GATEWAY 500 - Gateway Kartplex
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GATEWAY 500

THE BASICS

 

  • Date & time: Monday, May 28th, 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 12 teams
  • Drivers: 2-5 per team
  • 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.

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. ** The 100 lap minimum rule will only be relaxed for teams consisting of 5 drivers. A 5 driver team will be allowed to have 2 team members complete an 80 lap minimum.**

 

STARTING POSITION

Your starting position will be determined by the order of your registration.  SIGN UP EARLY!

 

KART ASSIGNMENT

Kart assignment for the start of the race will be via random draw.

 

PACE KART

The Pace kart will be used at the start of the race. The Pace Kart will only be deployed in the event of a full course caution. ALL YELLOW LAPS COUNT TOWARD THE 500 LAP TOTAL RACE DISTANCE. The Pace Kart will gather up the leader and the rest of the field will fall in single file line behind the Pace Kart. With one lap to go the Pace Kart lights will be turned off and drivers should expect a green flag next time by start/finish. Pit lane will be open during full course caution laps and driver changes are permitted.

 

PIT STOPS-REFUELING

NEW FOR 2018!  There will be NO scheduled refueling stops! The timing on pit stops for drivers changes will be at the discretion of each of the race teams. A 167 lap maximum stint will be enforced. Any driver exceeding 167 continuous laps on track will result in their team being automatically disqualified. If at any point all reserve karts on GRID A are taken then the pit lane will be CLOSED!  A “CLOSED” sign will be displayed at Race Control at the back straight flag stand. Pit lane will reopen as soon as substitute karts have been refueled and placed on GRID A.

 

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 with a maximum stint of 167 consecutive laps. A signaling area will be designated for all teams for driver signaling between the main flag stand and Turn 1 only. Driver changes will be made in the designated area at the front of the hot grid. The kart MUST come to a complete stop within the designated area on GRID B in a single file line. The exiting driver will “tap” the replacement driver. At that time the replacement driver will be allowed to enter a kart and roll from GRID A. Vacant karts from GRID B will then be refueled and placed at the back of the line of spare karts on GRID A.  Replacement Driver MUST TAKE THE FIRST AVAILABLE KART ON GRID A! There will be NO shuffling of karts on GRID A. Any team found to shuffle the run order on GRID A will be IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED! If at any point all reserve karts on GRID A are taken then the pit lane will be CLOSED! A “CLOSED” sign will be displayed at Race Control at the back straight flag stand. Pit lane will reopen as soon as substitute karts have been refueled and placed on GRID A.

 

SAFETY GEAR

Helmets & balaclavas 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 prior to the event and 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 28th 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.