Street Legal Drags
Race the strip, not the street with NHRA DRAGS Street Legal Style Presented by AAA. Bring your street legal vehicle or motorcycle to race in a safe and controlled environment.
Whether you’re a hard-core racing enthusiast or just want to test your driving skills against others, NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA offers a fun and easy alternative to dangerous and illegal street racing. NHRA Member Tracks across the country allow anyone with a street legal car, a valid license, and proof of registration and insurance to race in a safer, controlled environment on the track.
The NHRA and Auto Club Dragway are dedicated to giving all aspiring drivers a place to race.
NHRA Street Legal Rules
ALL NHRA STREET LEGAL RULES WILL APPLY AND GOVERN THE EVENT
(NHRA Summit racing series Rule Book supersedes all Auto Club Dragway rules)
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR GLASS CONTAINERS PERMITTED AT ANY TIME! If you bring it in a cooler, it will be confiscated.
Basic Technical Inspection Requirements
Vehicle must have current vehicle registration; license and a valid proof of insurance (must have all documentation with you at time of technical inspection). Cars can be brought into the speedway on trailers and must be unloaded in the pit area prior to the tech inspection. All vehicles must enter off of Cherry Avenue. The speedway is located at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana.
Must have valid state driver's license, sign the Release of Liability Form and adhere to all NHRA rules as required in the NHRA Rule Book. No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, or bare feet permitted when racing.
Anyone under 18 years of age must have a parental permission form completed to race. The form must be signed by both parents unless one parent has sole custody, in that case one signature will be accepted. If the parent(s) are not present on race day, the form must be notarized and submitted at registration. The form must be an original, no photo copies or faxes accepted.
No more than one person is permitted in any car during any run except one co-driver permitted in 14-second (*8.60) and slower E.T.cars. The occupant must sign the Release of Liability Form. No shorts, bare legs, tank-tops, bare torsos, or bare feet permitted.
There is a 10-second flat ET rule. No cars quicker than 10 seconds will be allowed. (If you need an NHRA Competition License to drive your car at an NHRA Drag Strip, it is too quick for Auto Club Dragway during a Street Legal event.)
Required in all vehicles 13.99 seconds and quicker. Helmet must meet NHRA approved SNELL rating and must have required label on the inside of the helmet. SNELL 2010 good until 1-1-2022. SNELL 2015 good until 2027. D.O.T. ONLY HELMETS ARE NOT LEGAL.
A NHRA approved jacket meeting SFI Spec 3.2/1 is mandatory when running: 13.99 to 10.00 , in a non-factory stock supercharger, non-OEM turbocharger, or nitrous equipped with an OEM or .024 -inch steel firewall vehicle; or 11.49 to 10.00 in a naturally aspirated, OEM supercharged, or OEM turbocharged with full OEM or .024-inch steel firewall vehicle.
NOTE: All Unaltered 2008 OEM model-year and newer vehicle drivers must meet the Summit Racing Series helmet and protective-clothing requirements.
No water, fuel, oil, or trans leaks.
No aftermarket electronic devices allowed (throttle stops, delay boxes, etc.)
Must be routed through street legal muffler(s). All runs will be monitored on a decibel meter (84db at 100" from the strip). If it is too loud you will not be allowed to run. NO EXCEPTIONS! It is your responsibility.
Approved racing slicks are permitted, as well as street legal DOT approved tread tires, front and rear required on all vehicles. Tires will be inspected for overall condition.
All wheel studs, with lug nuts required. Broken or missing studs/lugs must be replaced before racing. Hub caps/wheel covers must be removed for inspection.
Lines & Hoses
All fuel, transmission, brake, and power steering lines must be secure and free of leaks. Neoprene fuel lines limited to 12" overall.
All fuel-tank filler necks located inside trunk must have filler neck vented outside of body. Vented caps prohibited. All batteries, fuel line, fuel pumps, or filler necks located inside trunk require complete bulkhead of at least .024-inch steel or .032-inch aluminum to isolate driver compartment from trunk, if there is no bulkhead between fuel cell and driver you will not go down the track. Fuel lines must be located outside driver compartment. Fuel tank must be within confines of the body.
Overflow catch tank (16 oz. minimum) mandatory on all vehicles and no leaks.
Must be securely fastened to floor or frame with minimum 4 attaching bolt and nuts. No sheet metal screws.
All cars and trucks must have as a minimum an O.E.M. type lap belt system, securely mounted to frame or floor. Cars and Trucks running 11.49 and quicker and/or in convertibles running 13.49 and quicker must have seat belts SFI 16.1 and a minimum 5 point roll bar. See NHRA roll bar requirements.
Batteries must be secured per O.E.M. or with minimum of two (2) 3/8 diameter bolts (no straps, bungee cords, wire, etc). Batteries may not be located in the driver or passenger compartment. If relocated to the trunk; a rear firewall of .024-inch steel or .032-inch aluminum, or an approved NHRA box and a master cutoff switch is mandatory. The master power cutoff switch must be installed at the rearmost part of the vehicle and be easily accessible from the outside of the rear body and must stop all electrical functions. Please see NHRA General Regulations ( 8:1 and 8:4) for full installation specifications.
Loose ballast is not permitted on the racetrack, so be prepared to empty trunks and interiors of all loose items. Spare tires, jacks, etc. must be securely mounted or must be removed. Tools, jack stands, coolers, loose speakers, wheel covers, etc. are considered loose ballast and are not permitted on the track. If you don't need it, or don't want to leave it unattended, leave it at home.
Neutral Safety Switch
All vehicles must be equipped with an operational neutral safety switch. The neutral safety switch prevents the vehicle's starter from turning the engine over unless the transmission is in park or neutral (or unless the clutch pedal is depressed with a manual transmission).
Bottles must be stamped as meeting DOT 1800-pound standards and must be securely bolted to the frame or floor (no bungee cords, hose clamps, etc.) All fittings, hoses, etc. must be compatible from same manufacturer, and vented to outside of driver compartment.
Roll Bars & Cages
Roll bar required in any vehicle running between 10.00 and 11.49 E.T. with stock firewall and stock floor (convertibles between 11.00 and 13.49). Roll bar/cage structures must meet minimum NHRA Summit racing series standards as found in the 2015 rule book. Cars running 10.99 to 10.00 with altered firewall and floor must use a roll-cage.
Unaltered 2008 OEM model-year and newer cars requirements and specifications
Cars running slower than 10.00 and 134 mph do not have to meet any vehicle Summit Racing Series requirements. Convertibles and T-tops must meet the Summit Racing Series roll-bar and roll-cage requirements. NOTE: See helmet and protective clothing requirements.\
NOTE: When elapsed times are quicker than 11.49 specialized racing equipment is required. For example, when a roll bar or cage is required, so is an approved 5-point harness assembly. If you know or suspect that your vehicle will exceed these ET limits, we suggest contacting the NHRA Tech Department at (626) 914-4761 with your questions.
Must be registered for the street, front and rear brakes, chain guards, ignition cutoff switch, and functioning snap-back throttle mandatory. Any pressurized container (air shift and nitrous bottles) must be stamped as DOT 1800 pound standards. Leather jacket, gloves, and leather (above ankle) shoes mandatory (up to 119 mph; over this speed full leather is required with a metal 360 zipper at the waist).
After Tech Inspection
Move your car forward (please turn off car before exiting), walk to the "Tech Registration booth" where you will sign a Release of Liability, get your restricted area wristband. Upon completed registration, your vehicle should have a run card/sticker and a car number applied to your windows. You may now find yourself a pit location (10 X 20) max per car.
Hear the Call
Tune your car radio to 104.9 FM for the PA announcements. All categories will be called to the staging lanes in groups of 100. The group number is on your run card. Please DO NOT come to the lanes until your category is called. Be sure you have all safety items in place with seat belts on.
When you are called to the lanes, go to the back of the staging lanes and you will be directed to a lane. At the front of the lane your run card/sticker will be marked. Please proceed forward as directed.
You will be directed to the water box where a 5 second burn-out is permitted. On the starting line official's signal, roll your car forward until the top two small yellow bulbs on your side of the tree are lit. STOP. You are now staged and ready. When the tree is activated, you will see 3 amber bulbs flash .500 seconds apart then GREEN. Try to leave on the last amber bulb for a better reaction time but be careful not to leave too early or you will red-light.
After crossing the finish line, let off the gas slowly and apply the brakes. Stay in your lane and exit at the top end of the track, The right lane should exit first even though you may have to wait on them. DO NOT DO A U-TURN ON THE TRACK.
In our continued efforts to be good neighbors, we will be enforcing our zero tolerance policy for decimeter readings over the limit. Please be considerate of what our neighbors think of us when leaving the facility. Drive Safely!!
(*) 1/8 mile