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N2 Track Days and WERA Motorcycle Roadracing have teamed up to provide a weekend extravaganza of roadracing at Pittsburgh International Raceway Complex (PIRC or PittRace) slated for July 15-17, 2016. The race events will feature the Steel City Superbike Challenge, a 4-hour endurance race to be held on the 2.8 mile, 19 corner full circuit racetrack on Saturday, followed by the WERA National Challenge Series on Sunday.
The Steel City Superbike Challenge endurance race is part of N2’s commitment to roadracing in America and the growth of this sport. The endurance race is broken down into three race categories: heavyweight, middleweight and lightweight and will offer a guaranteed purse of $10,000 to be divided equally among the 3 groups. Payouts will be made to the top 3 finishes in each category.
Registration for this event will open in April, 2016. In the mean time, please be sure to read the rulebook highlighted below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our race support group. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and we look forward to your participation in this new and exciting event!
RACE PROCEDURES & CONTINGENCY REQUIREMENTS
The Race Director may at any time revoke the racing privileges of any racer, or have a team owner, team manager or crew member removed or barred from further events for acting improperly, being abusive, fighting, disobeying instructions or doing anything else to disrupt orderly procedures or affecting overall race operations or safety.
1. If a rider has pre entered an event and cannot make the event the rider will receive a full credit/refund minus a $20 handling fee. If a rider enters on Saturday morning and pays for Saturday and Sunday, then is disabled in Saturday morning practice, they are entitled to a 50% credit for Saturday and 100% for Sunday. Riders who enter on Saturday and are disabled in the events on Saturday and have paid for Sunday, they are entitled to a credit for 100% of their Sunday entry fees. If a rider enters Sundays races without racing on Saturday and is disabled in practice either Saturday or Sunday, they are entitled to a credit for 50% of their Sunday entry fees. If a rider is entered in more than 2 races on Sunday and is disabled in a race they are entitled to a credit for 50% of their remaining races. The only refunds given at the event will be for a rider who has not gone through, or cannot pass technical inspection. Any circumstance not listed above will result in a forfeit of fees. Lost credit memos will not be replaced. Credits are transferable and can be used for payment on anything made directly to WERA. WERA must be notified of a rider being disabled at the event where it occurs. WERA will not be able to go back and verify items following the event. All no show credits will be issued from WERA HQ.
2. a) An entry is defined as a specific rider/motorcycle combination. If a heat race has been run to determine grid positions, any change in that rider/motorcycle combination will result in that combination being placed at the back of the starting grid for the final event. This also applies to any rider found illegal for the heat race and has proven legality for the final.
c) Grid positions within classes will be determined by order of registration. Overall grid positions will begin with Heavyweight Bikes gridded first with Middleweight and Lightweight Bikes in respective order. Again grid positions within class will be determined by the time of registration.
3. There are two basic procedures used for starting a race: a) A group or groups of machines may be separated on the grid by a multi row break and started simultaneously with one green flag/light. OR b) A group or groups of machines will be separated into two or more waves (these waves may also contain multi row breaks), these waves will be started with each wave getting a separate green flag/light. Waves will have a grid marshal with a wave board separating them on the grid. The method of start used will be determined by the Starter, Race Director and Chief Registrar. All riders will be notified at the Riders’ Meeting and on the grid sheets which races will contain wave starts.
4. Racers will be given a first, second and third call for each class over the track loudspeaker system and/or FM station. The first call will be made at the beginning of the previous race with the second call at the halfway point of the previous race and the third and final call at the checkered flag of the previous race. If riders are NOT in the pre-grid area by the third call, the class may NOT run. Calls may be sped up or lengthened as determined necessary by the officials.
5. Crew and family members are prohibited from access to the racing course for any purpose; a violation will result in a fine of no less than $100. Riders needing medical attention will be attended to by qualified, official race personnel. Disabled motorcycles may be retrieved ONLY with permission of the Starter and/or Race Director or via an approved vehicle.
6. All events will run rain or shine unless the track is impassable or unsafe as determined by race officials. When an event is canceled by N2 the following may happen: The unrun races, their points and awards may be moved to another event/weekend and/or a 50% credit for unused entries will be issued from N2. Contingency awards may or may not be moved at the discretion of the contingency sponsor.
7. All travel on the racetrack and pit lane will be ONE-WAY, in one direction. Riders must not travel backwards on the race track unless instructed to do so by race officials. Violators will be fined, and/or penalized.
8. Any rider who runs off the track must reenter the course safely and without attempting to cut the course unless instructed to do so by an official or corner worker. If an advantage is gained, a rider will be subject to penalties of a stop and go penalty and/or loss of laps and/or disqualification and/or fines.
9. In event of a race crash the rider and machine MUST be examined by a corner worker. Then and only then, the rider and machine must proceed
directly to pit lane for a technical inspection by a N2 and/or WERA Tech Official prior to being scored for any additional laps or completing the race. Only after these two inspections have been accomplished, may the rider reenter the race if the checkered flag is not displayed. If a corner worker is not at the exact crash site the rider and machine must proceed OFF TRACK to the nearest corner station for his and his machines examination. The machine in question must be re-teched in its entirety by a N2 or WERA Technical Inspector prior to the racer’s next race.
10. Weaving at any time to break the draft or prevent a pass, or reckless weaving for any purpose, will be penalized by a fine and/or disqualification or suspension.
11. Tear-offs are allowed in all series and must only be removed on straightaways.
12. Riders must enter the track at the pit exit/pit out. Riders must not use the pit in/pit
entrance road to enter the track.
13. Any competitor intending to pull off the track must signal their intentions and must never cut across the track in front of other riders.
14. Competitors having a lap time of 1.2 x or greater than a competitive lap time for their motorcycle or class (i.e. getting lapped in four or less laps), may, at the discretion of the officials, be removed from the track.
15. Burnouts, “lighting up” or spinning the rear tire in the pit, on pit lane or on the grid are not allowed. Offending riders may be penalized.
16. Wheelies in the pit or paddock area are not allowed. Offending riders will be penalized and or fined. Wheelies done on track in a manner that endangers other riders may cause the offending rider to be penalized.
17. It is the responsibility of each competitor to be aware of all information covered by the Rulebook, mid-season updates, as well as information covered at any Rider’s Meeting.
18. Riders may not protest other riders for infractions listed in this Chapter, which are enforceable only at the observation and discretion of Race Officials.
19. WERA reserves the right to tear down any machine to check for class compliance. See Chapter 5.
20. WERA Right of Refusal-WERA reserves the right to refuse participation in an event, or the issuing of a Competition License to any person for whatever reason it deems appropriate.
21. Protests regarding machine legality, grid position, scoring discrepancies must be filed within 30 minutes of the posted grid or results for the protest to be accepted.
22. In consideration of being allowed to enter and by being issued credentials to a N2 event, the team owner, the rider, crewmembers, and other holders of event credentials (the “participant”) agrees as follows:
a) All rights to advertising, promotion, filming, recording, exhibition, and other exploitation’s of the event, the participants and machines entered in the event, and their activities at the site of the event before, during, and after the event and reasonably related to the event, reserved to N2 and its assigns.
b) Participants hereby grant N2 and its assigns (1) full and unconditional permission to make still or motion pictures and any other type(s) of audio or visual recordings of their and their machine’s participation in the event and their activities at the site of the event before, during, and after the event and reasonably related to the event; and (2) the exclusive, worldwide and perpetual rights to use the same, together with their names, likeness, and date of, or relating to, their entered machine(s) for publicity, advertising, exhibition or exploitation, whether or not for profit, in print, audio, video, or other distribution by any and all means now known or hereafter developed.
c) Participants agree: (1) that, without the prior written consent of N2, they shall not take any still or motion pictures or make any audio or visual recording of the event, participants therein, or activities at the site of the event for the use other than personal, in-home use of the participant, or cause or permit others to do so or to use the same; (2) that N2 shall have exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, and universal use of any pictures or recordings made or used in violation of this paragraph; and (3) that N2 shall be irreparably harmed by the making or use of such pictures or recordings in such fashion without such permission.
d) Participants agree that, without the prior written consent of N2, they shall not offer for sale, sell, give away, or otherwise distribute, at the site of the event, any tokens, any souvenir, and product, or thing of value, or permit others to do so, and that WERA shall be irreparably harmed by a violation of this paragraph.
23. Riders taking action to impede, harass or distract other riders on the track may, along with their Team, be disqualified, fined or suspended for up to two (2) years. If a rider’s actions as outlined above result in the injury of another rider or riders, the guilty rider may be suspended for any time period up to and including for all time, at the discretion of N2.
24. All riders must submit a fully completed Technical Verification form to pass tech. This is mandatory even if you are not competing for any contingency moneys/certificates.
25. N2 reserves the right to immediately impound and disassemble a machine at any time.
26. The speed limit off of the racing surface at all facilities (unless posted lower by the track) is 10 Miles Per Hour. This pertains to all vehicles! This covers the entire Pit, Paddock and access roads etc.
All racers have the opportunity to participate in N2 contingency programs. Any posted contingencies will be noted on raceday schedules. To be eligible riders must do the following:
1. Meet all of the sponsor requirements (i.e.: product usage, placement of required decals/patches etc…). All available info and decals/patches will be available in registration or technical inspection.
2. Submit all required claim forms to registration or tech as often as noted on form. These forms must be filled out completely to receive awards. All forms must be turned in before the race.
3. Turn in a fully completed technical verification form when your motorcycle is taken through tech. All spaces on this form must be filled in to pass tech. Incomplete forms will not be accepted and/or will not be processed for contingency monies.
4. Must go through a post race inspection.
Incomplete or incorrect information will result in the contingency not being processed and cannot be corrected after the event. Contingency forms submitted to N2 after the event will not be processed.
PROTEST & APPEAL PROCEDURES and PENALTIES
1. Any rider who feels that an illegal machine has been entered in their class and wishes to protest, must submit a written statement to that effect to the Chief Technical Inspector within thirty (30) minutes after the results for their class has been posted. The posting time of each event will be listed on the Final Results for that race. The protest must specify the machine protested and the specific area of protest and must be signed and accompanied by the proper protest fee (in cash). The protest fees are as follows:
Visual protest requiring no disassembly – $25
Some disassembly (seat, bodywork and gas tank removal) – $50
Removal of Valve Cover – $150
Removal of Cylinder Head – $300
Disassembly of the Bottom End – $500
Should the protested machine prove to be illegal for the class in which it is being protested, or if the rider refuses teardown (constituting illegality) the protest fee will be reimbursed to the rider making the protest and the rider found illegal will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined. Any other performance or class related illegality discovered in the process of inspection will uphold the original protest. If the protest is denied, the protest fee shall become the property of the rider protested and found legal. The protested rider has the option of withdrawal from the protested race in lieu of a fine, with no points, prizes or entry refund however the rider may not enter the same class on that machine until legality has been proven to the satisfaction of N2.
2. Protests shall be determined at the event at which they occur and the decision shall be at the discretion of the Chief Tech Inspector and Race Director. Protests unable to be determined at the event will go before the N2 Technical Consulting Panel and/or the N2 National Chief Technical Inspector. In the event a decision cannot be made at the track, the part(s) in question may be impounded by N2 for measurement and analysis. Riders will be given a receipt for such parts and will be guaranteed transport and return at N2’s expense.
3. If a rider wishes to appeal any decision made by a Race Official, a written appeal must be sent to N2 within five (5) days after the rider is notified of the decision. The appeal will then go through a two step process: a) All appeals will be reviewed by N2 for a ruling based on all information available to N2. If the rider does not agree with the decision made by N2 then: b) A rider may request his/her appeal be reviewed by the appeals board. The board will be made up of 3 to 5 people inside and/or outside of the motorcycle racing industry chosen by N2. N2 will contact the board and send all available information on the appeal via Fax, mail or other carrier (at N2’s discretion as to which would be the most efficient). N2 will notify the rider of the boards’ decision as soon as all members have responded. If a rider wishes to make his/her appeal in front of the board (face to face), the rider will be responsible for the expense of bringing the board to N2 Headquarters. The decision of the board will be final. Any rider attempting to contact and sway the decision of board members will automatically have the appeal denied. The protesting rider is not allowed to appeal a decision made by either N2 or the appeals board. N2 reserves the right to decline to convene an appeals
board if there is no need in N2’s opinion. N2 also reserves to right to overrule an appeals board decision, the final decision on all issues rests with the N2.
Failure to submit an appeal in writing within five (5) days after notification will result in the decision being upheld.
4. When a protest is made, the burden of proof is with the protested rider and/or team. Failure to furnish the Technical Inspector with proof of convincing evidence/witnesses as to the legality of the machine will result in the automatic upholding of the protest.
5. If a protest cannot be decided at the time of the event, the awards, points and prizes for that class may be held pursuant to the decision of N2.
6. Protests can only be made by a rider in the same class, same status, as the protested rider. In an endurance race any team may be protested by another in the event. Participants in the protest are limited to 1 designated representative of the protesting rider/team, no more than 2 representatives of the protested rider/team (i.e. the rider and a mechanic) and N2 or WERA Officials. No other rider/team, mechanic, spectator etc. will be allowed input into or viewing of a teardown. When a machine protest is upheld, the protested rider may not lodge a counter- protest, or other protest against any other area or person in his class at that event.
7. Unsafe and unsportsmanlike riding techniques should be reported to a N2 Official. At the discretion of the Race Director or N2, a rider found guilty of unsafe or unsportsmanlike riding techniques will be fined, and/ or disqualified from the race, and/or suspended, and/or asked to forfeit their Competition License.
8. The purpose of the rules is to run an orderly, competitive and fair race, emphasizing safety of all involved. The rules are not intended to allow a racer to defeat another with the rulebook, rather than on the track. The rules are not intended to allow one racer to harass another. All protests must be made in writing and the person filing the protest must be prepared to identify themselves to the rider protested. Protests deemed capricious may be denied. In the event this rule, which states the overall purpose and principles of the N2/WERA Rulebook somehow is interpreted to conflict with another rule or statement, this rule shall prevail in its literal sense.
9. Chapter 3 rules regarding Race Procedures (and certain other rules, as noted in the rule itself as printed in this rulebook) are enforceable by
race Officials only and must be observed by Officials, and cannot be protested by other riders.
Penalties are assessed by N2 Officials for any Rulebook or procedural infractions including but not limited to any of the following: behavior of the rider or his crew, passing under a waving yellow flag, paddock infractions, alcohol or controlled substances, etc. Penalties may range as follows:
a) Loss of event points, purse and available contingencies at the event. b) Loss of points for the season up to the time of infraction.
c) Suspension of N2 Competition License. If a fine and suspension are
both levied, the suspension will begin on the date the fine is received at N2 Headquarters.
d) Permanent loss of N2/WERA Competition License.
e) Monetary fines. Contingency forms will not be processed until any and all fines are paid. Any points earned during the event in which the infraction occurs will be withheld until all fines are paid. Fines not paid at the event must be paid by cashier’s check or money order to N2 Headquarters and must be received within 5 business days of the event. IF THE FINE IS NOT PAID WITHIN THE FIVE DAY PERIOD THE RIDER WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE RACE/EVENT WHERE THE FINE WAS LEVIED. A Rider will not be allowed to compete in any subsequent WERA events until the fine has been paid. If a fine and suspension are both levied, the suspension will begin on the date the fine is received at WERA Headquarters.
f) Jumping the start: A minimum of two WERA/N2 Officials must call a jumped start. In a heat race a one-lap penalty will be assessed. In a sprint final, or an endurance race, the offending rider or team will be notified via a meatball flag at start/finish signifying they have been assessed a stop and go penalty. The meatball flag will be shown until the starter is satisfied the rider has had ample opportunity to see it. This is strictly at the discretion of the starter and is not a protestable issue. Should the offending rider or team fail to comply with the stop and go penalty within two laps of being notified, the rider or team will be penalized one lap in the final official result. Definition of a jumped start: Any movement after the 1 board has been displayed and prior to the Green Flag or Light.
g) Passing under a waving yellow: A WERA/N2 Official or corner worker must report a pass for position under a waving yellow. In a heat race a one-lap penalty will be assessed. In a sprint final the offending rider will be penalized five positions in the final official result, and/or be assessed a fine, and/or disqualified. In an endurance race the offending team will be penalized one lap in the final official result, and/or be assessed a fine, and/or disqualified. The no passing for position zone is defined as: from the location of the waved flag until past the incident or incidents.
h) Grid Infractions: (including but not limited to: assuming the wrong grid position, tire burnouts, etc.) At the discretion of the WERA Officials the offending rider may be assessed a stop and go penalty and/or fine.
i) Pit Stop Infractions: (National Endurance Series) At the discretion of the WERA/N2 Officials, a team may be brought into the pits for a stop and go penalty (the length of which will be determined by the severity of the infraction) for any pit stop infractions. The team may also be fined or otherwise penalized.
j) Unsafe riding under red flag conditions will be assessed a fine, and/or disqualified. In an endurance race the offending team will be penalized one lap in the final official result, and/or be assessed a fine, and/or disqualified. Unsafe riding may include but is not limited to wheelies, riding too fast, passing other riders, and weaving.
k) Any rider causing a red flag due to not having either the oil drain or oil filter safety wired will be fined no less than $100 at the discretion of the Race Director and Chief Technical Inspector. A second offense will result in suspension of the riders’ license for a minimum of 6 months.
1. An endurance team consists of: a) Registered Team Owner, b) Team Captain, c) Team Riders and d) Team Scorer. Endurance Teams must complete a Team Registration Form and submit it to N2. N2 reserves the right to allow or disallow the Team to compete in the Series. (Items which may prohibit participation may include but not be limited to: suitable Team name, incomplete tax information, etc.)
2. All points scored by a Team during an endurance season are owned by the registered Team Owner. The registered Team Owner can also be a rider, but does not have to be a rider.
3. A Team Captain must be named by the Team Owner. The registered Team Owner can also be the Team Captain, but does not have to be the Team Captain. The Team Captain can also be a Team Rider, but does not have to be a Team Rider. The Team Captain must be present at all races entered by the Team during the season. The Team Owner may replace the Team Captain once during the endurance season under normal circumstances. In the event a Team Captain is also a Team Rider and is injured, or special circumstances exist preventing the Team Captain from attending an endurance event, the Team Owner may petition the WERA President for special consideration allowing temporary or permanent replacement of the Team Captain even if such replacement will exceed the one-time-only rule applicable under normal circumstances. The decision to allow or not allow special consideration is solely at the discretion of the N2.
4. A Team can have no more than five (5) Team Riders during an endurance season. In the event a Team Rider is injured or becomes unable to compete, the Team Owner may petition the N2 for special consideration allowing that rider to be replaced temporarily or permanently by one other rider, even if such replacement causes the Team to exceed the five-riders-only rule. Any rider who is injured and replaced temporarily can only be replaced by one rider for as long as he/ she is out; a rider cannot be replaced by several different riders at different events. Upon the injured rider’s return to the Team’s Roster, the replacement can be dropped from the Team’s Roster. In the event a team consistently fields two entries, their roster will allow six (6) riders provided the same roster is shared by both teams.
5. During any Endurance event a rider may take a normal shift of no more than two consecutive hours, after which he/she must remain off the machine for at least 30 consecutive minutes. In the event of a red flag, the downtime will not count against the rider’s two hour limit. If the red flag is in excess of 30 minutes the same rider may remount and continue for a two hour period. Any team exceeding the 2 hour limit will have any laps after the 2 hour mark removed from their results and may be penalized further as outlined in Chapter 5. Once an endurance event has started, no additional riders will be allowed to sign up and join a team already contesting the event unless a rider’s co-rider is injured or otherwise incapacitated during the race. The team or rider may ask the
Race Director for special permission for the rider to finish the race or allow another rider to sign the team’s entry form to replace the injured rider and complete the event. The emergency replacement rider for that event will not be counted as a member of the Team’s Roster. The Race Director will consider all factors in making their decision, including weather conditions, number of hours already ridden by the rider, number of hours remaining in the event and condition of the rider. The purpose of this rule is to prevent one rider from riding an entire endurance event or almost an entire endurance event purely for team’s competitive advantage (because the co-rider or co-riders are slower). The purpose of this rule is not to prevent a team with only two riders from finishing competitively if one of those two riders is legitimately injured or incapacitated. A Team can not be a single rider in races longer than two (2) hours and riders attempting to enter endurance events longer than two (2) hours for the purposes of practice only will not be allowed. If it becomes obvious during an event that a rider is only using an event longer than two (2) hours for practice or has no co-rider, that rider will be black flagged, disqualified and removed from the event at the discretion of the Race Director or N2.
6. A Team may use three motorcycle frames during an endurance season under normal circumstances. Frame numbers must be given on each entry form and must be verified at tech inspection. In the event an unregistered frame is used, points scored will not be counted towards the Team’s total. If, during an endurance series event, a team destroys or damages beyond safe repair the three frames allowed under normal circumstances, the Team Owner may petition the N2 for special consideration allowing use of additional frames. Petition for special consideration must be accompanied by proof of crash destruction or damage and the frame in question must have been inspected by a N2 or WERA tech official immediately following the crash which caused the damage or destruction. The decision to allow or not allow a Team to use additional frames under special consideration lies solely with N2. When a Team changes class, the overall points shall carry forward, but the class points shall not. A Team will be allowed three frame numbers for the new class they are then running. Any “parts bike” in the pit area during an endurance event must not be a rolling chassis and cannot have number plates matching any entered team (fairing with number plates should be removed). A non-race prepared (i.e. not safety wired or stripped for racing) street machine may be kept in the paddock area.
7. Endurance Series Classes will consist of:
Heavyweight – A & B Superbike, A & B Superstock Mediumweight – C Superbike & C Superstock Lightweight – All machines legal for LW Solo races
8. Endurance racebike technical and safety requirements are the same as those for sprint machines with the exceptions listed below. Since more track time is involved, compliance to these regulations is critical. However, it is the intention of N2 to encourage innovation in endurance racebike serviceability and safety. Quick release systems will be allowed or not by N2 based on overall system integrity under race conditions. Requests for approval of quick-release systems must be submitted in writing to N2 with sketches or photographs as needed to clearly explain the system in question. Until N2 has allowed a quick-change system, all machines must conform to the letter of the rules in Chapter 8, especially in terms of safety wiring requirements. In the interest of costs, all tire changing stands shall be the normal lever type stands with no mechanical, air or hydraulic stands allowed – however, as noted above, N2 does encourage innovation and may approve such a stand for use depending on cost for the teams and availability.
9. Endurance races will be conducted as outlined in Chapter 3 of this Rulebook.
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