Colorado Outlaw Racing Assoc.

2014 Hornet Rules

EPCS General Rules


Revised Jan. 2014 (New Rules are highlighted with bold/italicized print are in yellow).

This driver/owner approved rules package will remain in place for the 2013 & 2014 race season (exception: needed safety rule adjustments).

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official.

The El Paso County Speedway administration shall be empowered to permit reasonable and appropriate deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in their opinion does not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.

SPORTSMANSHIP -- Racing is a very emotional sport. As such, good sportsmanship is the key element of any competitors racing program. This must include respect for all participants – drivers, owners, pit crews and officials. For our part we will make very effort with our rules regardless of whom or what is involved. We will treat all participants with respect and expect similar treatment in return. A racer’s pit area is his/her castle – therefore please stay out of other racer’s pit areas, especially after an incident where you have been involved with that racer. Drivers – remember that you are responsible for the actions of your crews. Any offending parties will be fined appropriately and disciplinary actions will be initiated as deemed necessary.

 The hornet class is designed for the beginning stock car driver. Any experienced driver or any driver registered in another C.R.A. class must have track permission to compete in this class (C.R.A. must be notified 72 hours - 3 days- in advance, along with the necessary background information of the driver requesting permission).  Remember – this class is for fun, and to help new drivers gain experience at a reasonable cost.  Hornets are cars that race – they are not racecars, and any car that violates the intent and purpose of this class may be excluded from this division.

  Hornet Rules

1. SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Rules apply at all times car is on track. Snell-rated Rules apply at all times car is on track. Snell-rated SA2005, or better (M rated helmets not allowed). A single layer fire suit required (recommended: a second layer of protection; fire proof underwear). Driving gloves, shoes and neck brace (or head and neck restraint device) required. Minimum three inch wide five point safety belt assembly required (Y-type shoulder harness not allowed), must be mounted securely to roll bar or original OEM seating mounting points, no more than three years old (with the original manufacturers label in place). Anti-sub belt (crotch strap) must be mounted to floor with large diameter washers.  A racing seat is required - metal is highly recommended.  Any poly seat must have 1/8” metal plates installed on both sides of seat where mounting bolts pass through the seat back. Seat must have a cover. No fiberglass seats permitted.  Seat must be a minimum 4” from door bar.  Seat must be securely mounted to floor pan and seat back bar.  Window net required-must be mounted to the inside of driver door with a seat belt type latch on the top front corner. Kill switch required within easy reach of driver and must be clearly marked ‘OFF’ and ‘ON’. All steering wheels must have the ability to be easily removed, for safety and convenience (can utilize a quick release mechanism).

2. DEFINITION:  Any 1981 or newer 4 cylinder car is permitted.  Front wheel drive only. No rear wheel / all wheel drives permitted. No all steer cars permitted. Manual or automatic transmission. Maximum wheelbase is 106”.  Minimum weight is 2100 w/driver before main event. Weights/ballast must be securely mounted to frame or roll cage and painted white with car number on it. Must be attached with at least two 1/2" inch bolts. No truck or SUV type vehicles permitted.

3.   All body, frame, suspension, engine, cooling, transmission, brake and drive-line components must be strictly as-produced stock components, for that year, make, and model.  VIN number must be intact and in original location. Must have spec sheet for car and engine. Engine accessories such as smog pumps, A/C, etc. may be removed.  Gas, brake, and clutch pedals, must be stock. If the car you have needs more than a basic tune-up and new brake pads, you would probably be better off building a different car. May have one horizontal bar – maximum 1.75 inch OD – tying front frame horns together ahead of radiator. One additional maximum one inch OD bar may be added for radiator protection; must be behind bumper, within confines of body, no wider than OEM frame horns. Maximum one inch wide by two inch tall steel or lexan rub rails allowed – bolted flush to body. Ends must be welded shut, at a 45 degree angle with no sharp edges exposed. No bars past outside edge of body other than rub rails. No sharp edges anywhere on car, bumpers, fenders or kick-offs, your racing will be suspended immediately until problem is repaired. 

4.  All glass, trim, lights, emblems, etc. must be removed from the car. Dash optional, but gauge cluster must be original and stock. Wiring harness can be covered and protected as needed.  No windshields or windows of any type permitted.  No mirrors allowed.  A minimum of 4 evenly spaced bars (3/8’s inch minimum steel) must be welded vertically across windshield opening in front of the driver.  Protective screen may be fastened over the bars if desired.

5. All flammable materials-insulation, upholstery, carpet, etc. -- must be removed from the interior and under hood areas.  Window regulators may be removed.  Stock steering column must be retained. Parking brake may be removed. No gutting, cutting, or lightning (Exception: drivers door or passenger door inner panel may be removed for installation of door bars).

6. All drivers required to utilize "Raceceivers" (track frequency is channel 1338).

7.  Only normally aspirated models are permitted - carburetor or fuel injection.  All engine components must be unaltered OEM for year, make and model of car used. Must use OEM crank, rods, valve sizes, stroke, etc. No aftermarket racing heads. No high performance or sports car engines of any kind. No turbo charged, super charged, rotary engines, or engines utilizing variable cam-timing. All fuel lines, pumps, filters, etc. must be stock. (Extending fuel lines for fuel tank mounting permitted).  Stock exhaust manifold must be retained with enough of the exhaust system remaining to exit behind the driver, and exhaust must turn toward ground.. Mufflers required with a noise limitation of 95 dB (measured at 100 ft. from edge of racing surface).  No turbo style mufflers. Smog pump and air conditioning compressor may be removed. Catalytic converters MUST be removed!  Complete exhaust system must be leak free and remain intact for the duration of the race.

8. GAUGES/ELECTRONICS:  No unapproved cameras, transmitting or listening devices. No 2 way radios permitted. 12 volt ignition system only. No ignition boxes. No performance chips. All ignition components must be unaltered, OEM and match year, make and model of car used. Aftermarket analog tach, oil pressure and water temp gauges only. Vehicle computer (ECU) should be mounted in accessible location for inspection.

9. Battery must be securely fastened with a non/conductive cover over the positive battery terminal. If located in drivers compartment, battery box must be steel and welded to floor, and must be covered in a marine style battery box. If dry cell type battery, positive terminal must be covered in rubber.  A coolant catch-can must remain in the stock location.

10. Only mass/produced OEM factory aluminum or steel wheels and DOT street tires permitted.  No after market stock car wheels (Bart, Bassett, Aero, etc.) permitted.  All lug nuts must be installed-no broken studs etc.  Tire/wheel combo must fit in an 8 ½” gauge in as-raced condition.  All wheels and tires must be the same size and offset. No more than 5 degrees camber on any wheel.

11. Stock gas tank or a fuel container of no more than 8-gallon capacity (metal boat tanks or similar container), must be securely mounted in the trunk area.  It should be mounted in a location to minimize rupture in a rear impact (at least 12” from rear bumper to fuel tank).  Fuel container and lines must be completely covered by sheet metal and vented through the bottom of trunk floor.  Vent line must have a roll-over valve installed – a pcv valve works well.  Steel can fuel cells are recommended – 8 gallon max. capacity – must have ground strap.  Pump gas must be used.  Fuel tanks and mounts are subject to tech approval. If fuel cell is utilized, it must have a "flapper" valve, and be securely mounted to the trunk floor.  Trunk floor may NOT be "gutted" for fuel cell.

12. A 6-pt roll bar is required, basic stock car type roll cage with door bars. This includes a main hoop constructed of a single piece of tubing, two bars running diagonally down to the back seat area from the main hoop, a seat back bar for seat and harness mounting and a diagonal bar from the main hoop to the floor access BOTH door openings.  Roll bar must be constructed of minimum 1 ½”, maximum 1 ¾” diameter tubing (in accordance with IMCA Sport Compact rules) with a minimum wall thickness of .095”. Steel door plates, 18 gauge or .049 inch minimum thickness, must be securely welded to outside of door bars on driver side. Plate must cover area from top door bar to frame and from rear down post to five (5”) inches in front of seat. Must be visible for inspection. Roll cages may have no more than 6 points attached to floor pan-no wedge bars or any extra tubes are permitted. Front brace bar from main halo to front cowl is recommended. Forward brace bar allowed from main cage to front strut tower. Brace bar allowed between strut towers in front and rear. No other bracing allowed on front end. Existing hornets may be constructed of minimum tubing of 1 ½” x .095 (pending approval of tech. inspector).  Roll bars/cages must be welded to 6 x 6 x 1/8” steel plates that are welded to the floor pan.  All joints must be fully welded.  All welding is subject to tech inspection.

13. All doors must be welded or bolted shut.  No reinforcement of frames, suspensions, body, bumpers, etc. permitted.  Only stock bumpers permitted, no side nerfs, bumper loops, etc. permitted.  Bumpers must be mounted by stock method, and have safety chains or cables (tethered) from bumper to frame to prevent loss during competition. Front and rear tow hooks (or chain) mandatory. Front and rear tow hooks (or chain) mandatory.All doors must be welded or bolted shut.  No reinforcement of frames, suspensions, body, bumpers, etc. permitted.  Only stock bumpers permitted, no side nerfs, bumper loops, etc. permitted.  Bumpers must be mounted by stock method, and have safety chains or cables (tethered) from bumper to frame to prevent loss during competition. Front and rear tow hooks (or chain) mandatory. Front and rear tow hooks (or chain) mandatory.

14. NUMBERING -- Cars must be neat in appearance.  Number must be 18” minimum on doors, 20” on roof, and 5” minimum on tail panel. Car numbers cannot contain 3 digit numbers or contain any letters (visiting cars may be the exception).. The size, color and style of numbers must allow prompt identification by officials at all times. Number must be kept clean. If your number is unreadable you need to make necessary changes or will not be scored.

15. Line-up procedures – please refer to "General Rules J. Line-up Procedures”.

16. All normal track, flagging rules and policies apply - please refer to “General Rules K. Race Procedures”.

17. Track officials reserve the right to determine the competition readiness and safety of any car or driver.

18. Minimum age for driver in the hornet class is 14 years old (exception – if a driver can present previous documented racing experience they may be allowed by track officials to compete).   Any driver under the age of 18 years must have a signed parental release for filed with C.R.A. before the driver will be allowed on the track.

19. PROTEST – Refer to EPCS “General Rules M – Protest”  (in accordance with EPCS & IMCA).


Claim Rule: The El Paso County Speedway Promoter, or track officials (minimum 2 CRA Board members) reserve the right to claim any "Hornet" for $ 300 (minus the seat and belts).  At the end of the season, the car will be auctioned off, and the proceeds will be used for championship banquet prizes for the "hornet" division.

NOTICE: Any competitor that wins 2 "Hornet" class championships, must change to another division and may not return to this "Hornet" class. This provision is not retroactive, and does not include any/all of the El Paso County Speedway "Hornet" past champions before the 2013 racing season..

READ THIS:  If there is an item not covered or you’re not sure about something in these rules, have it approved by a tech inspector, track promoter, or leave it stock!!  Additional information call:  1-719-683-5638.  OEM means:  Original Equipment Manufactured with no additional modifications done by anyone!!

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