Track Denizens of Doom
for Saturday April 8th, 2000
|Group Coordinator(s), Novice
|Group Coordinator(s), Intermediate
|Group Coordinator(s), Advanced
Bike in good running condition.
There must be no fluid leaks of any kind.
New or nearly new tires of adequate speed rating must be used. Tires
must show no signs of ageing, 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 mandatory 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
[Date & Location TBD]
Novice group orientation session(s)
Saturday, April 8th, 2000
||On-site Technical Inspection opens
||Mandatory riders meeting in the South Tower classroom. All riders
||Brief workers meeting in the South Tower classroom
|8:30 am -- 8:50 am
||Course Familiarization Session
!!! THIS IS NOT A SPEED SESSION !!!
This is open to rider participants and course workers only. All
street vehicles, two- 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 as waved by 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.
||Course workers should be on station and ready.
||Open schedule of 20 minute sessions, by group:
Each session may be followed by a discussion session of up to 20 minutes
in the South Tower classroom, at the discretion of the group coordinator.
|12 noon, approx.
||45 minute lunch break
||Open schedule of 20 minute sessions resumes
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 the Chief
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.
Note that individual groups may further restrict passing.
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 pass must do so with courtesy and in a safe manner. Please
maintain at least three feet between motorcycles whenever possible.
Flags will be shown at the start-finish line, and may be shown at other
locations around the track.
The session has been stopped.
Stop immediately in a safe manner, 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.
Slow down immediately and proceed cautiously to the pits.
Riders will be given further instructions in the pits.
BLACK with ORANGE circle (MEATBALL) flag:
There may be something wrong with your motorcycle.
Slow down carefully and proceed with caution to the pits.
An emergency vehicle is on the track. Proceed with caution.
Caution: there is danger ahead. Slow down, be prepared to stop, and
observe other signals.
The track is now clear. Passing as per the session and group instructions
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
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 a re-cap of orientation material in the South Tower classroom
at 9:00 am.
There will be a mandatory debriefing session immediately following each
Passing will not be permitted until explicitly stated by the group coordinator
at a debriefing session, at which time the conditions and areas under which
passing is permitted will also be announced.
Intermediate Group Regulations
Advanced Group Regulations
There's a lot of "optional" bike prep that you should consider:
flush radiator and put water in
wire oil filler, oil drain, oil filter, muffler bolts
remove footpeg feelers
remove rear footpegs (leave the brakets, tho)
remove stuff that is expensive (turn signals, etc.)
get some *good* brake pads. The best are EBC-HH and Dunlopad.
turn your idle up to 2500 or so
flush your brake system and put in DOT5.1 fluids (not DOT 5) Motul
is one of the better brands. (brakefade sucks). Don't overfill the
reservoir, or obstruct the vent. The lever should be firm and unable
to be squeezed back to the bar.
tape over your speedo
lower your oil level (put it between the marks instead of the top) (depending
on bike model)
position your hand controls for good control (you shouldn't have to reach
or stretch your fingers when sitting up and braking hard)
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 maybe 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
Pets - VIR discourages bringing your pets to the track.
However, we realize many people do and accept that if you keep your pet
leashed and clean up after it, we will allow it. 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 8AM -- 6PM. 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 7AM until
7PM. On certain events (see camping) there will be 24 hour access
Power - There is limited electrical power available. The
standard 20 amp duplex plugs are free for all. The 30 amp "shore"
power for motor homes and large rigs/trailers will be available at $20
for the duration of the event. VIR personnel will tag lines and collect
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 used 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.
Noise - Unmuffled engines must not be run between 6:30PM and
Fireworks and weapons - Fireworks and guns are strictly prohibited
anywhere on grounds.