Colorado Outlaw Racing Assoc.
2013 High Plains Midget Rules
Revised -- December 2012. New Rules are highlighted with bold/italicized yellow print.
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.
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.
All participants must conform to all High Plains Midget Rules.
Any midget, sportsman midget, Ford Focus midget, Kenyon midget, TQ
midget, upright mini sprint (no side winders), lightning sprint, or midget lite
may compete if it adheres to the following specs.
Any driver/team that competes in more than one (1) High Plains Midgets
sanctioned event (or weekend), must become a member of the Association. Any
driver must be a High Plains Midget (hereon HPM) member to earn championship
series points. All championship points follow the driver, no matter what car
they may compete in.
All drivers must be at least 16 years old. All drivers under the age of 18
(eighteen) must have a waiver of liability signed by the drivers’
parent/guardian. All drivers must
attend the track pit meeting. Any driver failing to attend the track pit
meeting will have to start at the rear of the field in their designated
heat race. In a situation that there is no heat race, then the driver will have
to start at rear of designated feature (either the "B" or
car may be inspected at any time during the event by the Technical Directors to
determine the general legality of the car, to include safety concerns, i.e.;
safety restraint systems, roll cage damage, steering and/or suspension damage,
fuel containment damage, as well as any other safety related concerns.
Items of a “competitor protest-able” nature shall be left to the
protest process. At the end of the
feature event, the top three (3) finishing cars shall proceed directly from the
racetrack to the designated impound/scale location for post race tech.
inspection. Failure to proceed directly to the scales will result in a
disqualification for that feature event. At the completion of the main event, the alternate driver
(fourth place) will draw a poker chip. All
of these chips would include a technical requirement, i.e. Fuel, or no
additional tech. This would be done
post race only, not at the beginning of the race night or at the beginning of
the race. The 4 poker chips values
will be labeled: 3 chips - Fuel; 1 chip - blank.
• No two-way radios or electronic
communication devices shall be used by any driver or team. All drivers are
required to use a "Raceceiver".
A “Rookie” is any driver that
has not competed in more than three (3) events with any racing organization,
exception: a racing organization of lesser experience (ex: karting, quarter
midgets, hornets, hobby trucks) prior to joining as a H.P.M. driver. This lesser
experience must be documented.
Rookie drivers must place a brightly-colored streamer (preferably
day-glow orange) on the rear of the roll cage of the car and will start at the
back of the field for three (3) complete racing programs (unless cleared by the
Pit Steward or Competition Committee). Any
and all rookies who wish to compete for "Rookie of the Year" honors,
must declare those intentions at the start of the given season, and must
complete the requirements of starting from the rear of the field for the first
three (3) complete racing programs in that given season. At the
discretion of the Board of Directors, a rookie not wishing to compete for “Rookie
of the Year” honors, and showing their competence in their driving abilities,
the three (3) race obligation may be waived.
ALL “ROOKIE” DRIVERS MUST ATTEND A
ROOKIE ORIENTATION SESSION BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO RACE.
race procedures and rules can be superceded by “local track” rules and
by promoter/track officials.
• NUMBERS -- All
car numbers must be approved by and registered with the Association. No
duplicate car numbers will be allowed within the Association. All
car numbers must be approved by and registered with the Association or C.R.A. Information
on number availability is available at the C.R.A. office. If two drivers want
same number, priority is given to driver competing in the most events in the
prior year if they register on/before the first point race.
fee for the 2013 season: High Plains Midgets - $ 75 (every driver must be
registered with C.R.A., if not, driver will receive NO points and NO money for
that race event). Visiting
drivers will be subject to a $ 10 “Guest” fee, over and above the $ 25 pit
will be reserved no longer than the February
1st following the previous
season if not renewed. Three digit numbers are not permitted (due to track
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 not be scored.
In such case that duplicate numbers occur, a letter/number will be added
to the car that has not competed with the High Plains Midgets.
Notice will be given to all other attending members of a car and/or
number change for any driver.
Numbers must be legibly displayed on
both sides of tail tank with minimum 12” numbers. A minimum 10" number
must be displayed on the nose of the hood.
• PIT AREA
The space in the pit area occupied by
the driver is his for the race. You
are not allowed to enter that space unless you are invited to do so.
A Fire extinguisher is required for each car in the pit, and should be
located for easy access, and should be inspected every 6 months.
All cars must be in
the staging area and lined up correctly for their races.
If not in line, you will be placed on the tail or refused entry to the
• RACE PROCEDURES – Refer
to EPCS “General Rules”
Refer to EPCS “General Rules”
360 spin rule -- Any driver that does a 360
degree spin, and continues without stalling, will receive a yellow, and have to
start at the rear of the field.
EXITING THE TRACK -- After the initial green flag, if you exit the track during a
race, and are in the infield, you may re-enter in a safe manner.
If you exit the track and go to the pits, you may not re-enter the track.
Exception: those tracks with a “hot pit” area.
a start or restart, a driver who jumps cars (positions) will be placed back in
the final scoring sheet two spots for every car jumped. Those who flagrantly
jump cars or drive unnecessarily rough will be disqualified and scored last in
the race. Any driver(s)/car(s) pushed to restart its engine (on the track) after
a yellow flag, shall restart the race at the rear of the field, lined up
according to the scoring on the previously scored lap. All
cars (both types) shall be pushed to start after a red flag.
DISPUTES -- All disputes involving racing procedure that develop
at trackside must be settled by the HPM officials.
Should any participant have a complaint with a race track official or
administrator, he will immediately bring it to the attention of an official or
officer who will, in turn, deal with the necessary parties and bring the problem
to a conclusion. Under no
circumstances shall a participant directly approach the racetrack staff.
Any fighting, un-sportsmanlike conduct,
drinking, or use of drugs by a driver or any member of his pit crew will result
in immediate suspension of that driver for the remainder of the racing season.
ENGINE -- Engine shall be any that fits into a midget.
The rules are structured to allow a lack of traction to balance the
playing field. If aluminum block,
dry sump, laid over type engines prove detrimental to competition and the spirit
of sportsman midget racing, a restrictor program may be instituted.
Any automobile engine up to V6 configuration (no in-lines of 5 cylinders
or more allowed).
4-Cycle motorcycle engine allowed. Minimum
900cc (as defined by motorcycle manufacturer).
Maximum 6-inch offset; measured C/L of motor to C/L of frame.
aspirated: carburetors or fuel injection. Fuel
injection may be either constant flow or EFI.
EFI systems may be comprised of either OEM or aftermarket throttle
bodies, injectors and ECU. No ram air systems allowed.
No turbo chargers or superchargers allowed.
traction Control is allowed in any form.
Direct drive with quick-change rear end.
Drive shaft must be enclosed with a torque tube. Torque tubes must have a
torque tube hoop or tether strap.
Chain drive is allowed. Chains
must be properly guarded. If within
the frame rails, the chain guard must be minimum 14 gauge stainless steel, 12
gauge mild steel, or 3/32” tempered 2024 aluminum, and designed to completely
shield and protect the driver and the fuel tank (if the fuel tank is in line
with the chain) from the chain. The guard must be designed to prevent the chain
from entering the driver’s compartment.
• All cars
must have a muffler capable of keeping the noise level at or below 95 dB (measured
at 100 ft. from edge of racing surface).
Complete exhaust system must be
leak free and remain intact for the duration of the race.
Car must have a full containment roll cage. Recommended -- minimum 1
1/4" OD X .095; Wall: 4130-N tubing. If
car has a bolt on cage, it must be securely bolted to the main chassis. Highly recommended – 1 3/8” OD x .095 wall 4130-N tubing.
High recommended – roll bar padding around the drivers head in the
Driver minimum head clearance: 3" measured to the top of the cage,
with driver belted in (in racing position), helmet in place, with driver in full
upright, seated position. A roll
over bar may be installed to gain this clearance. The roll over bar must be
constructed of the same material as the main hoop, and installed as to NOT
impede the easy removal of the driver in case of emergency.
Minimum: 65"; Maximum: 76".
Car is to resemble a midget, particularly the hood and tail. No side pods allowed, nerf bars (kick offs) may not be
enclosed in any fashion. No
wings, excessive body or “sail”
panels allowed. All cars must be equipped
with a visor panel located on the front of roll cage.
Cannot measure more than 5” in depth from front lip to center of front
halo bar, and cannot extend above halo bar.
• Driver's feet are required to be behind the firewall and the motor. Engine may not be mounted beside the driver.
No chassis altering devices allowed from inside the cockpit during an
event, i.e. computer controlled shocks, torsion bar/blade adjusters, etc.
(Exception: brake proportioning valves, Dial-A-Jets, high-speed bypasses)
If a visiting car is equipped with cockpit adjusters, adjusters must be
disabled by taping, tying or removing handles. Any
competing cars that are capable of shifting gears, must
disable the shifting mechanism (or be able to lock the shifter out while
competing as a H.P.M.).
Penalty: Any driver found / heard shifting during a raceAny
competing cars that are capable of shifting gears, must
disable the shifting mechanism (or be able to lock the shifter out while
competing as a H.P.M.).
Penalty: Any driver found / heard shifting during a race -- a yellow flag will be displayed and that car will be
sent to the rear of the field. Multiple offenses during an event may lead to a
black flag for that driver.
Ignition/fuel pump switch and fuel shutoff valve are required and must be within
drivers reach with arm restraints on. The switch and fuel shutoff valve must be
clearly marked ON/OFF and must disconnect electric fuel pump (if they exist) and
Hydraulic brakes capable of sliding both rear wheels at racing speeds are
required. Front brakes
Front and rear bumpers and nerf bars are required. Nerf bars cannot be
wider than the rear tires and cannot have sharp edges or corners, or exposed
tubing edges. Nerf bars (kick offs) may not be enclosed in any fashion.
Steering gear is mandatory. Rack and pinion steering is acceptable.
Go-cart type steering is not allowed.
Steering Wheel must have a quick-release fastener (no pins). Release hub
may not contain any plastic parts.
have approved racing fuel cell/tank. All fuel tanks, fuel cells, bladders, or
plastic tanks must be constructed and supported in a manner to avoid rupture or
breakage, and must contain a fuel bladder or approved foam blocks. A traditional
fuel tank that extends beyond the rear torsion tubes must contain a fuel bladder
and meet SFI spec. 28.3. Non traditional cell/tank will be mounted within chassis
tubes, must be strapped and bolted and secured with minimum 3/8” grade 5
bolts. A midget style shell concealing the tank is required. “Hard Cell”
tanks must have a FIA or SFI safety rating. Top flush cap fill plate required.
No open vents. No screw on caps allowed. Metal / aluminum / homemade tanks are
not allowed. Must be
equipped with a tip-over valve. Highly
recommended – Label tank with an “A” for alcohol, a “G” for gas/racing
gas, or an “E” for ethanol.
Fuel System: subject to the approval of the technical committee.
Gasoline (pump or racing type), Ethanol or Alcohol fuel
enhancing fuel lubricating additives are allowed (ALKY brand by Sunoco – blue
NO Nitro, Nitrous Oxide or Oxygenated agents (propane, butane, propylene
oxide) are allowed, or may be introduced into any portion of the fuel/air
induction system. The fuel/air
induction system includes, but is not limited to, the fuel tank/bladder, all
fuel lines and fittings, fuel filters, fuel pump, fuel pump regulator, fuel
rail, pill holders, carburetors, throttle bodies, air stacks, air box, air
filter (s), Dial-A-Jet, barrel valve (s), directly into the intake ports in the
head, or directly into the combustion chamber.
TIRES & WHEELS
• Wheels must be 13" in diameter only.
Tires are to be minimum of 62" circumference.
Cars must be equipped with a metal firewall completely separating the
engine from the driver's compartment.
No minimum weight indicated, but if it is determined that due to any / an
unfair competitive advantage, a weight handicap system could be instituted by
Tech. Committee. Cars can add ballast, but it must be securely bolted to the
frame. NO wire, hose clamps, etc. can be used to secure ballast. This rule will
be reviewed in the future.
• Cars must have a floor pan that extends from the front of the seat to the
• Seat must be an aluminum racing seat with lateral side support.
Right side head support is required (head rest or cage net). Cage net on
left side is recommended. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – ie. Full containment seat.
Fiberglass or homemade seats are not allowed. Seat must be bolted to the chassis
in a safe manner with a minimum of four (4)
5/16” grade 8 bolts (or better) with lock
nuts. No Dzus style fasteners will be allowed. A helmet pad is required behind
drivers helmet if not a high back seat.
must be mounted securely to frame or floor pan.
Recommended – dry or gel type. No
wire or rubber cords can be used as hold-downs.
High recommended -- Lead/acid type battery should be encased in a marine
• Radiators and/or oil coolers
must be located in a shielded area outside the driver's compartment and cannot
extend above or be located behind the driver's head.
FUEL VALVE (optional)
Fuel valve must be located as close as possible to the fuel tank. Valve
must be operable from rear wheel area without requiring tools or removal of any
parts for access. Remote operation
from cockpit is allowed. All fuel
shutoff valves must be clearly marked as to the “OFF” position, so that
safety workers clearly understand which way to shut off fuel flow in the vent of
All cars registered with HPM must display a current High Plains Midgets
decal on the right side panel (cowl area).
All HPM championship points fund sponsor decals shall be affixed to the
car where they are visible from the front or right side to receive points and/or
DRIVERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING IN USE EVERY TIME THEY ARE IN THEIR
CAR ON THE TRACK:
SA2005-rated SNELL, or newer, (or SFI 31.2), full-face helmet is required
(M-rated helmets are not allowed).
Approved “NOMEX” or equal fire suit. Single-layer suits must have
fireproof underwear. Fireproof gloves, socks, shoes. Head sock (or skirt)
optional, but recommended. SFI-5
rated fire suits and NOMEX underwear are highly recommended.
Three-inch lap and shoulder harness, and sub belt are required.
Belts must be attached to car in a safe manner as approved by the
technical directors and must not be over three (3) years old.
Arm restraints (located between wrist
& elbow) and neck collars are required.
Head and neck restraint system is highly recommended.
Fire extinguishers are required for each car in the pit, and may be
inspected every six (6) months.
Race cars utilizing alcohol for fuel must have water available in the
Kill switch is required within the driver's reach when restraints are on.
Main power switch must be clearly marked as to the “OFF” position, so
that safety workers clearly understand which way to shut off electrics in the
event of an incident.
Any two (2) Safety/Technical Directors have the right to disqualify any
car judged to be unsafe until corrections are completed.
After any on-track crash, two (2) Technical Directors will need to
inspect the damaged car (or cars) before being allowed into the next racing heat
or feature or event.
race officials or driver/owner of a car can protest another car in his class.
You must specify the part of the car you are protesting (i. e. engine, or
fuel only). A $150 cash protest fee
is required, given to the director of the competition within 15 minutes of the
car will be inspected by the Technical Directors to determine legality of the
car. The final decision will be made and enforced by the Technical Directors.
The owner/driver is responsible for removing parts to be inspected.
If the car is legal, the owner/driver will keep the $150 fee.
If the car is found to be illegal, the protester will receive his money
If the car is found to be illegal or if the owner/driver refuses to allow
the inspection, he will lose points and money for that event, and the driver
will lose points from the previous two (2) races. The driver will further
be suspended from racing the next two (2) races.
YOUR CAR LEGAL!!
Heat Race (s) & Feature Format
First night, the pill draw for the heat race lineup will be held at the
track office. Pills to be drawn by the drivers at the pit meeting, and the
lineup will be written on the lineup board at that time. low
# - pole, low # 3, low # 5, etc. for 1st heat; low # 2 pole, low # 4,
low # 6, etc. for 2nd heat. No more than 10 cars per heat. If more than 21 cars in
attendance, then a third heat may be required. (In the case of three heats, low # 3 will be on pole,
every third # succeeding, etc), exception: Rookies (see
"Rookie rule" in General Rules). All cars equipped with an engine less than 950cc (as defined by motorcycle
manufacturer) must start at the rear of the field for both heat (s) &
From second night on, all heats will be determined by incoming points average,
lined up totally inverted, with new drivers carrying no points average lined up
to the rear, excluding rookies (see "Rookie rule" in General
Rules). Points average
is determined only by feature points acquired, divided by features competed in,
with the exception of any feature DNS.
B-Mains (when needed) are lined up "HEADS UP" with the highest finishing non-qualifiers to the
night, the winner of the first heat will draw a "chip" at the official
lineup board to determine how many rows will be inverted for the feature event.
There will be three (3) chips, a "5", a "6", or
"All" (full field inversion, exception -- "Rookies").
The remainder of the field will be lined up "heads up" after the front
rows are inverted. On various occasions, a fan (out of the grandstands) may be
used to draw the number to be used for the inversion.
From second night on, when two heat races are run, the top 10 qualifiers will be
inverted for feature line-up according to points average (number of total
feature points scored, divided by number of races run). When three or more heat
races are run, the top 12 qualifiers will be inverted for feature line-up
according to points average. The remainder of the field will be lined up
"heads up" after the front rows are inverted, excluding rookies (see "Rookie
rule" in General Rules). Any DNS (0 points) in any previous feature, will not calculate into
any racer's points avg.
Any new driver that qualifies and does not yet have a points average shall be
lined up in the 11th position on a ten (10) car invert, and in the 13th position
on a twelve (12) car invert.
Heat race or sign-in points DO NOT calculate in the points average. Points
average is determined only by feature points acquired, divided by features
competed in, with the exception of any feature DNS.
8. Points average will also determine
the line-up for rookie contenders for their first three (3) events, and will
apply as stated above thereafter.
Penalties – PROTEST –
Refer to EPCS “General Rules M – Protest”
(in accordance with EPCS & IMCA)
• Failure to proceed directly to tech area –
Disqualification for the feature. Owner/driver
receives no points and no money.
• Illegal fuel or additives – Disqualification for the
evenings results. Owner/driver receives no points and no money.
Owner/driver will be suspended for the next two event.
of H.P.M., the Colorado 1200 Outlaws and/or El Paso County Speedway Officials
are final and binding without exception.
If there is an item not covered or you’re not sure about something in these
rules, have it approved by a HPM Tech. Advisory Committee member, or track
promoter. Additional information call: 1-719-683-5638.
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