Rule 10.5.2 Rules

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General

No organization may use or attempt to use any buggy preparation area that has been assigned to another organization on any day of Sweepstakes racing.

No organization’s entry may use or attempt to use any lane that has been assigned to another organization’s entry in any Sweepstakes race heat.

Each organization may allow only one of its representatives to ride in the follow car during each race in which one of its entries is competing.

If any member of any entry’s team is substituted for by a member of that entry’s alternate team, that substitution must be declared to the Sweepstakes Chairman before the start of the heat preceding the heat in which that entry is scheduled to compete.


Entries

In each class of competition, each organization’s entries must compete in the heats designated, sorted from fastest to slowest in the order ”A, B, C, D”. Any entry violating this order shall be disqualified from the race competition. Determination of whether or not an entry has violated this rule shall be made collectively by the Sweepstakes Advisor, the Executive Committee, all Judges, and anyone else designated by either the Sweepstakes Advisor or the Sweepstakes Chairman.


Pushers

No pusher may use any type of mechanical device with moving parts (such as roller skates or a skate board) which could cause that pusher to travel faster, while that pusher is pushing a buggy during a Sweepstakes race.


Buggies

The combined weight of a buggy and its driver may not change while that buggy is competing in any Sweepstakes race. Weight loss during a race shall be permitted only if the Head Judge rules that the weight loss was unintentional, the weight loss was not caused by a design failure of the buggy, and the weight loss did not interfere with any of the other entries in that heat.

The loss of any part of a buggy’s shell, hatch, or cover while that buggy is competing in any Sweepstakes race shall be considered to be a design failure of that buggy, and will result in the disqualification of that buggy and its entry from the race competition, even if that loss did not interfere with any of the other entries in that heat.

The dimensions of a buggy, not including those of that buggy’s pushbar, shall not change while that buggy is competing in a heat of the Sweepstakes races.

No buggy may have any changes made to it between the end of the Design Competition and the conclusion of any race that it competes in except for changes to its wheels, tires, bearings, and windscreens. Damaged parts of a buggy may be changed after the Design Competition and before a race, provided that the Safety Chairman is informed of the change, is permitted to view the damaged parts, and is given a detailed account of how the parts were damaged.

Each entry’s driver must ride in or on that entry’s buggy during the entire time that entry is competing in a Sweepstakes race heat. No other person is permitted in or on that buggy at that same time.

Each entry’s buggy must take a drop brake test immediately after any race in which that entry has competed, whether that buggy completed that race or not. Failure to successfully complete this test will result in disqualification of that entry from the race in which it just competed and will make that entry ineligible for a rerun unless the Safety Chairman and the Head Judge determine that the buggy failed the drop brake test because of damage sustained due to interference that occurred during the race. Any buggy which fails the drop brake test after a race but is subsequently granted a rerun, must successfully complete a drop brake test BEFORE it will be permitted to take that rerun. These drop brake tests shall be administered by the Safety Chairman, or by someone designated by that Chairman. Each buggy shall only be given one chance to pass the drop brake test after a race unless any of the following occur:

• The drop brake test is not properly administered, for example, if the test administrator tells the driver to apply the brakes too soon or too late. In this event, the test shall be administered again in the proper manner.

• The driver unintentionally applies the brakes too soon. In this event the driver shall be given one and only one more chance to successfully complete the test.


In the unlikely event that the buggy does not roll after it is initially released, or if it does not roll a distance of 30 feet after it is initially released, the test administrator shall pull the buggy in a forward direction, using a spring scale, or other suitable force measuring device, while the driver is actuating the buggy’s brakes, in order to determine how much braking force the buggy’s brakes are able to exert in that direction. The force used to pull the buggy shall be applied parallel to, and as close to the ground as is practicable. If the buggy’s brakes are able to exert a minimum braking force of 25 pounds in the forward direction, and the driver can release and reapply that buggy’s brakes once, that buggy shall be considered to have passed the drop brake test.

Any entry’s buggy that is involved in any type of accident (such as spinning out, having parts fall off while it is rolling, hitting another buggy, being hit by another buggy, hitting another object, etc.) during any Sweepstakes race will not be permitted to race again until that entry’s sponsoring organization submits, and has approved, an accident report concerning that accident. Accident reports must be submitted to the Safety Chairman or the Sweepstakes Chairman. Accident reports can only be approved by the Sweepstakes Chairman or the Safety Chairman. The form to be used for these reports can be obtained from the Sweepstakes Advisor through the Safety Chairman.

Any device that allows the driver in the buggy communication with individuals outside of the buggy and provides information to a driver that otherwise could not be known by the driver are illegal to use on Raceday rolls or when performing a pass test. These devices may be used during freeroll and push practice; however, use of these prohibited devices on raceday or when more than one buggy is rolling at the same time will result in immediate disqualification. Examples of the devices are headsets, walkie-talkies, telemetry systems, and video display units.


Starting

When the Starter signals the start of an entry’s heat, that entry’s buggy must comply with all of the following:

• The nose of the buggy must be at or behind the starting line.

• The buggy must not be moving in the forward direction.

• The forward motion of the buggy must not be restrained in any way.


When the Starter signals the start of an entry’s heat, that entry’s Hill 1 pusher must comply with all of the following:

• He or she must be touching that entry’s buggy.

• He or she must have both of his or her feet on the ground.

• He or she must not be moving in the forward direction.

• He or she must not be using starting blocks, or any similar device.


After the starter announces that there are five seconds remaining to the start of a heat, nobody except the drivers and Hill 1 pushers of the entries in that heat, and the starter, may be within five feet of any of the buggies in that heat, until that heat begins.

If the nose of an entry’s buggy in any heat is beyond the starting line when the Starter signals the start of that heat, that entry shall be considered to have false started. If an entry false starts more than two times at the start of any single heat, that entry shall be disqualified from that heat, shall not be permitted to run in that heat, and shall not be eligible for a rerun.

If an entry in a heat false starts, all of the buggies in that heat shall be brought back to the starting line and that heat shall be restarted. The Starter shall restart the countdown at his or her discretion. If the time required to restart the heat is greater than 1 minute and any of the entries in that heat which did not cause the false start so request,the start of that heat may be delayed until the time scheduled for the start of the heat after the current heat, and all of the remaining heats shall be moved back for the amount of time required for one heat to take place. If the delayed heat is the last scheduled heat of the day, it shall be rescheduled for a time that is between 5 and 12 minutes later than its originally scheduled starting time. For example, if Heat 5 is delayed because of a false start, it shall be rescheduled for the time at which Heat 7 was originally scheduled to take place. Heat 6 would be run at its originally scheduled time. No heat would be run at the time originally scheduled for Heat 5. Heat 7 would be run at the time originally scheduled for Heat 8 and all subsequent heats would be moved back to the time originally scheduled for the heat after them. If Heat 5 was the last scheduled heat of the day, no heat would be run at the time originally scheduled for Heat 5 and Heat 5 would be run at a time that was between 5 and 12 minutes later than its original starting time, depending on how much time is still available for racing.

If the Starter’s gun fails to fire when the Starter tries to signal the start of a heat, all of the buggies in that heat shall be brought back to the starting line and that heat shall be restarted. The Starter shall restart the countdown at his or her discretion. If the time required to restart the heat is greater than 1 minute and any of the entries in that heat so request, the start of that heat may be delayed until the time scheduled for the start of the heat after the current heat, just as might happen if a false start had occurred.


Lanes

A buggy is considered to be in a lane when no portion of that buggy extends beyond or above the innermost edges of the lines delineating that lane.

The judges shall disqualify an entry from the heat that it is competing in if all of the wheels of that entry’s buggy are simultaneously out of its assigned lane at any point between the starting line and the end of that lane, even if that entry doesn’t interfere with any other entry.

If some part of, but not all of, an entry’s buggy is out of its assigned lane at any point between the starting line and the end of that lane,that entry shall be disqualified from the heat that it is competing in if it interferes with another entry in that heat, or if one of the other entries in that heat protests the lane violation (even if no interference is claimed.)

A pusher is considered to be in a lane when the greatest part of that pusher’s body is on or above that lane and no part of that pusher is touching anything that is not considered to be in that lane also, except for the buggy which that pusher is pushing.

If some part of, but not all of, one of an entry’s pushers is out of that entry’s assigned lane at any point between the starting line and the end of that lane, that entry shall be disqualified from the heat that it is competing in, if that pusher interferes with any other entry in that heat, and if the entry that was interfered with protests that interference.


Pushing

The position of an entry’s pusher along the buggy course is determined by the location of the forwardmost part of the pusher’s forwardmost foot, i.e. the foot that is farthest along the course from the starting line. For example, if a pusher’s forwardmost foot is on Hill 1, that pusher is considered to be on Hill 1. If a pusher’s forwardmost foot is in the Hill 1-2 Transition zone, that pusher is considered to be in that Transition zone even if that pusher’s rearmost foot is still on Hill 1.

Exactly one pusher must be designated for each Hill numbered 1-5, and may only touch that entry’s buggy while he or she is either on their designated Hill number, or in a transition zone with the same number. For example, the Hill 1 pusher may touch the buggy during Hill 1, and the Hill 1-2 Transition Zone. Each entry’s Hill 5 pusher must also be in contact with that entry’s buggy when the nose of that buggy crosses the finish line at the end of that entry’s heat.

No organization may cause anyone or anything to pace a pusher of any of that organization’s entries while that pusher is competing in a race. A person or device which is not the next pusher in sequence and which is moving near a buggy and moving in the same direction in which that buggy is moving, while in view of the pusher currently pushing that buggy, is considered to be a pacer.

While an entry’s pusher is pushing that entry’s buggy and after that pusher has finished pushing that entry’s buggy, that pusher is entitled to run, walk, stand, or otherwise be, anywhere in the path which that entry’s buggy has followed. A buggy’s path is considered to be a lane that is 6 feet wide which is centered on the centerline of that buggy.


Driving

Each entry’s buggy in each heat may not bump into or otherwise contact any other entry’s buggy in that same heat at any time between the start and finish of that heat.

If during a heat, one entry’s buggy passes another entry’s buggy, the pass shall be considered to be complete whenever the rearmost part of the passing buggy (or that buggy’s pusher, if it is being pushed at the time) is beyond the nose of the buggy being passed.

If during a heat, one entry’s buggy (and pusher, if the buggy is being pushed at that time) tries to pass another entry’s buggy (and pusher),the passing buggy (and pusher) has the primary responsibility of ensuring that the pass is completed without contact or any other type of foul between the buggies (or pushers). If contact or some other type of foul occurs between the buggies (or pushers) during an attempted pass, the judges shall determine which buggy (or pusher), if any, is at fault.

If during a heat, two entries’ buggies (and pushers, if the buggies are being pushed at the time) are traveling beside each other and neither is clearly passing the other, both buggies (and pushers) have the responsibility of ensuring that no contact or other type of foul occurs between the buggies (and pushers). If contact or some other type of foul occurs between the buggies (or pushers), the judges shall determine which buggy (or pusher), if any, is at fault.

If during a heat, an entry’s driver stops that entry’s buggy because that driver considered that an accident was about to take place, that entry shall be eligible for a rerun provided that the following conditions are met:

• The Head Judge determines that an accident was about to take place.

• The accident that was about to occur was not due to any failure or foul on the part of the buggy that stopped.

• The buggy that stopped is taken to the drop brake test area and given a drop brake test as soon as possible after the heat is finished.


If during a heat, an entry’s buggy or pusher is interfered with or fouled, that buggy or pusher is not required to stop at that point in the race, in order to be eligible for a rerun.