StL Driving Angle GymKhana May 8

April 28, 2010

The St. Louis Region SCCA Driving Angle Gymkhana Event


May 8, 2010 Sanction #   2010 MW DRIFT 01

Held at Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Illinois




Event Chairman, Scott Rose                        (314) 258-2871

Registrar, Carla Russo                                      (314) 616-6313          

Safety Steward, Jan Rick                                      (636) 225-3236

Chief of Waivers, Tony Shamoon                    (618) 530-8348


6:00AM                       Gates Open

7:00AM – 7:45AM       Registration and Tech

7:45AM – 8:00AM       Mandatory Drivers Meeting and Course Walk

8:00AM – 10:00AM     Heat #1 (Odd numbered cars)

10:00AM – 12:00PM   Heat #2 (Even numbered cars)

12:00PM – 1:00PM     Lunch Break

1:00PM – 3:00PM       Heat #1 (Odd numbered cars)

3:00PM – 5:00PM       Heat #2 (Even numbered cars)



  1. Gymkhana literally means ‘Car Rodeo’. Gymkhana events are time and/or speed events in an automobile. These can feature obstacles such as cones, tires, and barrels. The driver must maneuver through a predetermined “track” performing many different driving techniques. What separates gymkhana from traditional autocross events is that the gymkhana requires drivers to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Drifting is also encouraged where helpful or necessary. Essentially, a gymkhana is any event featuring a starting point, a finish line and some sort of “obstacle” to get through, around, or by, all within a time limit. The driver’s goal is to get through the course as fast as possible with the least amount of mistakes. Acceleration, braking, drifting & grip driving are all necessary. Not only do they have to hold control over his/her own car, but gymkhana requires strong mental concentration and memorization.
  2. This event will be held under the current SCCA Drifting Rules, Solo Rules and GCR, as they apply.
  3. Prior to entering, everyone must sign the SCCA Release and Waiver form and obtain a wristband or present a valid SCCA Annual Waiver Hard Card. Wristbands or hard cards will be your credential and required for access to the facility at all times. The wristband, signifying SCCA waiver signature, will be worn either on the wrist, on a SCCA photo ID, or attached to the individuals exterior clothing from the waist up on the front of the body, in plain sight. Similarly, the Hard Card must be worn on the front of the body, outside clothing, in plain sight. If you do not have a wristband or valid SCCA Annual Waiver Hard Card, you will not be allowed access to the facility.
  4. St. Louis Region, SCCA values their members, the Gateway Raceway staff and the all of the volunteers that give their time to put on the race events.  At times there may be differences of opinions, and that is expected, but unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated.
  5. The track is open to vehicular traffic only, during the hours of competition and then only as stipulated by the schedule. During all other hours the track is closed to vehicular traffic including bicycles, skateboards, skates, etc. except as necessary for official use.



  1. Registration opens April 29, 2010 and closes one (1) business day prior to the event date. Entry fee is $50 if pre-registering prior to the actual event date. Day of event registration fee is $60. Registration and payment may be completed online at or with cash only on the day of the event.
  2. REFUNDS POLICY:  No refunds will be given once you have registered for the event.
  3. All entrants must be members of SCCA. They may be an annual member
  4. Entry cap is 20 participants.
  5. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older, present a valid drivers license and be a member of the SCCA.
  6. Car numbers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.



  1. Buildings at Gateway are non-smoking facilities.
  2. Fire lanes must be kept clear. Violators will be towed.
  3. Availability of water, air and gas will be at the option of the track operator. Competitors are advised to be prepared for such unavailability. All tires must be removed form the premises by the competitors. All fluids must be put in the appropriate receptacles in the garage area.
  4. Do not drive stakes into the asphalt. Violators may be penalized.
  5. No parking on the grass.
  6. Maximum speed limit on the premises is ten (10) mph at all times.
  7. Pets and children are not allowed in hot areas and are to be controlled and cleaned up by owners/parents. Leashes are required at all times for all pets.
  8. St. Louis Region will not be responsible for property brought to this event. Please be sure to secure your belongings
  9. No Glass Bottles are allowed anywhere on the property.
  10. No Trailers may go through the tunnel.
  11. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs are permitted at the event site. Drivers are not allowed to compete under the influence of such substances. VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION AND REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE EVENT SITE.



  1. A course map for each event must be presented for review, revision and approval to the Solo Safety Steward, prior to course setup. The course shall be designed in accordance with the SCCA Drifting rules Section 4.2 ‘General Course Guidelines’ and any applicable GCR, and site course guidelines. Adequate time shall be allowed for on-site review, revision and approval by the Solo Safety Steward prior to the start of the event. The event chair is responsible to assure the course review and approval process is implemented. The event chair must be alert to incidents and changing weather conditions and work with the course designer and SSS to make course changes if necessary.
  2. If an incident occurs that involves personal injury, or property damage to the site or participants car/equipment, the event chair and Solo Safety Steward shall consult to determine if/what actions need to be taken regarding the driver/participant, the course design or event operating procedures before the event continues.
  3. At no time while on course and moving shall a driver or passenger stick any body part out side of the vehicle. Any violators will get one warning and if it occurs a second time they will be disqualified and the driver will not continue for that event with no refund.
  4. The finish line will be designated by DOUBLE CONES on both sides of the track. Vehicles still drifting and/or remaining hot after the finish will have their current run DSQ’d.



  1. There will be 5 timed runs per heat. There will be 2 heats in the morning and 2 heats in the afternoon. The total score will consist of the best timed run from each heat (inclusive of penalties) combined to create one time.
  2. Competitors must complete a work assignment. Failure to complete a work assignment may result in restriction from future events at the discretion of the Event Chair. 
  3. Competitors will be assigned a work group and St. Louis Region SCCA reserves the right to revise work assignments and run groups to adapt to participation patterns, event administration, and scheduling.
  4. A Competitor’s score should be posted as soon as practical after the run and should be posted prior to the start of the competitor’s next timed run.
  5. Competitors are expected to drive on course in a fashion which does not threaten the integrity of the club and site equipment. If a driver causes damage to club equipment or the site the driver will be liable for the cost of the repair. Damage to cones does not qualify for any financial penalties. Interpretation of the nature of an incident with respect to the above rules will be the responsibility of the Event Chair and the Solo Safety Steward. Failure to pay a fine will result in suspension of the privilege to participate in all future events.
  6. Event results will not be mailed to each competitor.  They will be available from the region web site at
  7. No more than two drivers may drive the same car in any single heat, except in the event of a mechanical DNF (Did Not Finish) after the heat has begun.
  8. Competitors are expected to drive on course in a fashion which does not lead to contact with objects around the course nor lead to 4 wheels off the pavement. Should a driver hit any non-movable object (ie. light pole, curb, fence, etc…), their runs will be scored as DSQ (Disqualified) for that event and the driver will not continue for that event. If a driver leaves the pavement with all 4 wheels, that is considered an unsafe act, and their runs will be scored as DSQ’s for that event and the driver will not continue for that event. Any co-driver will be allowed to still drive with that car, given that it’s still mechanically sound.
  9. A 2-second penalty will be assessed for each displaced boxed, course entry and exit pylon. The image below is to be used to determine if a pylon/cone/course marker has been moved in a way to incur a point penalty. Pylon penalties apply to any upright cone on the course. Directional pylons (pylons which are laid on their side) are for informational purposes and do not count if hit. Directional pylons placed directly adjacent to a penalty pylon must be obeyed or a DNF will result. Directional pylons not adjacent to a penalty pylon are for informational purposes only and do not result in a DNF if not followed. If a directional pylon displaces a penalty pylon, the penalty pylon will be assessed.


  1. Vehicles suffering damage or malfunction during competition are allowed to return to the back of the grid and fix mechanical issues. They will have until their next turn in the grid rotation to resolve any issues. If the problem occurs at the end of a session where the driver’s next run comes up in less than ten minutes or during a Top 8 or greater elimination round a ten (10) minute grace period will be granted to effect repairs. The ten minute period starts when the driver’s turn is up and ends when the vehicle moves out of their pit space/repair area towards the start line. The repair duration is to be closely monitored by an official. Competitors who fail to fix their car within the time limit will be disqualified from that run thereby forfeiting to the opposing team. Additionally, if a competition vehicle fails/malfunctions on track at any time before the driver initiates the first drift during a run, the driver that failed on track has the right to call for a ten minute grace period to fix the problem. The request must be made of a course worker prior to leaving the track, otherwise the run will be counted against the driver whether the vehicle was able to run or not. Drivers must communicate to event officials the moment the car fails during the run.
  2. One (1) passenger is permitted on any run during the event provided the car has an adequate passenger seat and restraint system.



  1. All vehicles must pass the event safety inspection (Tech) prior to any on-course participation. Tech inspection procedures are designed to recognize potential safety concerns that may affect the operation of our event and your event experience. Tech will be at the event site.
  2. Tech stickers must be present in grid before entering course.
  3. For competition use, the only tires permitted are models that are commonly available to the public through retail outlets with a UTQG rating of 140 or higher. Non DOT approved or R compound tires are not permitted to be used during competitions. Any tire that meets safety tech inspection requirements is allowed for practice sessions regardless of availability or UTQG rating.
  4. Helmets will be checked at tech for compliance with SCCA Solos rules 4.3.1 “Helmets”.



  1. Garages are not available to Gymkhana participants.
  2. All GIR rules are to be followed as posted or directed by GIR personnel or SCCA Officials
  3. The St. Louis Region SCCA reserves the right to modify or go over and above the current SCCA Drifting Rules on site on the day of an event if the Event Chair or Safety Steward deems it appropriate. 
  4. All decisions of the Event Chair and or Safety Steward are final.



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