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DriftWarzz – Drifting Tech/Rulebook

2018 DRIFTWARZZ – Drifting Tech/Rulebook

  • GENERAL RULES
    • Pit speed is 5mph.
    • Absolutely no burnouts, donuts or dangerous driving in the pits. This will be grounds for immediate ejection from the event.
    • Pit areas must be kept clean. There are tons of trash cans…..USE THEM!
    • No refunds will be given. Once you pay and enter, you are in. If your car breaks or doesn’t pass tech, you will not be issued a refund.
    • All used tires must be taken with you. A tire changing service may be available at select events. All used tires must be taken with you, or disposed of (for a fee) by the tire changing company. If tires are left behind, we will no longer offer this convenience for you.
    • Drivers meetings are MANDATORY! If you have not made prior arrangements with us, you not be allowed on track.
    • Pay attention to and respect the track workers and staff. If you have an issue, or see something unsafe or dangerous, please bring it to our attention immediately.
  • Classes
    • Solo (Beginners Class and Novice Class ) – Drivers who have just started drifting and need practice and instructional ride-alongs, and drivers who have proven themselves to have control of the car, who can make solid runs. Instructional ride-alongs are provided only by Advanced class drivers that DriftWarzz has approved.
    • Intermediate: (Intermediate Class) – – Drivers who have proven themselves to have control of the car, drivers who can make mostly solid runs (spinning out on occasion). Also newly caged or caged drivers from other areas we need to evaluate for A class.
    • Tandem (Advanced Class) – Drivers who have proven themselves not only to have control of the car, but also to have control of their car when multiple cars are on the track at the same time. These drivers must have an approved roll cage installed in their car to be in this class. This is the only class permitted to have a single passenger.
    • ANOTHER note about classes: just because you have a cage, DOES NOT automatically put you in Advanced class, or mean you’re able to tandem at our events. If you’re a new driver, or from out of town with a cage, we will put you in Beginners or Novice class for a run group, so we can see you drive, and know that you’re not going to be endangering other drivers or yourself by running tandem. Please remember this isn’t a punishment, or a judgement. Honestly, we want to see EVERYONE running sick tandems with cages. we just need to know you’re up to it and can do it safely.

**DriftWarzz staff reserves the right to move a driver up or down in class as we feel is needed**

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRIFTWARZZ TECH REQUIREMENTS

You will not be allowed on track until you have gone through tech. If you pull to the line without a check mark on your car, you will be asked to pull to the tech shed and will have to wait until an official has time to come tech your car. COME EARLY TO GET THROUGH TECH QUICKLY AND ONTO THE TRACK!

  • DRIVER/SAFETY EQUIPMENT: NON-NEGOTIABLE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THESE ITEMS, YOU WILL NOT DRIVE.
    • SA2010 or newer full faced helmet required. **DOT motorcycle helmets will NOT pass** Open face helmets are ONLY allowed with 4-point harnesses, and NOT allowed with stock belts.
    • Long pants, closed toe shoes and shirts required.
    • Fire extinguishers are mandatory for all cars. They must be securely mounted in a “quick release mount”, within reach of the driver while buckled in. These can be bought for less than $20 and are required.
  • ENGINE
    • No fluid leaks
    • If your engine has rod knock/is on the verge of death, you will not be allowed on track. If the knock/death sentence comes during the event, you will be asked to stop driving. WE DON’T WANT TO CLEAN UP OIL OFF THE TRACK!
    • Coolant overflow tank is mandatory
    • Oil Catch can is mandatory if you have modified your engine/intake/PCV. A COMPLETELY stock engine with factory PCV system intact will be allowed to run as-is.
    • Gas cap must be present and sealed.
    • If you have fuel cell instead of a stock tank, it must be top port (no bottom sump drag style cells), and it must be completely separated from the passenger compartment of the car by a sealed metal firewall.
  • WIRING
    • All wiring should be insulated/covered/taped/NO COPPER SHOWING!
    • Battery must be TIGHTLY SECURED! No floppy batteries! (no zip ties, ratchet straps, or bungees)
    • Must have working headlights and taillights (night events)
    • Positive battery terminal must be covered
    • If battery is in the passenger compartment, it must be in a sealed box.
  • SUSPENSION/WHEELS/BRAKES
    • Brakes must work and have adequate pedal pressure
    • Must have ALL LUG NUTS AND LUG STUDS!
    • No excessive steering wheel/suspension play
    • welded/LSD/locking diff is HIGHLY recommended
    • Functioning handbrake HIGHLY recommended
  • SEATS/HARNESSES/INTERIOR
    • ALL LOOSE ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED FROM CAR. If it is not bolted down, it needs to be removed from your car before driving.
    • Seats must be securely mounted
    • If harnesses are installed a harness bar must be installed. Harnesses MAY NOT be bolted directly to the floor. A strut tower bar is NOT a harness bar. if you need to know how to properly mount your harnesses, google it. there’s even pictures and stuff.
    • Lap AND Shoulder belt MUST be used
    • Seat belts/Harnesses must be used at all times.
    • Due to their design, we prefer stock belts with stock seats, and aftermarket harnesses with aftermarket seats.
  • BODY/ GLASS
    • Windshield must not have ANY cracks interfering with the driver’s view. small cracks are up to the discretion of the Tech official, but the general rule is if it touches your window frame in two places, it will NOT pass tech.
    • Tow straps are HIGHLY recommended. Factory tow hooks are accepted, but tow straps will be much safer for towing your car. It’s not our fault if you aero gets ripped off pulling you out of the weeds.
    • Hood and trunk must be securely latched with OEM latches or pins.
    • Please secure your aero appropriately, or just take it off. We don’t want to have to go get your bumper or side skirt after every run.
  • Roll Cage
    • All roll cages will be thoroughly inspected.
    • All Convertibles must have a 4-point Roll Bar. Miata 2 point “style bars” do not qualify.
    • minimum 6 point roll cage with harness and door bars is required for tandem
    • Roll cage must have x or double horizontal bars on both front doors for tandem
    • 98% of Bolt in roll cages (basic Cusco, god speed, ebay, etc) are NOT allowed for tandem driving. the ONLY exceptions are Safety 21 or Autopower, if installed correctly, and modified for double door bars. if door bars are removable and not fully welded in, they must be slip joint style, not flanged.
    • must be double plated at all chassis mounting points, and use proper grade 8 or above rated hardware. All roll cages will be thoroughly inspected, especially bolt ins.

Roll cage padding is required anywhere the drivers head can impact the cage.

Driftwarzz is coming to Homestead Speedway 12/8!

DriftWarzz is coming to Homestead Speedway for single and tandem drifting on the infield course on 12/8/18! We will be releasing more details and opening registration soon for this event!

Street Racing Illustrated | SRMS: Cars, Coffee, and Racing 10.14.18

Story | Phillip Pratt

Photos | Gerry Burke and Phillip Pratt

Street Racing Made Safe’s 2nd Autocross event at AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Miami is exposing drivers to a whole new world of obsession.

Street Racing Illustrated | SRMS Cars, Coffee, and Racing 10.14.18Street Racing Made Safe’s (SRMS) second Autocross event hosted at the AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Miami, Florida, right outside the legendary Homestead Speedway, was a something of a culture shift. South Florida has always been a great place for auto enthusiasts. Probably why a private company is investing millions of dollars into a high-end driver’s club next to Opalocka airport. Year round sun, no snow, and very friendly emissions laws allow us to enjoy our machines day in and out. But for the most part, it’s always been about drag racing. Can’t blame anyone, it’s probably the easiest event to host.

Street Racing Illustrated | SRMS Cars, Coffee, and Racing 10.14.18Autocross has always been a niche kind of thing. Turnouts at parking lot hosted events generally have good turnouts. However, they are so few and far between, growing the event in terms of exposure was going to tough. When SRMS first teamed up with AMR and sold out all their tickets, I was impressed. It was new, and people trusted the SRMS name. It rained (or poured) that day, so it was hard to get a good read on what people really thought.

Street Racing Illustrated | SRMS Cars, Coffee, and Racing 10.14.18When they did it a second time under blue skies, I really took notice. Roughly 1/3 of their attendees were brand new. These weren’t the same hooligans from a month ago. All of a sudden the staging grounds turned into a hundred mini-pits with drivers jacking up their cars, rotating tires, comparing times, set-ups and exchanging tips. Tent’s and canopies were all over the place as families were settling in to spend the day. Autocross in Homestead isn’t fade, nor is it fly by night event. It’s growing and maturing into its own animal. There is officially more to Miami than just drag racing.

Street Racing Illustrated | SRMS Cars, Coffee, and Racing 10.14.18

Street Racing Illustrated | Motegi Racing x Street Racing Made Safe

Motegi Racing and Street Racing Made Safe collab to make the Project Focus ST great again

Story | Phillip Pratt

Motegi Racing x SRMS

Scion tC on Motegi Racing MR400s | Photo courtesy of Motegi Racing

Famed wheel manufacturer, Motegi Racing, and South Florida based automotive enthusiast event/race organizer, Street Racing Made Safe, have joined forces. Motegi Racing will be providing a slick set of 18×10 (+10 offset) MR400 2-Piece, wheels for the SRMS Project Ford Focus ST. Unlike its flow-formed, cast-aluminum cousin, the MR133, the MR400s have forged centers and barrels. Motegi Racing, a Wheel Pros owned company, was established in 00’. Their wheels have graced the hubs of production cars to show-stopping trailer queens and rubber melting track stars alike. The SRMS Project ST is poised to turn some heads with Motegi Racing’s lite-weight, dynamically designed rolling stocks. See them in action on September 9th, 2018 at the AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Florida for Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

Motegi Racing x SRMS

Motegi Racing MR400 | Photo courtesy of Motegi Racing

S2000 at SRMS' Cars, Coffee, and Racing

Street Racing Illustrated | Cars, Coffee, and Racing 08/12/2018

“Auto-Xing actually becomes more fun when it’s raining!”- Mario Ojito

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

SRMS Cars, Coffee, and RacingStreet Racing Made Safe’s inaugural Car, Coffee, and Racing was everything that SRMS President, Mario Ojito, said it would be. Even a massive speed trap on the turnpike and forty-five-minute downpour couldn’t stop the meet and races. Despite the wetter circumstances of the end of the day, the beginning was effing flawless. The racers were blessed with sunny, clear, skies as prep began and walks of the track were allowed. This isn’t a go-kart track with a tiny lane and nearly unreasonable amounts of hair-pins. AMR Motorplex supplied racers with lots of stretches to open those throttles up and get some speed going. The rain that arrived halfway through the event slowed down the meet-section, but unlike on a drag-strip, water just makes the racing more engaging. It was easy to tell the first time Auto-Xers from the seasoned vets, but as this event grows, I expect to see skills and car engineering do the same. Auto-Xing times can be viewed here. Next event will be held on September 9th, 2018 at AMR Motorplex.

 

SRMS Cars, Coffee, and Racing

The SRMS, Auto-X purpse-built, Project ST

Street Racing Illustrated | Behind the Wheel – Mario Ojito; Cars, Coffee, and Racing

SRMS is back like they never left with their Car Meet & Auto-Xing Event; Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

 

Story | Phillip Pratt

Interviewer | Clifton Hernandez

 

Nice S2K Auto-Xing at PBIR Karting track

Nice S2K Auto-Xing at PBIR Karting track

 

Like a phoenix rising from the proverbial ashes, sometimes you have to let something die to build it back up stronger. Street Racing Made Safe came onto the South Florida racing scene like a tidal wave. Starting small at the now-defunct County-line Raceway, the non-profit organization eventually found its footing when it became a fixture at Palm Beach International Raceway (or PBIR). After some turbulent times, things have come full circle for SRMS president and founder, Mario Ojito. He took the time recently to sit down with SRI and layout plans for his new projects, most notably, what we can expect with his new crossing-promoting endeavor: Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

 

Street Racing Illustrated: Tell us, what does the timeline look like? What came first? Cars and Coffee or Auto-X?

 

Mario Ojito: Auto-X came first. I’ve always been passionate about Auto-Xing. It’s been something that I’ve always enjoyed. It definitely lasts longer [in terms of racing] than a quarter-mile. Right there, that’s the selling point [for me]. It’s a bit more technical. I actually did another Auto-X back when we did County-line [Raceway]. We used the other side of the property. I set up a bunch of cones. It wasn’t anything big. Then in 2017, before the “corporate take-over” happened, we did an Auto-X over at PBIR, but then it all stopped after that.

 

SRI: How long did it take for Auto-X to get incorporated into SRMS’ portfolio officially?

 

Mario: We started SRMS in 2011 and we did Auto-X two-years later in 2013.

 

SRI: Is there something else you working towards? I mean between Cars and Coffee and now Auto-X, is there any other cross-promotions you have your eye on?

 

Mario: Oh, yeah. We’re working on something close to downtown Miami. It’s going to have everything. It’s going to be like culture-overload for the car enthusiast market. Essentially what I’m trying to do now is similar to what we did back in 2011. Something that has never been done before. Why? Because Roll-Racing is everywhere. It’s copied by everyone. So now I’m reinventing the wheel.

 

SRI: Do you plan on having a list for Auto-X, similar to the SRMS Top-10 List?

 

Mario: No, because Auto-X has multiple classes. You see, you have SRMS classing and SCC classing. SRMS classing is designed and created for the novice types that don’t want to go through the 125+ classes and standard SCC rulebook. That’s why we created the classing differences. If I were to create a Top-10 List for that, there would have to be a Top-10 List for each class. That’d be impossible. In SRMS, there are already 9 individual classes using the three different drive types (FWD, RWD, and AWD).

 

Mazda Miata eating a turn

Mazda Miata eating a turn

 

SRI: Where did the idea of Cars, Coffee, and Racing come from?

 

Mario: Ok, I’ve wanted to do Cars and Coffee event for some time now and we were able to do that with our partners, CLRDHOT. That’s where Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne came from. They’d been doing it for a while before we came along. I had already been working on the Homestead deal, so that’s where the “Racing” came into play. After that, I made sure our new dates didn’t conflict with the pre-existing Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne dates.

 

SRI: Cars and Coffee meets are more informal. People park and sit around. Very much a culture-thing. How do you want to this particular event grow? More of a relaxed meet-up or more like an SRMS racing event?

 

Mario: Ideally, it’d be more of a mixture of both… So it’d be a mix of the racing crowd with a focus on the purpose-built vehicles and less of the streetcar flying down the track trying to get to end. This allows for a much more diverse market. Not just regular Mustang GT guys with full bolts, but people trying to build all-around vehicles coming together.

 

SRI: You’re looking to get more than just the Test-N-Tune crowd then?

 

Mario: Well the cool factor about Cars, Coffee, and Racing is the fact that the racing is happening just 10 to 15-feet away from where you’re at. So, you’re right there. There will also be a VIP lounge, and VIP stage, so you can go up 20-feet in the air and literally look over the whole track, which is pretty cool. The other cool aspect is… people drive an hour and a half to go to Cars, and Coffee Palm Beach. Instead, for a large part of South Florida, this is only 35 to 45-minutes away. There’s definitely more parking with the 3000 spaces, and then you have the racing. Of course, with a new event, to start off we don’t expect the pack the house, but we’re hoping for the best. Doesn’t really matter, to be honest, we’re going to be there, and what counts the most is consistency. We’re consistent. After January when we hammer everything out, we’ll be moving over to the Speedway, while still holding the [Auto-X] event. We’ll be holding bigger festivals and Homestead Speedway come 2019.

 

AMR Motorplex layout for the upcoming Cars, Coffee, and Racing event

AMR Motorplex layout for the upcoming Cars, Coffee, and Racing event

 

SRI: What can the non-racing attendee, the person just coming to come, expect to see at Cars, Coffee, and Racing?

 

Mario: We’re going to have multiple vendors, we’re going to have food trucks, go-kart rentals at a discounted price, the racing around the track. There’s also going to be a VIP area which will have the VIP cars and stuff like that, not to mention the regular dope cars that come out for South Florida meets.

 

SRI: Is there anything that like a long-term goal? I know you mentioned the coming Downtown Miami event, but what about this one in particular?

 

Mario: I guess, what I’d like to see happen is for this to become a monthly enthusiast festival. You know; kids play areas, different forms of entertainment. But that’s essentially what I’d like to see. Of course, I’d like to see that place completely packed! I’d love to see 3000 cars there but I want to emphasize the racing aspect because it gives people so much more. We’re just trying to make it different than anything else that’s ever been done. The layout of the parking, the way the racing is happening. Everything.

 

“We pioneered Rolling-Racing, and now everybody does it. It’s cool, but now it’s like we’re doing it again…”

 

SRI: So what’s your personal favorite part of the event?

 

Mario: Racing obviously. I’m a racing guy! I love everything that has to do with racing.

 

SRI: Yeah, I remember you jumping into your ST while emceeing the Auto-X event up at PBIR!

 

Mario: Oh, man, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy that! Our first logo was simply “I Love Street Racing”. It’s just something that’s not hidden with me. Though when I drive on the street, I have to set an example. I haven’t street raced since 2009 before I put in an application to become a nonprofit. Going on 9-years now. People have lined up next to me a million times since then, but I’ll never race them.

 

Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne 07.29.2018

The “ILoveStreetRacing” sticker on display at a Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne event.

 

SRI: Is there a car at an Auto-X event that you haven’t seen yet that you want to show up?

 

Mario: Sure, the new NSX. Electric motors, twin-turbo, well-balanced, very lightweight… I’d love to see Joker_NSX come out.

 

SRI: Besides the Auto-Xing, what else are you looking forward to with this event?

 

Mario: The spectator-factor. Usually at a Cars, and Coffee event, what gets people hyped up and breaking necks is people just revving their motors, or someone rolling in with a high-end car. When you show up at a [drag racing] track and don’t run, no one really cars. But in this type of event, you can have fun without worrying about breaking anything. Your high-end car should perform perfectly fine.

 

SRI: Now it comes down to driver skill…

 

Mario: Exactly. Which is why I love Auto-Xing even more. It’s not really about what you drive at this point, but how you drive it.

 

SRI: Do you plan on branching out anymore? Outside of South Florida?

 

Mario: Not sure… we did that in 2017 and really all that ended up happening was us sharing facilities and those track managers turning around running with the concept. Kind of just happy with Florida, right now.

 

A GR Subi making rounds at PBIR Karting track

A GR Subi making rounds at PBIR Karting track

 

SRI: As far as the weather at this event. This is Florida, after all…

 

Mario: This is a rain or shine event. We do not stop Auto-Xing. Of course, it’ll have an effect on people coming out to spectate. We expect the main amount of people coming out will be from 8 AM to 2 PM and then after that, the only people left will be the ones still racing. The only time we have to stop the event is if there’s lightning. If not, we keep running. Auto-Xing actually becomes more fun when it’s raining!

 

SRI: You did something with Auto-Xing up at the BB&T Center parking lot once, considering taking this North?

 

Mario: That wasn’t an SRMS’ event, really. Just something we participated in, but insurance is ridiculous when using sites not regulated for racing. Besides that, I’m focusing on the Miami market, and the Homestead Speedway location and just capitalizing on that. Killing the game there. Everyone else can play catch-up after that.

 

SRI: SRMS is about getting people on the track and off the street. Going back to when The Fast and The Furious premiered and the industry really took off; do you foresee this format of racing doing something similar as you move forward?

 

Mario: No, not like that. I do see an uprising in the market because we’ll be putting it in front of people and changing the perception of it. Giving them a way to see it and giving them a way to enjoy it. I see us one day maxing out and not being able to [facilitate] any more racers, just because we won’t be able to. We’re capped at 120 cars in 4 running groups. We’re trying to offer a minimum of 5 runs a day. But because we’ll be running from 8 AM to 6 PM at night, I think most people will be getting 10 or more runs to start out, which is a lot for $55.00. Compare that to a Test-N-Tune where you’d be lucky if you got 5 runs.

 

It really isn't about what you drive.

It really isn’t about what you drive.

 

SRI: So you want people to come out early and get as many runs as possible?

 

Mario: Well, it’s mandatory. Registration will open at 8 AM, the drivers meeting will be at 9:30 AM and the track goes hot at 10 AM. From there we call the run groups accordingly.

 

SRI: That’s cool. Man, I’m getting this old feeling I used to have when I was a kid. Getting all excited about driving up to PBIR (then, named Moroso) and running my car. I can see this turning into that for people.

 

Mario: It’s an exciting time! We pioneered Rolling-Racing, and now everybody does it. It’s cool, but now it’s like we’re doing it again [with Auto-Xing and our other projects], and I’m getting that same emotion I had, where I’m excited. We’re pushing this beyond the boundary that other people had and I’m going to keep doing it. I’m not going to stop and there’s nobody that can stop me. We’re going to change the face of racing (again). What we’re doing in Miami, what we’re doing at AMR and what we’re going to do Homestead Speedway. I will continue to push the envelope in directions no one has.

 

Cars, Coffee, and Racing inaugural event kicks off 8 AM, August 12th, 2018 at AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Florida. For more information email: info@streetracingmadesafe.com

 

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