Posted By Garold on 18 Aug 2015 03:58 PM
So can anyone point me to me where in the rule book it says it is ok to swap cars mid event? Not trying to make this a big deal, but I would like something in print that says it is ok. For me I really don't care one way or the other, just trying to get a better handle on this. I assume at a regional level it is not that big of a deal, but do they allow it at a National event?
4.5 CAR/DRIVER CHANGES
If during the event a vehicle develops mechanical problems resulting in
its permanent withdrawal from the class heat competition, its driver(s)
may finish his/her (their) runs in another vehicle which is compliant in
that class. Drivers needing to finish their runs in another vehicle, as
permitted by this allowance, must obtain the approval of the Operating
A driver may change cars prior to the beginning of competition until
the driver’s class heat begins, at the discretion of the Chief Steward or
Chief of Registration in consultation with the Chief of Timing.
Local event is a little different - IMO on one hand, who cares (if they follow above)? On the other, you usually have an index to worry about so IMO you would/should always stick with the harder class and index for all the runs. E.G. A few events ago, I took two runs at a local in my EM car and it was starting to rain, so I parked it and switched to my FStreet Mustang that a buddy was already running. All of my times were scored and indexed as EM. If I had started in FStreet, I obviously could not have used times from the EM car there, so I would have to either swtich to EM or just get a DNF for the latter runs.