2019 PDRA General / Overall Regulations & Rules

The general regulations in this document are effective Jan. 1, 2019 and supersede all previous versions.

Water Box Rule
If racer enters the water box during qualifying with engine running, you have committed to the run.
Exception: Track or series official shuts you off.
If your vehicle does not crank you will be given 2 minutes or end of that round.
(This rule does not appl
y during eliminations)

Single Runs: In situations where a driver is making a single run, he or she is considered the winner once he or she stages or receives a start signal or if declared the winner by the official starter. If a competitor crosses the boundary line on a single run the elapsed time is voided for lane choice determination. He or she is not disqualified for crossing the boundary.

When a vehicle has completed the burnout past the starting line and cannot backup...
Rule #1: If vehicle is still running you can push it back one time only to prepare to stage and race.
Rule #2: If vehicle looses power and has to be pushed back it cannot be restarted. At that time the opponent is declared the winner, if he or she stages and takes the tree.

There will be no PDRA race teams or drivers allowed to test at the host track during race week of any given PDRA event. Track rental is not allowed for private testing Monday through Wednesday going into any PDRA race weekend.

PDRA Series Rain Out Policy
If eliminations have started on Saturday and rains out it will continue the next day on Sunday.
If all rounds are completed up to the semi-finals, race will be completed at the next PDRA event during qualifying.

In the interest of keeping competition close, fair and safe, PDRA reserves the right to make adjustments to the rules of any class at any time. Hopefully this will not be necessary, but with the wide variety of engine and body combinations presented, it is critical to have a process available to be able to keep competition safe, fair and close, and for all racers to be aware that this process is one that will be fair to all.

All changes, additions, deletions, clarifications, or other items of information pertaining to the rules will be published on the PDRA’s official website

Special PDRA Event decals and Sponsor decals are required for all participating vehicles. Any non-approved decals or signage may be prohibited. No vehicle will be permitted in the staging lanes if there is non-compliance of these requirements. In the event that a vehicle not in compliance with these requirements makes a qualifying run, that run may be invalidated. PDRA, at its discretion, reserves the right to reject any decals, signs, names, advertising, promotion or graphics that it feels is inappropriate or unacceptable, at any PDRA events.

Working tail lights are required on all vehicles competing in PDRA events. Tail lights must be on anytime the track lights are operating. Tail lights must be on prior to entering the staging beams and must remain on until the vehicle exits the shut down area. Tail lights must be visible from race control for the full length of the racing surface. Tail lights must be controlled from inside the driver’s compartment.

Contingency decals must be the official size, design and color supplied by the contingency sponsor for that purpose and must be applied so that they are visible from the SIDES of the vehicle. Magnetic decals of any kind applied to the vehicle body are not permitted. It will be the participant’s responsibility to acquire the decals from the sponsors.

At the conclusion of the event, the winning vehicles and runner-up vehicles will be inspected for contingency verification. This will include having the correct decals in the approved locations and having the appropriate part on the vehicle and in use. Any attempt by the participant to use fraud or deceit in any way, or to list parts not actually on the vehicle, will result in severe penalties, which may include the forfeiture of all contingencies, points and payouts.

Unless otherwise specified, all competition will be heads up, no break out, utilizing a Professional (.400) ‘Tree’ starting device and at a distance of one-eighth (1/8th) of a mile.

To constitute an official qualifying attempt, all cars must self-start, self pre-stage, self-stage under its own power and take the start signal for at least one of the qualification sessions. Under no circumstances will a push start be allowed.

Once qualifying has concluded and a ladder has been established, pairings will not be changed, unless otherwise directed by the Competition Director. All qualified cars will be listed on the ladder, regardless of their potential difficulty or ability in making the first round of eliminations. In the event that a qualified car is unable to make the first round call for eliminations, for any reason, alternates will be inserted and the competitor in the opposite lane will have lane choice.
Any errors noted by a competitor as to his position on the ladder must be brought to the attention of the Competition Director in a timely manner after the ladder has been posted.

Eliminations in PN, PB, PXM and XPS will be run on a 16 car ladder with 13 or more entries and on an 8 car ladder with 12 or less entries.
Eliminations in TS and TD will be run on a 16 car ladder, or 32 car ladder, or 48 car ladder (based on entries).

During an event, there will be specific time scheduled for qualifying attempts, with announcements made accordingly. However, due to weather or other circumstances, PDRA officials may alter the schedule.

During qualifying, any competitor at the head of the staging lanes or the designated ready line preparing to make a run must obey all signals or commands from the starting line or staging personnel. Competitors must fire and move forward within a reasonable amount of time. If they cannot fire, they will be allowed to move to the end of the qualifying session. Final decisions regarding staging will be up to the Starter and/or the Competition Director. Any problems regarding engine starting, burnout procedure, pre-staging, staging and/or any problems or malfunctions with the starting line system will be handled or addressed by the starting line personnel and/or the Competition Director, whose decision will be final. Any questions pertaining to a potential infraction during a run, such as crossing the center line, etc., will be handled or addressed by the starting line personnel and/or the Competition Director. In the unlikely event of a starting line malfunction, specifically one that may require a rerun, the decision of the Competition Director will be final.
In the unlikely event of a malfunction of the starting line or finish line clocks, or an anomaly of the race vehicle, resulting in a non-legitimate or questionable elapsed time, top speed or lane winner signal, the Competition Director at his sole discretion may discount that run for the purposes of qualifying position, elimination round winner, lane choice or record run. If a competitor makes contact with a finish line timing block (et or mph) during qualifying, both runs will be thrown out.

All pre-race burnouts are restricted to designated areas, using water only. After the burnout is completed, the vehicle must back up under its own power to the pre-staging area. Vehicles are not permitted to turn around on the track and drive back to the starting line. Crossing the center line at any time during a burnout is a disqualification. No person is permitted to hold or touch the car during burnouts. No person is permitted to stand in front of the vehicle during the burnout unless he is behind the guard rail.

Once a vehicle reaches the front of the staging lanes for a run, it must be prepared to fire and race. All vehicles must self start and self pre-stage and self stage under their own power. This rule also applies to single runs. Push starting or push staging is not permitted. Plug in electric starters permitted for motorcycles and super charged vehicles unless otherwise noted. A reasonable amount of time will be permitted for drivers to stage. The time limit will be determined at the discretion of the starter. Failure to stage upon the starters instruction is grounds for disqualification. After proper staging and receiving the starters signal to go, re-staging for a second time is prohibited. Any driver leaving the starting line before the start system is activated, refer to NHRA rules.

In order to be a legitimate race winner of a particular round, a competitor’s car must self start and self stage under its own power and take the start signal. Any vehicle unable to self-start and self-stage under its own power to take the start signal, for any reason, will be declared the loser of that particular round of competition. Crossing the center line is grounds for disqualification.

Lane choice will be determined by elapsed times (ET). The driver with the better (quicker) qualifying ET will be rewarded with first round lane choice, and in subsequent rounds, the lane choice will go to the driver with the lower ET from the previous round. Pro Jr Dragster lane choice is determined by ET closest to the index without exceeding the number in the above described manor. Top Jr Dragster lane choice is determined by ET closest to the dial-in without exceeding the number in the above described manor.

All drag race participants must enter an PDRA competition class of their choice. It will be the participant’s responsibility to know, understand and abide by the rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions of the PDRA class he/she chooses to run. This includes knowledge of the safety rules and requirements contained in the host tracks sanctioning body rulebook.
If a participant chooses an PDRA class in which his/her specific vehicle combination is not in compliance with the rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions for that particular class, the participant will not be permitted to compete in that class. Failure of the participant to know, understand and abide by the rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions of his/her selected PDRA class, or of the safety rules, will constitute an acceptable reason for PDRA to disqualify the participant.
At its sole discretion, PDRA reserves the right to add, delete, merge or change classes at any time.

The Competition Director has the option of allowing a driver to utilize a replacement vehicle under the following conditions, and at his sole discretion.
1. The original vehicle is withdrawn from competition and cannot be reinstated in any class.
2. The replacement vehicle must be fully certified for the same class and pass the technical inspection.
3. Check out runs for replacement vehicles are not permitted.

The participant agrees that by entering an event, the participant acknowledges that the event site is safe and suitable for racing and the participant acknowledges that by participating in the event the participant may suffer bodily injury, death, or loss or damage to property. The participant has voluntarily assumed the risk of such losses and waives any claims for such losses against PDRA, its officials, the event sponsors, the race track operators and other participants and discharges such persons from responsibility for such losses and agrees not to sue such persons for such losses. All participants shall be required as a condition of participation to sign all required entry forms, including such releases as shall be required by PDRA and their insurance policies. For purposes of clarification, the term “participant” shall include any person directly or indirectly associated with any vehicle which has been permitted to enter an event site, including, but not limited to owners, drivers, crew members, guests of participants, spectators or commercial vendors.

Prior to competition, all cars and drivers must pass an initial technical and safety inspection. After a competitor’s car has been inspected and classified, no changes of class are permitted, unless authorized by an PDRA Official. During the event and at any time, the technical and safety inspectors may re- inspect the car or driver to insure compliance with the class and safety rules. If during this inspection it is determined that any non compliance of the rules or regulations exist, the participant may be disqualified. PDRA reserves the right at any time during the event to inspect any vehicle for compliance. From time to time, deviations or exceptions to the rules may be permitted, if in the opinion of PDRA officials, said deviations or exceptions do not constitute a competitive advantage.

Each competitor in any event conducted by the PDRA must have a valid state driver’s license, a valid PDRA, NHRA or IHRA Competition License and a current permanent number (as required). All of the above are subject to inspection by PDRA officials at any time. Each competitor, as well as participant crew members, must be properly (as determined by PDRA officials) attired when present in the staging lanes, starting line area and/or competition areas of the race track. All PDRA starting line crew members are required to wear matching collared shirts.


All participants must have a competition number and class designation (PX, PN, XPS, PXM, PM, TS, TD, PJD, TJD) clearly visible in a legible manner displayed on their windshield, side windows and rear window at all times during competition. Under no circumstances will numbers applied with shoe polish be acceptable. Minimum size of letters and numbers is four (4) inches high and one (1) inch wide (three inches for motorcycles, displayed on both sides). White numbers only. Failure to properly display assigned numbers and class designations may be grounds for disqualification or points loss. Competition numbers are assigned to the driver, not the car. If a driver changes vehicle, the previous driver’s number must be removed and new number applied in the appropriate manner.

POINTS EARNINGS – (FOR ALL CLASSES) (All Scheduled Races Are Points Races)
All points are awarded to the driver and cannot be transferred under any circumstances.
Points are not transferable from one class to another. If the event is disrupted after eliminations of that category
are in progress, those contestants unable to compete will be awarded points up to the round completed.

Points are awarded as follows: (each race)
Winner: 500 points
Runner-up: 400 points
Third round loser: 300 points
Second round loser: 200 points
First round loser: 100 points

Qualifying position earns points as follows:
#1 qualifier: 16 points
#2 qualifier: 15 points
#3 qualifier: 14 points
#4 qualifier: 13 points
#5 qualifier: 12 points
#6 qualifier: 11 points
#7 qualifier: 10 points
#8 qualifier: 9 points
#9 qualifier: 8 points
#10 qualifier: 7 points
#11 qualifier: 6 points
#12 qualifier: 5 points
#13 qualifier: 4 points
#14 qualifier: 3 points
#15 qualifier: 2 points
#16 qualifier: 1 point

Additional points are awarded as follows:

25 points for participating in event
(competitor must make take the tree during at least one qualifying run under power to receive participation points)

50 points for E.T. Record (1% backup required)
Points and/or monetary awards may be withheld from any contestant who is in non-compliance with the rules of their particular class,
General Regulations or PDRA’s mandatory decal requirement.

Tie Breaker
In the unlikely event a tie should occur, the following procedure would be used to determine a winner.
1) Most event wins.
2) Most event runner-ups.
3) Most number of events entered.
4) Most event round wins.
Should a tie still exist after the above procedures are implemented, the tied competitors will be declared co-champions and all awards
(where possible) will be shared equally between the co-champions.

In an effort to eliminate downtime due to clean-up, penalties may be imposed for teams depositing fluids on the racing surface or shutdown area during qualifying or elimination rounds. Flagrant disregard or repeated violation will be subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Competition Director. Such action may involve points and/or monetary fines, denial of participation, and/or suspension of competition privileges. The Competition Director’s decision is final in determining oil down violations.

Any contestant disqualified for non-compliance with any of the PDRA rules, regulations, requirements or restrictions is subject to forfeiture of all or a portion of any points earned or accumulated, including points from previous events and any monetary awards, at the discretion of the Competition Director.

Record and back up runs will be permitted during qualifying and/or eliminations. Only the driver holding the record at the conclusion of the event will be credited with the record and awarded the bonus points. All records must be backed up with an elapsed time or mile per hour that is within one percent (1%) of the tentative record time prior to the conclusion of the event. It will be the driver’s responsibility to have the record verified immediately after the run. Time slips (record and back-up) must be verified by an PDRA official at the conclusion of the record-setting and back-up run.

In consideration of being allowed to enter and by being issued credentials to an PDRA event, the vehicle owner, vehicle driver, all crew members, and other holders of event credentials agree as follows: All rights to the use of their likeness and their vehicles entered in the event as well as their activities at the site of the event, before, during and after the event and reasonably related to the event in regards to advertising, promotion, filming, recording, exhibition and other exploitations of the event.

The PDRA will do everything possible to complete the event in a timely manner. In the event of adverse conditions beyond our control, the PDRA reserves the right to finish the event whatever it takes including early start times, running late into the evening, canceling a qualifying session(s) or finishing the event on the following day(s) or at the next event.

Payouts will be determined by PDRA and will be made upon completion of each event. Any payout, contingency, gift certificate or other awards presented by any sponsor is not the responsibility of PDRA. PDRA will not, under any circumstances, be responsible for any sponsor non-payment or bad checks. Should this occur, any action legal or otherwise shall be between the participant and the sponsor. Due to sponsor contingencies and contracts, it may be necessary to mandate sponsor decal location placement on vehicles prior to participation. It is the driver’s responsibility to procure and place all contingency decals on his/her vehicle. Decals must be in place for the entire event. This includes time runs, qualifying and eliminations.

Any paperwork or information required by PDRA or any sponsor must be properly submitted prior to the issuance of any payouts or awards.
All payouts will be made directly to drivers unless alternate arrangements with PDRA officials are made prior to eliminations. Any participant experiencing irreparable damage and is unable to make the next round call will be paid (if applicable) only through the last round of competition won.

Each participant expressly agrees that by entering an PDRA event, the participant will be bound by all of the decisions, rules and regulations of PDRA, including all procedures provided for in the PDRA rules and by the decisions, rules and regulations which are applicable to a particular event, including those of the host track and the host track’s sanctioning body. The participant agrees to be bound by and abide by the decisions of the Competition Director, its designee and all other PDRA officials at all events. The participant also agrees that all decisions made before, during or after an event are final and may not be appealed or made part of, or the basis of, litigation and hereby agrees to release and waive from liability and not to bring any action against the Competition Director, their designees, PDRA, the race track operator, track safety equipment, event sponsors and all other event officials for any loss, damage or injury caused by malfunctioning electronic or mechanical equipment whether caused by negligence or otherwise.
The participant further agrees that any dispute concerning any event, the rules and regulations of PDRA or any decisions rendered by PDRA or PDRA officials, shall be resolved pursuant to the procedures provided for in this General Regulations and Administration Procedures section.
The participant agrees to indemnify and to hold PDRA harmless for any costs or loss incurred as a result of the failure of the participant to comply with the rules, regulations and procedures provided for herein.

Upon the discovery of any irregular component not specifically addressed by PDRA, it will be considered non-allowable, unless otherwise authorized by an PDRA official. In some instances, a “one-race waiver” for a specific rule infraction may be given to a participant by an PDRA official, if in his judgment, the infraction does not create a competitive advantage in the participant’s category.
Any competitor found not to be in compliance with the rules, regulations, restrictions and procedures as set forth by the PDRA will be or could be disqualified. Disqualification may lead to forfeiture of all or a portion of points and monetary awards – to be determined at the discretion of the Competition Director.

SFI Specification numbers, whether so stated or not, are the minimum mandatory specifications for the item discussed. All competitors are required to pay meticulous attention to the SFI Specs including (re)certification periods, as rigorous adherence will be compulsory. Visit the SFI website http://www.sfifoundation.com for a complete list of specifications and (re)certification periods.

Any misuse, reckless driving, speeding or unacceptable behavior in the pit area or anywhere on the racetrack facility, by anyone operating a 2, 3 or 4-wheeled motorized or non-motorized vehicle is strictly prohibited and are grounds for disqualification and may lead to confiscation of vehicles and ejection of the owner and operator from the facility. COMPETITORS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND MAY BE DISQUALIFIED IF ANYONE ON THEIR TEAM MISUSES A SUPPORT VEHICLE. Minors under the age of 16 are prohibited from operating any type of self-powered vehicle on the race facility. All tow vehicles must be secured no later than two (2) hours after the completion of the days activities. Failure to do so could result in the loss of the use of the vehicle until completion of the entire event and/or disqualification of the associated race vehicle.

All generators, air compressors, etc. that are powered by an internal combustion engine must have the exhaust directed up and above the top of the trailer, truck, RV, tent/awning, etc. and clear of other peoples pits. Generators must not be unreasonably loud or they will be required to be shut off.

The use of carbon fiber tubing in any vehicle must be approved by the PDRA Technical Services Department prior to construction.

All nitrous oxide systems used must be commercially available. Nitrous bottle(s) in driver’s compartment must be equipped with a relief valve and vented outside of driver’s compartment. Bottle(s) must be stamped with a DOT-1800 pound rating and be permanently mounted (no hose clamps or tie wraps permitted). All bottles in use must be pressure certified and marked/dated by the manufacturer or test facility. Bottles need to be re-certified at a minimum every 5 years. Hoses used to connect bottle(s) to solenoid must be high pressure steel braided hoses. PDRA accepted, commercially available, thermostatically controlled bottle warmers are permitted. All other external heating methods or ignitable heating sources are prohibited and may be grounds for disqualification. All high pressure bottles must remain secured in the race vehicle or hauler during the entire event.

PDRA reserves the right to conduct random fuel and/or weight checks at any time and without prior notice. Failure to provide a fuel sample or scale the vehicle and/or driver when requested is grounds for disqualification.

All vehicles must have a chassis that meets the guidelines set by SFI for their respective class before being allowed to compete. Chassis certification must be performed by a PDRA or NHRA certified chassis inspector and will be good for a period of two (2) years. When an event is contested at an NHRA Member track only PDRA or NHRA chassis certification will be permitted.
The signing of the Tech Card at each event acknowledges that the chassis still meets the standards that were set to receive the Chassis Certification and have not been altered. Any alterations or repairs that are performed to the chassis in an area of the chassis that is covered by the PDRA guidelines and or S.F.I. will require the chassis to be re-certified. Please direct any questions concerning Chassis Certification to PDRA’s Technical Services Department.

PDRA, at its discretion, reserves the right to change, modify, add, or eliminate specific class rules, specific race classes, regulations, procedures, restrictions, payouts, awards or entry fees at any time and without advance notice and at the discretion of the Competition Director.
PDRA, at its discretion, reserves the right to prohibit or deny participation at any PDRA event to anyone, in any capacity, at any time and for any reason.
Remember, you are responsible for following the Rules and Regulations set forth by PDRA as they pertain to you, your crew, as well as your vehicles.

Each driver, as well as participant crew members, must be properly (as determined by PDRA officials) attired when present in the staging lanes, starting line area and/or competition areas of the race track. Drivers, crew members and sponsors may receive non-transferable, restricted-area armbands. A MAXIMUM of five (5) crew members will be allowed starting line access. All starting line crew members are REQUIRED to wear matching collared shirts. Any additional crew members and/or sponsors with restricted area armbands will have access to a dedicated viewing area adjacent to the track. Only crew members of the vehicles that are signaled to fire by the race master will be permitted to cross the ready line and proceed to the starting line area. After their car has made its run the crew must exit the starting line area immediately. Nobody is allowed access to the starters box at any time or for any reason. Anytime the red lights on the tree are flashing EVERYONE must exit the starting line area and return to the designated viewing area or behind the ready line.

Race rigs and/or motor homes are prohibited from leaving their pit spot until 1 hour after the completion of qualifying unless otherwise approved by the Competition Director.
Race rigs and/or motor homes may leave the event anytime after being eliminated.