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Roar Racer Education Series: Race Day 101
Typical race formats include 3 qualifying heats, followed by a final position heat usually called the main or main race.
During your qualifiers, you are racing for your best times and not necessarily against other drivers, your goal through the time qualifiers is to come out with your best times possible.
Your cumulative times over the qualifying rounds will dictate your position in the Main event where you will race directly against other drivers for position during the main event time period.
Race formats are usually defined by the track and are usually discussed in the drivers meeting prior to the race. The main difference will how many and when the qualifiers are run.
For shorter local races, a race organizer may only run 2 qualifying rounds in efforts to conserve on time, this may be due to standard format, weather altering events, the amount of racers and classes that are to be run
Typical race days include 3 qualifying rounds followed by the main events
National events or larger format events may run over a 2-3 day period, with qualifiers being run on one day and main events on the following day.
Pay close attention to race formats so you will know when its your turn to race and when its your turn to marshall
Race organizers will do their best to setup up each driver so that he or she can race one race and immediately afterwards head out to marshall, some race organizers will assign you a marshalling station Number usually associated with your car number. this way you will always know where to go when its your turn to marshall
It is expected of you to be able marshall a race if you are a racer, if you are unable to marshall, then you need to make prior arrangements with friend, teammates or the race organizer to have your marshalling spot filled.
Before showing up to the track, it is a great idea to give all of your vehicles a thorough inspection, make sure your parts are maintained and are in top notch shape for best results.
Come to races early, have fuel and batteries prepped, most race organizers have open practice up to 1 hour before race time, this gives you the best opportunity to run the track and get the feel for how your car is handling on the surface.
Make sure you don’t miss the drivers meeting.
Shortly after the drivers meeting the race organizer will post the racing schedule, these schedules will tell you what race you are racing, take note of each heat you will race, either write it down, tell your team/friends, or just memorize it, this will be one of the most important steps of the day for a successful race, for both you and the other racers. In certain formats in order to keep the race moving, you will only be given a 2 minute warning, if you are not ready by then you don’t race.
TIP: if you are running two classes for the day, you may get race 2 and 4 or 1 and 3, etc... This means you will be back to back to back to back!!! you must prepare early, for this combination, right after your first race you will be expected to go out and marshall, so once you come down out of the driver stand, you place your car down on the marshall table, and go directly out to the track to marshall, once done marshalling your next class will be ready to go so you will have no time to prepare. The key here is to prepare both vehicles before your first heat.
Proper race etiquette:
Prepare, take pride in your ride.
Keep your vehicles safe, inspect them regularly, this not only helps you finish races, but keeps other racers safer.
If you are a slower car, if you are out to just have fun, if you are having trouble, yield to faster drivers, proper yielding usually means moving to the outside of the lane allow the faster traffic to pass by under you.
Listen to the race announcer, they will usually call your name out, or vehicle color scheme to let you know if you are in the way and may need to move. Most racer announcers may follow the front of the race, calling leader position on the track, so it is a good idea to know track terminology like front sweeper, table top, triple, double, whoops, etc.. this way if the announcer says here comes the leader through the triple and you know you just passed the triple section then you would know to prepare for the leaders to come through.
Bumping, rubbing, racing.... during your time on the track there is a certain level of bumping and rubbing you should expect, especially if you are in a tight race or a pack of cars, proper etiquette is do your very best not to interfere with other racers, while incidental contact may happen, it will be frowned upon if it becomes consistent. Certain race events may even have rules with time penalties if you are found to be excessively bumping or pushing.
Reading and understanding race results
A main vs. B main vs. C main