ALLSTAR: 2003 Rule changes announced

Outlaws set rules changes for sprint car racing. ALLEN, TX (September 17) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, in conjunction with other prominent 410 sprint car sanctioning organizations, released significant rules changes Tuesday that ...

Outlaws set rules changes for sprint car racing.

ALLEN, TX (September 17) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, in conjunction with other prominent 410 sprint car sanctioning organizations, released significant rules changes Tuesday that will reduce costs, enhance the quality of racing and help standardize the rules governing the sport.

The rules changes range from the total weight, tires, wheels, cylinder heads and engine blocks on sprint cars racing with the leading series.

"In recent months, we have worked closely with other sanctioning bodies, promoters, race teams and manufacturers to develop a common set of rules that will reduce the cost of maintaining a race team," World of Outlaws President Ted Johnson said. "Our other goal was to arrive at a set of rules that everyone could live with. This will, in effect, allow a team to build a race car that could legally race with various series. By working with the All Star Circuit of Champions and the IRA (Interstate Racing Association), we believe this goal has been accomplished. We will continue to work with others and make changes when necessary for the betterment of 410 sprint car racing."

The new rules for 2003 include:

A minimum weight of 1,375 pounds (driver in the car).

The same right rear tire used in the qualifying session must be used throughout the Heat and Dash races.

Wheels will be limited to 18 inches wide on the right rear and 15 inches on the left rear.

The Brodix BD 2000 head will be legal in 2003, but not in 2004. Additionally, the front mag drive block will be outlawed starting in 2003.

The 2002 rules concerning body side panels and sheet metal not extending farther than the leading edge of the rear axle will remain in effect.

"The All Star Circuit of Champions totally supports these moves to help make sprint car racing more affordable and exciting to watch," Guy Webb said.

"The Interstate Racing Association is pleased to join the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in this cooperative effort to improve 410 sprint car racing," Steve Sinclair said.

-WoO

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