Race Rules and Regulations

Ground Rules

  1. The race is open to Girl Scouts who are:
    1. Registered members of a troop that is part of one of the following councils:
      • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
      • Girl Scouts of Colorado
      • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
      • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
      • Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
      • Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
      • Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan
      • Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
    2. Either a Brownie or Junior Girl Scout for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  2. All vehicles are to be built by the participating Girl Scout with adult supervision.
  3. A Race Committee will be composed of representatives from Ford Motor Company or its marketing agencies and local Girl Scout administrative personnel. All decisions regarding the competition, including but not limited to race outcomes, vehicle inspections and rules compliance, will be made by this Committee. Any participant or her parent has the right to appeal to the Race Committee for an interpretation of these rules. The Race Committee, by majority vote, will be the final judge of these rules.
  4. All races will be conducted using an elapsed time method. This means that each vehicle will race one time in each of the four lanes of the track. The times for the vehicle will be summed together for each of the four heats in which that vehicle races. Race standings will be determined by the lowest combined time of the four heats.
  5. If a vehicle (or part of a vehicle) leaves its lane and interferes with another vehicle, no speed times are stored for any vehicle, and the heat will be re-run. If the same vehicle causes interference again, the heat will be run again but without the offending vehicle, and the offending vehicle will receive an automatic time of 9.9999 seconds for that heat.
  6. If the vehicle left its lane, didn’t interfere with another vehicle and manages to cross the finish line in its intended lane, the heat is valid for all vehicles.
  7. If the vehicle left its lane, didn’t interfere with another vehicle but did not cross the finish line in its own lane, the places for the other vehicles are valid and the offending vehicle receives an automatic time of 9.9999 seconds for that heat.
  8. If a vehicle remains in its lane for the race but does not cross the finish line, an automatic time of 9.9999 seconds is given for that heat.
  9. The owner of a vehicle with mechanical problems will be given 5 minutes to repair the vehicle, after which it will be inspected by the Race Committee to ensure compliance with the rules.
  10. Dedicated staff at each track will place the vehicles on the track. Proper positioning of the vehicles will be limited to correct direction of the vehicle and reasonable alignment of the vehicle to the track.

Determination of Final Places

  1. First- and second-place finishers at each of the two tracks for each Scout rank (Brownie and Junior) will compete in a final race (with four heats) to determine the overall Brownie and overall Junior winners. The same elapsed time method will be used in which each vehicle will race at least once in each of the four lanes.
  2. In the event of a tie:
    1. For first place, the two vehicles will complete one additional race (two heats) in which the First Place winner will be determined based on fastest total time. The losing vehicle will be awarded the Second Place position.
    2. For second place, the two vehicles will complete one additional race (two heats) in which the winner will be determined based on fastest total time and awarded the Second Place position. The losing vehicle will be awarded the Third Place position.
    3. For third place, the two vehicles will complete one additional race (two heats) in which the winner will be determined based on fastest total time and awarded the Third Place position.  The losing vehicle will be in Fourth Place and will not receive a competition trophy.
  3. The overall First Place winner from each track will compete for Grand Champion.

Length, Width, Height and Clearance

  1. Maximum overall width (measured from the widest part of the vehicle, including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2 ¾″.
  2. Minimum width between wheels shall be 1 ¾″ so that the vehicle will clear the center guide strip of the track.
  3. Minimum distance between bottom of car (excluding wheels) and track shall be 3/8″ so car will clear the center guide strip of the track. This distance also applies to any accessories or weights on the vehicle.
  4. Maximum length is not to exceed 7″ (including accessories).
  5. Maximum overall height is not to exceed 3″ (including accessories).
  6. No part of the car may protrude beyond the starting pin. The front edge of the car must not be more than 1” above the wheel lane of the track and be at least ½” wide at the center of the car.
  7. While the wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles) may be changed, all cars must have a wheelbase that is no less than 4 inches, with the two rear wheels being positioned directly across the body from one another and the two front wheels being positioned directly across the body from one another. However, no part of the wheels may protrude beyond the front or rear of the car.

Weight and Appearance

  1. Weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The reading of the official race scale will be considered final. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of other materials, provided they are securely built into the body or firmly affixed to it. No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
  2. Liquids (including mercury) may not be used as a weight.
  3. Weights fastened to the vehicle held on by tape are not acceptable.
  4. As long as the vehicle meets the length, width, height, clearance and weight specifications, paint, decals, accessories and other modifications to the vehicle are allowed.
  5. Vehicles with glass or loose or fragile parts or accessories will not be accepted.
  6. A number on a small adhesive-backed label will be attached to each vehicle at check-in. The location for this number will be on the rear portion of the vehicle so the car is easily identified and positioned in the correct lane on the track. In the event the label will not adhere to the vehicle due to modifications, a number will be written directly on the vehicle.

Wheels and Axles

  1. The only wheels and axles allowed are those provided within the kit each racer is sent.
  2. Wheel bearings, spacers, washers or bushings are not allowed.
  3. The vehicle shall not ride on any type of springs.
  4. The car must be freewheeling with no starting device or other propulsion.
  5. Only the tread surface and width may be altered. The tread surface may be lightly sanded to remove minor imperfections or burrs. However, the tread surface of the wheel may be altered only to a flat surface that is parallel to the axle. The entire wheel tread must touch the track from inner wheel edge to the outer wheel edge. The wheels may not be drilled, beveled or rounded.  
  6. The tread width may be altered only from the side facing the body of the car. The tread width may not be less than 5/16″. The wheel diameter may not be less than or greater than 1.25″. Lightly sanding and/or polishing the tread of the wheel to remove burrs is allowed as long as it does not reduce the diameter of the wheel below the allowable level.
  7. Materials may not be added to or removed from the wheels except as stated above.
  8. The underside of the axle head may be ground or filed to remove burrs. Axle shaft diameter at the point of contact between the axle and the inner wheel bore may not be less than .085″. Simple polishing of the axle will not reduce the diameter below the allowable level.
  9. No wheel covers (hubcaps) are permitted.
  10. All four wheels must touch the track.

Lubrication

  1. Only dry powdered lubricants, such as graphite, may be used.

Inspection and Disputes

  1. Each car will be weighed and must pass inspection at check-in before it can compete. The Race Committee has the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet these rules. Vehicle owners will be informed of the violations and given an opportunity to modify the vehicle to meet these rules. Vehicles weighing too much will be allowed to remove weight. Vehicles weighing too little will be allowed to add weight securely attached or embedded weight. Lubrication must be added before entering the facility. After modification, the car will be reinspected and reweighed. Modifications must be completed 10 minutes prior to the start of the first race or the car will not be permitted to run.
  2. Once the vehicle passes inspection and weigh-in, it will be held by the Race Committee or those individuals operating the races until the races are over.
  3. Only the Race Committee or those individuals operating the races will handle the vehicles during the race. The vehicle owner will not be allowed to touch/handle her car during the races unless the vehicle becomes damaged. If the vehicle is damaged during the race, the vehicle owner may then perform repairs if she is able to.
  4. If a vehicle is damaged due to track fault or due to the fault of another vehicle, then the Race Committee, at their sole discretion, shall allow additional repair assistance.
  5. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or member of the audience will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or race area.
  6. Any protest of a vehicle’s compliance with the rules must be filed with the Race Committee prior to competition.
  7. This list of rules is intended to address the design and construction of cars, the racing competition and overall rules of the event. However, it may not address all situations that may occur on race day. The Race Committee will attempt to ensure that all participants and their cars are consistent with the spirit of a fair and competitive race event. Therefore, if there is an appearance that a participant is attempting to secure a competitive advantage by a design modification to her car that is not specifically addressed in these rules, the Race Committee reserves the right to disallow the car to race. If that occurs, the participant will be permitted to make any changes to ensure the car is compliant with the decision of the Race Committee.