees will be final.

B. The referee meaning pertinent committee heads.

11. Vehicle Specifications/Safety Equipment
(See specific Division for additional requirements)

A. The suspension must be able to support the vehicle without bottoming out and be able to safely negotiate the race course.

B. All vehicles must be self-starting.

C. All vehicles must have a positive on/off ignition switch within easy reach of all of the vehicle’s drivers.

D. All vehicles must have at least a 12 ounce radiator coolant overflow can.

E. All pedals must be of non-skid material.

F. Steering wheel diameter may not be less than 12 inches and securely fastened.

G. All vehicles must have correct steering geometry and sufficient brakes to stop the vehicle.

H. All carburetors must be covered, hoods required.

I. All fuel lines must be in good condition and securely mounted.

J. Loose or liquid ballast must be securely mounted to the vehicle at the discretion of the Tech Committee.

K. All gas cans, loose tires and unsecured items must be removed from any vehicle before entering the staging line. All tow bars must be removed or secured in place to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee.

L. All automatic shifters must be equipped with a positive reverse lockout device secured to the shifter/transmission (not to the frame).

M. Wheel studs must extend through the rim by at least one-half inch (1/2”). All alloy wheels must use appropriate lug nuts.

N. Nitrous oxide must be mounted outside of the driver’s compartment.

O. All vehicles must retain OEM (factory type) frame that was produced in quantities of 1,000 or more. Frames that have been altered, reinforced, or have lightened front and rear cross members are allowed. In any Studs and Cheater class vehicles, no outside dimensions of the frame may be altered (widening, shortening, lengthening, etc.) by more than two (2) inches. Dimensions must be within one (1) inch of factory wheelbase for frame claimed. This rule is exempt for all bare rubber classes.

P. All vehicles must have four (4) operable brakes except for Competition Class where steering brakes are allowed.

Q. Seat belts are MANDATORY in all classes. Seats must be bolted to the floor or frame. Non-stock seats must be braced, framed or supported. Seat belts must be in good condition; no discolored, frayed or torn seat belts.

R. Snell approved helmets are MANDATORY in the Competition division. DOT approved helmets are MANDATORY in the Pro Street Division. Snell approved helmets are recommended for Pro Street and Street divisions. All helmets should be appropriate size and be worn in the proper manner. All helmets will be checked during vehicles tech in.

S. Neutral safety switches are MANDATORY on all automatic transmissions. Scatter shields and transmission blankets are recommended on all transmissions.

T. The vehicle must have a full front clip; metal, fiberglass or composite body panels; and a properly installed firewall. This includes complete flooring in the driver’s compartment with all holes plugged.

U. The battery and fuel system must be secured to the satisfaction of the tech committee.

V. At the discretion of the Tech Committee, if a problem is not performance enhancing or a safety issue, a driver will be given until the next race to correct it.

W. Recommended Equipment:

1. Fire extinguisher.

2. A full circumference front and rear driveline loop located approximately at the center of the driveline.

3. Arm restraints, a side bar with a window net covering at least 60% of the driver’s side opening, and padding on the roll cage around, over and behind the driver’s head.

4. Neck braces are strongly recommended, but not mandatory for classes using helmets.

12. Street Division
A. Street Vehicles / Safety Equipment

1. All vehicles must be completely street legal including license plates and emission and/or inspection stickers. Valid registration and current license plates must be shown at Tech in. Registration must match VIN.

2. Vehicle must be raced in street legal form with mufflers, windshields or eye protection, applicable state inspections, etc.

3. Brakes must be of factory type; no alterations or modifications of any kind are allowed. All brake controls must be declared, disconnected and rendered inoperative to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee and the referees. The tightening of brakes on one side of the vehicle is considered brake control. The use of an emergency brake is considered brake control and is not allowed.

4. Helmets are not required in this division, but are strongly recommended to be worn with at least a Snell rating.

5. Roll bars or factory hard tops are MANDATORY.

B. Bare Rubber Division

1. Tire changing of any kind is not allowed at the event, except for flats, which needs to be cleared by an Our Gang Official.

2. Because of the amount of tires available and their differing make-ups and abilities, OUR GANG 4 WHEELERS, INC. reserves the right to inspect and judge tires on an individual basis. We can allow or disallow the use of tires or bump the competitor up to a more advanced class based on these judgments.

3. Ice tires (i.e. most Blizzaks, soft compound retreads, etc.) that indicate they are or are deemed to be “studless tires” by referees are not allowed and MUST be moved to Pro Street Division Bare Rubber Class. Tires that came studded and have been de-studded are permitted.

4. No traction modifiers allowed (i.e. walnuts, bleach, studs, etc.)

5. Siping is allowed. Buffing and grooving of tires will not be allowed.

6. Minimum air pressure allowed is 10 lbs. per tire.

7. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches.

8. Go for the Bronze Race
a. Maximum of four (4) entrants per vehicle.
b. This will be a single elimination race with men and women combined.
c. This is a two-lap race.
d. All other Street Bare Rubber rules apply.

C. Studs Division

1. Tire changing of any kind is not allowed at the event, except for flats, which needs to be cleared by an Our Gang Official.

2. Tires must be factory produced and street legal. Tires designed for ice racing will be placed in Pro Street Division Studs.

3. Studs must be of factory type. No handmade or altered studs are allowed.

4. The maximum stud length allowed is 17mm (.668 of an inch). If the Tech Committee has any doubt about a stud, it will be pulled out for inspection.

5. A maximum of 10 studs per 40 sq. inches of tread surface will be allowed.  Tire tread width less than 7 inches will be measured by a 4×10″ rectangle template.  Tire tread width of 7″ or more will be measured by a 7 1/8″ round template.

6. Tires should be in good condition and the studs secured to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee. Studs should be installed according to factory specifications and in factory drilled holes only.

7. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches.

8. Minimum tire pressure allowed is 10 lbs. per tire.

9. This is an example of the design of a stud allowed. If you have a different stud, it must be approved by Our Gang prior to attending the event.
Stud

13. Pro Street Division
A. Pro Street Vehicles / Safety Equipment

1. All vehicles must be completely street legal including license plates and required emission and/or inspection stickers. Valid registration and current license plates must be shown at Tech-in. Registration must match VIN.

2. Vehicle must be raced in street legal form with mufflers; applicable state inspections; DOT headlights, taillights, turn lights; etc.

3.  Brakes must be of factory type; no alteration or modifications of any kind are allowed. All brake controls must be declared, disconnected and rendered inoperative to the satisfaction of the Tech committee and the referees. The tightening of brakes on one side of the vehicle is considered brake control. The use of an emergency brake is considered brake control and is not allowed.

4. DOT approved helmets are MANDATORY for all classes in the Pro Street division. Snell approved helmets are recommended.

4. Roll bars or factory hard tops are MANDATORY in Pro Street. Full roll cages are recommended for the Studs class.

B. Bare Rubber Tire Division

1. Specialty ice tires are allowed as long as they are street legal (i.e. Blizzak, soft compound, etc.).

2. No traction modifiers are allowed (i.e. walnut shells, bottle caps, bleach or any foreign materials).

3. Siping is allowed. Buffing and grooving of tires will not be allowed.

4. Minimum tire pressure allowed is 10 lbs. per tire.

5. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches.

C. Stud Tire Division

1. Studs must be of factory type. No handmade or altered studs are allowed. No Alaskan studs are allowed.

2.  The maximum stud length allowed is 17mm ( .668 of an inch). If the Tech Committee has any doubt about a stud, it will be pulled for inspection.Stud3.  A maximum of 20 studs per 40 sq. inches will be allowed, as a measure by 7 1/8″ round template.

4. Tires should be in good condition and the studs must be secured to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee.

5. No tire changing is allowed on or between vehicles during class eliminations except for a flat or blowout. All tire changes must be cleared by an Our Gang official.

6. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches. Maximum tread width allowed is 12.5 inches as stamped on the side of the tires.

7.  Minimum tire pressure allowed is 10 lbs. per tire.

D. Go for the Silver Race

1. Maximum of four (4) entrants per vehicle.

2. This will be a single elimination studded tire race with men and women combined.

3. This is a two-lap race.

4. All other Pro Street Studs Class rules apply.

14. Competition Division
A. Vehicle Specifications/ Safety Equipment

1. Competition division vehicles do not have to be street legal.

2. Front and rear axles must remain same type (i.e. solid or independent) as frame claimed.

3. Steering brakes are allowed in the Competition division.

4. Snell approved helmets are MANDATORY in all classes of the Competition Division.

5. Full roll cages are MANDATORY to compete in the Studs and Cheater classes. Roll bars or a factory hard top are MANDATORY to compete in the Bare Rubber classes only.

6. A safety approved 5-point harness is MANDATORY to compete in the Cheater Class.

7. Front roll cage mounts must be securely fastened to the frame.

8. Scatter shields are MANDATORY on manual transmissions. Blankets are recommended for all transmissions.

9. Any fuel tank or fuel cell with an open vent tube or hose must have a one-way check valve in Cheater Class vehicles.

10. The fuel filler neck must be outside any tano cover. The tano cover can be removed, but the fuel neck must be visible.

11. On Cheater Class vehicles a battery ignition disconnect switch must be wired such that when engaged it will isolate all battery power to electronic circuits and kill the engine. This switch must be placed in the rear of the vehicle, so that it can be turned off from outside the vehicle. This switch must also be marked in bright, contrasting colors.

12. Cheater vehicles may not have glass windows.

B. Bare Rubber Tire Specifications

1. Siping, buffing and grooving of tires is allowed.

2. No traction modifiers allowed (i.e. walnut shells, bottle caps, bleach or any foreign materials).

3. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches.

C. Stud Tire Specifications

1. Minimum tread width allowed is 4 inches. Maximum tread width stamped on side of the tire allowed is 12.5 inches.

2. Minimum air pressure allowed is 10 lbs. per tire.

3. The maximum stud length allowed is 20 mm (.786 of an inch). If the Tech Committee has any doubt about a stud, it will be pulled out for inspection.

4. A maximum of 20 studs per 40 sq. inches will be allowed, as measured by a 7 1/8″ round template.

5. No more than nine (9) studs per bar.

6. No tire changing is allowed on or between vehicles during class elimination except for a flat or blowout. All tire changes must be cleared by an Our Gang Official.

7. Tires should be in good condition and the studs must be secured to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee.

D. Go for the Gold Race

1. Maximum of four (4) entrants per vehicle.

2. This will be a single elimination, studded tire race with men and women combined.

3. This is a two lap race.

4. All other Competition Studs rules apply.

E. Cheater Tire Specifications

1. Tires run must be bolted tires and have a minimum of 3 bolts per tire.

2. Tire changing may be at will. A time allotment of only ten (10) minutes will be allowed for tire changing.

3. Tires should be in good condition and the bolts must be secured to the satisfaction of the Tech Committee.

4. The bolts in cheater tires may not exceed 1/8” over 1 1/2” in length from the “tread” surface, to be determined by a 20% average. Any diameter bolt is allowed.

F. The Cheater Invitational

1. This race will consist of sixteen (16) drivers. There will be eight (8) women’s point’s leaders in Cheaters and eight (8) men’s point’s leaders in Cheaters.  Participation points do not count towards point totals.

2. If less than eight (8) men’s and/or women’s drivers are able to qualify, empty positions will be randomly drawn to fill the vacancy(ies).

3. All rounds follow bracket style racing.

4. One winner must emerge from each bracket (i.e. a bye-round, if necessary. A bye-round is a free lap and must be made).

5. Drivers may substitute vehicles at their discretion between races if a breakdown occurs in their primary vehicle.

6. Starting positions will be determined by drawing numbers the night before at the trophy presentation.

7. There will be two (2) start/finish flaggers on each side of the track.

8. Invitational drivers will choose race workers the night before at the trophy presentation.

9. No additional fees are required.