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. NHRA has 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 auxiliary pit 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.
NHRA AUXILIARY PIT VEHICLE RULES
1.) NHRA reserves the right to reject any motorized pit vehicle depending upon its design, condition, appearance, or construction.
2.) Nonmotorized 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. Joyriding, cruising, or recreational riding is prohibited. Vehicles are only allowed on the facility grounds when the owner is actually competing in the event. Spectators, guests, and nonparticipants 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 mph.
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.
a.) NHRA encourages you to contact your personal insurance agent to research the best option for you to meet the new insurance requirements for auxiliary vehicles. Your coverage options may vary depending upon your existing insurance coverage, your particular state of residence, and whether the auxiliary vehicle is licensed for street use. But, as general guidance, coverage may be obtained through purchase of an endorsement on your personal auto or homeowners policy or through special policies offered by various insurance companies, including AAA, Nationwide, and Safeco. Professional race teams can secure coverage under their Commercial General Liability and/or Commercial auto policy.
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. Taillights may also be required on an individual basis depending upon vehicle design.
9.) ONLY 2010 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 NHRA.