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
(This rule does not apply
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
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
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
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
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
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).
QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATIONS
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
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
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.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK
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
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
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
POINTS EARNINGS – (FOR ALL CLASSES) (All Scheduled Races Are
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:
#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.
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.
OIL DOWN PENALTIES
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
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.
USE OF LIKENESS
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.
RAIN OUT POLICY
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
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.
COMPLIANCE OF RULES
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
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
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
TOW VEHICLES AND PIT SAFETY
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
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.
CARBON FIBER TUBING
The use of carbon fiber tubing in any vehicle must be approved
by the PDRA Technical Services Department prior to
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.
FUEL AND WEIGHT CHECK
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.
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
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.
RESTRICTED AREA ACCESS
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.
LEAVING THE EVENT
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.