How to use the links below?
“The Basics” are the rules. These are the important safety items and the procedures that ChampCar uses to access the race car you have chosen.
“Standard Race Car Entry Paperwork” is for the racers who are entering a race car with very little mods. You have the stock engine, the stock transmission, and the stock rear diff. Super easy paperwork.
“Swapped Race Car Entry Paperwork” is for the racers who, have replaced their drivetrains with engines from a different car. Like a Chevy V8 in a Mazda Miata. They have a bit more paperwork to do.
“Miscellaneous Paperwork”, need to protest that Chevy V8 Miata? Start here with the paperwork.
Here are the basic rules:
Not including the required safety equipment that you’ll need – roll-cage, racing seat, racing harness, onboard fire-suppression system, master power off switch, and your car must be valued at less than 500 points. What does that even mean?
ChampCar uses a points-based system to value race cars. Each make/model is assigned a specific base point value. Performance items- shocks, springs, engine modifications, etc. are assigned additional points. Your car’s total point value cannot exceed 500 points (see the rules for how to do this). ChampCar uses this point-based system to control the cost required for a team to go racing.
Strip out the interior and take out all the glass, except the windshield. Install the roll cage, seat, fire-suppression system, and harness. Add the ChampCar number and sponsor panels and you have just created a race car. Okay, so there’s more to it than that, but not much. Read the rules to fill in the blanks.
ChampCar has various race formats, but they generally range from 7 hours to 24 hours. You’ll need a minimum of 2 drivers for most events, and it’s wise to have a couple of crew guys as part of the team. Get people on your team that knows what end of a screwdriver to use and can think clearly at 3:19 am when a wheel bearing starts to disintegrate.
If you cheat or screw-up or both… you’ll be docked laps. If you come to Tech Inspection with a car that’s worth 1,500 points… plan on starting the race about 100 laps down from everyone else. You can still run in the race and you’ll have a great time… but at that point, you’ll only have photos to show for it.
Pre-Tech Inspection via Skype!
Have a new car build or new to you car and don’t want to get caught out in the tech line because you missed an item or two? Schedule a virtual tech inspection with ChampCar tech officials. email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tech Inspection Hints – Safety – from the Chief Tech Director
The Basics – 2019
- Basic Club and Competition Rules 2019 (BCCR)
- BCCR updated to 2019v1.0.5 – 6/6/2019 (uploaded 6/7/2019)
- BCCR updated to 2019v1.0.4 – 1/10/2019
- BCCR updated to 2019v1.0.3 – 11/23/2018
- BCCR updated to 2019v1.0.2 – 11/21/2018
- ChampCar Number and Sponsor Panel Installation Instruction Sheet
- Order your ChampCar decals https://www.rvagfxstore.com/
- Technical Updates and BCCR Rule Clarifications from the Tech Director
- 2019 Rules Interpretation v2019 v1.0
Standard Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2019
- 2019 VPI Table Q3 1900 – 1999 Models
- 2019 VPI Table Q3 2000 – 2019 Models
- 2019 Tech Sheet
- Vehicle Performance Index Online Lookup
Swapped Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2019
Miscellaneous Paperwork – 2019
- 2019 Protest Sheet
- Seat Belt Installation Guide – SFI Foundation
- 2019 ChampCar Endurance Series Printable Schedule
- CCES Racing Flag Reference
The Basics 2020 – Effective January 1, 2020
The links below will go live around September 1, 2019
Standard Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2020
Swapped Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2020
VPI-Weights Raw Data File – !For Research Only!
The following CSV file is for research only and is not considered the official VPI / VPI Swap calculators. They are for research only. You must use the online calculators in the above links for your swap paperwork.
Race Control Radio Frequency
ChampCar now uses a digital radio system that is encrypted.
Do you still have questions? Please make certain that you have read the BCCR as most questions are answered in the manual.
Get help from racers like you on the community forum. Ask Members for help – Forum
You can email the tech crew using our email form. Please allow up to 48 hours to get an answer.
revised by Bill Strong – March 5, 2019