Expanded oil down penalty policy announced

NHRA ANNOUNCED OIL DOWN PENALTIES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AT NHRA POWERADE DRAG RACING SERIES EVENTS Current oil down policy extended to include professional competitors in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle; all sportsman categories GLENDORA, ...

NHRA ANNOUNCED OIL DOWN PENALTIES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AT NHRA POWERADE DRAG RACING SERIES EVENTS

Current oil down policy extended to include professional competitors in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle; all sportsman categories

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 7, 2007) -- Given the significant increase in oil downs by both professional and sportsman competitors, NHRA announced it will expand the oil down policy to include all competitors attending each NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event. The policy will be effective beginning with the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 15-18.

Until this year, only professional competitors in Top Fuel and Funny Car and sportsman racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, have been assessed oil down penalties at national events. Starting next week, an oil down policy will be extended to professionals in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, as well as sportsman racers in Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

Oil downs, and more importantly down time associated with clean-up efforts, affect everyone at an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, including spectators, competitors, sponsors and television viewers. With curfews and schedules, the recent problem of oil downs in both professional and sportsman categories, has caused in some cases cancellation of qualifying sessions, early start times and very late conclusions to the respective sessions.

"Over the first two events of 2007, Top Fuel and Funny Car accounted for a total of two hours and 49 minutes of downtime, while sportsman classes combined for a total of four hours and 37 minutes during the same two events. This trend, seen over the last several years, is the impetus for NHRA's decision to mandate oil down penalties for both professional and sportsman classes," said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA.

In conjunction with the implementation of the oil down penalties, lower engine restraint devices will still be mandatory in sportsman categories based on the staged approach announced by NHRA in 2006. Competition Eliminator vehicles with a wet sump oiling system must be equipped with a lower engine restraint device by May 1, 2007. By January 1, 2008, all Competition Eliminator vehicles with a dry sump oil system, all Pro Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas vehicles must be equipped with a lower engine restraint device.

While all devices must now be NHRA accepted, an SFI spec 7.2 device is highly recommended in light of the newly announced oil down penalties (SFI spec 7.1 is mandatory in TAD and TAFC). Comp and Super Comp dragsters may utilize a belly pan in lieu of a restraint, but the belly pan must be from frame rail to frame rail, extend forward of the harmonic balancer and rearward of the flywheel, and must utilize a minimum two-inch-high lip on all sides.

"Competitors at an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event are the best drag racers in the world and, as such, should be at the top of his or her game and be prepared to represent the sport at the highest level," said Light.

Fine revenue derived from oil down violations at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events will be utilized by NHRA to purchase equipment and/or supplies in an attempt to improve oil down clean-up time and efficiency.

Oil Down Penalties

Professional Categories:

Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle

Each professional team is allowed one (1) oil down violation prior to any penalty. Violations are assessed after the first allowed oil down in the following manner:

1 $500 fine regardless of whether qualifying or eliminations; Loss of 10 points if during eliminations

2-5 Fine increases in $500 increments; Loss of 10 points for each infraction during eliminations

6 $5,000 fine regardless of whether qualifying or eliminations; Loss of 10 points if during eliminations

After 6* Fine increases in $1,000 increments; Loss of 10 points for each infraction during eliminations

(*) NHRA will review (with the team) their season performance. As a result of that review, further action may be taken as determined by NHRA, varying from probation to a requirement to test or a denial to participate at future NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events.

Multiple Violations at Same Event

If professional competitors violate the oil down policy multiple times at the same event, the resulting violations will result in double the posted fines plus loss of 15 points if during eliminations. Three (3) or more violations during the same event will result in double the posted fine plus loss of 20 points if during eliminations.

Additional Earned Credits

Professional teams will earn an additional one (1) credit after 25 consecutive oil-free runs at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events. Those credits earned will not be rolled-over from one season to the next.

Oil Down Penalties

Professional Categories:

Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle

NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship

In 2007, NHRA launched the sport's first-ever playoff-style format to determine the NHRA POWERade World Champion in each of the four professional categories. Given that, the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship oil down policy is as follows:

Countdown Finalists

The Top Eight teams, beginning with the start of the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, will have their oil down credits re-adjusted to one (1) credit. The same policy, as implemented in the regular season, will apply.

The Top Four teams, entering the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, will have their oil down credits re-adjusted to one (1) credit. The same policy, as implemented in the regular season, will apply.

Oil Down Penalties

Sportsman Categories:

Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street

Each sportsman team starts each event with zero (0) oil down penalties. Violations are assessed in the following manner:

Violation Number Penalty

1 $250 fine; Loss of 5 points

2 Additional $500 fine; Loss of additional 10 points

3 Disqualification from event; Loss of additional 15 points

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