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GATEWAY 500

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THE BASICS

 

  • Date & time: Monday, May 29th, 9:30am registration, 10am Mandatory drivers meeting, 10:20am 15 minute practice session, 11am Green Flag, Checkered Flag at approx. 5pm, podium celebration will be 15 minutes after checkered flag.
  • Race duration: 500 laps
  • Entry Fee: $500 (Plus Tax) per team, limited to 16 teams
  • Drivers: 2-5 per team
  • New for 2017, two weight classes. Light and Heavy
  • Karts: Sodi GT5, supplied by Gateway Kartplex
  • Trophies awarded for the top three teams in Light and Heavy classes. Permanent wall plaque in the SpeedCenter for the winners.
  • Rolling start behind a pace kart
  • $300 deposit due with entry, balance due prior to drivers meeting. If we do not receive the 7 entries, all money is refunded.

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Tailgating & Spectating

 

Spectating will be allowed along the back straight. Teams, friends and families are encouraged to bring their EZ ups, grills and coolers. There is no charge for spectators.

THE DETAILS

 

LIGHT AND HEAVY CLASS WEIGHT RULES

Light and Heavy classes will be based on a combined drivers weight. Light class is based on a 150lb average driver.  Heavy class is based on a 190lb average driver. For example, if you have a 3 man Light team your combined weight must be 450lbs minimum.  If you have a 4 man Heavy team your combined weight must be 760lbs minimum.  Light and Heavy classes will run on track together and will be scored separately.  Each driver MUST complete a minimum of 100 laps.

 

STARTING POSITION

Your starting position will be determined by the order of your registration.  Sign up early!

 

KART ASSIGNMENT

Kart progression will be assigned for the race via random draw.

 

REFUELING

There will be three refueling stops, at approximately lap 125, 250 and 375. At the appropriate lap, a full course yellow will be thrown, the field will be frozen and a pace kart will pick up the lead kart and lead the field to the refueling area. All drivers will exit their karts and refueling will commence. Refueling will take 10-15 minutes. When refueling is complete, all drivers will re-enter their next kart in the progression, engines will be re-fired and the karts will re-enter the track behind the pace kart. IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO CHANGE DRIVERS DURING REFUELING. The field will follow the pace kart to the green flag and the race will resume.

 

DRIVERS AND DRIVER CHANGES

Teams may consist of 2-5 drivers. Driver changes may be made at any time at the discretion of the team. Driver changes will be made in the designated area in the hot grid. A signaling area will be designated for team to driver signaling.  The kart MUST come to a complete stop within the designated area.

 

SAFETY GEAR

Helmets, balaclavas & gloves are supplied. Drivers can choose to use the track supplied helmets or use their own. All helmets must be full face and rated Snell M or better. Driving suits or jackets are not required but are strongly recommended. Closed toe, lace-up shoes are required. Neck collars are not required but recommended.

 

RADIOS

No radios will be allowed. Team/Driver communication will be via hand signals or sign boards only in the designated signaling area.

 

MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

The Sodi GT5 karts have proven to be very durable and rarely experience any mechanical issues. The karts will be prepared accordingly for the 500 lap event. In the event of a mechanical issue, race control may swap that kart out for another. We will have karts prepared and held in reserve if needed. Any team who acts to manipulate the kart in an effort to move to another kart will be penalized accordingly. Any laps lost due to mechanical issues will be added back to your lap count.

 

TIRES

Prior to the event, all karts will be fitted with new tires. Each kart will be driven in morning practice to heat cycle the new tires.

 

RAIN

In the event of rain on race day, we will make every attempt to get the race in. We may delay the start as necessary or halt the race for a period if needed. We will NOT race in the rain. If Monday, May 29th is a complete wash out, the rescheduled date is TBD. If the race is halted by rain after 250 laps, the race order of the lap preceding the red flag will stand as final and the race will be considered complete.

 

PIT LANE SPEED

The Sodi GT5 karts are equipped with a rev-limiting device that will slow the kart at the entry to the pit lane. IT IS THE DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN SAFE CONTROL OF THEIR KART IN THE PIT LANE AND ON THE HOT GRID.  ANY DRIVER THAT CRASHES IN THE PIT LANE WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION OF THEIR ENTIRE TEAM.

 

ROUGH or RECKLESS DRIVING

Rough or reckless driving will not be tolerated. If race control witnesses driving that is deemed unacceptable, that driver will receive a rolled and pointed black flag with their number displayed at S/F. EACH TEAM IS ALLOWED ONE ROLLED BLACK FLAG WARNING. If that team, regardless of driver, is involved in another instance of rough or overly aggressive driving, the kart will be black flagged at the S/F line with their number displayed. The kart/team will then have three laps to report to the penalty area on the hot grid. IF THE KART DOES NOT HEED THE BLACK FLAG WITHIN THREE LAPS, THE KART AND TEAM WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN. Penalties may range from a drive through to 5 minutes. NO DRIVER CHANGES MAY BE MADE WHEN SERVING A PENALTY. RACE CONTROL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AN INDIVIDUAL COMPETITOR OR COMPLETE TEAM AT THEIR DISCRETION WITH NO REFUNDS GIVEN.

 

All decisions by race control are final and not appealable.
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