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PostSubject: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Thu 3 Mar 2016 - 16:09

1973 USAC National Championship

 
   
1973 Champ Car Mod

For this championship we are using HSO 1973 Championship Cars v1.1 with this "C" patch and updated rFm

Car Selection

A variety of chassis are available for full-time drivers (for example, Eagle, Coyote, McLaren, Parnelli, etc), with three engine suppliers (Offenhauser, Foyt and Chevrolet). Goodyear and Firestone are the tire suppliers. Please refer to the mod's readme pdf for important performance information before making a full-time drive selection. Certain selections will reflect the career track of a 1973 driver or car, meaning there will be a progression from one particular car or team to another; this should also be taken into consideration before making a selection (see the Entry List thread). After round five, new aerodynamic and fuel load restrictions will be imposed, making the overall field more competitive.

Car selection is free. However, admins can refuse a car to a given driver if they are judged too fast for it or if their simracing level is unknown.

When car selection opens, a driver can post their selections and those of someone else who can't be online when the thread opens -- providing:
1) They only post selections for themselves and a maximum of one other driver 
2) The other driver doesn't post later with a contradicting selection

During the season, switching from one full-time drive to another is permissible -- but only under the following process:

1) Any full-time drive that goes vacant will be offered on the forum to full season drivers that want to change their car, on a first come-first serve basis. Admins still reserve the right to refuse a car to a driver who is deemed to fast for it.

2) Should the drive still remain vacant 24 hours later, it will be offered to the waiting list drivers in order of who has the most one off starts.

3) The drive made free by the full season driver who changes his ride will go through procedure 1)

For certain exceptional cases we can allow sharing a car between two drivers, i.e. they are free to arrange between themselves who drives at each event.

At most races, open cars will be available as one-off drives for those who are not committed to the entire schedule, but would still like to take part occasionally.  These one-off drives will be announced in individual race threads.  Like the full-time drivers, one-off drivers will be eligible for championship points (see "Points System"). If a full-time driver declares himself/herself absent for a race, their car will be available for said race as a one-off drive. If a full-time driver gives up their drive for the season, the car in question goes through the three-step process listed above. One-off drivers cannot switch from one car to another once they have made a selection for a particular race. Drivers who already have a secure full-time drive are not allowed to jump into another full-time drive that happens to be absent at a race, unless they are switching to that car full-time.

A full-season driver missing two races in a row without any explanation on the forum will have their car freed and made available for someone else. If a full-season driver is absent for three races in a row or five races in total, they will lose their drive, even if they declare their absence each time. For those on the waiting list who wanted to commit to full season and did not get a ride, we will count how many times they effectively appear to do a one off, which will score for preference towards getting a full time drive that becomes available (after said drive clears procedure 1 listed above).  The driver(s) with the most one-off starts have 24 hours to claim a car from the time it is made available to them; if they say no or do not respond, the next driver(s) on the list have 24 hours to claim it, and so on.  If everyone on the waiting list declines the car by saying no or letting time expire, it will be open to anyone as a full-time drive or as a one-off in the next scheduled race.  The waiting list is only for drivers who have no full-time drive, not for full-time drivers looking to switch cars. A car swap between two full-time drivers can be requested, but must be cleared with the admins.  If a former full-time driver asks to join the waiting list, they will be placed in the last tier with a "0" for one-off starts, irrespective of what drives they had before. Full-time starts do not count as one-off starts.  Under no circumstances can a driver have their name attached to more than one car at a time (i.e. driving a one-off car one weekend while at the same time having a full-time drive booked in advance for subsequent races).

Championship Rules

The championship will be run over 16 rounds; on some occasions, two rounds will be run on the same day as separate heats.  

Points System

Points are awarded to the top 12 according to the scheduled race distance.

Race distance 
1st 
2nd 
3rd 
4th 
5th 
6th 
7th 
8th 
9th 
10th 
11th 
12th 
100 miles
200
160
140
120
100
80
60
50
40
30
20
10
125 miles
250
200
175
150
125
100
75
63
50
38
25
13
150 miles
300
240
210
180
150
120
90
75
60
45
30
15
200 miles
400 
320
280
240
200
160
120
100
80
60
40
20
500 miles1000 80070060050040030025020015010050
   
Both finishers and non-finishers can score points.  No bonus points are awarded for most laps led or pole positions. All rounds count toward the championship total.

There will be one drivers’ championship, as well as the informal "Triple Crown" (a driver winning all three 500 mile races will be declared Triple Crown Champion).

Qualifying

Qualifying for most events will consist of a two-lap shootout for each driver. This 5-minute session will be a "private" one as per rFactor's rules, which means each driver will be alone on the track although everybody will run simultaneously. Each driver will be allowed a maximum of four laps : one warming up lap, two qualifying laps, and the slowing down lap. Any driver covering more than four laps will have his qualifying time disallowed and will be put at the end of the qualifying order. The Indianapolis 500 grid will be determined by the traditional 4-lap Pole Day on a date prior to the actual race weekend. Special qualifying instructions for select races will be disseminated one week prior to said races.


Event Schedule 

All meetings will be held on Sunday nights (all times given as CET)

20:00 – Free practice (45 minutes)
20:45 – Qualifying Shoot-out (private session, 5 minutes, 2 flying laps)
20:50 – Drivers' briefing and warm-up
21:00 – Race start

Race server password : hso73


Race Start Procedure

The start will be given flying behind the game-controlled pace-car (special formats will be outlined for 500 mile races).


Full Course Yellow Procedure (En français en dessous)

This series will see the appearance of the Full Course Yellow procedure. When rFactor judges that a situation is risky (a car stopped on the track, a spin on a speedway etc..), he will throw a Yellow Flag. From the time this Yellow Flag is thrown, overtaking is forbidden, but if you have doubt about your position, rFactor will tell you where you have to be when you will cut the start/finish line. 

When the Safety Car is out, you must keep a normal pace until you reach the the line of cars behind the SC. Otherwise you'll get a penalty. Same when you exit the pitlane under yellow, you have to be quick enough to rejoin the SC.

/!\ On oval track the leader will have to be careful to not overtake the Safety Car when the latter is exiting the pitlane. /!\

*** VF ***

Ce championnat est marqué par l'apparition de la procédure de Full Course Yellow. Quand rFactor jugera qu'une situation est à risque (une voiture arretée au mauvais endroit, un tête à queue sur un ovale) il sortira la voiture de sécurité. Une fois cette procédure lancée, il est interdit de dépasser. Si vous avez des doutes rFactor vous dira de toute façon ou vous placer une fois que vous aurez franchi la ligne de départ/arrivée. 

Lorsque la voiture de sécurité est sortie, vous devez conserver un rythme normal jusqu'à ce que vous rejoigniez la file des voitures derrière le SC, sinon vous risquez de vous voir infliger une pénalité. Même chose lorsque vous ressortez des stands, vous ne devez pas trainer pour rejoindre la voiture de sécurité.

/!\ Sur les ovales, le leader devra faire attention à ne pas dépasser la voiture de sécurité lorsque celui ci est en train de sortir des stands. /!\


Restart Spacing Rule (En français en dessous)
 
On restarts, all cars must be no more than two car lengths apart, and single file.
Failure to observe this rule during the race could result in a post-race penalty.  

*** VF ***

Lors des restarts, toutes les voitures ne doivent pas être séparées par plus de 2 longueurs de voiture et sur la même file.
Tout manquement à cette règle peut entrainer des pénalités après course.





Training Server

A training server running on the next scheduled track will be online permanently. Password : hso73

Behaviour on track

A few behaviour rules :

- as for all HSO races, it is required you use your real name both in-game and on the forum. Thank you.

- Chatting is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN in race session. It is allowed in qualifying sessions for technical issues only.

- Drive Through : If a driver has to do a drive through, even if there is no pit lane speed limit, he has to drive through the pitlane at 100km/h max (60mph). If he doesn't respect this, he will get a 30s penalty at the end of the race.

- If you have a spin on the course, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure the track is sufficiently clear before you rejoin the race.

- Respect the red condition at the end of the pitlane.

Application and Interpretation of the Regulations

The admins alone are qualified to solve any problems raised by the application and the interpretation of the present regulations.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Thu 31 Mar 2016 - 17:22

From the Trenton races onward we will be making the following rule change:


- When a full course yellow is called by the server, the running order is immediately frozen and drivers may not race back to the line.  (Previously, cars were allowed to race back to the line).


This rule change is in response to the accordion effect we experienced in round 1, where cars racing back to the line suddenly encountered cars slowed for the pace car.  Add to this the relative inexperience drivers had with yellow flags, and chaos easily ensued.  Freezing the order at the moment a yellow is called will give everyone more time to slow down and lessen the chances of an incident under yellow. 


Drivers will still be allowed to overtake before the line on a start or restart provided the green is out.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Thu 1 Sep 2016 - 0:37

I would like to make everyone aware of rule changes that we have decided on for the USAC series.


After analyzing the difficulties experienced at Pocono, we've concluded that the server is easily confused under yellow if cars pit before the pace car is deployed, which can result in unwarranted penalties.  Further, every effort should be made to lessen the chance of a car pitting on a restart, which can also confuse the server, resulting in penalties. Therefore:

- Once a yellow is declared, the pits will now initially be closed.  After one full lap behind the pace car, the server will announce that the pits are open, and service can begin.

- Each yellow will now last a minimum of three laps to allow plenty of time for pit stops and lessen the chance of confusion when returning to green flag racing.


These rule changes will be in effect at Round 7, the Michigan 200.


Also:

- Our third 500 mile race at Ontario will omit yellow flags, as they simply will not gel with three-wide starts in rFactor.


If there are any questions about the rule changes, please do not hesitate to ask via PM Wink

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Mon 12 Sep 2016 - 15:15

Following the Michigan 200, one further caveat will be added to the closed pit rule:


- Pitting while the pits are closed will be permissible in cases of serious damage (a wing missing) or having less than one lap of fuel left (there is a risk that by pitting before the pace car collects the field, the server could conclude you gained a lap and issue a penalty, but that would certainly be preferable to running out of fuel on the track or crashing due a to lack of downforce).


This caveat will be observed at Round 8, the Tony Bettenhausen 200.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Sun 9 Oct 2016 - 22:33

From round 9 onward, cars entering the pits when they are closed will be handed a "longest line" penalty by the server.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Mon 10 Oct 2016 - 19:35

Qualifying boost may not be used in the Ontario heats, or any race sessions from here on out. Boost is still free in the 2-lap qualifying shoot outs.

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PostSubject: Re: 1973 USAC National Championship - Rules   Wed 26 Oct 2016 - 16:21

After analyzing the erroneous DQs in the California 500, we have determined that the best way to avoid these in the future is to do away with the pits-closed rule.  The aim of this rule was to lessen the chance of rFactor confusing the order under yellow. Clearly, the rule has not had the intended effect.  So therefore --

- The pits will now remain open when a yellow is called

Also --

- One extra lap of yellow and one random lap of yellow will be added to ensure that everyone has ample time to pit and get settled before returning the green

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