Three categories of penalties have been defined - Minor, Medium and Major. Penalties were re-worded for Summer 2006 to emphasise two key points. Firstly, drivers should hold their line through the turns. Secondly, drivers should make sufficient attempt to avoid contact with other cars.Race analysis will be conducted after each race within the following terms:
Self Penalty Offences
A self spin or crash that does not involve other cars, or does not result in other cars receiving damage.
Minor Penalty Offences Include (but are not limited to)...
* Failing to drive through pits if a lapped car inside 10 laps to go.
* Posting a qualifying time where directed not to by an Admin
* Non race related text or voice chat while under green conditions during a race
* Excessive or overly aggressive defensive driving (i.e. continuously impeding a visibly faster car)
* Jumping the start/restart or laying back to gain an advantage
* Self-spin/crash WITHOUT contact with other car(s) that results in a yellow
* Self-spin/crash WITH avoidable contact with other car(s) (i.e. other car(s) made insufficient attempts at avoidance)
* Failing to hold line/speed causing contact with a car that is alongside and ALSO failing to hold line/speed
* (i.e. one car drifts up, the other drifts down)
* Failing to hold line/speed causing avoidable contact with car behind
* Making avoidable contact with car in front that has failed to hold line/speed
* Creating an avoidable situation from which OTHER cars make contact (e.g. forcing a three-wide, taking a wall-ride)
* Blown engine that could have been prevented (water/oil alert lights on) that results in a yellow
* Speeding through the pit lane in order to gain an advantage (this includes, but is not limited to, passing the leader of the pacing line in order to gain a lap lead or get a lap back)
Medium Penalty Offences Include (but are not limited to)...
* Self-spin/crash involving or causing contact with or between other car(s).
* Failing to call the tow-truck that results in a yellow (e.g. returning to track following a spin that didn't trigger a yellow)
* Making SIGNIFICANT contact with another car whilst behind the pace car under caution
Major Penalty Offences Include (but are not limited to)...
* Causing an avoidable collision as a result of failing to, or being unable to, maintain full racing speed.
* Failing to give back a position or time gained, or position not lost, by cutting the course.
* Failing to hold line causing contact with a car that is alongside and holding line (i.e. drifting up/down track into other car)
* Failing to hold line in a turn causing UNavoidable contact with car behind
* Making avoidable contact with car in front that is holding line and causing a crash or caution as a result.
* Making avoidable contact when the yellow is shown and hitting other car(s)
* Self-spin/crash while approaching/entering/exiting the pits that results in a yellow
* Warp incidents where driver had been made aware of persistent warp and did nothing about it, resulting in an accident
* Passing under yellow (except in the last 10 laps of a race)
* Gross misconduct towards other drivers (for example, deliberately getting other drivers black flags)
* Deliberately causing a yellow (e.g. stopping on track)
In the event that the reviewer is unable to find one party to be more at fault for an incident that results in a caution, the review reserves the right not to issue penalty points at his/her discretion, this is also extended to penalties being downgraded, or upgraded under special circumstances.
Self Spin Penalty - 1 Penalty Point
Minor Incident Penalty - 5 Penalty Points
Medium Incident Penalty - 7 Penalty Points
Major Incident Penalty - 9 Penalty Points
Penalty Point Reductions
Penalty offences can be reduced at the reviewers discretion, if they meet requirements that allow the reviewer to downgrade the severity of the offence.
1. The incident did not happen in the final stages of the race (fuel window)
2. The impaired car did not make contact with other cars or the retaining wall
3. The impaired car did not lose a significant amount of track position through the incident
4. The nature of the track diminishes the severity of the incident (i.e. short track)
5. The "victim" driver was considered to have bought the incident upon himself (i.e. slamming the door shut)
Reviewing admins are obligated to give reasons for applying a Reduced Penalty in the Race Analysis.
Penalty Points "Championship" effects
Penalty Points are deducted from a drivers and teams championship scores unless otherwise stated. Generally Penalty Points are not deducted from the Sprint Cup standings but all other championships they are.
Penalty Point "Until Sanction" Credits
Having a clean race will result in a point credit of 2 being added to a drivers "until sanction" running total (up to the series maximum). If a driver has had a sanction for exceeding accumulative 22 Penalty Points in the season, they will receive the equal amount of maximum penalty points threshold credited to their rolling "until sanction" score at the next race (generally 22), to bring them back into the black, these credits are for "until sanction" accounting only and are not credited back to a drivers championship score, once lost penalty points are not recoverable other than through the penalty appeals procedure.
Starts / Restarts
Each penalty awarded for a yellow occurring on the first or second lap of green running (as defined by position of race leader) will incur an additional 1 penalty point.
This additional penalty exists to encourage all drivers to take extra care when tyres are cold. If incidents that occur shortly after the green flag flies can be cut out, there is a far greater chance of a long green spell occurring.
Note, this means that incidents occurring on the opening two laps of a 'yellows off' race will not, by definition, attract additional penalties.
Race suspensions are possible in ALL series, generally for exceeding the 3-strike rule or gross misconduct, under normal circumstances the only punishment for crashing is to ones ego and championship total score, drivers are no longer parked for simply making an honest mistake.
All incidents causing yellows will be investigated and taken into account for penalties. Not all yellows will necessarily result in penalties.
In addition, penalties may be awarded for incidents that do not cause a yellow. However, these incidents must be brought to the attention of an admin as soon as possible following the end of a race, and certainly within 24 hours. This is also how races with yellows off will be policed.
Members can appeal the outcome of any incident in which they were directly involved; this includes seeking reductions in your own penalties or increases in someone else's. Note, however, that, once lodged, appeals may not be withdrawn and may result in member who is appealing receiving an increased penalty. So think carefully before lodging an appeal.
ALL appeals against penalties issued must be sent by PM only within 24 hours of the penalty list being posted. All appeals received after this deadline, or appeals not sent by PM, will not be looked at.
Please note that in order to reduce the large number of unsuccessful appeals, members must show some evidence of having actually looked objectively at the incident in question. Using the penalties outlined above, members must explain in their PM why they feel their penalty is inappropriate and what penalty they would give instead.
Penalty Appeal Ruling
A ruling under appeal is final, and cannot be further appealed.