We at SMO-HARDCORE hope everyone is looking forward to very competitive racing with minimal cautions. For folks that do not know us, we believe in 3 principles when you come to the track
1) You will race clean!
2) You will race with the utmost courtesy toward your fellow drivers!
3) You will have a lot of fun!
For those that are willing to apply the above principles, we truly welcome you aboard what should be a great series. For anyone that can't or won't abide by ALL of these principles - you might as well stay off the track. You won't last long here.RULES and PROCEDURES
1. At Minimum, a DSL or better type connection is required to race at SMO.
2. STEERING WHEEL IS MANDATORY
to race at SMO. Joysticks and/or Keyboards/Keypads are NOT ACCEPTED.
3. Make sure you are in the right car # and your login name is correct BEFORE you login to the server.
4. You must be a minimum of 18yrs old
. If you are younger than the age of 18, then you must send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and request permission to race. You will get a reply email asking you questions. You must answer them honestly by return email. Once the admins have read your reply then you will be contacted with further instructions. You will have to show that you can race with Adults if you are not 18 or older.
5. EFFECTIVE June 1st, 2014
: Teamspeak will be MANDATORY
to race at SMO. Minimum requirements will be logging in so YOU can hear what is going on during the race. Although, being required to talk to us is preferred, but talking will only be optional.
6. Working Equipment:
Make sure your equipment is properly working. Losing brakes in the middle of a race is almost unheard of with Sim Racing, but I guess if it's an electronic failure or power issue then it can happen. If your equipment fails during a race, whether it starts working again or not, you will be asked to park for the rest of the race and possible points deduction if found that your equipment was working fine and a deliberate action was taken using this excuse. No questions asked, you could be banned indefinite for such actions. Think before you do something stupid.
ALSO YOU MUST GO READ AND BE FAMILIAR WITH THE RACE PROCEDURES, this is in the forums under IMPORTANT LEAGUE NEWS, the title is called: click here.. Race ProceduresHERE'S THE RULES:
THE CAR NUMBER THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN WILL BE USED IN ALL SERIES. NO EXCEPTIONS.
NO PASSING BEFORE TURN 2 ON RESTARTS UNTIL UNDER 10 TO GO if it's a single file restart. Passing before turn 2 at the start of a race is permissible (when the series is allowing double file restarts) as long its done clean and safely without causing an incident. NOTE: When you start a race double file, especially at Super Speedways, the draft may allow the positions in the outside line to pass the positions on the inside line. This is fine on double file starts and restarts as long as it's done safely without an incident, because if you check up to keep from passing before turn 2 then you probably will cause an incident.
DOUBLE FILE RESTARTS: The leader with one to go to green will get choice of which lane he/she wishes to start in, then second place will line up just opposite. From 3rd on back, ODD numbers line up on the inside and EVEN numbers line up on the outside, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th....etc on the inside, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th....etc on the outside. If a passing black flag displays on the restart then call out or post your car number and the black flag will be cleared.DOUBLE FILE RESTARTS w/Lap Cars:
If you are NOT the recipient of either the Lucky Dog or Wave Around, YOU MUST line up behind the lead lap cars on the restart. This means you need to be at the End of the Longest Line when the spotter says we are going green next time by. The best way to do this is to just get a speeding penalty in the pits, that way you are behind the lead lap cars and the lucky dog and wave around will come around the track and line up behind you. FAILURE TO DO THIS will result in a 10 point penalty and/or parked for one week. Repeat offenders may be asked to sit out of several races until you understand what this means. Any Admin can help you understand it if you will listen.
NO RACING BACK UNTIL 10 GO.AGGRESSIVE DRIVING could/and/will CAUSE YOU TO LOSE POINTS and/or PARK IT FOR A WEEK IN THAT SERIES.
NO LOW LINING ON SUPER SPEEDWAYS until 10 to go.
LUCKY DOG RULE IS IN EFFECT IN ALL DIVISIONS.
CAUSE 2 CAUTIONS AND YOU MUST PARK IT (only Exceptions is if the Admin for that series says before the race that the 2 caution rule is not in effect) If in doubt, ask the series admin prior to the race.
SELF SPINS are not considered as part of the 2 Caution Rule. If you have more than 5 self spins, then we suggest that you give up and PARK IT.IF you cause a yellow
, please claim it by saying so on Teamspeak and/or posting in the game Chat. Example would be: Mine, or My Yellow if in game chat, if on Teamspeak, just say #910's yellow. Again, Claim It and be at the End of the Longest Line when we go back to green please. Failure to do so could and/or may result in points deduction for that race and given a verbal warning. If you are not sure and/or involved, just say "Involved" or type it in game chat. Just being honest about it is better than not saying anything at all.
THERE IS TO BE NO CRASHING AFTER THE RACE or/unless/until THE PACE CAR PARKS AND THE FLAG WINDOW GOES AWAY.
YOU WILL LISTEN TO THE ADMIN IN EVERY DIVISION. SOME RACE RULES ARE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT SERIES
YOU WILL RACE CLEAN
YOU WILL RACE LIKE FRIENDS
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CONTROL YOUR CAR AFTER SEVERAL LAPS OF PRACTICE AND HAPPY HOUR, AND THEN YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE CONTROL ISSUES AT THE START OF THE RACE, PLEASE DROP TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD SO THAT YOU DON'T GET A PENALTY. IF YOU ARE CONTINUING TO HAVE ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE RACE, IT MIGHT BE BEST THAT YOU PARK IT TO KEEP FROM GETTING A PENALTY.
IF YOU HAVE A TRACK THAT YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH, GET PLENTY OF PRACTICE "OFF LINE" BEFORE MAKING YOUR ONLINE APPEARANCE FOR THAT NIGHT. OFF LINE PRACTICE DOES HELP 90% OF THE TIME AND WE SUGGEST THAT YOU USE IT IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES.YOU WILL NOT USE ANY BAD LANGUAGE OR GESTURES OR FLAME ANOTHER DRIVER ON THE SERVER OR IN THE FORUMS IF SOMEONE GETS INTO YOU OR FOR ANY REASON, TALK TO AN ADMIN AFTER THE RACE. “THANK YOU” IS A FLAME IF A ADMIN SEES THIS YOU WILL BE PARKED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION ON A RULE ASK THE ADMIN OF THAT SERIES EVEN IF A RULE IS NOT LISTED HERE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE RULE IS NOT IN EFFECT
ADMINS DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO GO OVER AND REVIEW EACH OF THESE RULES TO YOU, SO IT "IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH DRIVER TO KNOW THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM BEFORE RACE TIME". REMEMBER EVERYONE OUT HERE IS LOOKING FOR THE SAME THING, CLEAN, FUN, NO YELLOW RACING. ADMINS ARE NOT AFRAID TO USE THE "EJECT" COMMAND.PROCEDURES
This section is to go over the basic race
procedures we use here at SMO. This info should help all new drivers to
our league and remind some of our older members of how things go. A
couple of things before we get started,
1. At Minimum, a DSL or better type connection is required to race at SMO.
2. STEERING WHEEL IS MANDATORY to race at SMO. Joysticks and/or Keyboards/Keypads are NOT ACCEPTED.
3. Make sure you are in the right car # and your login name is correct BEFORE you login to the server.
4. The use of Teamspeak is not MANDATORY but it is encouraged as it
makes it easier for admins and drivers to communicate info as needed. We
also need to pay mind that under cautions our spotters are telling us
who to line up behind and such and we need to be able to hear them, so
lets try and keep the chatting to a minimum. (yeah right!!!lol) You
also need to have Teamspeak setup to use the push to talk feature.
Using voice activation is NOT allowed. We don't want to hear other
conversations you may be having with someone else in the room, and it
creates feedback in the Teamspeak server causing EVERYONE to not be able
5. If you choose NOT to run TS it is advisable (and required) that you
have in-car chat turned on in your options. This way you will see any
info you may have missed on TS.
this time to calibrate your wheel, drive the car a couple of times and
get familiar with how the car handles and changes over a fuel/tire run.
You should also practice getting on and off of pit road as you normally
would during green flag conditions. Please refrain from fun wrecking
during practice, remember there may be a driver racing a track for the
first time and needs the time to get used to the track. We have reserved
the last 5 mins of practice in case someone wants to put someone over
the wall. Use the time well!!
Also, if you show up in the last part of the practice session and do
not get a chance to run some laps, we ask that you take a provisional
start at the rear of the field(see qualifying procedures). This way, in
the event that you spin out, you dont take the rest of the field with
We ask that everyone please refrain from chatting or typing during the
qual session until complete. If you are not qualifying or taking a
provisional start, please click on the drive button, then hit ESC and
then click on ABORT QUALIFY. This will speed up the qualifying session
and get us to the next session.
During this time an admin may go over the rules for that series as a
gentle reminder for all of us. You may also want to once again practice
getting on and off pit road, check your speed, and find your pitstall.
Its also the last chance to get whatever "supplies" you may need for the
Race Session. time for the real fun to begin!!! There are some procedures that we need to refresh/clarify for you.
No jumping the start/restart.
You must wait until the green flag is displayed before nailing the gas.
Drivers do not get a flying start at the green. You can however SLOWLY
pick up the pace a few mph. This does help get the start/restart going
smoothly and avoid immediate cautions. It really helps at tracks where
the setup will spin the tires if you nail the gas very suddenly.
No passing before turn 2 A simple rule that "shouldn't"
need explaining, HOWEVER, lets make it crystal clear. You may not start
to pass a car in the same racing line as you, until you have reached
1. If a driver is off pace and/or has damage, and has told everyone to go
ahead and pass them, then go ahead and pass them. A driver who loses a
gear on the restart may also tell you to pass them. Go ahead and pass
2. Lapped cars lined up on inside line attempting to get a lap back may
SAFELY attempt to get ahead of the leader. Sometimes a leader may let
the lapped cars go by him intentionally. This does not mean that the
cars on the lead lap behind him can take advantage and try to duck down
behind the lap cars. Lapped cars must also stay behind another lapped car
that is in front of them until turn 2.
Low Lining Rule.
On the most popular drafting tracks and any Super Speedway where
drafting plays a big role, we have a NO LOW LINING rule. This means you
can not run every lap on the low line or bottom of the track. If you
are racing 2 wide for all laps of the race then there's no rule to worry
about. When you low line on the bottom that causes cars behind you to
stack up and a lot of checking up because the draft will draw you in
quick and if you have to check up continuously, then that will cause
someone to bring out the caution. EXAMPLE: Racing @ Daytona, the
bottom groove is quicker and you are leading. As you see other cars
moving in or trying to make a move to lead a lap, it's just best to move
up and let them go. You will have plenty of opportunities to get back
At SMO, we want to be fair. What we are asking is that on the Super
Speedway tracks that once you lead a lap, move up and let the next
person lead a lap too. There's no reason that any driver should not
lead at least one lap on a Super Speedway. If you are racing side by
side, then there is not a low lining rule to be applied. AND, when it's
10 to go, there is not a 'No Low Lining Rule', all bets are off and
If you are designated as the "LD" you will pit on the second or third
lap (ideally you should be driving down pit road when we get the 1 to go
green signal) You will speed on pit road either entering or exiting to
get a "end of longest line(eoll)" penalty. YOU MUST be at the rear of
the field in order for an admin to give you a lap back. If you are the
cause of the yellow, you will not get the LD. *note admins reserve the
right to override this*
No racing back to the line under yellow.
This may be the most important rule we have. When the caution flag
comes out you are to SLOW DOWN!!! and NO PASSING!!! This means easing
out of the gas quickly and applying the brakes firmly to get your car
slowed down as SAFELY and as SOON as possible and stay behind the car in
front of you. Use your head, if you see smoke or cars spinning ahead as
the caution comes out slow down and/or if necessary come to a stop to
avoid running into other cars. This is for YOUR safety as well as
Two yellow rule.
Very simply, if you are the cause of the yellow flag coming out on two
different occasions in a race, you must park it for the evening. Either
you haven't had much seat time at this track or the setup doesn't suit
you. Either way it means you're done for the night. It doesn't mean that
we think any less of you as a driver either. Let the series admin know
if it was your yellow and after your second yellow, park your car. If
you forget an admin may gently remind you to park, and if you fail or
refuse to park, you will be removed from the event. Admins reserve the right to override the 2 yellow rule. Everyone
knows when they are the cause of a yellow, but in the event that a
wreck happens and you're not sure if it was you or the other driver
state you were involved (inv). *Note: this rule applies to all series we
race at SMO.
Some series now require the driver(s) that
caused the yellow to restart at the tail end of the field. These drivers
are to line up behind the lucky dog driver. Admins will let you know
before the race starts.
While we're on the subject of cautions, a couple of pointers. You need
to be aware of where you are on the track when the yellow comes out. It
will give you an idea of where the leader was, and if he/she has taken
the yellow flag or not. If the leader was past the start/finish line
then they have to come back around and take the yellow before they can
fall in behind the pace car. If you were significantly behind them you
have to catch up to them before you can enter the pits. Do so carefully
so you don't cause another accident. Also keep a small gap between the
car in front of you, (0.3 or so) to keep from running into the back of
them and getting damage to either car. If you like you can "stagger"
yourself to help avoid this. (going lower or higher on the track than
the car in front of you.
Someone did something wrong!! Most of the time it's because YOU did
something wrong. Whether it was speeding it the pits, crossing the blend
line, or passing the car in front of you before you pitted under
yellow, ya screwed up! Occasionally a car that spins out may need to get
back in front of you, (your spotter will let you know) and if you
aren't paying attention this can be a time consuming penalty. Not only
do you get to go to the end of the line, but you get to come down pit
road under green for a stop and go, or a drive thru penalty. Crossing
the blend line or speeding in the pits under yellow puts you to the
rear, under green flag its a trip down pit road, a stop and go, or being
held in your stall. If you get an eoll penalty and go back into the
pits before letting all the cars go past you, you just gave yourself a
black flag and will be doing a stop and go. All of these penalties MUST
BE SERVED! Admins will not clear them for you so don't ask. Admins reserve the right to override this.
*Note: Occasionally we may unintentionally run a track that has bugs
that gives bogus black flags. If so admins will do their best to clear
them as fast as they can IF THEY CHOOSE TO. So please be considerate and
patient with them.
ADMIN YELLOWS (Beginning 1-27-2014)
These yellows will be thrown if 'any' admin that's racing in any series
on that night feels that a yellow should have come out when it didn't,
and this is based upon would "Nascar" have thrown a caution? In most
cases Nascar will throw a caution for a self spin, wrecks involving more
than one car where they spun or wrecked out of the fields way, or even
the fact that a car got wiggly or loose and caused another car to spin
out, etc. In these type cases the Admin will throw a yellow to make it
fair racing for everyone.
If an Admin didn't see what happened and asks of all drivers "would
Nascar have thrown a yellow?" then based upon the response of all
drivers will be the determination for the admin to throw a yellow.
However, if 2 or more laps pass before anyone says anything, then an
Admin yellow will not be thrown. So you must say something immediately
if you think a yellow should have been thrown.
exceptions to the rule, 1) If a driver self spins and no yellow comes
out, if he states "do not throw a yellow for that", then no yellow will
be thrown. 2) NO Admin Yellow will be thrown with 10 or less laps to go
in the race.
10 laps to go!!!
With 10 to go the gloves are off, so to speak. This means that you can
block and you can race back to the line if a yellow comes out. It does
NOT mean that you can slam your way to the front or put someone in the
wall to keep them behind you. We WILL NOT tolerate that type of driving.
It also means that there MAY be a restart if there are enough laps left
to run. If there is going to be a restart it will be in single file
order, and ALL lapped cars must
fall to the rear of the field. Lapped cars do this by driving down pit
road(do not stop at your pit) and maintaining their positions and coming
back out behind ALL the lead lap
cars. Ideally they should be driving down pit road as we get the 1 to
go green signal. (typically the third lap of caution) Passing before
turn 2 is allowed at this time.
we ask is that you be smart about how you race each other. If someone
is faster than you and it looks like they want to pass you, and its lap
20 of 100 lap race, let them pass! Direct them to the side you want them
to pass you on. And on the other hand, if you are the faster car and
come up behind a slower car, use your head and time it right so that you
can pass them quickly and cleanly without messing either of you up, or
ending your night early. You can use TS or autochat messages to let
others know where to pass/where you intend to pass.(adding $ to the end
of your scripted message sends it directly to chat without having to
press enter) If you tell someone to pass you on the low side, make sure
you can hold your line on the high side!!!
If you're racing in a group of cars, let others know you intend to pit
BEFORE you get to pit road. The best thing to do is to let them know
you're pitting while in turns 1-2 to give everyone a chance to be able
to go around you if they arent pitting. Also use your autochat when
coming out of the pits to warn others you are merging.
If you believe a driver got into you
intentionally and caused you to be done for the night, or took away your
chance to win or something along those lines, DO NOT TAKE IT UPON
YOURSELF to get some "payback" by intentionally wrecking them. YOU will
be parked or possibly even EJECTED from the race. You will also be
placed on suspension for that series, or possibly for ALL series. The
proper procedure is to save the replay of the race and watch for
yourself if it was intentional or not. If you still feel it was
intentional save the incident in dispute, along with the 2 laps before
the incident as a seperate "clip" (the ingame replay viewer allows you
to do this). Email it to the series admin and they will review. Their
decisions will be final.
If you see someone ahead of you getting a little out of shape, cut 'em
some slack and give them a chance to gather their car up before you go
roaring past them headed to the front. You might find yourself in their
shoes one day and wanting them to get off your butt so you can gain
control. Give some room and keep your fenders clean. OR Ride their butt
and wind up on the tow truck hook. Now we all know that the last 10 laps
is when you really start racing. It's also when drivers race their
hardest. We encourage go hard racing, but you gotta do it clean. If you
don't think you should be sticking your nose under someone heading into a
turn, you probably shouldn't be! Then again, if its the last lap you
gotta ask yourself, Are you content with finishing 2nd or 3rd? If not
you need to be sure that you can get your car in where you want to put
it, and keep it there.The main thing is to treat each other with
respect. We're all friends here and we want to see it stay that way!!!
Winning at the cost of friendship is not winning.
THANK YOU, GOOD LUCK, AND HAVE FUN!
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