Rule 10.5.1 Regulations and Requirements
No driver shall be permitted to participate in a Sweepstakes race unless he or she satisfies all of the following requirements:
He or she has walked the buggy course earlier that same day with the drivers of the other buggies that are scheduled to be in his or her heat. Each driver must notify the Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, or anyone designated by that Chairman, immediately before or after he or she walks the course. If a driver is scheduled to race in more than one heat on the same day, that driver must walk the course once for each of the heats that he or she is scheduled to race in, with the other drivers of each of those heats. Drivers are only permitted to walk the course BEFORE any races are held on any day of Sweepstakes racing.
He or she has previously successfully completed a braking capability test in the buggy that he or she will be driving in that Sweepstakes race.
He or she has previously successfully completed a field of vision test in the buggy that he or she will be driving in that Sweepstakes race.
If a driver raced in a Sweepstakes race the previous year (an “OLD” driver), he or she must have a minimum total of ten freerolls for the school year in which they are racing. A minimum of five of those ten freerolls must be completed during the Spring semester in which the race is to take place, with one being the pass test.
If a driver did not race in a Sweepstakes race during the previous school year (a “NEW” driver), he or she must have a minimum total of fifteen freerolls. A minimum of seven of those fifteen freerolls must be completed during the Spring semester in which the race is to take place, with one being a pass test.
All drivers, new and old, must have a minimum total of ten freerolls in any buggy they will be driving during races. (i.e. If an organization brings out a new buggy in the Spring semester, its raceday driver will still need a minimum of ten freerolls in that buggy in order to qualify to drive that buggy during races.)
In the case of very special circumstances, such as a long duration of inclement weather where no freeroll practices are held, an organization may seek permission to race a driver and buggy that do not meet these specific requirements. In such cases, the organization must submit an appeal in writing to the Sweepstakes Committee, explaining that the failure to meet the qualifying standards was through no fault of the driver of the organization. The Safety Chairman, with counsel of the Sweepstakes Chairman and Assistant Chairman, will evaluate the appeal and either approve or reject it. If an appeal is approved by the Safety Chairman, it must then be passed on to the Buggy Chairmen to be approved by a majority vote.
He or she has successfully completed a pass test, during a freeroll practice session that occurred during the same school semester in which that race is scheduled, in the buggy that he or she will be driving in that race.
He or she has demonstrated by his or her performance at both freeroll and push practices that he or she is capable of driving a buggy in a safe and controlled manner.
No buggy shall be permitted to participate in a Sweepstakes race unless it successfully satisfies all of the following requirements for that race:
• Safety Inspection in every configuration that it will employ.
• Braking Capability and Field of Vision test with the driver.
• Completion of the course at least five times during freeroll practice sessions, with at least one including every buggy configuration occurring.
• Passing another buggy during a Pass Test during the same school semester as the race.