Rules

Liability Release Disclaimer: All participants that sign in to the pit area or are signed in by their parent/guardian or spouse are agreeing to this disclaimer and giving up their right to sue or bring charges against any KAM Kartway staff, official or property owner or their assigns of heirs. 

KAM Kartway Rules and Regulations are broken down into sections.  Starting on this page are the General Track Rules, Safety, Points, etc. At the bottom of the page are links to the other sections that include Competition rules (on track stuff and protests) and Class Rules. You will also find a link to our Code of Conduct guidelines.  For a downloadable copy of your own set of rules (that we recommend you print out and keep with your Team Documents, in your trailer or on your bed stand) go to the “Forms” page for the most up-to-date copy.  

If  you plan to race at KAM Kartway it is YOUR responsibility to read and understand these rules.  By using our racing facility (aka KAM Kartway) you are acknowledging and agreeing to these rules. As with any and all businesses, KAM reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

Section 1 General Rules

1.1  No fighting or profanity! The person(s) involved will be asked to leave, and at the discretion of the Race Director, along with their race team members.

1.2  Everyone must “Sign-In” (Indemnity and Waiver Form) and obtain a Pit Pass during Race Times.  PIT PASS MUST BE WORN ON WRIST AND VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES.

1.3  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a minors release on file.  Minor releases may ONLY be filled out by the legal parent or guardian.  If the parent does not plan to attend with their child, they MUST PRINT the form from our website and BOTH parents must sign it and have it NOTARIZED.

1.4  No Alcohol allowed during the race program.  It is allowed after ALL the races are over and this does not mean after your (or your child’s) race, but ALL the races must have been completed before any alcohol may be consumed.  NO GLASS!

1.5  Anyone called for rough driving will be sent to the pits.  Two offenses in the same night could result in loss of any and all points for the race.  These calls will be made by the Race Director and/or Flag Man.  Parents, please remember that there is a chance that your young driver may  Correction: YOUR CHILD WILL (at some point) get bumped, nudged or outright slammed into on the track – but that does not necessarily constitute “Rough Driving” – see Code of Conduct for definitions. This is to be determined by the Race Officials – NOT the parents.

1.6  Any conduct by children, parents, kart owners, pit crews, fans, etc. deemed inappropriate towards any race official and/or not complying with race official’s instructions will be penalized.  If the situation is severe and person and/or entire team may be barred from the race and could potentially be banned from the track for the remainder of the season.  Any discussion with any official or another team member must be in a normal voice and manner.

1.7  All persons entering the premises on race day are required to read, understand and sign the required document(s).  Parents or legal guardians are responsible for signing your minor child in and making them aware of the rules & procedures. PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR MINOR CHILD SIGN THE RACE REGISTRATION SIGN IN SHEET.  This is a LEGAL document and a child signing it is not acceptable.

1.8  Young children should stay within their pit area unless accompanied by an adult.

1.9  Although the rules are comprehensive, they may not address every situation.  These rules may be changed or altered for the enrichment of the sport and/or to promote fairness to all. The Race Director’s decision is final.  Local promoting organizations may supplement the rules or guidelines.  These supplemented rules should be documented, printed (or emailed) and distributed to the racers by the promoting organization. (ie: AKRA, UAS, ACSC2, or IKF)

1.10 KAM Kartway reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

1.11 CRIMINAL ACTIONS: KAM is not responsible for any injuries or actions that result from criminal activity at or in the area of a KAM sanctioned event. Driver/entrant or parent/legal guardian of minor driver is/are responsible for all actions of their crew/guests.

1.11.a: Battery: participants (driver, crew, spectator, official, etc.) shall not make any physical contact in an aggressive manner towards another participant. Physical contact between participants will require the Race Director to immediately disqualify the participants involved for all classes for the remainder of the event. Participants in the physical altercation will also be banned from track property for the duration of the event, possible suspension at future events, and if so required by local laws, be subject to arrest and prosecution.

1.11.b Verbal Assault: participants who use aggressive or threatening language towards another participant/official are subject to disqualification and ejection from the event as well as suspension for future events.

Section 2 General Kart Rules for ALL Drivers

2.1       SAFETY

2.1.0   Headgear: Full-faced helmets designed for competitive motorsport use are required and must comply with the Snell Memorial Foundation’s helmet standards and current rating specs as outlined. Except for the beginner classes where the drivers are in need of smaller youth size helmets, the minimum rating required at KAM is the SA2010 as long as there is no visible damage to the shell and it is not more than 5 years old. The newest rating of SA2015 is preferred because of its additional required safety standards (ie: fire resistance standards and testing in addition to roll bar impact testing.) Beginner drivers in the Young Guns and Jr 1 Classes may use the Snell CM2016 Standard – as this is a popular Youth helmet rating and meets the standards of skill and technical levels associated with beginner drivers per the SNELL Foundation. 

Helmets must be secured with a strap manufactured and fitted for the helmet. No exceptions. If the strap doesn’t work or renders the helmet to “not fit” the driver’s head, then that helmet may not be used at KAM. This is not an option to go out with a helmet that is not properly strapped under the chin.  A full-face shield, integral with the helmet is mandatory.  The shell must also be free from visible damage and/or cracks. Once a helmet has been damaged in a major wreck or neglect to the point of the shell cracking or having breakage, the helmet is compromised and no longer suited for its intended purpose.

2.1.1    Neck Braces: Collar-type, unaltered neck braces designed for motorsports use is mandatory in all classes with a minimum SFI 3.3 Certification rating. Loss of neck brace during the race event will cause a black flag to be given to the driver for the safety issue.  The exception to this rule is if the driver is utilizing a neck restraint system that attaches to the helmet such as a Hans Devise.

2.1.2    Driver Apparel: Gloves, socks, shoes and long pants (if wearing a jacket) are mandatory.  GLOVES ARE MANDATORY!  Gloves that are single layer are acceptable with a recommended rating of SFI 3.3/1. Regular Kart Gloves that are not Fire Resistant are acceptable in all classes except Outlaw.  If you don’t have them you will not be permitted to race.

Racing shoes are recommended but not mandatory except for all the Outlaw Classes, where they must wear Flame-retardant shoes with a minimum SFI 3.3/5 Certified rating.

2.1.3    At least a Single Layer Flame-retardant Race Suit with a minimum rating of SFI-3.2A/1 is required for all classes except Young Guns, Jr 1 and Pro Clone. Drivers in those three classes may wear driving suites or jackets designed for motorsports and made of either leather, vinyl, or abrasion resistant nylon, or the equivalent. Flame-retardant or Flame-resistant material is however preferred for all race divisions.

Race Suits and Jackets must fit the driver properly with no exposed skin at the ankles or wrists due to suit being too small.  If a driver has outgrown a suite then it’s time to purchase a new one, no exceptions.

2.1.4    A Five-point harness and arm restraints are mandatory for all cage kart drivers, and must be attached to the restraint system-lap belt and not over the steering shaft.  A SFI Spec 16.2 rating is required. They must be commercially manufactured for motorsports with a SFI Rating. Arm restraints must now allow the drivers hands or arms to protrude outside the cage when fully extended. 

2.1.5    If driver’s hair extends below the helmet the driver must wear a head sock or balaclava to prevent the driver’s hair from extending below the helmet.

2.1.6    Loose clothing, bandanas, scarves, hoods, loose belts, no belts, etc. are not acceptable and the driver will not be permitted on the race track or even to hot lap on the track with these items on.

2.1.7    All personal safety equipment is subject to, and shall be made available for, pre-tech inspection.   **NOTE: Passing a Pre-tech inspection does constitute full motor/rules compliance and does not established an automatic Post-tech engine passing.

2.1.8    Each Race Team will have a working fire extinguisher in their pit that is at least 5 lbsThis is mandatory – it’s not just a good idea or friendly suggestion. We will be randomly checking for these all year.  Teams caught without a working fire extinguisher in their trailers or pit area will be subject to a $25 fine.  You can purchase these at Walmart for around $30 bucks. You’re going there anyway to load up on race day snacks and drinks for the track so pick one up while you’re there.  

2.1.9    KAM IS A COLD PIT TRACK: All drivers must kill their engines in the exit shoot following a race and then push their kart back to their pit area.

2.1.10  Front and Rear bumpers are mandatory and may not extend outside the tires.

2.1.11  All weights added to the kart must be painted white and have the kart owner’s race number on them.  All weights must be double-nutted with locking nut on the outside, bolt drilled and clipped or safety wired for security.  No smaller than a 5/16 bolt and if it comes off during the race the kart owner will be subject to a fine.

2.1.12  All OHV Motors must have the OEM Scatter Shield in place or comparable steel replacement.

2.1.13   Quick release Steering Wheels are mandatory for all cage classes.

2.1.14   Floorpans are required for all cage karts and be free from any voids large enough for any part of the driver’s body to inadvertently pass through. Pan must stay within main-frame rails of kart, be flat, and only have holes for components (brake discs, sprockets, seat, etc.) The Floorpan may not extend past the trailing edge of the axle.

2.1.15   Seats must be of a “high back” design and constructed of aluminum and manufactured for the purpose of motorsports application.  The seat back shall reach at least to the middle of the driver’s head when the driver is seated in the kart. No portion of the seat or seat cover may protrude outside the cage.  Seat shall be firmly mounted through a minimum of four mounting brackets. Pro Clone class is exempt from first two requirements, however their seats must also be manufactured for racing application.

2.2       Driver’s Meeting

2.2.1    All drivers must attend the mandatory drivers meeting.  Local flag rules, starting procedure, yellow flag procedure, lap traffic instructions and event schedule along with any track or safety issues will be discussed.  The Race Director may elect to start any driver who misses the drivers meeting at the rear of their heat(s). 

2.2.2    At least one supervising adult or crew member must accompany minor racers to the drivers meeting.

2.3       Flags & Race Calls 

It is the job of the Flagman to relay information regarding the status of the race to the drivers by waving the various flags, and consequently it is the driver’s job to observe them. (Parents do NOT give hand signals; wave your arms to get their attention, or anything of that nature from the fence line.  This is strictly forbidden as the drivers focus must be on the race and the race officials – not being distracted with inappropriate Coaching efforts by mom or dad.  Coaching is not possible while the driver is actually racing – so save it for the pits or team trailer – after the show when you have their full attention and they are in a trainable state of mind.)

2.3.1    Checkered Flag- the race is finished.  After passing the checkered flag the driver must slow to a moderate pace for exiting the track.  If called to weigh, proceed slowly to the scale and/or post tech area.

2.3.2    White Flag – one lap to go in the race. If there is a wreck after the white flag and the karts are safely out of the way and not posing a safety hazard or risk, the race will continue to the Checker flag ending of the race. In a situation like that, the flagman may waive the Yellow AND Checkered Flag together.

2.3.3    Red Flag – Stop immediately the race has been temporarily halted.

  • After slowing to safe stop, drivers will be instructed to proceed safely to turn 4. When directed, one team member may enter the track to re-start their driver’s kart.  You may not make adjustments to the kart and will only be permitted to restart the motor.
  • If the red flag occurs at or prior to the halfway point, the race may be started.  Restarts will be in the same order as the last completed and scored green flag lap prior to the red flag.
  • If the red flag occurs after the halfway point, the race may be scored as a completed race and the results will reflect the last completed green flag lap. Karts involved in the red flag incident will be scored at the rear of the field.  The officials will make every effort for the event to finish under green flag conditions; however, time and other conditions may require the race to be scored as completed.  The Race Director will decide if your kart can restart the event.
  • Any kart or driver flipping over (ie: not landing on all 4 tires when kart comes to a complete stop) causing a red flag will be allowed to restart with permission from the Race Director or the Emergency Medical’s Personnel’s approval.

2.3.4    Yellow Flag

  • There is danger on the course and there is a need for caution.  When a yellow flag is displayed anywhere on the track, it signifies a full course caution.
  • Slow down and DO NOT RACE TO THE FINISH LINE ON A YELLOW FLAG.  There is no passing under yellow flag.  We aren’t scoring you under caution laps and the restart will be based on the last completed and scored lap.
  • Karts causing the caution and/or stopped on the track will restart in the rear, but before lapped karts.  “Lucky-Dog” rule applies and lapped karts will be restarting on the lead lap and no longer be counted a lap down until or unless they get lapped again.
  • Restart line ups are based on the last completed lap and that was scored under full green lap conditions.

2.3.5        Green Flag – Start – the course is clear.

  • It is at the Flag Man’s discretion when to throw the green flag to start the race!

DISCLAIMER: The ages and class divisions of the drivers are treated differently based on driver status, skill sets acquired and race equipment handling and racing comprehension and ability. We consider KAM Kartway to be a Driver Development Program for our young drivers in an effort to develop, train and grow overall well-rounded and talented drivers for the next higher level of race competition (ie: moving up to the Big Track level).

  • Young Guns is our beginner, just-getting-started-barely-out-of-training-pants class, and they will be assisted when needed to get in the proper line up and will have a standing start.  As they progress during the season we may attempt rolling starts if we feel the drivers are capable as a group to do so.
  • The Jr 1 class will also be assisted in their line up start and will have a slow rolling start. At the track’s discretion, a standing start may be opted for especially at the start of a race season.
  • Jr 2 Clone, having typically had 2 or more years behind the wheel are expected to know the lineup and what their position is.  We know that this it’s new for a lot of them at the beginning of the season as they may have just moved up and we are aware of this, but the green goes when the front two karts have made a steady, even pace and come across into the starting box at the same time.
  • Please do not encourage your child to “jump the start” because we will see it and they will be docked a position(s) in the final scoring tally.  If the several attempts have been made and the front row can’t keep an even pace, then they may be sent back a row and the second row will then have an opportunity to start the race the next time around.

2.3.6        Black Flag and “Rolled” Black Flag

  • Rolled and pointed means a “Warning” about driver conduct.
  • Waved (open) Black Flag: Driver must exit the track immediately because you have been disqualified for a driving infraction, unsportsmanlike conduct, unsafe equipment, loss of safety apparel or some mechanical issue. If a participant ignores the black flag and refuses to comply and exit the track, they are subject to disqualification for the event and no points will be awarded. Repeat offenders are subject to race suspension at a future date.
  •   If the driver stops and gets out of their kart on the track during the race and attempts to argue with race officials about the call, they will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and loss of points.
  •   Mechanical and/or Safety Black Flags in a feature will receive last place points.

2.3.7        Blue Flag with Yellow Stripe: (not often used but all drivers should know its meaning) a lapping kart is attempting to pass cars, give them consideration.  If driver refuses to allow the faster kart to pass they are subject to getting a Black Flag.

2.3.8        If a caution is required on the last lap the restart may be Green-White-Checker or Green & White then Checker.  The Flag Man will make that call based on conditions, understanding and skill set of the class and/or time limitations.

2.4       Pre & Post Race Tech/Safety Inspection: KAM reserves the right to tech any part of the kart, engine, fuel or safety equipment at any time before or after a race event.

2.4.1    The top 3 finishers in the feature must weigh in with kart and driver. (There are times when this is waived, but if you have not been signaled to exit the track, please head straight to the scales if you finished 1, 2 or 3.)

2.4.2    The Race Director or his appointed race official will decide how many karts will be impounded for technical inspection.

2.4.3    The Technical Director, with Race Director approval, will decide what and how much tech will be done in any given class.

2.4.4    Tech may be waived if the top five drivers (Parents in the case of minor drivers) unanimously consent.

2.4.5    A DQ following Tech may be appealed.  You have until noon the following Monday to provide documentation for your appeal.

2.5       Other

2.5.1    No Radio Communication between driver and pit crew will be permitted while the driver is in the kart during a competition race.

2.5.2    No mirrors on karts.

2.5.3    A drivers 1st time to race – will required them to start on the back for all races.

2.5.4    Kart teams are responsible for keeping their pit are free of litter and dangerous obstacles.

2.5.5    All drivers must register prior to the race*, you must sing in each night and you must race the kart you registered to receive points. **

* If you are late and miss draw you will start on the back for the heats, but you must still stop at the window and register.  There is a one-time per series exception to this rule: in the event a crew or team member is already at the track or another parent volunteers to do it they may register your driver if you are running late due to traffic or other unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.  They must Pay the full driver race fee and draw for the driver so that the lineup grids are not interrupted or posted late.  The races will not be held for you however, and if you miss the first heat driver will not be given points credit.  They will still invert for the second heat based on their original line up order.

**If your kart is damaged during any heat, a backup car may be used to finish out the night, but the driver will start in the back of all remaining races.

2.5.6    If the skills do not meet the class standard of a driver to race in that given class, the Driver may be asked to race in a slower or less crowded class for safety reasons and a better learning environment.  On the other hand, if the Driver’s skills exceed the class standard (ie: double lapping field, winning effortlessly racer after race, etc. ) the driver will be asked to move up a class.  The track reserves the right to modify the age requirement based on Driver’s skill sets and racing ability.

2.5.7    Any driver racing a higher level class in 3 or more events may not move back down to a slower level class.  Running two classes is permitted for experienced drivers as long as they are not more than a level apart in our Driver Development Program. 

2.5.8    Classes may be added to race program provided there are 4 or more karts registered. Classes may also be combined if fewer than 3 karts in any given class are registered and the classes/driver skill are comparable.  Combined classes will be scored separately. 

2.5.9    Substitute drivers are not permitted to race for points.  Back up motors are allowed, but driver must start in the back of the next race.

2.5.10  Tread tires only are required at KAM Kartway with RR Hoosier D50 or Burris/QRC 50 or 55 and the RR must durometer a minimum of 50 at all times.

2.5.11   Tire Prep, or “doping”, is no longer allowed at KAM.

2.6       Kart Numbers

2.6.1    All karts must have legible number.  Flat karts must have numbers at least 6 inches in height affixed to both sides and the back of the kart.  Numbers must be in contrasting colors; outlaw karts must have at least 10” numbers on right and left side of kart and wing and inside large wing panel as well as a back number panel.

  • When the score keepers can’t read your kart number it disrupts lap counting as they try to figure out your kart number and makes it possible to unintentionally miss another kart(s) in the process.  If we can’t read your number ~ that kart will simply not be scored.
  • Numbers are required on the back of the kart so that other drivers know how/where to line up in the event of restarts.

*Hint: that really cool graphics/color scheme you are thinking about getting may look great during Hot Laps, but when the sun goes down and the lights come will the kart number blend in with the flames?  Okay, I’m really just being nice and I plead with you to carefully consider your color schemes when splurging on the custom graphics!  Your kid may have the coolest kart on the track, but could lose points if we can’t read the number.

2.6.2    All kart numbers must be registered with AND pre-approved by KAM Kartway. Two karts with the same number will not be allowed race in the same class.

2.6.3    Numbers may not exceed 3 digits/characters long and letters should be half the size of the number when used in a combination.

2.6.4    The Head Scorer will have final determination on the legibility of the numbers on any
kart.

 

3.0       Points System 

A-Main Feature Finishes

1st Place 100                6th Place 75      11th Place 50                16th Place 25

2nd Place 95                 7th Place 70      12th Place 45              17th Place 20

3rd Place 90                  8th Place 65      13th Place 40                18th Place 15

4th Place 85                  9th Place 60      14th Place 35                19 & beyond Place 10

5th Place 80                  10th Place 55    15th Place 30

 

3.1       Heat Winners receive 5 points per heat.

3.2       When a B-Main is required, top 4 drivers from the B go on to race the A Main and collect the points based on the A-Main finish. The remaining B-Main drivers, based on their finish, receive points in line with the last place finisher of the A-Main. (Example: 12 Karts finish the A-Main the next finisher in line will receive 13th Place points and so on.)

3.3       You MUST BE A SEASON POINTS REGISTERED DRIVER TO RACE AT KAM AND COLLECT POINTS.  Being registered is not, however a requirement to race at KAM Kartway.  For guests or first time drivers and you get to keep any trophy/award based on your feature finish but the driver does not receive points.  Registered drivers will move up for points distribution, however results, posts, Press Release, etc. will always show actual kart finishers if the kart and driver meet the rules and requirements.

3.4       If you are disqualified for rules violation in the feature driver will not receive points.  In the event that there is a “Drop” for the Points Series, a DQ Zero may NOT be dropped. The beginner class (ie: Jr 1) will get last place points for Black Flag DQ since these are “learning” class.  If it a Black Flag was given for a mechanical or safety reason, the driver will get last place points.

3.5       All registered drivers who come to the track with a race ready kart, however due to mechanical issues cannot start the feature (DNS) will receive last place points less 15.

3.6       If driver starts the feature but DNF (Did Not Finish) they will get points based on what lap they came out with regard to the other driver finishes.

3.7       Points will be cumulative through the entire series. There will be no drops for the 2017 Points Series.

3.8       In the event of a rain out prior to completion of the second heat being raced all registered drivers will receive 95 points.  If both heats have been completed, points will be based on the Feature Lineup Grid.

3.9       In the event of a series end tie in points, tie will be broken by the number of feature wins, second tie breaker will be the number of heat wins.

3.10.1    To qualify for end of series awards driver must complete at least 60% of races.

DISCLAIMER: If a driver receives enough points that puts them in a trophy position but doesn’t meet the attendance requirement – AND – if no one else is eligible or otherwise qualifies for the position, then they have the option to purchase the Championship Cup for the Year-End Awards Presentation.  The cost of the cups are currently $50 to $85 depending on size related finish order.

3.10.2    Record Keeping and Points Audits: A Track Official (this could be a members of the KAM staff, track volunteers and/or interns) will audit points and race results at the midway point of the series and again by the middle of September each race season.  Accumulative Points Updates will be posted at least bi-weekly on one or all of our Social Media platforms (i.e.: Facebook Page, the Website, Instagram, etc.).  It is up to the driver, or their parent if the driver is a minor, to contact us if they feel there is an error in the race results or points tabulation.  [The data is manually entered onto a spreadsheet with basic math formulas to calculate totals and I have been known to make an error here or there.  Especially with brothers who not only look like twins they let each other race the other one’s kart if theirs is out of service.  When you have that suit and helmet on you all look the same from the score stand and I just go by kart numbers when I post the finishing order of the races. But when the drivers are super competitive and always trying to outdo the other, those mistakes are quickly brought to my attention….and rightly so. So don’t think you are being a nag by asking me to double check something – I am happy to do it and relieved when I’ve caught a mistake early rather than having to redo a huge and expensive trophy order right before the banquet.]

3.10.3   Reserved Pit Spots: Track management reserves the right to alter parking for special circumstances.  Sometimes this is due to unavoidable circumstances and simply can’t be avoided but it is always in the best interest of the overall race day program. 

Side Note Commentary:  We really appreciate when you are understanding and accommodating if we’ve had to move you to another pit spot or infringed on your real estate by a foot or two in our effort to accommodate another racer team or a surprise big race hauler that showed up “to check us out”.  I consider your Reserved Pit Spots as your hallowed Race “Home-away-from-home” and know that you covet those prime spots you’ve been lucky to secure – either because of the location, or because your pit neighbors always make extra food and feeds you and your kids on race days. You even have custom signs made with your race team’s name or kart number on them to validate your ownership.  I could Seriously charge a small fortune for the spots around Rex Mobley if I wanted to – because he is so outgoing and always will to help other pit crews even if that puts him behind – and everyone wants to have the spot right next to him or within close proximity.    Then there are the times that I rent one of the big spots to a guy with his kart in the back of his pickup and drive Mike totally crazy because he’s expecting another guy with the big toter home to be there and there is nowhere else to put him.  But thank God we have Jimmy who makes everything better and fits everyone in despite the diagram I’ve painstakingly mapped out to precision during the off season with end result being total satisfaction because I’ve accommodated everyone the best I could and we are all just one big happy KAM FAM at the end of the day.  Jimmy could care less about my diagram and mapping skills.  He just wants to make sure he has a clear path to the pit spot with the mom who cooks food for her pit neighbors because she always feeds him too.   

3.10.4    No refunds will be given after the Drivers Meeting has taken place. Please refer to rule 3.8 for point distribution in the event inclement weather disrupts our race day program.  If we are rained out prior to the Drivers Meeting then keep your wrist band (Pit Pass) as a “Rain Check” for the next race.  On that note, let me take this time to remind you to be sure to sign up for the Free Rained Out Text Messaging Service that we utilize at KAM.  It’s Free!  There is a link on our website, on the sidebar about midway down the page.  It will take you no time at all because you just log on and enter your cell phone number.  In the event of weather related delays or cancellations, we will send out a text notifying all our race families about what the change of plans are.  Be a VIP and stay in the know instead of being tied to the internet constantly checking for track updates on Facebook or the website. 

 

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