Summit Point, WV - SPK Fall 500 Mile Overnight Race

The SPK Fall 500 Mile Overnight Race will be the weekend of September 15 & 16.  The green flag will drop around 8PM with the drivers meeting at 7PM.  The 500 miles most likely will take about 15.5 hours to complete.  The race will be run in the opposite direction from the Spring 500.

Start getting your teams together.  Wheel to Wheel Karting members will receive a 5% discount off of the posted race team cost of $1,200. Our members race team cost will be $1,140 ($1,200 x .95). Hope to see you in Summit Point.

Summit Point Kart

Fall Five Hundred

16 hour enduro rules

(2.2)

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Schedule

Friday September 14th

5:00pm – 9:00pm open arrive and drive (Practice)

Saturday September 15th

Noon – 5pm open arrive and drive (Practice)

Noon – 6pm SPK 500 weigh-in and registration

6:30pm – 7:00pm SPK 500 drivers meeting

7:15pm – 7:25pm SPK 500 qualifying

8:00pm SPK Fall 500 green flag

Sunday September 16th

12:00pm SPK 500 checkered flag

12:15pm Awards Ceremony

Rain

KART PERFORMANCE IN RAIN IS DRASTICALLY REDUCED

The SPK 500 will continue in light to moderate rain.

Standing water may require a course reconfiguration.

All the karts will be black flagged and brought into the pits while the reconfiguration is

made

The race clock will not be stopped

Standing water may require the race to be stopped

All the karts will be black flagged and brought into the pits until conditions improve enough

to continue the race.

The race clock will not be stopped

Classes

Grand Touring Class

$[masked] entry fee

Trophies and celebration champagne for the 1st,2nd and 3rd, 4th and 5th place teams.

The team name and class must be clearly displayed on the right side of the helmet.

Example:

Race Control will oversee and validate the taping of the helmets with the appropriate

information

Drivers are not allowed to remove, change, deface, or in any way alter the tape and

information written on it. Any such actions will result in immediate disqualification.

Lap Compensation

All drivers will be weighed prior to racing.

Drivers can carry weight (weight vests, belts etc...) to adjust their average team weight.

If a drivers weighs in with weight, he must race with that same weight.

Each driver is given a weight variance allowance (see below)

The official minimum driver weight is their weigh-in weight minus their allowance.

A team weight will be the average of all the team drivers weight.

SPK assumes that each driver will drive approximately the same amount of time as other

drivers on his/her team.

A team representative should notify SPK officials if one driver drives disproportionately

more than other drivers (more than twice as much as other team members). SPK will adjust

the Lap Adjustment numbers accordingly.

It is not in the spirit of this competition to have lighter drivers driver longer than heavier

drivers as part of a winning strategy.

SPK will add or subtract laps to teams mid way through the race based upon the teams average

driver weight.

The Lap adjustment table will be included in later revisions of these rules.

Team size

Each team will consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 drivers.

Drivers can drive for maximum two teams.

Kart allocation

Karts will be randomly assigned by draw at the drivers meeting. This will be your kart for the

qualifying and the start of the race.

Kart service

All maintenance and repair work is the exclusive responsibility of SPK.

Any kart alterations by anyone other than SPK personnel, including changes to tire pressures,

idle speed or throttle stop will result in a team’s immediate disqualification.

Qualifying

There will be one 11 minute qualifying session.

The driver doing the qualifying will be the first driver in the endurance for the team.

Race start & finish

The driver will inspect the kart to make sure the pedals are adjusted correctly and the kart is

running.

If a problem is found, the driver will notify an SPK official.

A rolling start will be used.

Karts will be released behind a pace kart in their qualifying order.

Karts MAY NOT PASS until the green flag has been dropped AND they have crossed the

start finish line.

The race runs for 16 continuous hours or the lead team completes 500 miles, whichever comes

first.

A checkered flag will indicate the finish.

The clock may be stopped at Race Director’s discretion only. Red flags will not stop the clock.

Pit Lane

Pit lane will be open during the entire race except during a red flag condition.

Regulation of pit speed, driver change area and fuel stop/kart exchange area will be defined in

the drivers meeting.

Fuel stop/kart exchange/driver change

Fuel stops are done by kart exchange

A team cannot change karts and drivers in the same stop.

Kart exchange

The driver will drive into the designated “garage” area.

Race Control will assign the driver another kart and the driver will get into the assigned

kart.

The driver will then be released to race.

No other team members are allowed in or near the garage area.

Driver change

The exiting driver will drive into the designated “driver change” area.

The exiting driver will get out of his kart and run to tag his teammate waiting in the “Driver

Replenishment Bin”.

The replacement driver will get in the kart and wait for release.

No other team members are allowed to assist the exiting or replacement driver.

If a replacement driver cannot be found within 5 minutes of the exiting driver leaving his

kart, the team will be disqualified.

Kart breakdown

In the event of a kart breakdown, driver must stay in his kart and track official will bring a new

kart to that individual. If the staff finds the kart has no substantive mechanical issue, that team

will be penalized 1 lap

Timing

Timing and race results are determined by computer and transponder.

Disputes will be resolved by the director.

Passing

There are three phases to a pass

Pre-pass/Post-pass, no overlap. Where the trailing kart is totally behind the leading kart.

The trailing kart has no right-of-way over the track forward of the rear bumper of the

leading kart.

Mid-pass, karts overlapped. Where the rear bumper of the leading kart is between the front

and rear bumper of the trailing kart.

The trailing kart only has right-of-way to one kart width of track on their side of the

track. If the leading kart moves towards the trailing kart, the trailing kart must yield until

reaching the white line or barrier that defines the track. This is referred to as the trailing

kart’s “right-of-way lane” and only exists while overlap is maintained.

NOTE: Your role and the rules that apply to you as leading or trailing kart may

change several times while executing a pass.

Blocking

A kart can make one defensive off-line move to prevent a pass. (zig)

A kart that makes two or more defensive moves (zig zag) is considered to be blocking and will

be penalized.

Contact

Kart to kart contact

Any contact that helps or prevents a pass from taking place will result in a penalty. Some

examples include:

If the trailing kart is in the right-of-way lane and contact occurs that prevents a pass

(such as a pinch or a push off track), the leading kart will be penalized.

If the leading kart pinches the trailing kart’s right-of-way lane resulting in the trailing

kart being forced off track and/or losing control (spin out), the leading kart will be

penalized.

If the trailing kart is in the right-of-way lane but is carrying such speed that it could not

possibly stay in the right-of-way lane and contact occurs at any point during the pass

(such as a dive bomb) and the pass is completed, the passing kart will be penalized.

If the trailing kart bumps the leading kart from behind such that the leading kart is

forced to go off line, the trailing kart will be penalized.

A racer can wave another racer by to avoid penalty if the infraction could be solved by the

trading of positions.

Any contact that causes, or could cause damage or injury will be penalized, regardless of

whether or not it provides any advantage.

Contact with barriers

Any contact with the barriers that displace the barriers as to require them to be reset will

result in penalty.

Any contact with barriers where the kart becomes stuck will result in a penalty.

Flags

The green flag means go

The yellow flag means slow down, no passing

If a kart passes another kart under a yellow flag, that kart will be penalized.

A penalty can be avoided if offending kart immediately waves by the kart that was passed.

The red flag means stop immediately

All racers should stop on track as soon as it is safe to do so for both the driver and the karts

behind the driver.

Not stopping will result in a penalty

Passing will result in a penalty

Once stopped, karts must remain completely stopped until a subsequent yellow, green or

black flag is displayed.

The black flag means proceed to the pits

This is most often used to penalize a kart.

It is sometimes used in the event a kart is damaged for whatever reason, it's important that

the kart come to the pit now.

A waving black flag at all flag stations means that all karts must proceed to the pits.

Example Penalties

Stop-and-go

Driving four (4) wheels off course (outside the white lines) but not short cutting the course

or going off the pavement

Contact the results in a pass or the prevention of a pass.

Blocking

Contact that displaces the barriers

Passing under yellow

Spinning out

Loss of control (i.e. spinning out all by yourself)

Lack of situational awareness (i.e... getting spun out by another kart)

Mandatory driver change (Race Control to contact team, must happen within 5 laps of incident)

Four (4) wheels going off the pavement

Getting stuck

Short cutting the course

Rough driving

Passing under red

Incorrect entry into pits

The race director deems a driver unfit to participate.

At that time a substitute driver may be designated by the team manager and approved by

the race director.

1 lap penalty

Excessive speed in pits

For each pound under their official minimum weight.

3 lap penalty

Illegal contact that results in another kart spinning out.

Ejection / Disqualification

Not stopping under red

Contact that causes injury

Contact that damages or disables a kart

Any mechanical adjustment to the kart.

Cheating

Unsportsmanlike behavior which includes anything other than polite discourse between any

number of racers or friends, or SPK officials.

Disputes

All team members must remain in compliance with all rules and regulations for the entire

duration of the event.

Any disputes concerning these rules, their interpretation, or situations not specifically covered

herein shall be resolved at the discretion of the Race Director

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  • William J.

    This was the best organized and run SPK 500 yet. Seven Wheel to Wheel Karting teams in the top Nine.

    September 18, 2012

  • Chris H

    Best 500 Mile ever!!! just keeps on getting better and better!

    September 16, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Are helmets and neck braces provided by SPK for this race, and are suits required and, if so, are they also provided?

    August 28, 2012

    • Jack M.

      One other thing, Bill. Just so I know before we get there, do the SPK karts have flip up pedal extensions (like most arrive and drive karts these days) and/or sliding seats? I'm rather short and use one or sometimes both of those. I've seen some people use seat cushions to move themselves closer to the pedals. But, personally, I think those complicate pit stops and I've never resorted to using them.

      August 28, 2012

    • Marcelo B.

      pedals don't flip but slide back and forth. seats not adjustable so bring something if you think you might need to get closer to the wheel

      August 28, 2012

  • Matthew

    Have rules for this event been posted somewhere yet?

    August 1, 2012

    • William J.

      I have posted the rules just received.

      August 1, 2012

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