ChampCar Rules and Regulations
How to use the links below
“The Basics” are the rules. These are the essential safety items and the procedures ChampCar uses to access the race car you have chosen.
“Standard Race Car Entry Paperwork” is for racers entering a race car with very few 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.
“3D Roll Cage Sample”, we have included a 3D roll cage sample to get you moving in the right direction at fabricating up a legal roll cage.
Here are the basic rules:
Not including the required safety equipment, you will need – A vehicle that is listed on our VPI list, a roll-cage, window net, racing seat, certified racing harness, a certified onboard fire-suppression system, a master power-off switch, and the steering wheel lock removed.
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 given 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. Remove the steering wheel lock. 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 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. You'll be docked laps if you cheat or screw up or both. 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.
Use our 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. https://champcar.org/tech/
BOD, Rules, and Committees
The BCCR is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Click here for the BCCR update and petition process. Information about BOD committees is also on the ChumpCar International, Inc., BOD web page
Rules and Forms
The Basics - The BCCR
- 2023 Basic Club and Competition Rules (BCCR) Effective V2.0 1/1/2023
- 2023 BCCR Red Line for reference only
- 2023 BCCR Change Log V2
- 2023 ChampCar Number and Sponsor Panel Installation Instruction Sheet
- Flagtronics Quick Install Instructions
- Flagtronics FT200 Full Manual
- Order a FlagTronics Electronic Flagging System
Standard Race Car Entry Work Sheets – 2023
- 2023 Online Tech Form (Team Captain Only)
- 2023 Tech Worksheet
- Vehicle Performance Index Online Lookup
Swapped Race Car Entry Paperwork – 2023
Vehicle Performance Index
VPI Raw Data File
!For Research Only!
The following Microsoft XLSX 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.
SFI Foundation, Inc. MemberChampCar Endurance Series is a Santioning Body Member of the SFI Foundation, Inc. ChampCar utilizes SFI Specifications within its rulebook.
Mazda - Mazda Motorsports Contingency Awards Program - Mazda Results Page
Nissan - Nissan Motorsports Racer Support Program
Flagtronics In-Car Flagging System
Starting June 1, 2022, the Flagtronics in-car flagging system will be required in all ChampCar racing cars. You can purchase the units at https://flagtronics.com/champcar
Links may expire, email email@example.com if you find dead hyperlinks.
For cars with glass windows, this approved safety window film can be installed onto the glass. ie – Miata/MR2 Spyder hardtop rear glass. We are told that this is an Internet Order only.
Fire Block RTV and spray foam for those firewall gaps.
Sheet plastic and crash repair kits.
Carbon Fiber scraps (legal for driver comfort use) – great for making interior components, dash, and switch panels.
ChampCar BCCR petition form - https://forms.gle/j3bdMerxR15eic9T7
Do you still have questions? Please make certain that you have read the BCCR as most questions are answered in the rules book. Submit a Tech Desk Ticket at https://champcar.org/tech
Get help from racers like you on the community forum.
Future Rule Book
2024 BCCR - Takes effect January 1, 2024
ChampCar/ChumpCar BCR/BCCR Rules Archive
Looking for what it was like in the olden days of affordable endurance racing? Well, here ya go. These are not meant to be used to build a car and are only uploaded for fun and amusement. The 2014-2016 BCR was made to try and control the changes that were happening in our sport. It kinda worked, but a new BCR was released in 2015 to address safety issues and some other performance issues.