ATV Drag Racing Association to offer new professional class
the ATV Drag Racing Association announced it's plans to offer
a new professional class for it's ATV drag racers. This class
will be called the Pro Mod Quad class and it should make for
some interesting all heads up racing action. Randy Edley,
President of the ATVDRA in his announcement of this class said
"We believe it is time for the professionalism of our racers
and their quads to be shown on a national level. This class
allows all of the engineering and technology in these machines
to shine through."
class will be available to be run on all surfaces that the
ATVDRA currently sanctions events on. Dirt/Sand races will be
held at the standard 300ft distance, while asphalt surfaces
will remain 1/8 mile only.
ATVDRA also announced a license process for this class, the
first ATV only organization to require it's riders to be
licensed on their machines. You must complete this license
process before you will be allowed to compete in this class.
These are the tentative rules released for the class today:
Max 90" wheelbase
Must run complete stock style plastic
Must be a quad
450lbs min. weight 551cc up / 400lbs min. weight 550cc and
less (min. weight figured on quad + rider).
551cc up allowed one power adder. (NOS, Turbo, etc)
550cc and less allowed two power adders. (NOS, Turbo, etc)
automotive style engines
Chain Guards - Mandatory on all bikes. Chain or belt guards
are to cover the width and at least the top run to the
centerline of the sprocket of any chain/belts. The clutch
assembly must have at least half of the side surface
covered. The guards should be steel or 1/8-inch aluminum
unless otherwise stock equipped and must be firmly mounted.
Rear fender and seats are not chain guards.
Handling Problems - Any ATV deemed to have questionable
handling characteristics may be required, before further
competition, to make a solo pass during qualifying to
demonstrate motorcycle and rider stability. Terms and
conditions of pass will be determined on an individual
basis. If a rider crosses the centerline or outer boundary
line for a second time in qualifying, the rider will be
disqualified from that event.
Lights - All entries must have a functional taillight
attached to ATV during night operation.
Wheelie Bar -All ATV's competing in the Pro Mod Quad Class
MUST have a workable wheelie bar.
Rider Safety Gear
Helmet -Full-face helmets meeting SNELL 90, 95 or 2000 specs
are mandatory. The SNELL label must be inside the helmet and
not tampered with. A SNELL decal on the outside of the
helmet is not acceptable. BSI & ACU specs are accepted. BSI
& ACU decals must be affixed to the back of the helmet.
Streamlining attached to the rider or to his helmet is
prohibited. Long hair must be braided or tucked into helmet
or into leathers. Due to differences in design, it is
recommended that helmets made for car racing not be used.
The reason for this is some car helmets have a more square
profile and could have a tendency to twist one’s neck in the
case of a fall.
Protective Clothing -Any participants are required to have
full leathers. The use of synthetic material riding suits is
prohibited. The use of stretchable Kevlar and perforated
materials in non-critical areas are permissible. Suits may
be one-piece design or joined together with a “full
circumference” zipper at the waist. *Critical area (knees,
elbows, forearms, shoulders) armor or 2-layers of leather is
highly recommended and is mandatory in new construction. A
spine protector is mandatory bikes. Riders of motorcycles
burning pure methanol are recommended to wear Nomex
underclothing due to invisible flames. Gloves must be
roadrace type with additional Kevlar or similar palm patch
or buttons, minimum 3-inch gauntlet cuff with wrist closure.
Metal wrist band watches are prohibited. Leathers, gloves or
boots with excessive wear or holes are prohibited.
Tires - Front tires on asphalt surface must be of a street
tire type design. Rear tires on asphalt surface must be of
an approved slick or grooved tire. Front Buffs allowed only
on dirt/sand surface.
*Rules are subject to be modified as necessary to insure the
class remains competitive and safe. Additional chassis and
engine rules available from the ATVDRA offices.
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