Auto Club Dragway Street Legal Rules
Tune Car Radio to 104.9 FM for announcements
ALL NHRA STREET LEGAL RULES WILL APPLY AND GOVERN THE EVENT
(NHRA Rule Book supercedes all Auto Club Dragway rules)
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR GLASS CONTAINERS PERMITTED AT ANY TIME! If you bring it in a cooler, it will be confiscated.
Basic Technical Requirements
Vehicle must have current vehicle registration; license and a valid proof of insurance (must have all documentation with you at time of registration). Cars can be brought into the speedway on trailers and approved racing slicks are permitted. All vehicles must enter off of Cherry Avenue. The speedway is located at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana.
Cost - $10 per person to enter the speedway and $10 for a Tech Card to race your vehicle ($20 total).
Anyone under 18 years of age must have a parental permission form completed to race. The form must be signed by both parents unless one parent has sole custody, in that case one signature will be accepted. If the parent(s) are not present on race day, the form must be notarized and submitted at registration. The form must be an original, no photo copies or faxes accepted.
There is a 10-second flat ET rule. No cars quicker than 10 seconds will be allowed. (If you need an NHRA Competition License to drive your car at an NHRA Drag Strip, it is too quick for Auto Club Dragway during a Street Legal event.)
No water, fuel, oil or trans leaks.
No aftermarket electronic devices allowed (throttle stops, delay boxes, etc.)
Must be routed through street legal muffler(s). All runs will be monitored on a decibel meter (100db at 100" from the strip). If it is too loud you will not be allowed to run. NO EXCEPTIONS! It is your responsibility.
Approved racing slicks are permitted, as well as street legal DOT approved treaded tires, front and rear required on all vehicles. Tires will be inspected for overall condition.
All wheel studs, with lug nuts required. Broken or missing studs/lugs must be replaced before racing. Hub caps/wheel covers must be removed for inspection.
Lines & Hoses
All fuel, transmission, brake and power steering lines must be secure and free of leaks. Neoprene fuel lines limited to 12 overall.
Overflow catch tank (16 oz. minimum) mandatory on all vehicles and no leaks.
Must have valid state driver's license. Driver & Passenger: No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, or bare feet permitted when racing. (Insurance Requirement).
Required in all vehicles faster than 13.99 seconds. Helmet must meet SNELL 2005 or better standards (must have label inside of helmet).
Must be securely fastened to floor or frame with minimum 4 attaching bolt and nuts. No sheet metal screws.
All cars and trucks must have as a minimum an O.E.M. type lap belt system, securely mounted to frame or floor.
Batteries & Ballast
Batteries must be secured per O.E.M. or with minimum of two (2) 3/8 diameter bolts (no straps, bungee cords, wire, etc). Loose ballast is not permitted on the racetrack, so be prepared to empty trunks and interiors of all loose items. Spare tires, jacks, etc. must be securely mounted or must be removed. Tools, jack stands, coolers, loose speakers, wheel covers, etc. are considered loose ballast and are not permitted on the track. If you don't need it, or don't want to leave it unattended, leave it at home.
Neutral Safety Switch
All vehicles must be equipped with an operational neutral safety switch. The neutral safety switch prevents the vehicle's starter from turning the engine over unless the transmission is in park or neutral (or unless the clutch pedal is depressed with a manual transmission).
Bottles must be stamped as meeting DOT 1800-pound standards and must be securely bolted to the frame or floor (no bungee cords, hose clamps, etc.) All fittings, hoses, etc. must be compatible from same manufacturer, vented to outside of driver compartment.
Roll Bars & Cages
Roll bar required in any vehicle running between 10.00 and 11.49 E.T. (convertibles between 11.00 and 13.99). Roll bar/cage structures must meet minimum NHRA standards as found in the 2004 rule book.
Must be registered for the street, front and rear brakes, chain guards, ignition cutoff switch, and functioning snapback throttle mandatory. Any pressurized container (air shifter bottles, nitrous bottles) must be stamped as DOT 1800 pound standards. Leather jacket, gloves and leather (above ankle) shoes mandatory (up to 120 mph; over this speed full leather is required).
All racers participating with convertibles that are quicker than 13.99 seconds MUST wear a helmet.
Note: When elapsed times are quicker than 11.99 specialized racing equipment is required. For example, when a roll bar or cage is required, so is an approved 5-point harness assembly. If you know or suspect that your vehicle will exceed these ET limits, we suggest contacting the NHRA Tech Department at (626) 914-4761 with your questions.
After Tech Inspection
Move your car forward and walk to the "Tech Registration booth" where you will sign a release of liability, get your restricted area wristband and run card. Once you have completed registration, return to your car to have your number applied to your windows. You may now find yourself a pit location (10 X 20) max per car.
Hear the Call
Tune your car radio to 104.9 FM for the PA announcements. All categories will be called to the staging lanes in groups of 50. The group number is on your run card. Please DO NOT come to the lanes until your category is called. Be sure to bring your RUN CARD and have all safety items in place with seat belts on. Also, leave all loose items out of the vehicle.
When you are called to the lanes, go to the back of the staging lanes and you will be directed to a lane. At the front of the lane you will be asked for your RUN CARD, get it marked and proceed as directed.
You will be directed to the water box where a 5 second burn-out is permitted. On the starting line official's signal, roll your car forward until the top two small yellow bulbs on your side of the tree are lit. STOP. You are now staged and ready. When the tree is activated, you will see 3 amber bulbs flash .500 seconds apart then GREEN. Try to leave on the last amber bulb for a better reaction time but be careful not to leave too early or you will red-light.
After crossing the finish line, let off the gas slowly and apply the brakes. Stay in your lane and exit at the exit at the top end of the track, the right lane should exit first even though you may have to wait on them. DO NOT DO A U-TURN ON THE TRACK.
In our continued efforts to be good neighbors, we will be enforcing our zero tolerance policy for decimeter readings over the limit. Please be considerate of what our neighbors think of us when leaving the facility. Drive Safely!!