UPDATES and REMINDERS: March 5, 2013

UPDATES and REMINDERS: March 5, 2013




MADERA UPDATED SCHEDULE:  Please see the attached (tentative) schedule for the March 15th and 16th “Melo’s Gas & Gear 151 presented by 51 Fifty Energy Drink”.



  • The Pikes Peak International Raceway is a very important event fro the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series.
  • All competing cars at the September 29th Pikes Peak International Raceway event must meet all the specifications of the 2013 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Rule Book.
  • The following is the current tentative schedule for Pikes Peak International Raceway:
    • Friday – September 27: 4pm to 6:30pm optional practice session
    • Saturday – September 28: Gates 8am, Tech 9am, Practice 11:45-12:45pm, 2:10–2:40pm, 3:15-3:45pm & 5:45- 6:45pm.
    • Sunday – September 29: Gates 7am, Warm up 8:30-8:50am, Qualifying11:30-12:45pm, Race time 2pm.
  • The planned race distanced is 100 laps. (With a likely mid-way break)


TESTING: There will be no private testing allowed at both Rocky Mountain Raceway and Pikes Peak International Raceway, unless approved by the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Director.  Also, there is no additional private testing on the same day of a sanctioned SPEARS Southwest Tour Series ‘Practice Day’ on race weekends.


ENGINE TECH: All cars without an SRL engine and carburetor seal in place will be required to have an engine and carburetor inspection before competing. You may have your engine inspected Friday or Saturday before practice at your first race, first come first served. Engine needs to be cold.  PLEASE NOTIFY the series if your car requires engine tech at the Season Opener.


LICENSE: Please get your license applications in before the first race weekend.


License Application attached.


Your ‘SPEARS Southwest Tour Series License’ hard card will not be mailed, but will be available to be picked up at the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Trailer at Madera.


On Friday, if you still need to purchase your 2013 License, you can do so at the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Trailer.  Later in the day the track will open registration for Saturday pit passes.


DRIVER PROFILE: Please check your ‘Driver Profile’ on the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series website to be sure the information is up to date.


FUEL CELL BLADDER: The manufactures date (must be within 7 years) on your fuel cell bladder will be required to be checked (unless you already have a seal and a current date) at one of the first three races of 2013 (your choice – Madera, Stockton or Vegas).  If you do not compete at one of the first three, your bladder will be checked at your first appearance of 2013.


IMPORTANT – Please have two bolts drilled to accommodate a wire seal on your fuel cell “Fill Plate”, so an SRL Official can install an “SRL Wire Seal”, which will eliminate the need for your cell being checked in the future.


SCANNING REQUIRED – It is mandatory that each spotter has a radio (or scanner) that will scan the SRL Race Control frequency at 460.0625. It keeps your team better informed and speeds up the event.


TIRES:  The plan for 2013 is to utilize the Hoosier 3025 on the left, and the 3045 on the right.


FUEL: It is each team’s responsibility to have your own supply of “SUNOCO 110 Standard” at each race.  You can call Madera Speedway to pre-order your fuel, and they will have it at the track waiting for you – call 209 356-1968 or 209 769-9581.


SOUND LIMITS: The DB rule of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is maximum 95dba at 100 feet at all tracks, unless the track requirements are under 95dba.  Please do your work in the shop.  (Note; it is extremely frustrating to deal with cars that are excessively loud, as it is a tremendous waste of time and energy for all who are involved and can put the host race tracks in a poor position within its community.)


SAFETY STANDARDS: Be sure all of your Safety Equipment (helmet, suit, belts, HANS, gloves, etc.) is up to date, and up to standards. (See Rule Book)


IGNITION SYSTEMS: All Ignition Boxes and wiring must be to the standards of the rulebook and out of reach of the driver. (See Rule Book)


CONTINGENCY DECAL PACKS: The 2013 Contingency Decal Packages will be handed out at the Friday practice day at Madera on March 15th.  Note: ALL Contingency Decals must be displayed in the proper location to be awarded any and all prize money or points for the event.


SPONSOR OR NAME ON UPPER QUARTER PANEL: The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series encourages teams to have something displayed on the upper quarter panels of their racecars.  This gives the series an appearance of professionalism.


TEAM UNIFORMS: The collective appearance of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is an important element to the continued movement forward of the series, team uniforms (as simple as colored t-shirts and black jeans) are not mandatory, but highly encouraged for everyone associated with your race team.


NAME ON ROCKER PANEL: The driver’s last name is to be displayed on both sides along or just above the rocker panel below the car number in minimum 5” readable letters – per the SRL Rule Book.



Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
2290 Marketplace Dr.
Madera, CA  93637
$84 Room Rate
Ask for the special rate for the SRL Group Rate – includes Hot Breakfast Bar
Cutoff Date – March 8, 2013



If you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out to us.