#GRIDLIFE TRACKBATTLE RULES. 2019

INTRODUCTION: 

#GRIDLIFE TrackBattle is a multi-event time attack series taking place at road courses throughout the North Americas. Time attack is not wheel to wheel racing.  Drivers are competing against the clock to see which cars and which drivers are the fastest over the course of a weekend.

The #GRIDLIFE TrackBattle is about providing safe, spirited, fun and competitive track­time for advanced and expert drivers. TrackBattle is open to all makes and models and all drive train layouts: rear wheel drive (RWD), front wheel drive (FWD), and all wheel drive (AWD). #GRIDLIFE TrackBattle includes competitive classes for all degrees of tuning and modification.

#GRIDLIFE TrackBattle is about safety and fun first. We run a simplified rule set that makes it easy for long time HPDE drivers to make the transition to competitive driving without the complexities and costs of your typical sanctioning bodies.

Our classing system is designed to place vehicles of similar type and drivetrain into competitive groups based on modifications and ultimately the potential lap time of the vehicle.

The final classification of your vehicle will be determined by the organizers and may potentially be adjusted between events to keep events exciting and competitive throughout the duration of the #GRIDLIFE season.

General Rules applying to all production based classes. (Excludes the SUPER UNLIMITED class)

Chassis/Exterior/Aero

Engine/Drivetrain/Fuel

Suspension/Brakes/Tires/Wheels

Interior/Roll Cage/Safety/Misc.

Classing, Spirit of Competition, and Sportsmanship:

COMPETITION GROUPS

Each competitor will run in a primary competition group based on modifications and drive train (FWD RWD AWD) in the following classes: STREET, STREET MODIFIED, TRACK MODIFIED, UNLIMITED & SUPER UNLIMITED CLASS RULES.

  1. STREET

STREET is intended for vehicles with minor bolt-­on modifications only. This is our enthusiast class and is intended for advanced HPDE drivers and vehicles that are daily driven street cars, or daily-driveable.This class is limited to naturally aspirated 4 and 6 cylinder vehicles, and forced induction 4 cylinder vehicles.

Vehicles with inflation adjusted MSRPs greater than $70,000 are specifically banned.

CHASSIS / AERO

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN

SUSPENSION / TIRES

INTERIOR / MISC

STREET GT

STREET GT is intended for modern, high horsepower vehicles with otherwise minor bolt-­on modifications only. This is an enthusiast class and is intended for advanced HPDE drivers and vehicles that are daily driven street cars, or daily-driveable. Legal vehicles for this class are forced induction 6 cylinder vehicles and naturally aspirated V8s with inflation adjusted MSRPs less than $105,000 (Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, GT-Rs, various porsches, M3s, etc.). In instances requiring clarification and spirit of the rules of legality based on MSRP, email abrin@grid.life and adam@grid.life

CHASSIS / AERO

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN

SUSPENSION / TIRES

INTERIOR / MISC

STREET MODIFIED

Street Modified exists for street driven vehicles that have extensive off the shelf bolt-­on modifications. This class is for advanced HPDE drivers or those that have previously participated in recreational competitive racing.

CHASSIS / AERO

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN

SUSPENSION / TIRES

INTERIOR / MISC

TRACK MODIFIED

The Track Modified class is intended for vehicles that are extensively modified for track and competition use. This class is for drivers that have participated in competitive driving previously.

CHASSIS / AERO

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN

SUSPENSION / TIRES

INTERIOR / MISC

UNLIMITED

The Unlimited class is for cars that are significantly modified beyond stock form. This group is for advanced and expert drivers only.

SUPER UNLIMITED

The Super Unlimited class is for cars that do not fit into the other Track Battle classifications. This provides a competitive class for nearly any 4 wheeled vehicle including open wheeled vehicles.

COMPETITION FORMAT:

Practice and Qualifying

#GRIDLIFE TrackBattle participants will have have multiple 20 minute sessions throughout a race weekend in an attempt to qualify for the TrackBattle.

RUN GROUPS: Run groups will be assigned and updated after each heat based on laptimes. These groups exist for the safety of all TrackBattle competitors, to help ensure that cars in close proximity are of similar performance.

FAILURE TO RUN IN SPECIFIED RUN GROUP: At their discretion, drivers may opt out of running a given heat. Drivers are not permitted to run in groups other than their own, unless specifically allowed by Gridlife Track Battle Officials. Requests to run in alternate groups because of schedule conflict (eg. instructing HPDE drivers), will be allowed but should be discussed with officials. Drivers found to be illegally competing in run groups other than the assigned group for a given heat will receive a time penalty.  A 5-second time penalty will be applied to all timed laps of that heat if track is dry. If a competitor fails to run in his or her assigned run group and the track is wet, a 15 second per mile of race track (rounded to the next mile) could be imposed depending on the change of conditions. Example: the penalty for failing to run in your specified run group on a 2.3 mile road course and the track is wet and has dried since your run-group went out, a 45 second penalty would be imposed. If the track conditions didn't change, (i.e. still wet) the 5-second penalty would apply. The organizers, at their discretion, may assign stiffer penalties should circumstances warrant.

HIGH-RISK DRIVING: At the safety stewards discretion, a driver may be black flagged during the session because of high-risk maneuvers.  A driver involved in an incident resulting in 4 wheels off course will be black flagged and forego the remainder of the session.

TrackBattle Season Points:

Points will be awarded to all competitors in each competition class and drivetrain. The following represents the points available per event: based on finish position, regardless of drivetrain.  

PLACE POINTS: The number of points available for a given event based on finishing position in the overall grid. Points awarded will be based on the following formula:


Primary Earned Points = 1000 - (10 x (Grid position -1))

As an example, 1st place Finish= 1000 - (10 x (1-1))

= 1000 - (0)

= 1000 pts

As an example, 22nd place Finish

= 1000 - (10 x (22-1))

= 1000 - (210)= 790 pts



Primary points availability will be 1000 per event, regardless of the number of drivers. This scoring system rewards drivers that perform well against their peers in a particular class.

In cases where multiple track configurations are used in a Track Battle weekend (eg. Autobahn Country Club), points will be awarded for each individual track. Points for a given configuration will be based on total points available (calculated from section 3.5) divided by the number of total configurations (eg. 100 entrants, 3 track configurations = 333 total possible points per track).

BONUS POINTS: Track Record 100, Overall Class Record (regardless of drivetrain) 20.

SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP:

All drivers must adhere to all rules as stated in the #GRIDLIFE GTCR. Any questions can be emailed to: adam@gridlife.com and Abrin@grid.life.

Track Battle Brackets