Rules and Regulations

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, certified racing harness, certified 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 two 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.

Tech Questions:
Use our new for 2020 Tech Help Desk. We will no longer be using email to answer any tech questions. The new Tech Help Desk will have oversight by our TAC and the BOD. All questions and answers will use this new system.

SFI Foundation, Inc. Member

ChampCar Endurance Series is a Santioning Body Member of the SFI Foundation, Inc. ChampCar utilizes SFI Specifications within its rulebook.

ChampCar Downloads

The Basics

Standard Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2020

Swapped Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2020

Vehicle Performance Index – 2020

Miscellaneous Paperwork – 2020

2021 BCCR – Effective January 1, 2021 v2.0.0.

Tech Inspection Hints – Safety – from the Chief Tech Director

Viewable 3D sample roll cage

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.

Helpful Links – Links may expire, email if you find dead hyperlinks.

Do you still have questions? Please make certain that you have read the BCCR as most questions are answered in the rules book.

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Get help from racers like you on the community forum. 
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updated by Bill Strong October 17, 2020