PKRA Club Rules
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 November 2019
This Rules, Policies, and Procedures manual provides the foundation for equal and fair competition for everyone competing at PKRA. We hope you have a fun and rewarding experience at PKRA.
PKRA is a member owned and operated club and the hard work and dedication of its members are still needed in order to keep our club strong and grow this sport. We will continue to recognize our hard working volunteers who make PKRA the finest kart racing club and track in the country.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the races.
The Board of Directors
Phoenix Kart Racing Association
Table of Content
Table of Content
100 Guiding Principles
200 Use of PKRA Facility
300 Operations and Directives
400 Technical Specifications
500 Club Practice and Racing Procedures
500 Race Day Procedures
600 Penalties for Driver and Participant Conduct
700 Management of Personnel
100 Guiding Principles
This Rule Book defines the framework that governs the Phoenix Kart Racing Association (PKRA). It comprises Rules, Regulations, and Policies. These Rules, Regulations, and Policies may be changed at any time by the Board of Directors. Changes to the By-Laws require the approval of the membership in accordance with Article 11 of the Bylaws.
100.2 Spirit and Intent
The rules and guidelines in this rulebook are subject to the term “Spirit and Intent”. The guidelines herein are not roadmaps of legal loopholes so that competitors may “cheat legally”. Any policy, rule or procedure that has been in use for 30 days by PKRA, whether written or unwritten, can not be protested or appealed based solely on semantics, and will be interpreted based on the spirit and intent of said policy, rule or procedure. PKRA is not, and does not wish to become an organization dealing with internal or external litigation and technicalities.
PKRA competitors, crew, and officials are expected to exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship. Karting is a family sport. Any actions by any competitor, pit crew, or guest of a member at a PKRA event, or practice session, that could have adverse effects on the insurance, or PKRA’s ability to continue racing, will result in an automatic and immediate suspension from the facility and may also result in further disciplinary action after a review of the incident by the PKRA board.
100.4 Practice and Racing Venue Conduct
PKRA conducts championship series events and practices. The following rules are in effect and all competitors, pit crew members and guests must adhere to these rules:
- Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft, in a closed vehicle (no access to outsiders), or carried in the arms, and fully under your control at all times. If an animal bites someone, the pet will be banned forever, and the person/family will be suspended/banned for at least 30 days.
- No motorized or non-motorized scooters, skateboards, bikes or similar devices.
- No radio controlled cars.
- No Alcohol until after the end of racing or practice and all karts have cleared the track and tech inspection. Please see section 600.8.
- During active racing, all attendees must stay behind spectator fences. No one is allowed to enter the racing area without permission and acknowledgement from the Grid Boss. The fence and the red lines at scales and the end of the A Grid define the racing area.
- Proper safety apparel, as defined by PKRA and the sanctioning body (e.g. NKA, WKA), is required by all participants. *See Procedures During Practice and Race Day in Part 500 below.
- Driving of karts in the pits and parking areas is prohibited.
200 Use of PKRA Facility
200.1 PKRA Facility
The PKRA property, facilities and services, and track (FACILITY) is specifically for the use of PKRA Club members. Non members may race and practice at the track, but will be charged a higher non-member fee. The track may be rented to special groups at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Individuals or groups of Members may rent the track for their private practice use. Racing is not allowed during such member or special group rentals.
PKRA Club members and Non members (PARTICIPANTS) are responsible for their own equipment, including, but not limited to passenger vehicles, tents, trailers, karts, kart stands, tool chest, etc; and are liable for any and all damages to the facilities caused by the PARTICIPANTS, negligently, willfully, or otherwise; and agree to pay for any and all such damages to the FACILITY.
200.2 PKRA Check Cashing Policy
PKRA Members checks will be accepted and must have a current phone number and current membership number. If it is a business check then the membership number must be written on the check.
Non PKRA Members checks will be accepted and must have a current phone number, current address and valid AZ drivers license. No out of state check will be accepted. If it is a business check you must write you name, home address and home phone number on the check.
All returned checks are subject to $25 return check fee.
All returned checks must be paid within 12 days of notification or the check will be turned over to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Check Enforcement Program
200.3 Race Day Pit Spaces
The PKRA facility has 177 pit spaces. Fifty nine of these are front row spaces. Front row spaces 1-35 are premium front row pit spaces and must be rented for the year or on race day, if not rented, they must remain vacant. Back and middle row spaces can be used for free if another member does not rent them. Pit spaces are purchasable per the following notes:
- Premium pit spaces 1-35 can be rented for the race day at $20.00, yearly by members at $250.00 or as a vendor pit space for the year at $375.00. If not rented, they must remain vacant.
- Pit spaces 36-59 rent for $250.00 a year.
- Middle and back row pit spaces rent for $50.00 a year.
- Race Day Pit Rental expires with membership expiration without proration.
- On race day any non-rented pit spaces 36-177 are considered open to first come/first served basis.
- Pit spaces are first-come, first-served during normal (non-race day) open practice sessions.
- If PKRA Membership is not renewed within 30 days of expiration, any assigned pit space(s) will be shown as available for rent.
- Non-member vendor pit spaces not renewed in 15 days will be show as available for rent.
- Pit spaces must be acquired through membership to PKRA only, except for vendor pit spaces. Vendors paying for a vendor pit spot (and additional spots) are not required to be members of PKRA. Vendors do not receive a vote with their pit space.
- Pit Spaces may not be sold by one member to another.
- Purchased pit spots may be used by other members only if authorized by the pit owner. Please check the most current pit space diagram before using a pit space that you haven’t purchased or rented for the race day. The registration desk will have the most recent diagram available on race days.
- Front row pits spots may be purchased as a “vendor” pit space. Such pit spaces can be used for the sale of karting related products. Vendors are not required to be members of PKRA.
200.4 Pit Signage
Space for advertising signage may be rented on a yearly basis on the pit fence. Contact the Board of Directors for current rental rates. Signs are not to exceed 3’x8’ and must be on a metal or plastic base and attached to the fence in an approved way. PKRA will in no way subsidize the manufacturing of the signs. There must be no protruding bolts or sharp edges. For members or vendor pit space renters, rental costs will be prorated to expire at the same time as a member or vendors membership. The space in front of a “Vendor” pit space will be given preference to the vendor renting that pit space. It is not required to be a member or vendor to rent signage space. Faded or damaged signs must be replaced at the advertisers cost.
200.5 Pit Passes
For insurance reasons, during a racing event, anyone entering the track and pit areas of the PKRA facility, except for the designated spectator area, must purchase a pit pass or drivers pass. During non race days, anyone entering the track and grid areas must purchase a pit pass or drivers pass. Only individuals who are wearing an official PKRA wristband will be allowed entry into the pit area, during race days, or the grid area during non-race days. Anyone who is not in compliance will be asked to vacate the premises. The spectator area and bleachers adjacent to the scoring tower are free observation areas and wristbands are not required in those areas. The driver MUST present his/her membership card, find their name on the current membership list, or present evidence of recent membership purchase/renewal, Otherwise, they will be charged the applicable non-member practice rate.
300 Operations and Directives
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PKRA Memberships fall into four categories. Basic Silver, Basic Bronze , Family membership, and Non-Karting membership. Silver and Bronze primary members have voting rights at PKRA club meetings and for election of board members. Silver and Bronze membership is limited to persons 18 years of age and older. A junior driver (i.e. under 18) may only hold family membership, and a parent or legal guardian must hold either a Silver or Bronze membership. The following notes highlight the differences in membership rights.
- Basic Silver Membership: This class of membership entitles the member to unlimited free practice any time the track is open for practice. Silver membership holders have voting rights.
- Basic Bronze Membership: This class of membership requires the member to pay a practice fee each day which the member goes to practice (practice in the morning, leaving and coming back to practice in the afternoon counts as one practice session). Bronze membership holders have voting rights.
- Family Membership: Family membership is limited to the spouse, parents or children of the member living at the same residence as the primary member. Each family member who wishes to become a PKRA Family member pays the family membership fee. The family member accrues the rights of the member to which they are related except voting rights, i.e. the family member of a Silver member is entitled to free practice and free track entry to official practice session. Family members must be over the age of five.
- Non-Karting membership: This class of membership is reserved for board members, officers of the club or others who are required to be club members to perform their duties, but otherwise do not regularly participate in driving activities. A nominal fee is charged for such memberships. If the person does participate in racing or practicing, he/she will be charged at the non-member rate. Non-Karting members do not have voting rights unless serving as a board member.
300.3 Voting Rights
All Basic members have the right to one vote.
300.4 Duration of Membership
Membership to PKRA is for 12 months from the date of initial registration or renewal of the membership, without proration. If membership expires during a championship season the member will have 30 days to renew without loss of championship points. If renewed after the expiration but before the end of 30 days the new expiration date will be back dated to one year from the original expiration date.
300.5 Duties of Members
PKRA is a voluntary organization. Each member is responsible for knowing the policies of PKRA, as defined in this publication and the technical specifications defined in the PKRA website, and/or in the Official Rule Book found with the Technical Director at race events.
Membership will not be based on race, religion, sex, age (other than as provided for herein), or national origin.
300.7 Member Service Contribution
PKRA is a club operated by its members. This requires that each member recognize and accept the responsibility for serving the Club during the tenure of their membership. Each member of PKRA is expected to serve and contribute a limited amount of time to the club. The club’s ability to provide a cost effective and quality program rest on the dedication and pride of the members who have committed themselves to preserve and enhance the racing traditions and history of PKRA. The members of PKRA foster the friendship and fellowship that makes this club something special and their continued support of this organization will always be needed.
Examples of service include:
- Participation in static exhibitions by PKRA.
- Participation in track cleanup and repair activities.
- Contributions of special expertise and skills to club goals.
- Serving as an officer and meeting the minimum attendance for the Board Meetings
- Serving as a member of any Board sanctioned committee.
300.8 Non-Applicable Section Removed
300.9 Non-Applicable Section Removed
300.10 Non-Applicable Section Removed
300.11 Member Conduct
In addition to the above, each member is expected to read and be knowledgeable of the PKRA By Laws, these Rules and Policies, as well as, the appropriate sanctioning bodies competition rules, regulations and technical specifications manuals. The members are expected to be obedient to their intent as well as their literal definition. All members are to conduct themselves in a way that reflects positively on PKRA and Karting as a family motor sport.
300.12 Termination or Suspension of Membership
Please see Article 5 of the PKRA Bylaws.
300.13 Legal Action Against PKRA by a Non-Member
Any non-member who threatens legal action in writing or brings legal action against PKRA will be automatically prohibited access to the property under a Notice of No Trespassing under ARS 13-1502. In writing includes all print and electronic forms of communication (letter, email, forum post, text, instant message, Etc.). The Board of Directors will notify the non-member of the Notice of No Trespassing under ARS 13-1502. If the Non-Member cannot be contacted easily the Notice will be posted at the PKRA facility. The Notice of No Trespassing can only be removed by a vote of two thirds of the Board of Directors.
300.14 Board Governance
PKRA is governed by a Board of Directors that are elected by the Club membership as defined in Policy 600 Articles 7, 8, and 9 of the By-Laws.
300.15 Board Member Responsibilities
As a condition of accepting a position on the Board of Directors of PKRA, each of the other Board members who are not officers (i.e. President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary), will accept one or more of the following responsibilities:
- Points Chairperson: Oversee race day scoring.
- Registration: Oversee all race, practice and special event registration.
- Club Work Hours: Oversee work hour records for all club members and provide current hours for each club member to the Secretary for publishing in the Newsletter.
- Club Equipment: Ensure all club equipment is maintained and secured, and is set up and put away at each race event.
- Technical Director: Chair the Tech Committee and oversee tech inspection at all PKRA events.
- Protest Committee Chairperson: Chair the Protest Committee and oversee all Protest Committee activities at PKRA events.
- Club Awards: Oversee ordering and distribution, in a timely manner, of all club awards and trophies. This duty can be combined with Points Chairperson.
- Event Coordinator: Oversee the coordination, staffing and staging of the Championship Series race when hosted by PKRA.
- Membership Chairperson: Oversee all aspects of membership processing, maintenance of the club member database and ensuring that membership cards and materials are supplied to new and renewing members. The Membership chairperson is also responsible for allocation of pit spaces.
Note: The board member assigned to theses responsibilities as listed is not expected to personally carry out the task, but is responsible for ensuring that the task is assigned.
300.16 Board Member Exemption
Subsequent to their term on the board, Board members who fulfilled the entire term of 2 years are exempt from any further requirements for member service contribution (work hours) as long as they remain active members of PKRA. If the former board member allows their membership to laps for longer than 30 days the exemption will no longer be valid.
300.17 Rules of Order
PKRA has adopted Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised (known as RONR) as the official parliamentary procedure for conducting meetings at PKRA. RONR is a thorough text concerning all aspects of running a meeting. These rules are quite complex as they deal with just about any situation which can occur during a meeting. The following are the basic guidelines which the Club will adhere to:
- Parliamentary procedure is a method of conducting business at a meeting. The meeting proceeds according to an agenda or order of business. The agenda will call for reports from officers of the club and from committees. Business decisions to be discussed and made by the meeting are put before the meeting in the form of a motion.
- All motions to be discussed at a meeting must be provided in writing to the secretary 30 days in advance of the meeting. The Secretary will add the motion to the agenda and publish it in the newsletter, and on the PKRA website. If the motion is not received in sufficient time to be published prior to the club meeting, it will be added to the agenda of the following meeting.
- When a member wishes to make a motion at a scheduled meeting, he/she will stand and call attention to the chairman (for PKRA meetings this is usually the club president). When the chairman recognizes you, state your motion in the format “I move that we …..” It is also a good idea to write the motion down and hand it to the secretary so it can be accurately recorded in the minutes.
- Before a motion can be debated, it must be seconded by another member, by calling “second”. If no one seconds a motion, it is not discussed and is immediately defeated. Once seconded, the chairman or secretary will state the motion and open discussion. The member proposing the motion starts the discussion. Other members wishing to speak, stand and wait for the chair to recognize them. Every member is given a chance to speak at least once, and not more than twice, on a given motion. A time limit of two minutes is allowed each time a member takes the floor.
- When debate on a motion is complete, the chairman will call for a vote. This typically will be a show of hands. If a majority of those present agree to the motion, it is said to have been carried, and it is adopted as an official decision of PKRA.
- The secretary will bring to such meetings the summary version of the Rules as a reference book.
- Motions which contravene the PKRA Bylaws will not be entertained.
300.18 Conduct, Frequency and Notice of Club Meetings
Meetings of PKRA are open to all members and non-members of PKRA. Non-members do not have voting privileges. There will be no less than ten General Meetings within the year. A calendar of general meetings, including the Annual Meeting, will be posted on the PKRA Website. The Board may make amendments to that calendar. Notice of any change will be posted on the PKRA website at least 10 days prior to the new meeting date(s), in accordance with the current Bylaws. Changes in date, time, or place of the General Meeting, immediately preceding the Annual Meeting, will be published at least 7 days in advance. If no more than 10 members attend a regularly scheduled monthly membership meeting, the Board may elect to cancel the meeting.
300.19 Access to Rules of PKRA
A copy of the Rules, Policies and Procedures Manual, and the PKRA Technical Handbook will be open and available to any member. The board will see that a copy of these items is available at each PKRA event and at each Club and Board Meeting. The Membership chairperson will inform each PKRA member that the most recent copy of the Rules, Policies and Procedures of PKRA are available on the PKRA Web Site. Any member may request a hard copy of the rules by contacting the PKRA secretary.
300.20 Fiscal Management
Fiscal Year: The PKRA fiscal year will be from January 1 to December 31.
Signature Authority: All checks, drafts, or orders for the payment of money issued in the name of the Phoenix Kart Racing Association will be signed by the President or the Treasurer. Two signatures will be required for amounts above $500.
300.21 Management of Non-Cash Assets
- Facilities Policy: Operation, maintenance and control of the facility and equipment of PKRA are the Board’s responsibility.
- Maintenance and Acquisition of equipment: All purchases, repair, or disposition of physical property will be approved by the Board. The Board will designate a Facility Manager for each physical asset. . The assets for Tech, tools, supplies, equipment are the responsibility of the Tech Director. The Tech Director is also responsible for an up to date inventory of the assets. The remaining assets are to be used by the Facility Manager as needed to conduct PKRA affairs. The Facility Manager will immediately inform the Board of any maintenance requirements, damage or loss of PKRA equipment or facilities. The Facility Manager is responsible for an up to date inventory of the assets. The Facility Manager will return all property to the Board, or the Board’s designee, upon demand. Assets of PKRA are not to be used for any personal or commercial purpose without the express permission of the Board.
- Solicitation and Receiving of Donations: Solicitation of donations is the responsibility of the. Board appointed Manager of Marketing and Publicity. Receipt and inventory of donated items and material is the responsibility of the Treasurer, with approval of the Board.
300.22 Debt Policy
PKRA will not enter into any debt without approval of the Board by a two-thirds majority.
300.23 Distribution of Assets on Dissolution
Upon dissolution of PKRA, the assets of PKRA will be donated to a non-profit organization, selected by the Board of Directors.
300.24 Financial Accountability
The Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Directors will contract with an appropriate Certified Public Accountant and prepare monthly accountability statements for the Club.
400 Technical Specifications
The purpose of this policy section is to set forth the Technical Specifications as adopted by the PKRA Board.
400.1 Governing Rules
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400.2 Local Club Options
PKRA is an independent Club, the PKRA Board can impose amendments to these Rules for Local Club Racing Events. Local Club Options will be noted on the “Classes and Rules” pages of the PKRA web site.
400.3 Sponsored Events
All sponsored events held at the track must comply fully to the Rules and Regulations as defined in the current sanctioning body’s technical manual or rulebook.
400.4 PKRA Deviations List
In order to maintain up to date information on the technical specifications, all deviations that are applicable to PKRA club racing will be defined on the PKRA web site. Any amendments to a sanctioning body rules will be noted in the applicable deviation List.
400.5 Bodywork Rule – Removed in Lieu of sanctioning body Rules
500 Club Practice and Racing Procedures
This policy section sets forth the procedures used by PKRA for the conduct of practice, race events and the race season.
500.1 Race Director
The Race Director is in charge of running the race day. On race day the Race Director manages all employees paid or volunteer. Unsportsmanlike and/or aggressive behavior toward the Race Director will lead to a disqualification and possible expulsion from the facility.
500.2 Official Entrant
For the purposes of scoring championship points, the official entrant is the driver. The kart will carry the qualifying time and grid position. Therefore, if a driver races a kart without a qualifying time, that kart and driver will start at the rear of the field. The position will be ahead of any disqualified karts and ahead of new drivers as defined on page 17. The Race Director will be notified of any change in the kart and/or driver before the kart and driver assemble at the grid.
500.3 Classes, Entrants, and Awards at PKRA Events
- A Championship class is defined as one where an average of 5 or more drivers compete in that class for the particular season in question, with the exception of Kid Karts. The determination of whether the Kid Kart class is a competitive and/or a championship class is determined by the board in consultation with the membership.
- Season championship points will be recorded and posted for all entrants in all classes, but season trophies will only be awarded to official championship classes.
- Trophies and other appropriate championship awards will be distributed as follows:
- Kids Karts: All participants that attend the banquet will receive an award.
- Junior Classes: Awards shall be given to 1st through 5th places.
- Adult Classes: Awards shall be given to 1St, 2nd & 3rd places.
500.4 Definition Of The Competition Season and Season End Points
- Unless specifically stated otherwise, all PKRA club racing events will be run in two seasons per year. The specific race dates within the competition season will be set by the Board of Directors and published on the PKRA website one month before the current season ends. All changes to the published schedule require published notice at least 30 days ahead of any change, except cancellation on the day of the event.
- A calendar of race dates will be established by the Board of Directors
- A minimum of 8 racing events will be scheduled per season. Once the season schedule is announced the number of mandatory dropped races will be announced. A dropped race is a race removed from races you have either entered and received points or a race not entered. A race in which the driver was disqualified cannot be used as a dropped race.
- The board may choose to reserve a weekend at the end of each season as a date for a make up race. If a race had to be cancelled during the season for any cause (e.g. weather), then a makeup race may be held on the reserved weekend at the discretion of the board
- The Race Director is responsible for canceling any race for any reason provided it is/has been done for good cause.
- The number of racing events scored toward individual season championships will be a maximum of the total number of events, less the prescribed mandatory dropped race(s).
- Points will be calculated for all defined classes, but the determination of whether a class is a championship class for all but Kid Karts is based on the the actual number of drivers participating in that class for that season. If the average is 5 or greater, the class will be deemed a championship class for that particular season.
- All season-end awards are intended to recognize the accomplishments of club members. To be eligible for any season-end award, it must be earned while a club member. If a membership expires prior to, or during a championship series, the member has 30 days to renew in order to remain a current club member and be eligible for season-end awards. During this period, members can race and practice at member fees, however, the membership will be back dated to the expiration of the previous membership. If the member doesn’t renew within this time period, their membership is canceled and they must pay non-member fees to race and practice. New members, or people with expired memberships, can purchase a membership and be eligible for current season-end awards if they have not raced in any of the current series races, i.e.; they didn’t pay non-member fees to race in any of the current series races. If an eligible member purchased their membership during a current series, their mandatory dropped race(s) will be counted towards any missed races. Any non-member who competed in any of the current series races (paying non-member fees) will not be eligible for the current season-end awards. All official entrants are scored during each race and their cumulative points are tallied at the end of the competition season. Non-members and members who are ineligible for season-end awards will still continue to receive points during the competition season, however, they will not receive awards during the annual banquet.
- Season-end awards and point accumulations can only be earned within PKRA club events.
- To be eligible for season-end awards, the racer must be a club member.
- If a kart is disqualified during Post Technical Inspection, the driver of the kart will not receive any points for the event and this event cannot be used as a mandatory dropped race (see mandatory dropped race above). The points for all other drivers will be based on all karts that entered the race, including the disqualified karts.
500.5 Green Flag Rule
Green Flag Rule”: If a competitor takes any green flag (qualifying, heat or main) they are considered to be an official entry. For example, if a driver takes a green flag on their first qualifying lap, impacts a tire and has to retire for the day, points for the day (last place finish points) will still be awarded. If he does not take a green flag, he was not considered an entrant, does not get points, but is eligible for refund of his race fee.
500.6 Championship Points
Points are awarded based on finishing positions in the main event plus the number of entrants in the class as set up in Orbits.
*NOTE: If a kart is disqualified during Technical Inspection, the driver of the kart will not receive any points for the event.
500.7 Procedures During Practice At The PKRA Facility
The purpose of practice sessions at PKRA is to provide a means, by which a driver can improve the kart’s handling, properly set up the kart, and learn the race lines around the track.
PRACTICE SESSIONS ARE NOT FOR RACING WITH OTHER DRIVERS.
During practice sessions, there are karts of different performance capabilities and drivers of varying degrees of skill. Racing with your friends in this environment is risking your safety and that of other drivers at the track.
The following rules apply to all drivers during practice:
- Be aware that there are no course workers to flag a track incident up ahead. Drive with the expectation that the track may be blocked around the next corner.
- The PKRA staff member is there to open the facility for the members, not to act as a race official.
- The PKRA staff has the authority to pull you off the track and end your practice session.
- Do not stop on the racing surface. If your kart breaks down or stalls, pull it off the track and onto the gravel, far enough that it is not likely to be hit by another kart losing control at the same place.
- Wear proper safety apparel. The same rules regarding safety gear apply at practice as well as the races – helmet, neck brace, suit (or other suitable heavy duty long sleeved clothing), gloves, high top shoes, and chest protectors (required for Junior classes only) are required. Rib braces are recommended.
- Do not drive through the pits. Stop your kart by the scales and push it through the pits.
- Start your kart on A Grid. Obey the 5mph speed limit in the pits.
- Kid karts will be run separately. No other class of karts will be allowed on the track.
- Karts may only be operated at the PKRA track by drivers who have attained the age specified for that class of kart. For example, a junior driver (under age 15) may not drive a TAG senior kart. Exceptions may be made to this rule by petitioning the board and clearance is obtained from the PKRA insurance company.
- The golf karts may not be operated beyond the pit area when there are karts operating on the track. If a kart stalls or breaks down all other karts must return to the pits before the golf kart is sent to pick up the disabled kart.
500 Race Day Procedures
Refer to PKRA website for race day schedules.
500.9 Racing Format
PKRA’s race format follows either a “Qualifying Format” or a “Sprint Racing Alternative” race format.
500.10 Qualifying Format
Race events are broken down into qualifying, a heat race, and a main event. Qualifying determines the starting positions of the heat race. The finishing order of the heat race determines the starting order of the main event.
Novice (“X”) drivers will start at the back of the pack for the heat and main, but will be lined up in their qualifying/heat finish order (i.e. fastest ‘X’
driver first behind the main pack).
Karts disqualified in the heat or qualifying for technical or on-track violations will line up at the back of the pack in the next part event
(heat or main), in front of the ‘X’ drivers.
500.11 Qualifying Procedure
Time Qualifying can be accomplished in either of two ways;
First, Karts going out to qualify will drive three laps which may be considered as one warm up lap and two hot laps. The driver will see three flags consecutively: green on first passing of the flag stand, white on second passing, checker on third.* All laps will be timed and the best time will be designated the official qualifying time for that kart and driver.
* When the track is run counter clockwise, the flag stand is passed soon after leaving the pits. In this case, the green flag is shown at the second passing, the white at the third and checker at the fourth.
If either the kart or the driver is substituted, the qualifying time is nullified and the driver will start at the back in the heat.
If a driver is not present on the “A” grid when it is his/her turn to qualify, the qualifying opportunity has been missed and the driver will not record a time.
An exception may be made to this, with the race director’s approval, when the driver is entered into multiple classes and has had insufficient time to get to the “A” grid after a previous qualifying run.
Second, Karts will be given an 8-minute qualifying period. When the A Grid Boss signals the start of your class session you may enter the track at any time. Once you have entered the course you may not leave the course and reenter the qualifying session. If you go off course and get out of you kart you may not reenter the qualifying session. The qualifying session is ended when the Red Flag is shown at the end the A Grid. You may not enter the qualifying session.
Tire warming by swerving from side to side is not allowed and may incur a time penalty. This rule also applies to warm up laps for the heat and the main.
500.12 Pole Position
The pole sitter may choose which side of the track they wish to start from, provided the Grid Boss is informed prior to the karts forming on the A grid.
Drivers will not be given additional chances to qualify due to mechanical failure on the track, failure to start the motor on the “A” grid, driver error causing the kart to spin out or otherwise records a sub-optimal time. A driver may be given a chance to re-qualify, at the race director’s discretion, under the following conditions:
- If a competitor is using a PKRA rental transponder, and the transponder signal is not being picked up correctly by the scoring system
- If Timing and Scoring personnel inform the race director that they were unable to properly time a kart due to technical problems in the control tower.
- If a competitor is impeded by a slower kart, and the race director determines that this slowed the faster driver’s qualifying time to an extent that his/her qualifying position was impacted. If the time lost is judged to be less than the gap to the next fastest competitor, no re-qualification will be allowed.
Note: Failure of a privately owned transponder is considered to be a mechanical failure of the kart and is not an allowable reason for re-qualification. Similarly, if a transponder, rental or private, falls off a kart, this is also considered a mechanical failure of the kart and will not be grounds for re-qualification.
500.14 Sprint Racing Alternative Format in Lieu of Qualifying
Each participant will draw a token at sign in (pea pick). The token number will determine the starting order of the first heat races, with the lowest number starting on the pole in the first heat and the highest number starting on the pole in the second heat. Alternatively, the starting positions for the first heat will be determined randomly by race officials, with the second heat positions being reversed. In this format, drivers assigned the pole position in one of the two heats may not choose to start at the opposite side of the track; only the earned pole sitter for the main has this choice. Points are assigned to the finishing position in each heat race. A combination of the heat race points will determine the driver’s starting position in the main event. Novice (“X”) drivers will start at the back of the pack for the heats and main, but will be lined up in their qualifying/heat finish order (i.e. fastest ‘X’ driver first behind the main pack). Karts disqualified in either heat will line up at the back of the pack in the main race, but in front of the ‘X’ drivers.
Each racer will be scored as they finish, whether member or non-member. For members, the points earned for the position finished will be the points awarded for the PKRA seasonal championship awards program. Scoring will be performed primarily by using the electronic scoring and timing system. Hand scoring will also be performed as back up in case of system failure. In the case of a discrepancy, hand scored results will be the official results.
Per season schedules (and subject to change), one or two warm up / practice sessions will be held prior to the drivers meeting.
Registration closes 30 minutes before the start of the drivers meeting and no further race entries will be accepted except by permission of the race director.
500.18 Drivers Meeting
A Driver’s Meeting will be held 5 minutes after the end of practice. Driver attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend the Driver’s Meeting is grounds for disqualification. No engines, compressors, or other distracting sources of noise will be operated during the Driver’s Meeting. Random roll call may be taken.
500.19 Race Order
The race order will be established by the Race Director with assistance from Registration and will be followed as closely as possible. Accommodations will be made for drivers entering more than one class or sharing karts. The race order will be posted on the grid as soon as possible after the end of the drivers meeting.
500.20 Break in Period
At the discretion of the Race Director a five-minute tire scrub/engine break-in/final checkout will be allowed following the drivers meeting. It is not mandatory to have new tires or engine to take part in this session.
500.21 New Driver Requirements
- PKRA requires that new drivers demonstrate, on a non-race day, that they meet minimum standards of driving ability and can come within a specified time of typical lap times for the class the new driver wishes to compete in. All new drivers will be required to start at the back of the pack for their first three race weekends at PKRA.
- New drivers must display an X on their kart numbers and also on the back of their helmets.
- The new driver requirement may be waived on an individual basis, if the participant can show, to the Race Director, they have racing experience outside of PKRA, such as other club racing, I.K.F, WKA, etc.
- After completion of the required three full race days, the Race Director will review a driver’s ability and grant approval before the new driver status may be removed.
- The Race Director has the authority to allow, upon request, for an ‘X’ driver to remove the ‘X’ status prior to the completion of three races, if the Director is satisfied with the driver’s abilities.
- Drivers moving from Kid Karts into a rookie class (8-12 years old) must assume a new driver status for their first three races unless allowed to remove their X by the Race Director.
500.22 Race day Cancellations and Format Changes
Race day events may be canceled, or format changed to meet unusual conditions, by the Race Director.
500.23 Rain on Race Day
PKRA does not run club races in rainy conditions. If rain occurs during the race day, a decision will be made by the race director on whether to temporarily suspend the race program or terminate the race program for the day, depending on the current and expected weather conditions. If rain occurs while a race or qualifying session is in progress, the karts will be shown both a red flag and a checker flag, to indicate termination of the race and to proceed to the pits.
500.24 Early termination of the racing program
A race program may be terminated early by the race director due to rain or other circumstance.
In such instances, the event may be
- rescheduled as a make-up race
- cancelled completely
- considered to be partly completed.
The decision regarding the disposition of the race will be made by the PKRA board.
If the race is rescheduled or cancelled, a rain check will be given to the race entrants, to be used for entry at a subsequent club race event. There will be no refund or rain check for pit passes.
500.25 Partially Completed Race Events
- The event is considered to be partly completed provided that:
- All of qualifying or the first heat in two heats plus main (2H+M) format has been completed.
- All but three of the classes have run the heat. (Second heat in 2H+M).
- Any class that has completed qualifying and the heat (or two heats in 2H+M race format) is considered to have run a complete race. The results from the heat (or second heat in 2H+M) will be recorded as the official race result for the event.
- Classes that have run part of the heat (brought in by red and checker flags) at the time of the event cancellation are considered to have not run unless they have completed 60% of the heat (or the second heat in 2H+M race format) . Any qualifying or finishing positions for a partially completed heat will be discarded.
- For those classes that have not been completed, an opportunity will be given to run the cancelled heat during the next club race event or at the scheduled rain date. The track configuration to be used for the make up heats will be that of the current race day, not that of the cancelled race day.
- If there is no opportunity to run the cancelled heats, a rain check will be given to the drivers of the affected classes, to be used at a subsequent club race event.
500.26 Trophy Presentations
Trophies and/or other appropriate awards are awarded during the drivers meeting or break during the next race day. Championship Trophies will be awarded at the club banquet.
500.27 Assignment of Work Instead of Racing
If there are insufficient workers to properly staff a race, a request will be made for members or their crews to fill these positions. The member will be recognized for their contribution. If the member was signed up to race, the entry fee will be refunded and the driver awarded 200 championship points. The 200 championship points will be awarded only if the race director called for volunteers. If two or more people in the same class volunteer, the person with the highest accumulated championship points will be selected.
500.28 Pre Technical Inspection
All karts will receive a pre race technical inspection for safety items prior to entering the track on each race day. All karts practicing or competing in PKRA events will pass technical inspection and will maintain a “tech sticker” on the kart for the duration of the event.
500.29 Post Technical Inspection
All classes are subject to post race technical inspections. A minimum of the top three karts in each class will be subjected to technical inspection. The fourth place Kart is required to stay in the Tech holding area. All other drivers and karts are excused. No further karts will be called back for Tech. Refusal and/or failure to present a kart for technical inspection will be considered the same as being found not legal, all points for that day will be lost, and this may be considered a flagrant violation, stipulating the race may not be dropped in order to receive work or championship points. If a driver refuses to present a kart for technical inspection a second time, the driver may be suspended. The tech procedure to be carried out on the class will be by random drawing, and will range from no tech to full teardown to the cases of the motor.
500.30 General Technical Inspection
Karts are subject to technical inspection at any point during the race and/or practice day. Any kart that is underweight must return to scales and be approved by Tech prior to entering track for subsequent heats/races. Repeat violations will be considered flagrant. Any kart that fails fuel tech must return to the Post Race tech area and be approved by Tech prior to entering track for subsequent heats/races. Repeat violations will be considered flagrant. All drivers, with their karts, must scale or they will not be allowed to run the remainder of the race day. Chain guards are required on all karts. The chain guard will be plastic or metal in composition, at least 90 degrees of arc of the rear gear and continue forward to the motor, and be attached to the kart in such a way and alignment as to be sufficient to throw the chain downward or forward in the event of a break. This is expressly for the purpose of protecting a driver following or to the side from injury due to a thrown chain. Required at Pre-Tech and at A-Grid prior to entering the track; NOT AT POST TECH. If the chain guard comes loose or falls off during practice, qualifying or racing, the kart will not be disqualified.
500.31 Tire Warming
Tire warming in the pits prior to a race event is not allowed. This includes lifting up the rear of the kart and revving the engine. It is impossible for the race officials to judge whether the tires are in contact with the ground or not, so this activity will always be considered to be tire warming. The penalty for this infraction will be a warning for the first infraction. Subsequent infractions will result in removal of the kart from the starting line up, and the kart will not participate in that heat. The one exception to this rule is if a kart fails to start and the rear of the kart is lifted to lessen the clutch loading. This is allowed only after the Grid Boss has instructed the karts to leave the pits and enter the track.
500.32 Grid Departure
After the Grid Boss has signaled for the karts to take to the track, a period of 90 seconds is allowed for all karts to leave the grid. If any kart fails to leave the grid by the end of this period, it will not participate in that race. If the kart is able to leave within this period, but is significantly later than the rest of the field, the Grid Boss may indicate that the kart must join the field on the formation oval, and not drive a full warm-up lap.
500.33 Regaining lost positions in the warm up / formation laps
If karts are delayed in leaving the grid because of another stalled kart or similar blockage, the delayed karts may attempt to regain their position in the starting formation by passing on the warm up lap, or making their way through the karts on the formation laps. The race director will not allow unlimited time for this to occur, and may signal for the race to start prior to the correct formation being attained. It is the drivers responsibility to make known to the flagman/race director he is out of position by raising his hand. There is no compensation for any kart which starts out of order.
500.34 Drivers Conduct
There will be no Rough Driving, Blocking or Bumping during a race. Refer to Part 600, Penalties, for penalties involving these infractions.
500.35 Direction of Travel
It is mandatory that all competitors strictly observe the normal direction of travel around a track. Failure to do so, by driving or pushing a kart opposite to normal direction of the track unless specifically directed by a race official will subject the participant to disqualification and/or suspension of membership privileges.
500.36 Stopping on Course
For any reason a competitor is forced to stop on or near the course during a practice or race event, it is the responsibility of the competitor to assist in removing the kart to a safety zone as quickly as possible. If a competitor is forced to stop on a racing surface, the competitor must raise one hand to signal approaching karts that they are immobile.
500.37 Re-Entry to Course
When a competitor leaves the course, other than to a designated pit lane, during the course of a practice or race event, they will re-enter the racing surface at a point as far from the racing line as possible and may not enter at another point on the course that will provide them with any time or distance advantage.
500.38 Chest Protectors
All junior drivers (under 12 years old) are required to wear an SFI approved chest protector.
500.39 Short Cuts
Karts must never short cut the course during practice, race, heat or qualifying. After the checkered flag has flown, the driver must follow the course and leave the track at the designated track exit. Any kart which takes a short cut will be subject to penalties listed in Part 600, Penalties
500.40 Drivers Age
Karts may only be operated at the PKRA track by drivers who have attained the age (Kid Karts age 5) or meet the competitive age specified for that class of kart. For example, a junior driver (under competitive age 13) may not drive a TAG senior kart. This rule applies to all practice and races. An exception to this rule may be made by petition to the board and subject to approval by PKRA’s insurance company.
500.41 Numbers and The Use Of The Number One Plate
All competitors will select and use numbers of one to three numeric digits. Number plates will be white, or yellow, with black numbers. One number plate will be visibly displayed on each side of the kart for a total of four number panels.
The use of the number “1” on the number plate is reserved for the exclusive use of, in order of precedence:
- The reigning National Class Champion.
- The reigning PKRA Class Champion. Other class champions, competing out of the class that they attained the Class Championship, may not use the number one plate.
500.42 Duplicate Numbers
In order to prevent duplication of numbers, plate numbers will be assigned by requesting a number from the membership director. When registering for a race, you will be asked your kart number. If you have the same number as another kart in that class, you may be asked to change your number. If you take to the track with the same number as another kart, be aware that you could inadvertently receive warnings, black flags etc. intended for the other kart. There will be no compensation given to such mistaken identity. In cases where multiple people request the same number, preference will be given to the person who has been a member longest
500.43 Race Day Protest Procedures
The A-Grid Boss will deliver all Protest forms to the Race Director. Crossing the red line at the end of the A-Grid or at Scales without the permission of the Race Director is grounds for disqualification and possible expulsion from the event. No one is allowed to go to the race control tower with out the permission of the Race Director.
500.44 Filing a Protests
- All protests must be decided before the next race of the event for the particular class in which the protest took place.
- The Race Director has final say in all protests at the event. In the event the Race Director cannot be impartial, the Protest Committee, Starter, Grid Boss, corner workers and other race officials at the event will collectively make the decision.
- A decision made by the Race Director, Starter, Technical Director or other race official, based on a judgment of the facts available to that them, cannot be protested.
- Improper application of the rules by the Race Director, Starter, Technical Director, or other race official regarding a drivers’ conduct and specified violations may be protested. In such a case, the specific rule must be quoted in the protest form and the reason(s) stated why the decision contravened the rule.
- A $200 (two hundred dollar) protest fee, cash only, will accompany written protest for allegations requiring mechanical tear down. If the protest is found to be valid, the $200 will be returned to the person filing the protest, and a $25 fee, payable to PKRA, will be assessed against the entrant being protested. In the event no rule infraction is found, $175 will be given to the person on whom the protest was filed and a $25 fee retained by PKRA.
- Protest forms will be available from Tech or Race Control. If no protest forms are available a written protest will be accepted, provided it contains all required information.
- All protests must be received by the Race Director or Tech Director (for tech protests) within 30 minutes of the end of the event in which the protested kart/driver raced. The Race Director must be informed of any technical protests.
- A protest can only be filed by a driver in the same event as the protested driver/kart.
- The completed protest forum must be legible.
500.45 Protest Process
- Protest will be reviewed by the Race Director and the Technical Director where appropriate.
- The person filing the protest will be given opportunity to verbally describe their complaint. The person protesting must specify the paragraph number of the rule book or page number of this document to which the protest is being lodged. Use of video or other photographic media will neither be viewed nor accepted.
- With the complainant excused the person being protested will be informed of the protest and have an opportunity to verbally describe their version of the incident under deliberation. The person in the defending position will always be heard last. If the protest is against the conduct of a pit crewmember both the crewmember and the entrant may be present. Use of video or other photographic media will neither be viewed nor accepted.
- All deliberations will be without either party present.
- If a director has a conflict of interest, such as a relative being protested, driver sponsored by a director being protested, or if the protest ruling could affect the member’s finishing position then the director is excused from the deliberations and will not vote.
- Race Director and or Technical Director will decide the action on the protest after deliberation and comment. The Race Director and or Technical Director will see that the parties are informed of the decision reached.
- If any competitor has a combination of upheld protest, conduct related to black flags (disqualification), or sanctions by the Race Director to equal three incidents in a race season, then the PKRA Board of Directors must place on its agenda a review of that driver’s conduct. Any driver who is being reviewed by the Board will be so notified in writing and invited to attend the PKRA board meeting.
- Notice of Disciplinary action by the Board will be provided in writing by the President or Secretary of PKRA before any disciplinary action is carried out.
- Disqualification: If the Race Director or Tech Director disqualifies a driver for flagrant violation of sportsmanship, regulations, technical regulations, or driving infractions, that race must be counted towards their championship points and cannot be counted towards their one mandatory dropped race (see mandatory dropped race under “Definition Of The Competition Season and Season End Points” above). The Race Director or Tech Director must attempt to notify the driver on the same day about the disqualification.
500.46 Protest Form
500.47 Filing a Grievance
- A grievance can be filed for incidents that do not have an affect on the outcome of a race or event.
- Grievance can be filed for incidents during practice or any PKRA event.
- Violations of club rules are grounds for filing a grievance.
500.48 Grievance Procedure
- The Grievance will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and turned over to the Protest/Grievance Committee for investigation if necessary.
- The person filing the grievance will be given opportunity to verbally describe their complaint. The person filing the grievance must specify the paragraph number of the PKRA rulebook.
- With the complainant excused the person who is the subject of the grievance will be informed of the grievance and have an opportunity to verbally describe their version of the incident under deliberation. The person in the defending position will always be heard last. If the grievance is against the conduct of a pit crewmember both the crewmember and the entrant may be present.
- All deliberations will be without either party present.
- If a director has a conflict of interest, such as a relative being the subject of the grievance or a driver sponsored by a director being subject of the grievance, the director is excused from the deliberations and will not vote.
- The Board of Directors will vote on the outcome of the grievance and any penalties to be imposed.
- Notice of Disciplinary action by the Board will be provided in writing by the President or Secretary of PKRA before any disciplinary action is carried out.
500.49 Grievance Form
600 Penalties for Driver and Participant Conduct
600.1 Penalty Guidelines
A participant is anyone entering the PKRA facility; it is not restricted to just drivers.
The following penalties are guidelines for Driver, Personal and Participant conduct during a PKRA event:
- Verbal warning.
- Written warning.
- Loss of practice or practice time. For a participant loss of access to the facility.
- Docked one position.
- Docked three positions.
- Docked all positions gained – Plus one.
- Docked all positions gained – Plus Three.
- Move to rear of the field.
- Docked one lap.
- Disqualified from Heat or Final – Driver receives no points for that Heat or Final.
- Disqualified for Day – Driver receives no points for that day.
- Disqualified from event – No points for that event. Driver/Participant must leave the event.
- Suspension for One Race – No points for that event. Driver/Participant must leave the event. Suspension may be for a period of time not just based on the race schedule.
- Suspension for One or More Races – No points for that event. Driver/Participant must leave the event. Suspension may be for a period of time not just based on the race schedule.
- Suspension for Present Season or Next Season. The person(s) must leave the premises and PKRA Membership will be revoked until further notice. Any person not belonging to PKRA will lose all rights to attend PKRA events (not allowed to purchase a PKRA insurance pass or enter the PKRA facility). PKRA officials will notify the person(s) by mail of their final disciplinary action. Suspension may be for a period of time not just based on the race schedule.
- PKRA membership and participation in PKRA events banned for life.
Note: If items #13 or #14 do not impose a penalty, the penalty can be moved to the next season or previous race(s).
Note: Some infractions may be of a nature that the most severe penalty for disciplinary action needs to be imposed for the first incident. Please note “Reckless” and “Dangerous” definitions below** Must leave the premises may be optional at Race Director’s discretion and PKRA reserves the right to impose a monetary penalty.
Note: Items #12 through #16 will include a notice of No Trespassing under ARS 13-1502
600.2 Infraction Definitions and Penalties
The following definitions are guidelines for driver conduct and for anyone attending a PKRA event:
- Careless: Departing from the standard of a reasonably prudent, competent driver and/or reasonable personal conduct. Penalty #1 through #12
- Reckless: Performing an act or omission which creates an obvious and serious risk to others without due consideration of the consequences. Penalty #10 through #15
- Dangerous: Performing an act or omission that carries an obvious and serious risk to others and with deliberate disregard for the consequences. Penalty #14 through #16
- General Actions: Drivers and crews will, at all times, be responsible for their own conduct. Any offense committed by a crew member will be chargeable to the driver.
600.3 Race Director Authority
The power to reinstate a suspended or revoked driver’s privilege rests solely with the PKRA Board of Directors, and will be based upon the severity of the rules infraction and/or the seriousness of the act or omission. Only the PKRA Board of Directors can overrule the Race Director. The interpretation and application of the PKRA By Laws & Policies and procedures by the Race Director will be final at an event. Penalties for violations are determined by the gravity of the violation and the effects on the fairness of competition, the orderly conduct of the event, and the interest of karting.
600.4 Communication Between Competitor and Officials
All concerns or disputes from drivers, crew, mechanics or kart owners will be taken to the Race Director via the Grid Boss. If other officials are to be a party in resolving disputes, it will be at the sole discretion of the Race Director. Any inappropriate actions directed by parties representing a competitor (including the driver) may subject the driver to disciplinary action – Penalty #1-16.
600.5 Personal Conduct
Good sportsmanship requires professional and respectful personal conduct. Sections 600.5 through 600.5.6 along with other rules apply to all members, guests of members, team members, support personnel and non-members at PKRA events. Infractions of these and other rules by family members, team members, support personnel and guests of a driver or member can be charged against the driver or member. Penalty #1 – #16.
600.5.1 Threat to the Orderly Conduct of an Event
If the act or omission of a participant is determined by the Race Director to constitute a threat to the orderly conduct of the event, the Race Director may take temporary emergency actions against the participant. Such emergency action may include ejection from the premises, suspension of competition, or other action deemed necessary to remove the threat caused by the member or non-member.
600.5.2 Failure to follow instructions of Officials
Failure to follow the instructions of any track official will not be tolerated. This particularly applies during the running of an event while the driver is away from their pit. The responsibility also extends to conduct in the local area of an event or related function (e.g., practice, banquets, seminars, televised events, etc.) including motels, hotels, restaurants, or any private or public area. Such conduct will be treated with ZERO TOLERANCE – Penalty #1-2 or #11-16.
600.5.3 Foul, Obscene, Profane, Vulgar and Abusive Language
Outburst of a Foul, Obscene, Profane, Vulgar and Abusive Language at any PKRA event will not be tolerated. This applies to members, guests of members, team members, support personnel and non-members at PKRA events. Infractions of this rule by family members, team members, support personnel and guests of a driver or member can be charged against the driver or member. Depending on the severity of the infraction the first infraction will lead to penalty #1 – #2 or #11 – #16, a second infraction will automatically receive a minimum of penalty #12 and could also receive #13 – #16 and a third infraction will automatically receive penalty #15 and could lead to penalty #16
600.5.4 Physical Threats
Threats of physical harm between participants will not be tolerated. The Board of Directors will review any threats of physical harm that it is aware of. Penalty #1 – #3 or #11 – #16.
600.5.5 Physical Contact
PKRA has ZERO TOLERANCE for aggressive physical contact (assault) between participants. The Board of directors will review any aggressive physical contact between any participants that it is aware of. Penalty #12 – #16.
600.5.6 Physical Threats or Physical Contact Toward an Official or Board Member
Any Physical Threats or Physical Contact (assault) aimed specifically at an official or PKRA Board Member will result in immediate disqualification of the associated driver. Any physical threats directed at an official or PKRA Board Member can result in a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION from PKRA sponsored events. The associated participant’s membership may be revoked and application for renewal may not be considered for at least 12 months through Penalty #16.
600.5.7 Additional Penalties for Violations of section 600.5
Any such incidents may result in the loss of up to three hundred championship points by the associated participant. Flagrant incidents may result in disqualification of the associated participant and the expulsion of the violator.
Any driver, in the opinion of the Race Director, who competes with illegally modified equipment with the intent to compete illegally or defraud officials or other competitors by such modification, is subject to suspension and loss of all points and awards for the entire championship season. Such penalty will be made at the particular event and is subject to review and approval of the PKRA Board of Directors. – Penalty #14
Any member who races at a PKRA sanctioned or affiliated event without being the driver of record will be subject to disciplinary action – Penalty #13-16.
Any driver who falsifies their age on membership application in order to meet age requirements is subject to suspension. Length of suspension is at the discretion of the PKRA Board of Directors – Penalty #13-16.
If a kart is disqualified during Technical Inspection for the main event, the driver of the kart will not receive any points for the entire event and this event cannot be used as the one mandatory dropped race (see mandatory dropped race in “Definition Of The Competition Season and Season End Points” above). The points for all other drivers will be based on all karts that entered the race, including the disqualified karts.
Karts disqualified in the heat or qualifying events for technical or on-track violations will line up at the back of the pack in the next part event (heat or main), in front of the ‘X’ drivers.
If the Race Director or Tech Director disqualifies a driver for flagrant violation of sportsmanship, regulations, technical regulations, or driving infractions, that race must be counted towards their championship points and cannot be counted towards their one mandatory dropped race (see mandatory dropped race under “Definition Of The Competition Season and Season End Points” above). The Race Director or Tech Director must attempt to notify the driver on the same day about the disqualification.
600.8 Consumption of Alcohol / Illegal Substances
Consumption of intoxicating beverages by any participant before arriving at the PKRA facility for practice or a race event is prohibited. Consumption of intoxicating beverages in the pits, on the race course or surrounding premises by any participant, during practice or a race event, is prohibited. A participant is anyone entering the PKRA facility; it is not restricted to just drivers. No Alcohol until after the end of racing or practice and all karts have cleared the track and tech inspection, track/facility rules and local laws governing the use of alcohol will apply. The use of narcotics and all illegal substances is forbidden. Any event or practice session participant who shows evidence of being under the influence of any of the aforementioned will be disqualified, subject to suspension, and ejected from the premises immediately. – Penalty #11-16.
600.9 Fuel Compliance
Non-compliant fuel found before or after qualification, before or after heat races or before the final race places the competitor on the rear of the next race line-up – Penalty #8.
Non-compliant fuel found at the end of the final race is an automatic disqualification Penalty #11.
If the non-compliance is determined to be by the addition of 1,4 Dioxane or any similar life/health threatening compound – Penalty #17 (banned for life) may apply.
Participants may be granted a courtesy fuel test prior to the event, time permitting.
Driver conduct rules are in place to protect competitors from unreasonable interference from other competitors. This unreasonable and unacceptable interference could be generally classified as rough driving and/or blocking.
600.11 Rough Driving
Rough driving is a term commonly applied to knocking (punting, taking out) another competitor from the line or the course, nerfing, or other avoidable contact with another kart. It must be understood that there is a fine line that exists between malicious intent and inadvertent contact. The basic rule is “No Contact”. Good, competitive racing sometimes sees contact between competitors. This type of contact can still be considered a violation of the rule book, depending on each incident. A driver is not to use bumping, nerfing, or pushing tactics to protect or improve their position. (E.g. “Bump and Run” whereby a competitor pushes a racer off line and slips underneath to gain position.) Officials will spot such infractions and take the prescribed action. The Race Director will employ the assistance of all race officials to identify rough driving – Penalty # 4 11.
A driver making deliberate contact with another kart will receive a rolled black flag from the Starter as a warning. If the driver does not heed the warning, a waving black flag will be displayed and the driver will be removed from the race – Penalty #1-16.
Some contact results from missed shifts, etc., and will be judged by the Race Director.
Blocking tactics are blatant efforts by a leading driver to avoid being overtaken by a trailing driver. There is a difference between tough to pass and blatant blocking. A driver is not to alter the preferred race line to block a trailing kart from passing safely. A driver considered to be intentionally blocking will receive a rolled black flag as a warning. If the driver does not heed the warning, an unrolled black flag will be displayed and the driver will be removed from the race. This judgment is at the sole discretion of the Race Director and may be based on reports from corner flag stations and/or the Starter – Penalty #4 11.
600.13 Inadvertent and Unwilling Participants
Rough driving violations can involve unwilling victims. Every effort will be made to minimize or eliminate rough driving but it must be understood that when a driver enters the track, they could become the victim of poor judgment or malicious intent. As a rule, no compensatory action can or will take place with regard to the violated competitor(s). All such actions in such situations will be taken toward the violator. Penalty #1-3 during practice; Penalty #4-16 during a race.
Bumping is defined as one kart running into the back of another kart with such force that the head of driver of the struck kart is rapidly moved backwards. Bumping is not allowed. The driver will receive a rolled black flag from the Starter as a warning (see rolled black flag definition and potential penalties). If the driver does not heed the warning, a waved black flag will be displayed and the driver will be removed from the race – Penalty #1-16.
600.15 Rough Driving Prescribed Action
Marginal infractions will be met with a rolled black flag warning. Blatant rough driving is NOT subject to a warning rolled black but instead, a full waving black flag. Additional occurrences may be met with a full waving black flag. Ignoring a waving black flag is grounds for event disqualification. If it is the race directors opinion that even though a driver committed a marginal infraction, he improved his position by that infraction, the race director may dock the driver one or more positions, as well as warning the driver with the use of the rolled black flag. – Penalty #12.
600.16 Repeated Violations
Competitors exhibiting tendencies toward repeated conduct violations will become susceptible to suspension penalties – Penalty #13 -16.
600.17 Black Flag
If a competitor is shown a black flag, either full or rolled, it is the competitor’s responsibility to determine why the flag was shown, and to ascertain if any penalty (loss of position) was imposed. It is not the responsibility of the race officials to seek out the competitor. If the driver was shown a black flag (full or rolled) a positional penalty may have been imposed. A full black flag may be shown to a competitor to remove him from the race because:
1. It is the judgment of the race director that the kart has become unsafe, due to loss of body panels, driver safety equipment etc. If available the “meatball flag” (black flag with an orange circle) will be shown. The Driver will receive points for the last lap completed prior to the Meatball Flag being shown. This is referred to as the N-1 PKRA Rule.
2. A slower driver is about to be lapped by the leaders, and it is the race director’s judgment that the slower driver may impact the outcome of the race. If available the meatball flag will be shown.
Note: In such circumstances, no penalty is applied other than the removal from the current race. The kart will be scored as a DNF, not a DQ, therefore the kart will receive points for last place.
600.18 Meatball Flag
The meatball flag is black with a large orange circle in the middle. The Race Director will use the meatball flag to signal a kart that has a mechanical or safety related problem. The kart must exit the track and will receive a DNF and will be scored to the end of the lap before the meatball flag was shown. This is known as the PKRA N-1 rule.
600.19 Verbal Warnings
The race director may call for a competitor to come to the scoring tower to administer a verbal warning (Penalty #1). Failure to attend to such a request, and may result in further penalties. The Race Directors decision is final and not negotiable.
600.20 Lapped Traffic
If a slower kart is about to be lapped, the driver will be shown either a blue flag or the Black/Orange “meatball” flag.
The blue flag will be shown if it is the opinion of the Race Director that the slower kart can be passed safely, and without impacting the result of the race. The blue flag may be shown on track by the corner workers and/or at the flag stand
The meatball flag will be shown to remove the driver from the track.
The Race Director will decide on whether to show the blue or meatball flag depending on:
- Level of experience of the slower driver
- Whereabouts on the circuit the leading karts will come up on the slower kart
- Whether the slower kart may impact the results of the race
Failure of the officials to show a blue or meatball flag to a slower driver, who ultimately impacts the outcome of the race, is not grounds for protest.
600.21 Participant Proof of Age
Any participant who is eighteen years of age or younger, on the day of a PKRA event must present proof of age. Classes allowing drivers at an age of five years will be “attained age”. Therefore, a participant may not compete in the class until they have attained the age of five years, as defined by the class structure. All minor entrants will show proof of age prior to participating in their second PKRA club event. Proof of age will be submitted at the time of registration. Proof of age includes birth certificate, driver license, or government issued identification card. Proof of age may be shown at registration or by mail to the membership director. Any entrant, who fails to provide proof of age within their first two events of the racing season, will not be allowed to participate until proof of age in accordance with this Policy is submitted.
600.22 Red Flag Incidents
Any participant who is involved in a “Red Flag” incident is required to be cleared by both the Race Director and the Medical Staff prior to resuming any racing activities. All karts involved in a Red Flag incident must receive a technical inspection prior to resuming any racing activities. The driver(s) “causing” the Red Flag, as determined by the Race Director, will not be allowed to continue participation in the race in which the incident occurred. One driver, all drivers, or none of the drivers involved, may be deemed by the Race Director to have “caused” the red flag and be subject to the above provisions. No karts may be worked on during a red flag incident.
700 Management of Personnel
700.1 Staffing PKRA Events
The following positions are required for the conduct of an orderly racing event.
The second group is required to run an efficient race schedule at PKRA.
700.1.1 PKRA Staff Group I
- Race Director
- Assistant Race Director (ARD)
- Head Technical Inspector
- Chief Scorer
- Grid Boss
- Corner Marshals
700.1.2 PKRA Staff Group II
- EMT Crew
- Assistant Scorer
- Driver Trainer/Evaluator
- Track Cleanup Crew
- Gate Guard
- Track Set up Coordinator
- Golf Kart Drivers
- Weight Master
- Pit Steward
NOTE: All positions may be filled by volunteers or paid at a rate as determined by the board. All positions receive a non-participant pit pass. The Board sets duties for all other positions. Positions that are filled by non-paid volunteers on race day earn work credit.
See RACE PROCEDURES section for definition of duties of the above named positions.
700.2 Establishment of Committees
Four standing committees will be established, as needed, to conduct the business of PKRA.
700.3 Community Relations Committee
The Community Relations Committee is charged with all public relations activities including but not limited to advertising, putting on shows or demonstrations, or soliciting funds. The Community Relations Committee is also responsible for publishing the newsletter. The Chair is a Director appointed by the Board.
Membership is appointed by the Chair. The Secretary will be a member of this committee.
700.4 Protest Committee
A Protest Committee is designated to receive and hear all race day protests and render decisions on matters which were not fully resolved by the race director on race day. The Chair or a Board appointed Director. Except as noted below, only the Chair or the PKRA Board may call a Protest Committee Meeting. Membership consists of the Protest Committee Chairperson and up to four Director members that are appointed by the Board. Because of the nature of this committee, notice of meetings is provided to the Directors at the call of a meeting. The members present are considered a quorum.
No Protest Committee member who is the subject or initiator of a protest may hear the protest and is, therefore, excused from that particular meeting of the Committee.
If the Chair is the subject of a protest or the initiator of one, then the President will call and chair the meeting.
If the Protest Committee feels that additional discipline, such as loss of points, other than those earned on the race day in question, or suspension, is required, the Committee must bring it’s recommendations to the Board for approval.
700.5 Race Director Committee
The Race Director Team is established to ensure the quality of each race is maintained throughout the season. Each race will be conducted in the same manner and the rules, policies, and regulations, outlined in this manual and the race director’s handbook, will be followed throughout the season. The Race Director Committee will comprise a minimum of two race directors, hand scorers, and registration personnel. The committee will be chaired by the the senior Race Director, and will be responsible for maintaining the Rules, Policies, and Procedures Manual and the Race Director’s Handbook.
700.6 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is established to ensure that all competitors adhere to the technical rules of PKRA. The Technical Committee will be chaired by the Technical Director. The Technical Committee will consist of a minimum of up to five club members in good standing, including the Chairperson. The Committee may conduct the technical inspections at the track including pre-race safety inspections and class technical inspections.
700.7 Ad Hoc Committees
In addition to the standing committees, the board may appoint, as needed, Ad Hoc Committees. Ad Hoc Committees may be established by the Board any time for any purpose deemed appropriate. All Ad Hoc Committees will be chaired by a Director. An example of such an Ad Hoc committee is the Banquet Committee.
800.1 Other Operational Policies
The purpose of this section is to set forth the PKRA operational policies not covered in other sections.
PKRA may publish a newsletter to supplement information on the web site. The newsletter is emailed to participating members and members can register for the newsletter from the PKRA website. The Board sets editorial guidelines for the Newsletter and the Secretary may appoint a Newsletter Editor to help with the publication.
800.3 Communication with Members
The official method of communication with the members of PKRA is through email. If a member does not have email then telephone and mail can be used. A list of the email addresses of the Board of Directors as well as appointed chairpersons will be maintained on the PKRA web site.
PKRA maintains a web site at www.pkra.com/ that includes a minimum of the following information:
- About PKRA
- How to Join
- Track and Facilities
- Track Calendar and Race Schedule
- Contacts and Board Members
- Rules and Regulations
The purpose of the PKRA Definitions section is to clarify ambiguous areas of the rulebook and provide guidance for the racers and track officials. These are not rules and can not be protested. All decisions made by the Race Director, Flagman or other official on these Definitions are final.
Blocking is not allowed during practice, qualification or during a race. As indicated in Part 600, a member may be penalized for blocking. What is, or is not, blocking is a decision of the Starter and/or the Race Director; however, the following is intended to guide their decision and help the racer in making appropriate choices on the track. First it must be understood that the leading driver has the choice of racing line. The leading driver is under no obligation to drive the same line every lap or otherwise be predictable. The leading driver cannot be erratic in the line chosen. Weaving, turning into another driver passing you, or making abrupt changes in racing line will be considered blocking. One way to think about it is that each driver is allowed one steering change in each straightaway. For example, if the leading driver enters the main straight on the right hand edge of the track, they may move down to the center of the track, providing they maintain that line all the way to the next corner and enter the corner from the center of the straight away. Alternatively, the leading driver may enter the main straight in the middle of the track and later swing wide to enter the corner at the end of the straightaway on the best racing line. Each of these two examples depicts one steering change on one straightaway. What the leading driver cannot do is enter the straight away at the edge, then move to the middle, then move back out to the edge to make the corner. This is two steering changes and is blocking. Another example is where the leading driver may transition the straight from one side to the other for the full length of the straightaway. The leading driver may also transition at any point along the straightaway, or not at all. What the leading driver cannot do is transition part way across at the start of the straightaway then move the rest of the way over later. This would be two steering changes and is blocking. Driving down the center of the straightaway so that drivers cannot pass on either side is also considered blocking.
Keep in mind that the primary responsibility for safety during a pass rests with the driver coming from behind. The leading driver cannot see the following driver until the kart is almost two-thirds along the leading driver. The following driver must, to some degree, anticipate the maneuvers of the leading driver and make a safe choice about how to complete the pass or back off and maintain position. Once the following driver has established position, safety is shared and the leading driver must leave racing room for the following driver to race safely or be guilty of blocking.
Be aware, for any maneuver to be blocking, there must be someone to block. If the second driver is too far behind to make a pass then it would be legal for the lead driver to drive all over the track, without blocking, simply because there is no one to block.
The spirit of this Guideline is that defensive driving is a part of racing. The lead driver does not have to be predictable, nor easy to pass.
Bumping is defined as one kart running into the back of another kart with such force that the head of driver of the struck kart is rapidly move backwards. Bumping is NOT allowed at PKRA club events; in the interest of safety, karting at the club level should try and maintain zero contact between karts. There will always be accidental contact in close racing. Making exceptions to the non-contact rule makes it more difficult to discern bumping from rough driving. Drafting another kart, but maintaining a separation, no matter how small, is legal and can be used to great effect by skilled drivers.
Note: Bumping another kart to push him past a slower kart (also illegal at PKRA) is not included in the definition of bumping but is covered under Rough Driving.
900.3 Rough Driving
Rough driving is a term commonly applied to knocking (punting, taking out) another competitor from the line or the course, nerfing, or other avoidable contact with another kart. It must be understood that there is a fine line that exists between malicious intent and inadvertent contact. The basic rule is “No Contact”. Good, competitive racing sometimes sees contact between competitors. This type of contact can still be considered a violation of the rule book, depending on each incident. A driver is not to use bumping, nerfing, or pushing tactics to protect or improve their position. Officials will spot such infractions and take the prescribed action. The Race Director will employ the assistance of all race officials to identify rough driving
900.4 Tire Warming
Tire warming by swerving from side to side is not allowed and may incur a time penalty. This rule also applies to warm up laps for the heat(s) and the main.
- Access to Rules of PKRA
- Ad Hoc Committees
- Additional Penalties for Violations of section 600.5
- Assignment of Work Instead of Racing
- Black Flag
- Board Governance
- Board Member Exemption
- Board Member Responsibilities
- Bodywork Rule
- Break in Period
- Check Cashing Policy
- Chest Protectors
- Classes, Entrants, and Awards
- Communication Between Competitor and Officials
- Communication With Members
- Community Relations Committee
- Conduct, Frequency and Notice of Club Meetings
- Consumption of Alcohol/ Illegal Substances
- Debt Policy
- Direction of Travel
- Distribution of Assets on Dissolution
- Drivers Age
- Drivers Conduct
- Drivers Meeting
- Duplicate Numbers
- Duration of Membership
- Duties of Members
- Early termination of the racing program
- Failure to follow instructions of Officials
- Filing a Grievance
- Filing a Protests
- Financial Accountability
- Fiscal Management
- Foul, Obscene, Profane, Vulgar and Abusive Language
- Fuel Compliance
- General Technical Inspection
- Governing Rules
- Green Flag Rule
- Grid Departure
- Grievance Form
- Grievance Procedure
- Inadvertent and Unwilling Participants
- Infraction Definitions and Penalties
- Lapped Traffic
- Legal Action Against PKRA by a Non-Member
- Local Club Options
- Management of Non-Cash Assets
- Meatball Flag
- Member Conduct
- Member Service Contribution (Volunteer Hours Program)
- Member Service Contribution Status
- New Driver Requirements
- Numbers And The Use Of The Number One Plate
- Official Entrant
- Operational Policies
- Partially Completed Race Events
- Participant Proof of Age
- Penalty Guidleines
- Personal Conduct
- Physical Contact
- Physical Threats
- Physical Threats or Physical Contact Toward an Official or Board Member
- Pit Passes
- Pit Signage
- Pit Spaces
- PKRA Deviations List
- PKRA Facility
- PKRA Work Hours Form
- Points Breakdown under PKRA Rules
- Pole Position
- Post Technical Inspection
- Practice and Racing Venue Conduct
- Pre Technical Inspection
- Procedures During Practice At The PKRA Facility
- Protest Committee
- Protest Form
- Protest Procedures
- Protest Process
- Qualifying Format
- Qualifying Procedure
- Race day Cancellations and Format Changes
- Race Director
- Race Director Authority
- Race Director Committee
- Race Order
- Racing Format
- Rain on Race Day
- Red Flag Incidents
- Re-Entry to Course
- Regaining lost positions in the warm up lap/ formation laps
- Repeated Violations
- Rough Driving
- Rough Driving Prescribed Action
- Rules of Order
- Season and Season End Points
- Service Contribution (Work Hours) Form
- Short Cuts
- Spirit And Intent
- Sponsored Events
- Sprint Racing Alternative Format
- Staffing PKRA Events
- Stopping on Course
- Technical Committee
- Termination or Suspension of Membership
- Threat to the Orderly Conduct of an Event
- Tire Warming
- Trophy Presentations
- Verbal Warnings
- Voting Rights
Mar 10, 2020
- Remove references to IKF as per board direction from March 9 meeting
Dec 10, 2019
- Allow pets again with restrictions per Dec 9 board decision.
Nov 12, 2019
- Prohibit pets per Nov 11 board decision.
Oct 7, 2019
- Add links back to Protest Form and Grievance Form that were missing from Website migration
June 11, 2019 Changes made by Bill Scheets, Approved per June 10 Board Meeting Vote
- Change 500.41 to allow 1-3 digit kart numbers.
February 12, 2018 Changes made by Bill Scheets, Approved per February 11 Board Meeting Vote
- Change 500.3 and 500.4.7 definition of a championship class to be based soley on the average number of entrants for that season. This eliminates board designation of championship classes (with the exception of Kid Karts) as well as the probationary period for dying classes.
June 12, 2018 Changes made by Bill Scheets, Approved per June 11 Board Meeting Vote
- Change 500.4 reference to conditions for dropping a class to match 500.3.
April 12, 2018 Changes made by Bill Scheets, Approved per April 9 Board Meeting Vote
- Annual Pit Spot rental is described as being pro-rated (200.3 #4), but this is not practical with online purchase. Recommend changing this to say “Yearly rent expires with membership expiration, without proration”.
- Remove 200.3 #13 (advertising signage) entirely, since there is a separate 200.4 section covering this, and the $100 rate is obsolete anyway.
- Change 200.3 Pit Spaces, #6 to “Pit space are first-come, first served during normal practice days”, and change the overall title of the section to 200.3 “Race Day Pit Spaces”
- Change 200.5 Pit Passes last 2 sentences to “ The driver must present their membership card, find their name on the current membership list, or present evidence of recent membership purchase/renewal. Otherwise, they will be charged the applicable non-member practice rate.”
- Change Platinum and Gold to Silver and Bronze respectively (primarily 300.2, but may be in other places). Previous board decisions made this change, but it was never reflected in the rules.
- Change 300.4 Duration of Membership to remove proration from family member addition, since this is not practical for online processing. The first two sentences would be changed to the following sentence: “Membership to PKRA is for 12 months from the date of initial registration or renewal of the membership, without proration.”
- Remove the 300.8 Member Service Contribution Status and 300.9 Service Contribution (Work Hours) Form sections, since this is not current process. The “Volunteer Hours Program” text would be removed from the 300.7 title, as well as point #5 of that section. Section 300.16 Board Member Exemption would also be removed.
- Fix the wording of the first sentence under 300.13 to read “Any non-member who threatens legal action in writing or brings legal action against PKRA will automatically be prohibited access to the property under a Notice of No Trespassing under ARS 13-1502.”
- Insert a third sentence in 500.14 “Alternatively, the starting positions for the first heat will be determined randomly by race officials, with the second heat positions being reversed.”
- Insert a fourth sentence in 500.14 “In this format, drivers assigned the pole position in one of the two heats may not choose to start at the opposite side of the track; only the earned pole sitter for the main has this choice”.
- Change 500.14 Sprint Racings Alternative Format last sentence to “Karts disqualified in one of the two heats will be start from the back of the main race.”
- Remove 400.5 Bodywork Rule. This is already covered in sanctioning body rules.
May 10, 2014
- Conversion of Rules to new online format