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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.