We typically run a nine-week series using a specified class of slot car body. Furthermore, we race on a different track each week in a series, so that each track has been raced on three times at the end of a series. We use an Engleman -> Blue King - > Orange -> Engleman -> and so on track rotation for each series.
Slot car bodies are changed each series, based on body styles such as NASCAR, LMP, GTP, or even "retro" bodies. This practice keeps the racing very affordable, fun, and interesting by varying the body, not the underlying slot car. Drivers must master the nuances of each body style used, including inherent aerodynamic/handling differences, which can be significant.
Weekly racing allows ONE (1) car substitution in a race. The potential substitute car must be entered and teched alongside the primary race car. The backup car will be impounded until needed and is to be used solely by the driver who entered the car. The backup car may be employed only when the primary race car has failed to perform as expected by the driver, regardless of reason (e.g., race damage, broken motor). Once used, the driver must finish the race with the backup car - no further substitutions or switching. If a driver substitutes his/her starting entry, then there will be a 5 lap penalty assessed. Replacing only a torn body with like is not considered using a backup. While using a backup car is an unusual race rule, we feel it promotes our primary objective of having fun, particularly for racers who drive long distances to participate on a weekly basis. This rules does not apply to any weekend racing, including major regional or national events.
Assignment to race mains will be done by qualifying. Each driver will have 30 seconds in which to qualify. This should allow each driver roughly 5 or 6 laps in which to qualify. Qualifying will take place in rapid succession in order to minimize the total time taken. Drivers not qualifying will be relegated to the lowest main. This is in line with almost all other raceways and accepted norms.
The results of each main will stand on its own merits. Consequently, there will be a B main podium and an A main podium (and a C main podium if sufficient entries dictate). There will be no move-ups allowed. The current point system below will be revised in order to account for mains being separated in this way.
We sometimes run two-person team mini-enduros to ensure an adequate number of turn marshals during each heat. Each driver uses his/her own car in the race. Teams are decided by drawing lots. However, if race turnout is sufficient, we will run as individuals. We run 2.5-minute heats in individual racing. The racing point system, described below, applies to this individual racing.
We use a European-style lane rotation: Red->Green->Blue->Purple->Black->Yellow->Orange->White->
Effective August 14, 2023, the point system in weekly individual racing will be: