NHRA News: New auxiliary pit vehicle rules
As NHRA events have grown, the pit area has become increasingly congested, and as a result, the risk of operating auxiliary pit vehicles within certain areas populated by spectators has increased. We have experienced a significant increase of incidents involving pit vehicles resulting in injuries and/or property damage. NHRA also is receiving a growing number of complaints from spectators regarding pit auxiliary vehicles.
NHRA believes this risk and subsequent potential for accidents are such that it is necessary to implement additional policies regarding auxiliary pit vehicles. It is in the best interest of the sport, racers, sponsors, fans, and vendors to provide a safer venue for pedestrians. Therefore, the following rules and regulations are effective immediately.
NHRA AUXILIARY PIT VEHICLE RULES
1.) The NHRA reserves the right to reject any motorized pit vehicle depending upon its design, condition, appearance, or construction.
2.) Non-motorized vehicles such as skateboards, roller skates, scooters, go-peds, etc., may not be ridden in the pit area.
3.) Auxiliary pit vehicles may be used for necessary transportation only. "Joy riding," cruising, or recreational riding is prohibited. Vehicles are only allowed on the facility when the owner is actually competing in the event. Spectators, guests, and non- participants are not allowed to bring pit vehicles onto the property.
4.) All vehicles, whenever possible, are to use perimeter roadways, and are to avoid high traffic areas, such as the Pro pits and Manufacturers Midway.
5.) The maximum speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
6.) ALL operators must be at least 16 years of age, have a valid state driver's license, and must be covered by adequate general liability insurance. All operators shall provide proof of such insurance, a driver's license, and any other applicable credentials upon the request of an NHRA or event official.
7.) ALL registered auxiliary pit vehicles MUST display the pit vehicle sticker issued at racer registration. You are permitted one (1) sticker per race car entry. Additional stickers will not be issued.
8.) Pit vehicles operated after dusk/sunset must have a working headlight. Tail lights may also be required on an individual basis depending upon vehicle design.
9.) ONLY 2008 Pit Auxiliary Stickers are to be affixed to your pit auxiliary vehicle. Any stickers from previous seasons must be removed.
NOTE: Unsafe or improper operation of any vehicle and/or any violation of these rules may, at the sole discretion of NHRA, result in penalties against the owner and/or operator, including, but not limited to, immediate impoundment of the vehicle, loss of racing privileges, and/or expulsion from the NHRA.