Mandatory Safety Equipment

Mandatory Safety Equipment 2017-10-24T14:14:30+00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  This page outlines MINIMUM requirements.  Additional safety equipment is NEVER prohibited — in fact, anything that enhances occupant safety is highly encouraged.  This includes nomex fire suits, gloves, shoes, etc.. Roll over protection is permitted in any group. A fire extinguisher is recommended (provided it is securely mounted).


  • Snell-approved M-2005 or newer (motorcycle-rated) helmets are permitted in all run groups. SA-2005 or newer (motorsport-rated) helmets are recommended.
  • Please note that Snell standards are constantly evolving. By 2016, following the introduction of the recently updated Snell 2015 helmet standard, the minimum helmet standard will change to M-2010 or SA-2010 or later.
  • ALL Snell-approved helmets bear a Snell rating sticker, typically found by lifting up the helmet liner (you should not need to remove any glued portions of the liner to view the sticker).
  • Open-face helmets are preferred in vehicles with air bags; closed-face helmets are preferred in vehicles without air bags.
  • DOT-approved helmets are NOT acceptable.  An explanation is found here.

Seat Belts

  • Factory-installed 3-point safety belts are required as a minimum.  The 3-points are the 2 attachments point of the factory lap belt plus the attachment point of the factory shoulder belt installed an all modern vehicles.
  • All belts must be in good condition … no fraying, buckle secure, latching mechanism functional.
  • Optional 4-, 5-, or 6-point racing harnesses are permitted but must be accompanied by structural rollover protection (either a roll bar or roll cage).  For more information, see
  • Driver and passenger (or instructor) must be afforded the same level of protection … that is, driver cannot wear a 6-point belt and passenger or instructor only has a 3-point belt.


  • Shirts with sleeves and long pants are strongly recommended.
  • Clothing should be comfortable without restricting movement.
  • Natural fibers such as cotton, denim, and wool are preferred because they do not melt (when you brush against something hot, or in the event of a fire).
  • Smooth, rubber-soled shoes are recommended. A thinner sole is preferred as this will enhance pedal feedback and feel. Leather-soled shoes are not recommended. Open-toed shoes are not permitted.
  • EVENTS GO RAIN OR SHINE … please be prepared.