Track Denizens of Doom
General Event Regulations
(in effect from TrackDoD 4 event)
Bike in good running condition, with no fluid leaks of any kind.
New or nearly new tires of adequate speed rating must be used. Tires
must show no signs of aging, and must have adequate tread depth throughout
the entire event.
Brake lights must be disabled or taped.
Mirrors must be removed or taped. Group coordinators may retain mirrors
at their own discretion.
Removable luggage and all other potential loose items are to be removed.
Oil and other fluid drain plugs, filters, filler caps, and so on should
be checked carefully before entering the track to ensure they are secure.
Riders are advised that safety wiring these items reduces the hazard of
fluid spills; safety wiring is especially recommended for the Advanced
Group, where full race stresses may be encountered.
Motorcycles that leave the paved surface are subject to re-inspection before
they are permitted to enter the track for another session.
Riders should carefully consider whether fork-mounted aftermarket windshields
and fairings could affect the stability of the motorcycle at high speeds
and wind conditions; it is recommended that they be removed if there is
Rider Safety Gear
Full face DOT or Snell helmet in good to excellent condition
Full coverage leathers (top and bottom) or equivalent (kevlar, cordura,
ballistic nylon, e.g. Aerostich). Two piece outfits are permitted
Abrasion-resistant boots that cover at least the ankle
Full-fingered abrasion-resistant gloves
Optional Motorcycle Preparation
The following items are not required, but are recommended:
Bleed and flush brake fluid. Best is a good DOT5.1 fluid (not DOT
5), such as Motul. Don't overfill the reservoir, or obstruct the
vent. The lever should be firm and unable to be squeezed back to
position your hand controls for good control (you shouldn't have to reach
or stretch your fingers when sitting up and braking hard)
Pit and Grid Regulations
Motorcycles must enter the track from the paddock via the grid.
A motorcycle that leaves the pits into the paddock before a session is
complete must re-enter via the grid area, at the direction of a grid worker.
Riders are responsible for getting to the grid in a timely manner.
There may be no announcements outside the grid area.
Motorcycles will be gridded as they arrive in order; requests to grid further
down the order by the rider or a group coordinator will be honored when
There will be a five minute warning, at which time riders should be suited
up and ready to enter the track.
Motorcycles which are not running at the one minute warning are required
to wait until the grid has cleared before entering the track under the
direction of a grid worker.
Riders are to leave the grid area only as directed by a grid worker.
Motorcycles may not grid before the preceding group has left the grid at
the start of their session.
Riders who re-enter the track from the pits must do so with regard to traffic
on the front straight; they should remain to the left until Turn One (Courage).
Riders entering the pits from the track should stay to the left exiting
Tree, and clearly signal other riders of their intention by raising
or extending a hand or foot.
If you overshoot Turn One via the extension of the straight, you may turn
around and re-enter the track with caution and due regard to other riders.
You must come to a complete stop, ready to re-enter with a full view of
the front straight, before returning to the track. Be aware that
other riders may overshoot as well before you have re-entered, and position
yourself accordingly in a safe manner.
Any motorcycle which leaves the paved track surface for any reason during
a session must pit at the next opportunity to check the vehicle.
If in safe condition, it may complete the session but must be presented
for a full technical re-inspection after the session.
No "grandstanding" is permitted. Examples include riding with no
hands, burnouts, and gratuitous wheelies or stoppies. The basic criterion
is whether the action was intended purely for amusement rather than as
part of riding the track.
Note that individual groups may further restrict passing.
Riders who pass must do so with courtesy and in a polite and safe manner.
Please maintain at least three feet between motorcycles whenever possible.
Passing is permitted on the straights.
Passing is permitted on the outside through corners.
Passing is not permitted on the inside through corners.
Riders who wish to pass on the approach to a corner should not do so unless
the pass will be complete before either motorcycle turns into the
corner. A pass is complete when there is clear space between the
front of one bike and the rear of the other. Be particularly aware
of this if attempting to pass in the Spiral, or on the approach to South
Flags will be shown at the start-finish line, and at other corner stations
around the track. Start-finish at VIR South Course is located at
the end of the pit wall.
The first lap of the first session for each group shall be under a standing
yellow flag at all stations, to help riders pick out the flag locations.
RED flag, waved:
The session has been stopped.
Stop immediately in a safe manner, signalling and pulling carefully to
the side of the track if possible.
Proceed only when instructed to do so by a track worker, group coordinator,
or other official; in that case proceed cautiously to the pits.
BLACK flag, waved:
The session has been stopped.
Slow down immediately and proceed cautiously to the pits.
Riders will be given further instructions by a pit worker.
BLACK with ORANGE circle (MEATBALL) flag, stationary:
There may be something wrong with your motorcycle.
Slow down carefully and proceed with caution to the pits.
YELLOW flag, waved:
Caution: there is danger ahead. NO PASSING. Slow down, be prepared
to stop, and observe other signals.
YELLOW and RED striped flag, stationary:
Something is on the track that may affect your traction. This may
be fluid (oil or antifreeze), dirt, or debris.
In the event that it begins to rain during a session, this flag may warn
that the track ahead is wet. In this case corner stations showing
the flag will also attempt to point at the sky. It's possible that
rain may be only at one end of the track, so be careful.
CHECKER flag, stationary or waved:
The session has finished.
Enter the pits the next time you reach the pit entrance.
Watch out for riders ahead of you who may have slowed down for a "cool
Course Familiarization Session(s)
This is NOT a speed session!
This is open to rider participants and course workers only. All street
vehicles, two-, three-, and four-wheeled, and all motorcycles are permitted.
Vehicles must enter and leave via the pit road, and must not exceed a speed
of 50 mph during the session. Cornering must be at SLOW street speeds.
No passing is permitted except on the front straight only.
Be aware that course workers may be stopping on their way to station.
The end of this session will be signalled by a checker flag at start-finish.
All vehicles are to immediately complete the lap they are on, and procede
to the paddock via the pit road.
Any vehicle considered to be violating the letter and/or spirit of these
rules will be shown a black flag, at which time they are to immediately
complete the lap they are on and procede to the pit lane for a consultation
with a pit worker.
Each of the groups may have additional regulations. These are in
addition to or, where applicable, instead of the General Regulations.
Novice Group Regulations
All Novice Group riders should attend a pre-event orientation session.
Orientation materials will be provided for each rider.
There will be a mandatory briefing session at 9:00 a.m., and immediately
following each track session.
Passing is permitted only as explicitly stated by the group coordinator
at a briefing session, at which time the conditions and areas under which
passing is permitted will also be announced.
Intermediate Group Regulations
Advanced Group Regulations
Riding at full race pace increases the impact of mechanical problems.
Consider the following optional bike preparation:
Flush radiator and refill with water
Wire oil filler, oil drain, oil filter, muffler bolts
Remove footpeg feelers
Remove rear footpegs (leave the brackets, though)
Remove stuff that is expensive (turn signals, etc.)
Turn your idle up to 2500 or so if you want
Tape over your speedometer
Use some *good* brake pads, for example EBC-HH and Dunlopad.
Virginia International Raceway
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Paddock, Autocross, and all paved access roads - Speed limit in
the paddock is 15 mph. Speed limit on access roads is 25 mph.
Do not pound stakes or make any holes for any reason in any asphalt surface.
Offenders will be fined and may be ejected. Do not paddock on any
paved areas. Do not fuel vehicles on any paved areas. If you
must temporarily jack a vehicle on asphalt, you MUST have
metal or wood under the jack and jack stands. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Do NOT paint any asphalt surface.
VIR Rules and Regulations
Corner Stations: VIR does not permit corner workers to
drive any vehicles, other than golf carts, to station.
Pets - VIR discourages bringing your pets to the track.
Pets will be allowed if they are leashed and if you clean up after them.
If we see pets unleashed, we will find the owner and both will be asked
to leave. Do NOT take leashed pets onto false grid
or pit areas.
Disposal of waste fluid - Use of the drums located in several
areas in the paddock(s) is mandatory for used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid,
and other polluting material. Spillage will not be tolerated and
may result in ejection from the facility.
Fuel - VIR's fuel pumps are operable by CREDIT CARD ONLY during
the posted hours -- generally 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.. We will have
available Unocal 110 leaded and 100 unleaded racing fuel, as well as Exxon
93 and 87-octane gas.
Showers - The showers are located in the North Paddock Main concession
building restrooms. Please be considerate of your compatriots regarding
all water use. Please do not leave faucets running or waste water
in any way.
Gate hours - The main gate will generally be open from 7:00 a.m.
- 7:00 p.m. unless other arrangements have been made
Power - There is limited electrical power available. The
standard 20 amp duplex plugs are $10. The 30 amp "shore" power for
motor homes and large rigs/trailers will be available at $25 for the duration
of the event. VIR personnel will tag lines and collect the fees.
ATV's, golf carts, and bicycles - Use of ATV's, golf carts, pit
carts, and bicycles is a fact of life in the track paddocks. Common
sense and care must be applied to their use. Children should not
operate or "learn to drive" at VIR. Bicycle use will be tolerated
as long as it is done safely. Children (under 16) should be discouraged
from riding bikes in the paddock. Rollerblades, bicycles, and golf
carts maybe permitted on the course following the end of the day's activities
if time allows.
Noise - Unmuffled engines must not be run between 6:30 p.m. and
Fireworks and weapons - Fireworks and guns are strictly prohibited
anywhere on grounds.
Alcohol - To comply with our State and County operating permits
VIR can not allow anyone to bring in alcoholic beverages. Coolers
will be permitted for personal use with no restrictions. Beer and
wine will be available for sale at our concession stands, but they must
be consumed within our posted area.