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April 11, 2013 - SFI is featured in the latest issue of Performance Business magazine. Check out the article on Page 44 of the May 2013 issue at SFI is Serious Business. Or navigate to the issue from the publication's website, www.performancebiz.com.
April 9, 2013 - SFI would like to welcome the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM) series as our newest affiliate sanctioning body. High-horsepower Pro Modified cars provide for exciting competition that's quickly becoming a more and more popular form of drag racing. SFI is happy to offer our services to this latest group to sign on with us. For more information about EOPM, please visit their website at http://www.extremeoutlawpromod.us.
March 28, 2013 - Several SFI Specifications have recently been revised. A quick summary of what changed in each spec is below. The complete specs may be viewed and downloaded on our Spec List page: SFI Specification List.
SFI 3.2A Driver Suits: Changed Definitions to clarify that embroidered logos are permitted and do not inadvertently affect the performance or rating of the garment. Changed Construction paragraph to require that all material layers in a driver suit must fully extend all the way to all seams. The shortening of any layer prior to the seam is not permitted.
SFI 4.1 Automatic Transmission Shield: Minor changes to definitions to include internal shields that are currently in the program.
SFI 24.1 Youth Helmets and SFI 41.1 Motorsports Helmets: Changed to include anchors for SFI 38.1 Head and Neck Restraint Device anchor hardware.
SFI 31.1 Flame Resistant Motorsports Helmets: Changed to include SFI 38.1 Head and Neck Restraint Device anchor hardware with performance (testing) requirements.
SFI 39.1 Stock Car Type Racing Seat (Custom) and SFI 39.2 Stock Car Type Racing Seat (Standard): Removed 2nd allowable load push, and replaced with a momentary conditioning push of 50% of the test force.
SFI 45.2 Impact Padding: Impact velocities have been changed from minimums to specified velocities.
March 15, 2013 - We welcome Dansk Automobil Sport Union (DASU) as a new SFI Member Sanctioning Body. DASU has signed on with us to benefit from the use of SFI standards in their drag race program. As a Member, other SFI services are available to DASU such as our International Technical Inspector Certification Program. SFI is pleased to extend its role in European drag racing safety with the addition of the DASU in Denmark. For more information about DASU, please visit their website at http://www.dasu.dk.
February 12, 2013 - SFI is proud to welcome the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) as our newest sanctioning body Affiliate. NORRA sanctions and promotes the Mexican 1000, a multi-day vintage-themed off-and-on-road stage rally held in scenic Baja California every spring. The event includes modern off-road vehicles as well as vintage trucks and buggies. NORRA is a group that appreciates the heritage of their long history by celebrating the pioneers of their sport in amateur, friendly off-road competition with an emphasis on fun and adventure. For 2013, NORRA has also added a second fall race of shorter distance, about a third of that covered by the original spring rally. SFI is looking forward to being a part of NORRA as they forge their future while paying homage to their past. For more information about NORRA, please visit their website at http://www.norra.com.
January 10, 2013 - SFI's first member sanctioning body to sign on with us in the new year is X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL), a start-up racing series with a bright future. X-DRL aims to position itself in the industry as a high quality and professional organization. The sanctioning body's management has a strong racing background and brings with it years of experience. X-DRL will specialize in 1/8 mile racing with 8 professional doorslammer categories as well as providing racing opportunities for sportsmen classes. For more information about X-DRL, please visit their website at http://www.x-drl.com.
December 7, 2012 - New SFI Boat Racing Incident Response Training Program
SFI recently launched a new incident response training program for boat racing applications. The incredibly thorough and detailed program was developed for SFI by the Motorsports Rescue Association, with SFI overseeing the administration of the program for our member sanctioning bodies.
The training program includes classroom instruction as well as practical pool training, and addresses different types of boat racing such as drag boats, unlimited hydroplanes, jet boats and more. The training program covers the basics of motorsports incident response including organizational chain of command and planning, fire suppression, extrication and medical treatment, incident reporting and documentation. The program goes on to provide training for water-specific incident scenes and injuries. This includes SCUBA instruction, Rapid Diver Orientation, and Cockpit familiarization.
SFI can't give enough thanks to Jeff Milges and Kevin Hull from Motorsports Rescue Association for the incredible amount of hard work they put into developing this comprehensive program. SFI is very proud to offer the training program to our member sanctioning bodies for immediate implementation. The training program has already successfully completed its first class and we look forward to many more. For any sanctioning bodies who would like their personnel to attend this highly informative and beneficial program, please contact the SFI office for details and scheduling.
December 5, 2012 - SFI announces the publication of a new quality assurance standard for Turbochargers, SFI Specification 61.1, effective December 4, 2012. This spec includes a test procedure in which the turbo housing must prevent the radial escape of material in the event of a catastrophic failure of the turbine. The spec also defines crossbolts installed in the turbo housing outlet to help contain fragments. Although Spec 61.1 was initially developed at the request of drag race sanctioning bodies with high horsepower classes, the spec was written with a variable model definition to allow for a variety of race applications, making it available to other types of SFI sanctioning bodies should they desire to use it.
To download a copy of the new Turbo spec, click here: SFI Spec 61.1 Effective 12-04-12. It can also be found on the page with our full list of specifications. Also be sure to check our manufacturers listing page regularly to see when new manufacturers complete the certification process and have product available to the market.
November 5, 2012 - SFI DOOR CAR SPECS REVISED - The SFI Specs for Full Bodied Car Roll Cages have been revised, effective November 5, 2012. The revised versions are designated as SFI Specs 25.1F, 25.2A, 25.3A, 24.4A, and 25.5A and are immediately available from SFI for use by sanctioning bodies and chassis builders. The extent of this revision is that Docol R8 steel tubing is now allowed as an acceptable structural material for roll cage construction. This addition comes after an extensive engineering review by SFI and the pertinent technical committees. The Docol R8 steel tube dimensions (outside diameter and wall thickness) are the same as those required for 4130 steel, therefore it is not necessary to purchase a new copy of the revised SFI Spec document if you already own the previous version. For more information on SFI Roll Cage Specs, click here: drag race specs. Please feel free to contact SFI with any questions.
October 26, 2012 - SFI welcomes the Australian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) as the latest entity to sign on as a Member Sanctioning Body. The AASA exists to "promote and maintain a professionally admininstered sport and industry environment" in the most cost-efficient manner with the goal to reduce costs for all participants. AASA provides insurance, regulations for sanctioned events, competition licenses, and officials training for many types of motorsports including circuit racing, hillclimb, motorbikes, rally, and offroad. To find out more about AASA, please visit their website at http://australianautosportalliance.com.
October 16, 2012 - The Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation (SAMF) has recently signed up as SFI's newest Member Sanctioning Body. The SAMF promotes, develops, and organizes motorsports for both cars and motorcycles in Saudi Arabia, while maximizing safety. SFI is pleased to welcome SAMF as our latest Member. To find out more about SAMF, please visit their website at www.samf.gov.sa.
September 28, 2012 - SFI will be holding its annual Committee Review Meetings during the upcoming PRI Show in Orlando this December. The meeting schedule may be viewed or downloaded here: meeting schedule. Committee members and mailing list recipients will also be receiving direct mailings containing individual meeting notices.
August 15, 2012 - SFI Specifications 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 for Bellhousings have been revised. Bellhousings that utilize liners must have the liner(s) installed so that they are flush with the flange/mounting surface of the bellhousing. Paragraph 16.0 of each Spec requires new products to comply with the revision within 90 days of the effective date (August 15, 2012). Therefore, newly manufactured bellhousings must comply with this requirement as of November 15, 2012. Existing bellhousings in the field may continue to be used and must be brought into compliance upon their next scheduled inspection and recertification by the manufacturer.
You can find the full description of these specs and download the latest versions from our Specification List: SFI Specification List.
July 12, 2012 -SFI would like to welcome our newest Member Sanctioning Body, Driver's Door, Inc. You may know them better as the people who run the 24 Hours of Lemons. This is a unique series where competitors must prepare their race cars for less than $500 or face penalties. Their events welcome all driving skill levels (but no on-track stupidity!) and teams are encouraged to creatively budget their limited resources. Thankfully, safety equipment is not included in the $500 cap, and racers can splurge in that area to comply with the serious Lemons safety rules. Given that a sense of humor, ingenuity, and durability are rewarded over speed at their competitions, it's no wonder the popularity of the Lemons events has grown over recent years. We're looking forward to establishing a long relationship with them. Please visit their website at www.24hoursoflemons.com.
July 5, 2012 - AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED - The July edition of our column in Drag Illustrated is now available. You can click on the cover story Checkin' it Twice, Why We Recertify, found on the front page here:
Drag Illustrated - July 2012 - Issue 67 - Sportsman Special Issue
June 12, 2012 - SFI Spec 3.3 Revision Allows Outside Seams on Gloves and Introduces a Women's-Specific Product
SFI Specification 3.3 for Driver Accessories has recently been revised. Gloves that comply with this spec must now pass a seam flammability test. In this test, the seams on all fingers and thumb are subjected to a prescribed thermal load. Once the flame is removed, the after-flame time (or time in which the material self-extinguishes) is measured and it must be less than two seconds on average. The seams must also stay intact. As a result of this spec change, gloves may now be constructed with either outside seams or inside seams. Previously, only inside seams were allowed by the spec. This revision should prove popular with race drivers looking for the option of using gloves with outside seams that also meet SFI Spec 3.3 to satisfy their sanctioning body rules.
The Spec 3.3 revision also introduces women's sports bras as a new item covered by this spec. With the number of women racers always increasing, the demand for certified, flame resistant sports bras became evident. To gain compliance with the spec, the sports bra is subjected to the same testing as underclothing or hoods/balaclavas. It must have a minimum Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) value of 6 cal/cm^2, pass a flammabilty test as well as a thread heat resistance test. There are also some construction requirements outlined in the spec.
To download a copy of this spec which includes these latest revisions, click here: SFI Spec 3.3 Effective 06-11-12.
June 8, 2012 - SFI has published a Seatbelt Installation Guide for motorsports vehicles with upright seating. This guide can be used to help determine the optimum installation angles for lap belts, shoulder belts, and crotch belts. This guide is provided as addtional information only and is not intended to supersede or replace seatbelt manufacturers' installation instructions or sanctioning body rules and requirements. You can download the guide by clicking here: SFI Seatbelt Installation Guide.
June 4, 2012 -SFI welcomes our newest affiliate, Wilby Park Motorsports Club. WPMC is located in Victoria, Australia where they race saloon cars door-to-door on their speedway track. Adjacent to the road track is an eigth-mile drag strip for race meets as well as test and tune events. Please visit their website at www.wilbypark.com.au.
May 31, 2012 - AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED - The June edition of our column in Drag Illustrated is now available:
Drag Illustrated - June 2012 - Issue 66 - Setting The Standard
May 15, 2012 - SFI Welcomes New Sanctioning Bodies
SFI is pleased two announce the addition of two new sanctioning bodies to our program. The Dutch Hot Rod Association (DHRA) joins SFI at the Member level, which means in addition to having access to all of our existing services, they can request any new specifications should the need arise. The DHRA hosts street legal events all over the Netherlands, with their sights set on expanding into other car classes in the future. Please visit their website at www.dhra.nl.
The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) has also joined on with SFI this month, as an Affiliate Sanctioning Body. According to the NEDRA website, NEDRA exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events. Take a quick browse through their website at www.nedra.com and you will see the amazing feats being accomplished on the drag strip by electrically powered vehicles. SFI is looking forward to working with NEDRA and this racing of the future!
March 28, 2012 - SFI Hires Mike Hurst as Technical Manager
SFI is happy to announce the addition of Mike Hurst to our staff as SFI Technical Manager, beginning April 2. Mike has over 30 years of motorsports and technical experience, most recently holding the position of Director of Competition with Rally America. Mike will manage the technical aspects of SFI's existing specifications, which are well over one hundred in number. He will also oversee the development of new performance standards as they are requested by SFI's member sanctioning bodies. Mike brings to SFI a high level of integrity and understanding of motorsports safety. We are very pleased to have him join our team.
March 28, 2012 - SFI Welcomes Newest Affiliate Club Uruguayo de Rally
The latest sanctioning body to join SFI as an affiliate is Club Uruguayo de Rally. They have the distinction of being the first South American race sanctioning body to sign on with SFI to utilize our specs in their rules. We look forward to providing our services to them. For more information on Club Uruguayo de Rally and their events, please visit their website at www.rally.org.uy.
March 9, 2012 - CARL OLSON TO BE INDUCTED INTO INTERNATIONAL DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME
SFI is proud to announce that our Motorsports Manager, Carl Olson, is being inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame this weekend at the Don Garlits Museum in Ocala, Florida. This hall of fame induction comes on the heels of Carl's recent induction into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. SFI couldn't be more pleased and we think it reflects on the high quality of people that we have working on the SFI Team. For more information on this year's ceremony at the Garlits Museum and to read Carl's biography, please click here: Garlits Museum Hall of Fame.
February 13, 2012 - CARL OLSON INDUCTED INTO BRITISH DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME
This past weekend, SFI Motorsports Manager, Carl Olson, was bestowed a huge honor, being named to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Here are some details about the ceremonies:
February 11 saw the official presentations of the 2012 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) awards as part of the joint APIRA – SPRC Champions Night held in Solihull, near Birmingham in the UK. Thanks to some flexibility afforded by the organising clubs the BDRHoF were able to present the crystal tablet ’Bootsies’ to Frank and Phil Brachtvogel, Barry Sheavills, Dave Lee Travis and Carl Olson. DLT was able to have his presentation earlier in the evening than usual as he had to leave promptly to prepare for his live Sunday radio show. British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chairman Stuart Bradbury was joined by Steve Trice, Technical Director of US Automotive to hand out the awards, and for the first time at this event Brian Taylor was handed the microphone to compere these presentations.
All inductees were given time to express their feelings to those attending about receiving this accolade, something that is becoming a prestigious honour across the drag racing world. Probably Carl Olson’s attendance demonstrates this most clearly. He flew into Heathrow at 10.15 Saturday morning and departed Heathrow for Los Angeles on the Sunday afternoon – missing the Don Garlits 80th birthday celebrations at Pomona to be with us in the UK. And the new BDRHoF private reception held at 5.30pm gave time for the inductees to get to know each other before the presentations and for the press to carry out interviews. Dave and Carl were able to wander around and greet people during the dinner, as well as sign a few autographs of course. Full details about the inductees can be found on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk. Information provided by Brian Taylor, BDRHOF.
We asked Carl what it meant to him to be inducted into the BDRHOF. Carl said, " Needless to say I was extremely humbled by this very unexpected honor, and will use it to remind myself of all the wonderful, hardworking, dedicated people that I’ve met and worked with in the U.K. to elevate the organization, recognition and safety of our beloved sport of drag racing in that country and around the world."
AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED - The February edition of our column in Drag Illustrated is now available:
Drag Illustrated - February 2012 - Issue 62 - Quality Control
November 25, 2011 - Meeting Time Change: The start time for the SFI Specs 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 Clutch Assemblies meeting is delayed one hour due to a schedule conflict with another event involving SFI personnel. The new start time for this meeting will be 12:00PM on Thursday, December 1 at the PRI Show. We apologize for any inconvenience.
October 7, 2011 - Once again, SFI will be holding its annual Committee Review Meetings in two locations in December: at the PRI Show in Orlando and at IMIS in Indianapolis. Full meeting schedules may be downloaded here: meeting schedule or navigate to the page by using the main menu on the left. Committee members and mailing list recipients will also be receiving direct mailings with individual meeting notices.
October 5, 2011 - Update to New Recertification Requirement for SFI 38.1
With reference to SFI Specification 38.1, which pertains to Head and Neck Restraint Systems, in accordance with Articles 2.7 and 16.0 participating sanctioning bodies will be afforded the option of extending the enforcement date of the new inspection and recertification requirements by ninety (90) days forward from the January 1, 2012 revision effective date. As a result, all sanctioning bodies that incorporate Specification 38.1 within their rules and regulations should be prepared to commence inspection and recertification requirement enforcement no later than April 1, 2012. The below date chart can also be downloaded here: 38.1 Expiration Dates.
|SFI 38.1 Sticker Month/Year||Expiration Date|
|Month/2004||April 1, 2012|
|Month/2005||April 1, 2012|
|Month/2006||April 1, 2012|
|Jan-Mar/2007||April 1, 2012|
September 28, 2011 - New Recertification Requirement for SFI 38.1 Head and Neck Restraint Devices
A recent SFI Specification revision now requires that Head and Neck Restraint Devices which are certified to SFI Specification 38.1 be inspected and recertified every five (5) years, effective January 1, 2012. Any existing certified device with an SFI 38.1 conformance label must be sent back to the original manufacturer for inspection after five (5) years from the date of manufacture punched out on the label. Product inspection, maintenance, and/or replacement procedure will be per individual manufacturer. Inspection must be done by the original manufacturer only, and not their authorized resellers or dealers.
When a device is determined by the original manufacturer to be acceptable for continued use, that manufacturer will affix a new SFI 38.1 conformance label marked with the inspection date and it will be valid for use for another five (5) years from that date.
Sanctioning Bodies requiring 38.1 devices will begin enforcing the five (5) year recertification rule as of January 1, 2012.
September 26, 2011 - SFI Specifications are now available in .pdf format here on our website. Either navigate to the Spec List on the menu at left or click here for a list of specs and downloads: SFI Specifications.
August 19, 2011 - Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Club Racing recently sent out an email reminding its membership that beginning January 1, 2012, Head and Neck Restraint Devices meeting SFI Spec 38.1 will become mandatory in Club Racing Regional, National and Driver School events. In December 2009, the SCCA Board of Directors approved the motion to require a device meeting SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 specifications, and the announcement appeared in the January 2010 issue of the SCCA publication Fastrack ® News.
The SCCA requirement specifically states in the rulebook, “As of 1/1/12, head and neck restraints meeting SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 will be required.” The above mentioned email sent out by SCCA also went on to list certified devices which meet SFI 38.1 such as products currently produced by HANS and Safety Solutions.
SFI would like to add that there are also products from other manufacturers such as DefNder and Leatt Brace that were previously certified and labeled as meeting SFI 38.1. They are not currently listed on the SFI website because they are no longer in new production. However, any devices still in the field or at retail outlets that have SFI 38.1 stickers on them were properly tested and certified at the time. The certifications for those devices remain valid.
August 2, 2011 - Effective July 1, 2011, SFI Foundation, Inc. President and CEO Arnie Kuhns announced the promotion of Jennifer Faye to the Position of Vice President of SFI. Kuhns said, "Jennifer has shown substantial growth during her sixteen years with SFI and has proven herself extremely capable of assuming additional duties within the company. She will be responsible for essentially all facets of SFI and will be instrumental in moving SFI forward in the field of Motorsports Safety."
AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED - The August edition of our Safety First column is now available in this month's Drag Illustrated:
Drag Illustrated - August 2011 - Issue 56 - Safety First
May 9, 2011 - The newest sanctioning body to become affiliated with the SFI Program is the Illiana Pullers Association. IPA is a state-level sanctioning body for the sport of truck and tractor pulling. The IPA was originally founded by and for pullers. Their goal was to provide a place for small-venue pullers to compete who maybe didn't fall into the typical classes run by larger sanctioning bodies at the time. Today, the IPA has 9 different divisions of competition with all types and sizes of trucks and tractors. To find out more about IPA, please visit their website at www.illianapullers.com.
AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED
May 2, 2011 - The May edition of our Safety First column is now available in this month's Drag Illustrated:
Drag Illustrated - May 2011 - Issue 53 - Safety First
April 29, 2011 - SFI welcomes it's newest affiliate sanctioning body, National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA). The NHRDA sanctions events for diesel powered performance cars and trucks. Their events can include anyone one of the following (or maybe all, if you're lucky): drag racing, sled pulling, dyno competition, and burnout contests. To find out more about NHRDA, please visit their website at www.nhrda.com.
AS SEEN IN DRAG ILLUSTRATED
March 30, 2011 - SFI has been asked to contribute to the monthly periodical, Drag Illustrated, on a regular basis. SFI feels honored to be a part of this fine publication and we appreciate the opportunity to share some insight into the SFI Foundation with its readers. The Safety First column will appear monthly both online and in the print version of Drag Illustrated. The link to the first two installments of the column are below. We also encourage you to check out the entire issues of Drag Illustrated.
Drag Illustrated - March 2011 - Issue 51 - Safety First
Drag Illustrated - April 2011 - Issue 52 - Safety First
BIG BEND OPEN ROAD RACE IS NEWEST SFI AFFILIATE
March 1, 2011 - SFI welcomes it's newest affiliate sanctioning body, Big Bend Open Road Race (BBORR). Billing itself as "One of the Most Challenging Open Road Races in the World," this annual event runs along Highway 285 from Fort Stockton to Sanderson, TX for a distance of 118 miles. A variety of cars compete in different classes, some at speeds in excess of 200mph in the straights. We're happy to have BBORR on board with SFI. To find out more about this exciting event, please visit their website at www.bborr.com.
TECH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR SFI SPEC 2.2C - January 14, 2011: In March, 2010, SFI Spec 2.2C for Front Engine Dragster Roll Cages for vehicles going 5.99 Seconds ET and Quicker was issued and included a specific design for the support tubes required in the side bays immediate forward of the rear end uprights. However, after the revised spec was issued, it became evident that additional options were needed for existing nostalgia-type cars. An SFI Tech Advisory has been issued which includes allowable options. If you have purchased a copy of SFI Spec 2.2C, a hard copy of this Tech Advisory will be mailed directly to you. It may also be downloaded by clicking here: SFI 2.2C Tech Advisory 01-11-14.
January 12, 2011 - The SFI Specification 3.3 for Driver Accessories has been revised to include Helmet Skirts as a certified item now covered by this standard. Previously, helmet skirt manufacturers were allowed to certify helmet skirts under the “hood” category. The new Helmet Skirt certification is available in two ratings, SFI 3.3/5, and SFI 3.3/10. The higher 3.3/10 rating is intended for use in drag racing applications, where a minimum length of 8 inches is required for the helmet skirt. The lighter 3.3/5-rated helmet skirt is more practical for other types of competition where the driver would spend extended periods of time in their vehicle. The revised copy of SFI Spec 3.3 may be downloaded here: SFI Spec 3.3 Driver Accessories.
November 4, 2010 - Note that the SFI Spec 4.1 review meeting for Automatic Transmission Shields has been moved to December 11 at 2:00PM in Orlando, FL during the PRI Show. The SFI Spec 4.2 Tractor Blanket review meeting will remain in Indianpolis during IMIS at its originally scheduled time. Complete revised meeting schedules may be downloaded here: meeting schedule or navigate to the page by using the main menu on the left.
For the first time, SFI will be holding its annual Committee Review Meetings in two locations in December: at IMIS in Indianapolis, and at the PRI Show in Orlando. Full meeting schedules may be downloaded here: meeting schedule or navigate to the page by using the main menu on the left.
September 3, 2010 - JOINT PRESS RELEASE - SFI Foundation and Impact Racing are pleased to announce they have resolved their differences. Impact will remain a participant in the SFI programs in exchange for certain consideration and under revised contracts. The parties look forward to a constructive working relationship to benefit the racing industry and to promote the safety of its participants. Impact agrees and accepts that the SFI specifications are state of the art and promote a high level of safety and performance in the auto racing industry. Impact acknowledges that in prior years it did not fully comply with SFI's specifications, however these problems have been resolved. The terms of the agreement between the parties are confidential.
July 2, 2010 - The latest sanctioning body affiliate to join SFI is the Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC), a coalition of eight race clubs with over 800 members throughout the Midwest. The MCSCC sanctions events for several types of racing for amateur motorsports enthusiasts, including door to door road racing, solo auto cross, and vintage/historic racing. According to its website, MCSCC prides itself on its family-friendly atmoshpere and emphasis on fun and safety. SFI is proud to be affiliated with such a safety-conscious group. To find out more about MCSCC, please visit their website at www.mcscc.org.
June 3, 2010 - SFI welcomes new member sanctioning body, United States Speed Association (USSA). This upstart midget racing group recently completed their inaugural race in late May. For 2010, USSA has organized its first full season of weekly events for Regional Midgets, Kenyon Cars, and Thunder Roadsters held at regional Indiana speedways. Kenyon Cars are specifically designed for older youth drivers as a transition between quarter midgets and full-size midgets. To find out more about USSA, please visit their website at www.kenyonmidgetracing.com.
June 3, 2010 - SFI also welcomes new sanctioning body affiliate, American Speed Association. ASA Racing sanctions several regional and national tourning series which feature the ASA member Track program. This program enthusiastically promotes the excitement of weekly local short track racing. ASA Member Track events include a variety of race car types such as stock cars, modifieds, and midgets that run on dirt, asphalt, and road courses. For more information about ASA Racing, please visit their website at asa-racing.com.
March 16, 2010 - SEATBELT RECERTIFICATION DATE CLARIFICATION
Recently you may have seen information circulating which states that the SFI standard for driver restraint assemblies has recently changed with respect to recertification/expiration dates. Please be advised this is INCORRECT and the SFI Spec has NOT changed in this regard. SFI Spec 16.1 has always required that the useful life of the webbing in the straps shall not exceed two years from the date of manufacture and it must be replaced at or before that time. Only the original manuacturer can reweb an assembly prior to recertifying.
March 11, 2010 - NEW AFFILIATE SANCTIONING BODY
SFI welcomes another member of the Lucas Oil Racing family as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) becomes our newest affiliate sanctioning body. LOLMDS was founded in 2005 and features race machines with all steel tube frame chassis and sleek aluminum race car bodies, built on 800 horesepower V-8 powerplants. This combination results in exciting action on dirt surface tracks. To find out more about LOLMDS , visit their website at www.lucasdirt.com.
March 9, 2010 - REVISED FRONT ENGINE DRAGSTER (NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL) ROLL CAGE SPEC -
SFI Spec 2.2B has been revised and is now spec version 2.2C for Front Engine Dragster Roll Cage, 5.99 Seconds E.T. or Quicker. If you use this spec, it is recommended that you purchase a new copy of Spec 2.2C from SFI so you have the current requirements. For more information on purchasing SFI Roll Cage Specs, click here.
Please note that several other dragster roll cage specs have also been revised (2.1A, 2.4C, 2.5C, 2.6A, and 2.7C). If you own a previous version of any one of these specs, the notice found in the following link is provided as a supplement so that it is not necessary to purchase a new spec copy. These updates can be viewed by clicking on the following link: SFI Roll Cage Spec Revisions Notice 03-05-10.
February 23, 2010 - This is an exciting time for the sport of drag boat racing. SFI is happy to be working with the new Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series (LODBRS) as they lead the way towards uniting the sport under a single rulebook. In addition to sanctioning a national event series, LODBRS is also co-sanctioning divisional events with the Columbia Drag Boat Association (CDBA), Kentucky Drag Boat Association (KDBA), National Jet Boat Association (NJBA), Southern Drag Boat Association (SDBA) and St. Louis Drag Boat Association (SLDBA). To find out more about LODBRS and to get helpful tech information for racers, visit their website at www.lucasoildragboats.com.
February 18, 2010 - SFI would like to welcome two new sanctioning bodies this month. First, American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) joins us as a full member santioning body. Founded in 1956, AHRA promotes dragracing events throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their events promote a racer-friendly atmosphere and host a variety of classes including sportsmen series and the newly formed Reunion Tour. For more information about AHRA, please visit their website at ahradragracing.com.
Also joining SFI this month at the affiliate level is the International Council of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC). ICSCC is a coalition of independent sports car clubs in the Pacific Northwest, with events in both Canada and the U.S. The ICSCC and its member clubs are dedicated to keeping racing affordable and accessible to the amateur racer. You can find out more about ICSCC at their website, www.icscc.com.
December 15, 2009 - SFI welcomes the National Jet Racing Association (NJRA) as its newest Member Sanctioning Body. The NJRA is the official sanctioning body of the NJRA Drag Racing Series which features thrust-driven turbine powered drag racing vehicles. NJRA drag racing events are more than just races and include a full range of automotive arts displays and other enterainment activities. NJRA's website link will be added as soon as soon as their website becomes live.
December 15, 2009 - After two and a half years as an associate sanctioning body, Victorian Speedway Council (VSC) of Australia has decided to upgrade their SFI sanctioning body status to full member. Additional SFI services now available to VSC include the devlopment of new application-specific standards if requested, technical personnel training and certification, and on-track incident response training. SFI is pleased to continue working with VSC in this capacity. For more info about VSC, please see their website at www.victorianspeedway.org.au.
December 3, 2009 - We are pleased to announce that the Vintage Motorsports Council (VMC) has joined as an SFI Member Sanctioning Body. The VMC is a coalition of vintage car racing clubs that provides a central source of uniform rules and regulations for its members. The VMC promotes the preservation of historical cars in a racing format that's friendly , fair, and safe. For more information, please see their website at www.v-m-c.org.
November 11, 2009 - SFI welcomes Oval Racing Council International (ORCI) as our newest affiliate sanctioning body. The ORCI was formed in the early 1990's and governs short track oval racing for various types of stock cars across England, Scotland, Ireland, and mainland Europe. For more information, please see their website at www.orci.co.uk.
October 6, 2009 - Effective October 2, 2009, an addendum has been made to SFI Spec 6.1 for Replacement Bellhousings. The addendum, which will be designated SFI 6.1W, will include accommodation for a specified covered clutch adjustment access opening or window. This addendum will apply only to passenger car replacement bellhousings combined with a single disc clutch, or a dual disc clutch with a maximum diameter of eight inches.
A unique SFI 6.1W certification compliance label will be used to identify the bellhousings with adjustable clutch openings separately from 6.1 bellhousings without the window. Any 6.1 bellhousing with this adjustable clutch window should display a 6.1W sticker to demonstrate that it has been properly installed and certified by the original manufacturer of the bellhousing. To obtain certification, a manufacturer must successfully test their 6.1W bellhousing to the same test standard as a typical 6.1 bellhousing. It should be noted that the inspection/recertification period for a 6.1W bellhousing is 2 years.
October 2, 2009 - The schedule of SFI Committee Review Meetings to be held at this year's PRI Show has been posted. Click here: meeting schedule or navigate to the page by using the main menu on the left.
NEW FULL BODIED CAR ROLL CAGE SPEC - September 3, 2009: The new SFI Spec 25.3 for Full Bodied Cars 6.50 to 7.49 Seconds ET, 3,600 Lbs. Maximum is now available from SFI. For more information on purchasing SFI Roll Cage Specs, click here.
COUNTERFEIT HANS POST ANCHORS DISCOVERED
On August 19, 2009 and August 21, 2009, HANS Performance Products issued press releases regarding helmet post anchors it discovered to be counterfeit. For more information click on and follow this link: http://hansdevice.com/Anchor-Replacement. These counterfeit post anchors bear an "SFI" etching in the metal itself. SFI has not tested or approved these counterfeit post anchors and therefore they are not approved for usage in any motorsports activity or event covered by SFI ratings and standards. For their own safety, SFI encourages all members of the racing community to examine their helmet post anchors very carefully and contact a HANS dealer or representative if they have any questions about the part. Any companies manufacturing, marketing, distributing or selling these counterfeit products are hereby on notice that they must immediately exercise all necessary means to locate and remove these counterfeit post anchors from any and all usage in motorsports activites or else risk their continued approved participating in SFI programs.
August 21, 2009 - SFI is pleased to announce that the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) is the latest sanctioning body to become an SFI affiliate. The PSCA hosts exciting doorslammer drag racing and boasts itslef as the West Coast's Real Deal! PSCA offers a variety of classes such as heads-up, street, and breakout racing. SFI looks forward to working with the PSCA. For more information, please see their website at www.pscaracing.com.
June 10, 2009 - The latest sanctioning body affiliate to sign on with SFI is Pull-N-Power, LLC. Pull-N-Power organizes and promotes pulling contests in the Midwest area in cooperation with the Nation Hot Rod Diesel Association. SFI is pleased to offer our affiliate-level services to them. For more information on Pull-N-Power, you can access their rules here: www.nhrda.com/SP_Rules_Indy.pdf.
May 19, 2009 - SFI is pleased to welcome the Alaska Sports Car Club as our latest sanctioning body to join as an affiliate. Founded in 1958, the ASCC organizes a variety of race types befitting the extremes of the Alaskan environment. Their winter ice racing series is available to drivers of both 2WD and 4WD vehicles who want to test their skills on the snow. Then in the summer months, production-type vehicles pound the pavement in the ASCC road race series. The premier event for ASCC is the annual Fur Rondy Grand Prix held every February. The same production IT and GT-classed cars compete on a circuit through the strees of Anchorage. The event boasts a unique feature not seen at most venues: track barriers constructed from 6-foot snow and ice berms to contain race vehicles within the race surface. To find out more about road racing in The Last Frontier, see the ASCC website at www.aksportscarclub.org.
April 9, 2009 - SFI welcomes the Michigan Speedway Promoters Association (MSPA) as its newest affiliate sanctioning body. MSPA is a coalition of Michigan paved and dirt oval track speedway promoters that's been in existence for more than 30 years. Its objective is to foster dialogue among the members to advance improved track operations, create greater visibility for their individual facilities and programs, and as evidenced by their SFI involvement, maximum safety at their events. For more information, please see their website at www.michiganspeedways.com.
April 3, 2009 - The latest organization to join SFI as a sanctioning body affiliate is DieselSport Promotions, LLC. DieselSport organizes and operates the traditional gathering known to diesel fans as Thunder in Muncie. Scheduled events to be held at Thunder in Muncie include diesel-powered drag racing, sled pulling, and tug-a-truck, along with dyno and burnout contests. For more information, please see their website at Thunder in Muncie.
February 27, 2009 - SFI welcomes the National Off Road Racing Series (NORRS) as its newest Affiliate sanctioning body. NORRS is a neighbor to SFI, based in San Diego, and offering short course off road racing in Southern California in 2009 with plans to eventually expand nationwide. NORRS is managed by professionals with decades of racing experience who pledge to ensure fair and competitive racing for a wide range of classes including Youth, Sportsman, and Professional. They also boast family-friendly and affordable entertainment for race fans. SFI looks forward to working with NORRS as the popular sport of off road racing grows over future seasons. For more information, please see their website at www.norrs.com.
SPEC 2.3N TECH ADVISORY- February 19, 2009: a Tech Advisory for SFI Spec 2.3N that outlines an acceptable method to back-half a chassis to the 2.3N Spec when the splice on the existing car is too close to the seat upright and/or rear seat cross member has been issued and is available by clicking here:SFI 2.3N Tech Advisory 02-18-09.
February 10, 2009 - We are happy to announce Outlaw Street Madness (OSM) as the latest sanctioning body to sign on as a member of SFI. The OSM promotes exciting heads-up 1/8 mile drag racing out of Edgewater Sports Park in Cincinnati, OH. They run a variety of door-car classes including Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial, Quick Street, 6.50 and 7.50 Index, and Run What Ya Brung. For more information, please see their website at www.outlawstreetmadness.com.
February 4, 2009 - Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) has just signed on as a sanctioning body affiliate with SFI. The LOORRS is a brand new group founded this year with the goal of becoming the premier short course off road series. The 2009 schedule has short course tracks throughout the Southwest U.S. hosting competition for various 2WD and 4WD truck classes. SFI is happy to be a part of their inaugural season and we look forward to many years of providing our services to the LOORRS. For more information, see their website at www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
January 27, 2009 - SFI welcomes another new affiliate this month, the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), known as the official sanctioning body for rallying in Canada. CARS member clubs organize events for three different types of rallying: Navigational, Rally Cross/Sprint, and Performance which includes the national Canadian Rally Championship. For more information, see their website at www.carsrally.ca.
January 21, 2009 - Do you want to see beautifully restored classic road cars being driven as they were originally intended? And better yet, on the premier race circuits in America? Then you should check out the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. A wide range of classic vehicles including stock cars, formula cars, and GT cars compete head-to-head in original spec trim. SFI is very pleased to welcome the SVRA as its newest Affiliate Sanctioning Body. For more information, see their website at www.svra.com.
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