ARTICLE 1 CONTROL OF COMPETITION
1.1 INTERNATIONAL CONTROL
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the authority that
establishes and governs certain international rules for automobiles, standards for
the organization of automobile competitions and specific regulations for World
Championship Series of competitions. FIA has published the International
Sporting CODE for these purposes.
1.2 NATIONAL CONTROL
1.2.1 The Automobile Competition Committee for the United States, FIA (ACCUS) is
recognized by the FIA as the National Sporting Authority (ASN) for the United
1500 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 101
Northbrook, Illinois (USA) 60062
Telephone: (847) 272-0090
Facsimile: (847) 272-0101
1.2.2 ACCUS is therefore the sole authority that oversees international automobile
competitions in the USA, its territories and protectorates.
1.2.3 ACCUS is in turn composed of representatives of its eight member clubs and a
number of individuals. The member clubs of ACCUS are:
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART)
Grand American Road Racing Association (GRAND-AM)
Indy Racing League (IRL)
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
National Hot Rod Association, Inc. (NHRA)
Sports Car Club of America, Inc. (SCCA)
United States Auto Club, Inc. (USAC)
1.2.4 ACCUS delegates to its member clubs most of the normal duties of an ASN,
including the authority to organize, sanction and conduct FIA-listed events, and
events counting toward International and World Championships.
1.3 IMSA CONTROL
1.3.1 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has established these rules (the
IMSA CODE), which govern the organization and conduct of IMSA-sanctioned
events, the standards for eligibility and conduct of competitors and officials, the
regulations for eligibility and preparation of automobiles, and the rules for any annual
IMSA series of events.
1.3.2 The IMSA CODE is in all principles consistent with the International Sporting
CODE of the FIA; accordingly, it shall take precedence as the governing body of
rules for all events sanctioned by IMSA, whether or not they may be listed on the
1.3.3 All IMSA members and all IMSA credential holders are bound by the IMSA
CODE and must abide by its provisions.
1.3.4 IMSA may amend the IMSA CODE from time to time by publishing a notice of
amendment in an IMSA bulletin mailed to IMSA competitors, or posted on the
IMSA internet site (www.imsaracing.net), and an amendment shall become effective
upon the date of such mailing or posting, unless otherwise provided in the notice of
1.3.5 Except as provided for in these regulations, other verbal and/or written
communication from IMSA shall not constitute an amendment to the IMSA
CODE. IMSA may issue an addendum to the IMSA CODE in the same fashion
as an amendment providing additional information and/or correcting previous
errors and it shall become effective immediately upon publication.
1.3.6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RULES
Every Driver, Entrant, Official, Promoter or other participant in an IMSA-
sanctioned event, and every person who is issued an IMSA credential agree
without reservation to conduct him/herself in accordance with the IMSA CODE. If
there is a disagreement or dispute regarding the meaning or application of the
IMSA CODE, the interpretation and application by IMSA officials shall prevail.
Determinations by IMSA officials applying or interpreting the IMSA CODE shall
be final and non-appealable except as provided in Articles 9 and 10. In order to
promote the sport of auto racing, to achieve prompt finality in competition results,
and in consideration of receiving numerous benefits available to them, ALL IMSA
MEMBERS AND CREDENTIAL HOLDERS EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT
DETERMINATIONS BY IMSA OFFICIALS AS TO THE APPLICABILITY AND
INTERPRETATION OF THIS CODE ARE NON-LITIGABLE, AND THEY
COVENANT THAT THEY WILL NOT INITIATE OR MAINTAIN LITIGATION OF
ANY KIND AGAINST IMSA OR ANYONE ACTING ON BEHALF OF IMSA, TO
REVERSE, OR MODIFY SUCH DETERMINATION OR TO SEEK TO RECOVER
DAMAGES OR OTHER RELIEF ALLEGEDLY INCURRED OR REQUIRED AS A
RESULT OF SUCH DETERMINATION. IF A MEMBER OR CREDENTIAL
HOLDER INITIATES OR MAINTAINS LITIGATION IN VIOLATION OF THIS
COVENANT, THAT MEMBER OR CREDENTIAL HOLDER AGREES TO
REIMBURSE IMSA FOR THE COST OF SUCH LITIGATION, INCLUDING
ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS AND TERMS
Standard nomenclature will be used wherever possible in IMSA activities.
International Motor Sports Association, 14175 ICOT Boulevard, Suite 300,
Clearwater, Florida 33760, a national sanctioning organization formed to promote
motor sports; to organize, sanction, supervise and conduct motor sports events; to
promote uniform rules and safety standards; to collect and disseminate information
relating to motor sports; to supervise and grant affiliation to other organizations with
similar purposes, and to cooperate with such organizations; and to undertake any
other activities to advance motor sports.
2.2 IMSA CODE
The rules and regulations governing the sanctioning and conduct of IMSA-
A contest in which an automobile takes part and which is of a competitive nature or
is given a competitive nature by publication of results.
An entire program of IMSA-sanctioned competitions.
2.5 SANCTION (ORGANIZING PERMIT)
The documentary authority granted by IMSA to organize and hold a competition.
A person named as the Driver of an automobile in a competition.
A person who entered an automobile that is accepted for competition.
A person or body controlling a facility where events are organized, promoted and
For insurance purposes, the definition of a participant is a Driver, mechanic, pit man,
or actual official of the race, announcer, ambulance crew, tow truck or push car crew
and pit gate worker or all other persons being assigned pit passes duly and officially
issued by IMSA, provided all such other persons are limited to those who have
clearly defined duties allotted to them.
2.10 WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Standards for weights and measures shall be as specified in Article 13.
ARTICLE 3 MEMBERSHIP/LICENSE AND CREDENTIALS
Every person or entity who desires to participate in an IMSA sanctioned event as a
competitor, official, promoter, sponsor or sales representative must apply for, receive
and possess a valid, current IMSA membership.
IMSA members are independent contractors who assume and take full responsibility
for reporting and paying to the appropriate authorities all charges, premiums and
taxes, if any, due or payable on any funds IMSA members may receive as a result of
their participation in IMSA-sanctioned events, including but not limited to Social
Security taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, compensation insurance, income
taxes and withholding taxes.
3.2 APPLICATION FORMS
Application forms for an IMSA membership/license and credential may be obtained
from IMSA headquarters or downloaded from www.imsaracing.net. IMSA is solely
responsible for issuing such memberships/licenses and credentials. Membership/
license and credential application forms must be fully executed, signed by the
applicant and accompanied by the requisite funds. The mere acceptance of an
IMSA membership/license and credential application form and fee by an IMSA
official does not constitute the issuance of or approval by IMSA of such application.
Applicants will be advised in writing by IMSA headquarters whether their application
for IMSA membership/license and credential has been approved.
3.3 ANNUAL CREDENTIAL
IMSA annual credentials are available for Entrants, Drivers, Corporate, Promoters,
Teams, Media, Officials and VIP’s.
3.4 EVENT CREDENTIAL
IMSA single event credentials are available for Entrants, Drivers, Corporate,
Promoters, Teams, Media, Officials and VIP’s. Either a single event or annual
credential is required for pit access during an IMSA sanctioned event.
IMSA is dedicated to the highest standards of safety and sportsmanlike conduct and
all members and credential holders must conduct themselves accordingly. Unsafe
or unsportsmanlike conduct may result in the imposition of penalties. Acts or
omissions which constitute a violation of the IMSA CODE or which are detrimental to
auto racing, IMSA, its promoters, sponsors, participants or fans, may result in the
imposition of penalties.
ARTICLE 4 EVENTS
IMSA events may be organized by:
4.1.2 An affiliated organization of IMSA.
4.1.3 Other organizations or promoters approved by IMSA.
The name, service mark or emblem of IMSA may be associated only with activities
and events that have been sanctioned or approved by IMSA.
Every speed event with which IMSA’s name, service mark or emblem is associated
must be formally sanctioned by IMSA.
4.4 SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS (SR)
Define for all participants the specific conditions for an event. SR usually is
combined with entry forms sent to competitors and officials. Since SR accommodate
local conditions, they may occasionally appear to contradict a provision of the IMSA
CODE. In such a case, the SR take precedence over the IMSA CODE.
Normally, the SR contain this information:
4.4.1 Name, location, dates, nature and classification of the event.
4.4.2 IMSA sanction and announcement, “Held under the IMSA CODE”.
4.4.3 Name and address of the promoter/organizer.
4.4.4 Schedule and location of all activities and competitions, classes of automobiles
4.4.5 Entry deadline, fees and, if prior restrictions apply, the number of entries to be
accepted and started in each competition.
4.4.6 Schedule of awards and prizes.
4.4.7 Other necessary information. Although no changes will ordinarily be made in the SR
after the entry deadline, IMSA reserves the right to make changes at any time.
Changes may take the form of a competitors’ bulletin, addendum to the SR,
announcement at a Driver briefing, and so on.
4.4.8 Uniform Series Standing Supplementary Regulations under which all of the events in
an IMSA-sanctioned series are held are covered in Article 12.
4.5 REQUIRED INSURANCE COVERAGES
4.5.1 LIABILITY COVERAGE
IMSA requires that the promoter/organizer of an IMSA-sanctioned event provide
acceptable general liability and insurance in the amount of not less than $10,000,000
combined single limit and which covers participating Drivers, crew members, car
owners and sponsors as well as the sanctioning body and promoters. Specific policy
requirements may be obtained from IMSA's risk manager.
4.5.2 PARTICIPANT ACCIDENT COVERAGE
IMSA provides a participant accident insurance policy which provides up to $500,000
in excess medical expense reimbursement and other benefits to properly
credentialed IMSA event participants. Additional policy details are provided in the
event Supplementary Regulations.
Every competitor, official, worker, mechanic and other individual who is assigned a
pit pass or other such credential permitting access to the racing circuit must first sign
a Release and Indemnity Agreement as provided at official IMSA Registration and/or
on the IMSA credential application. It will be considered a serious breach of these
rules to enter such restricted areas of the racing circuit without first signing such a
Release and Indemnity Agreement, to secure a pit pass or other credential under
false pretenses, or to transfer such a credential to any other person.
IMSA will classify events according to the Drivers and types of automobiles that will
take part. IMSA will create and maintain championship series of events for specific
purposes and automobiles.
No competition may take place other than on a course approved by IMSA.
4.7.1 IMSA may:
a. Limit a course to certain event classifications.
b. Restrict the classes of automobiles to be raced at a course.
c. Restrict the number of cars to be started in a race.
d. Restrict the course to certain grades of Drivers.
e. Penalize a competitor who attempts to complete a lap on other than the
prescribed course (such as by taking a shortcut or by racing through pit lane to
gain an advantage).
4.7.2 COURSE MEASUREMENT
The official length of a course is measured along the centerline of the road.
4.8 TIMING, SCORING, STARTS, FINISHES, RESULTS
IMSA may require each car to be fitted with a scoring transponder or other electronic
scoring device in an approved location and manner. It must be subject to inspection
at all times and surrendered or replaced upon request. The transponder must not be
tampered with nor transferred to another car unless specifically approved by IMSA.
Loss or damage to the transponder while in the possession of the Entrant will result
in an automatic fine to the Entrant in an amount determined by IMSA. This fine may
be deducted by IMSA from prize money owed to the Entrant. In the case of loss or
damage to an Entrant-owned transponder, the Entrant may have to purchase a new
transponder in order to continue participation in the event/series.
There are two types of starts:
4.9.1 For special events such as hill climbs and record attempts; the standing start where
cars are stationary at the moment the starting signal is given; and
4.9.2 Otherwise; the rolling start where the cars are moving at the moment the starting
signal is given, in which case a pace car may be used to lead the field to the starting
line. Normally, the rolling start is used unless otherwise stated in the Supplementary
Regulations for the event.
4.10 STARTING LINE
The starting line is the point on the course where timing and/or scoring begins, unless
otherwise stated in the event SR.
4.11 STARTING POSITIONS
4.11.1 Cars will be placed in the starting lineup in order of their speed potential with the
fastest to the front of the field.
4.11.2 IMSA may require that cars achieve a minimum qualifying time in order to be eligible
to start the race. IMSA may restrict the number of starters if a race is
4.11.3 A car must be qualified by a Driver officially entered to drive that car.
4.11.4 For events where starting positions for the feature races are determined by heat
races, pole position goes to the winner of the fastest heat. In case weather or other
unforeseen events create inequitable conditions in separate qualifying sessions for
the same type of car for a race, the Race Director may elect to place all cars in the
first session in one row and all cars in the second session in the other row, with the
fastest session on the pole row.
4.11.5 In case weather or other unforeseen events in separate qualifying sessions for
different classes of cars which will be competing in a combined-class race lead to a
condition where normally more powerful classes of cars have had substantially less
favorable conditions under which to qualify, the Race Director may adjust starting
positions to compensate for the abnormal circumstances.
4.11.6 Otherwise, pole position goes to the fastest qualifier. The pole is defined as the front
row, inside position with respect to the first turn past the starting line.
4.11.7 If two cars achieve the same qualifying time, the car that sets the time earliest in
his/her qualifying session shall be gridded first.
4.11.8 In the interest of safety or at the discretion of the Race Director, a competitor who is
unable to qualify in his/her session but can meet qualifying requirements, may be
placed on the grid behind other automobiles of his/her division or at the rear of the
4.11.9 If official qualifying does not occur, or is interrupted at an early stage and is not
resumed, the Race Director may establish the starting grid by other means. In this
case, championship points for the pole, awards and official qualifying records will not
be awarded, nor will they factor into the awards based on the pole position. Pole
bonuses and/or awards may or may not be paid at IMSA’s discretion.
4.12 STANDARD ROLLING START
Cars will take their assigned positions in two rows behind the pace car. The pace car
will depart the starting grid and make at least one lap of the circuit at moderate speed.
Normally, there will be two scheduled pace laps on circuits under two (2) miles in
length and on all temporary circuits. Any car unable to start the pace lap in its assigned
position may be held in the pits, and then required to join at the back of the field.
Drivers will keep their original formation behind the pace car during the pace lap(s).
After the pace car has left the circuit, usually via the pit entrance, Drivers will maintain
their positions on the pace lap until the starter displays the green flag, signifying the
start of the race. Any deviation from the original assigned starting positions or
manipulation of the set pace will be considered an infraction of these rules. The race
officially begins when the first car crosses the starting line after completion of the
scheduled pace lap(s).
Cars unable to make the pace lap(s) or who present themselves too late to safely
rejoin the starting field may be started from pit lane with the permission of the Race
Director after the field has passed pit-out on the first scored lap.
4.13 TIMING AND SCORING
4.13.1 For the standing start, the timing and scoring commences at the moment the starting
signal is given; or, if automatic apparatus is used, at the instant it is operated.
4.13.2 For a rolling start, the timing and scoring commences when the leading car crosses
the starting line after completion of the scheduled pace lap(s).
4.13.3 First and subsequent laps are timed and scored when each car crosses the control
line at the timing and scoring station unless a different procedure is prescribed by the
4.13.4 All starting cars will be credited with a finishing position whether or not they are
running when the checkered flag is given.
4.14 CONTROL LINE
An automobile crosses a control line at the instant the leading edge of its bodywork
passes over that line, or at the instant the automatic timing apparatus is operated.
A Driver is considered to be a starter in a competition and thus eligible for awards
and championship points if he/she crosses the start line under green or is started
from the pit lane in accordance with Article 4.12.
4.16 FALSE START
A false start occurs when a Driver moves forward from the position assigned to
him/her by the Starter before the starting signal (or a restart signal after a caution
period) is given. The Race Director may assess a penalty for a false start.
4.17 RESTART (Also see Article 6.3.8)
4.17.1 If it should become necessary to stop a competition, the Race Director may restart
the competition with competitors in their original starting positions, in single file
according to their standings in the order passing the scoring line at the time the
competition was halted, or as otherwise prescribed in the SR.
4.17.2 Pace laps on the restart will not be scored.
4.17.3 No work or replenishment may be done or assistance rendered to any car during the
period after the competition is halted and before it is restarted, unless specifically
authorized by the SR or the Race Director.
4.17.4 Overall race time will continue to be counted during the stoppage unless otherwise
announced by the Race Director.
4.18 MINIMUM DURATION
If a competition is stopped at less than 50% of its scheduled time or distance and is
not restarted, it will be considered incomplete, and organizers will not be obligated to
distribute awards. If 50% or more has been run, IMSA may call the competition
complete and direct the distribution of awards.
In case of a tie (dead heat), the competitors concerned will share equally the sum of
the prizes, championship points, and other awards allotted for their positions.
4.20.1 The Driver or Drivers of the car which completes the distance of the competition first
or the greatest distance in the time set for the competition will be declared the
4.20.2 In competitions of a given distance, the checkered flag will be given first to the
leading car, then to the other finishers as they cross the finish line.
4.20.3 In competitions of a timed length, the checkered flag will be given first to the leading
car as it crosses the finish line at or after the expiration of the specified duration, then
to the other finishers as they cross the finish line (see also Article 220.127.116.11).
4.20.4 If the leading car is not running at the expiration of the time limit, the checkered flag
will be given to the next highest running car in the same manner.
4.21 INADVERTENT OR DELAYED CHECKERED FLAG
4.21.1 Should the checkered flag be inadvertently or otherwise be displayed before the
leading car completes the scheduled number of laps or before the prescribed time
has been completed, the race will nevertheless be deemed to end when the flag is
4.21.2 Should the checkered flag be inadvertently delayed, the results will be based on the
positions at the moment provided for in the Supplementary Regulations. If the
checkered flag is inadvertently or otherwise displayed to a car other than the leader
at the conclusion of the race, it will be considered a delayed finish as though the flag
had been given to the leader.
4.22 NO START
If the starter waves off the scheduled start of a race, he/she will display no flag.
Normally, he/she will also shake his/her head indicating “no” and all flag stations will
then display a motionless yellow flag. Cars should continue at a reduced pace,
reform into original grid positions as soon as possible, and anticipate a start the next
As one of the conditions of granting sanction, IMSA may require a promoter to post
the announced prize money prior to the start of the event, and that IMSA control the
payment of these awards.
4.24 OFFICIAL RESULTS
Following a competition, the Official Results will be those issued from the IMSA office
and they may only be amended to correct typographical errors or as otherwise
provided in these rules. IMSA will authorize payment of awards only after the results
of a competition are audited and published in final form. The Official Results will be
labeled as "Provisional" until all audits of timing and scoring results and Drivers logs
have been completed and any outstanding protests or appeals have been
All awards earned by a car in a competition will be paid to the registered Entrant of
the car or as directed by the Entrant on the official entry form.
4.26 DRIVER LOGS
Prior to awarding championship points, IMSA will require Entrants to submit a signed
IMSA Driver log within thirty (30) minutes of the conclusion of a competition which
states the amount of time or number of laps completed by each Driver in the car.
ARTICLE 5 CREDENTIALS
5.1 Every IMSA member who desires to participate in an IMSA sanctioned event as a
Driver, Entrant, crew member, IMSA official, sponsor or industry representative must
apply for, receive and possess a current IMSA credential. Employees of IMSA shall
also hold IMSA credentials and be afforded all rights and benefits.
5.2 Credentials are in effect as of the date of issue and are on a calendar year basis
beginning January 1 and expiring December 31 of that year unless otherwise noted.
IMSA issues several types of competition credentials, including but not limited to
Drivers’, Entrants’ and Team credentials.
5.3 IMSA DRIVER’S CREDENTIAL
5.3.1 Every person who drives a car in an IMSA-sanctioned event shall possess a current
IMSA competition Driver credential. Competition Driver credential holder minimum
age is 16 years old.
5.3.2 IMSA Drivers holding current IMSA competition credentials must have a current
(issued within 6 months of the date of the application for the credential) completed
IMSA medical examination form.
5.3.3 IMSA competition Driver credentials may be issued to Drivers with appropriate
documented experience or to holders of FIA Grade C or higher licenses from their
home competition club. Holders of foreign FIA licenses must secure and provide
written documentation of permission from their home competition club.
5.3.4 IMSA provisional competition Driver credentials may be issued to Drivers with proof
of prior experience and/or suitable schooling. Provisional Driver credential holders
may not compete in FIA-listed events. Provisional Driver credential holders are not
eligible for FIA licenses. Provisional Driver credential holders may be upgraded, at
IMSA’s discretion, upon request of the credential holder, following suitable
experience. Normally, the provisional credential holder will be observed for a
minimum of three races.
5.3.5 Drivers with provisional Driver credentials must contact the Race Director via IMSA
officials in pit lane each time they intend to drive a car in practice, qualifying or a
5.3.6 “Prototype” Category “LM”P and “LM”GTP Driver credentials may be issued to
Drivers with suitable experience. One criterion is an FIA Grade B or higher license.
5.3.7 IMSA, in its sole discretion, may review the qualifications of a licensee at any time
after issuance of a license and may require the licensee to submit to such additional
physical examinations, to submit a resumé to include Driver information and record
of competition, or to pass such additional Driver ability tests, and may take such
other action or require the licensee to take such other action as IMSA may deem
appropriate, to determine whether the licensee continues to qualify for a license
under these rules.
5.4 IMSA ENTRANT’S CREDENTIAL
5.4.1 An IMSA Entrant’s credential is required for “American Le Mans Series” Entrants. A
current IMSA Entrant’s credential is required for taking certain actions under the
IMSA CODE (see Articles 9 and 10).
5.4.2 ENTRANT’S REPRESENTATIVE
When the Official Entrant of a car cannot be present at an event or is otherwise
unavailable, he/she shall designate a member of the race Team to be the Entrant’s
Representative in regards to all actions which IMSA may take under Articles 8, 9 and
10 of the IMSA CODE. The Entrant’s Representative shall make him/herself known
to the IMSA Officials and shall have no implied or expressed authority under the
IMSA CODE except the authority to give notice of the Entrant’s intention to appeal
under Article 10 or as otherwise specified in these regulations.
5.5 FIA LICENSE
Every person who drives a car in a FIA-listed race shall possess a current FIA Driver
License regardless of other licensing. Every car entered in a FIA-listed race must be
entered by someone who possesses a current FIA Entrant License regardless of
5.6.1 An entry submitted and accepted by IMSA for an IMSA-sanctioned event constitutes
a contract binding the Entrant to take part in the event, either with the Driver(s)
designated or with IMSA-approved substitute Driver(s), unless the Entrant is excused
from competing by IMSA. Except as provided in Articles 5.7 and 5.9 below, the entry
fee is non-refundable.
5.6.2 A car must be entered by the holder of a current IMSA Entrant credential.
5.6.3 After the close of registration, Driver substitution(s) are subject to the approval of the
Race Director or Stewards’ Committee.
5.7 ENTRY ACCEPTANCE AND REFUSAL
IMSA shall be the sole judge of whether an entry will be accepted and, if an entry is
not accepted, such refusal is final and not subject to protest or appeal. IMSA is not
obligated to give any reason for such a refusal. An Entrant whose entry is refused by
IMSA shall be promptly informed of that fact by IMSA and the entry fee shall be
Any entry that contains false information or incorrect statements may be considered
null and void and the entry fee may be forfeited.
An Entrant may, with the permission of IMSA, withdraw an entry by advising IMSA of
such withdrawal. If such notice is received prior to the entry deadline date, his/her
entry fee will be returned.
5.10.1 Every Entrant and member is expected to conduct him/herself in a professional and
sportsmanlike manner. Persons whose appearance, associations or affiliations at or
away from an event are deemed inappropriate or who exhibit conduct which is
offensive, abrasive, in bad taste, or otherwise inappropriate or who have been
convicted of criminal activity may be denied membership or may have their existing
membership and/or license suspended or revoked by IMSA. Such conduct may also
be or be considered a violation of this CODE and may result in the imposition of
5.10.2 Failure to obey the direction of an IMSA official as such pertain to the procedures
and rules that govern the organization and administration of any IMSA event will be
considered a breach of the CODE.
5.10.3 Any Entrant or member that publicly criticizes IMSA or its officials may be considered
to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner prejudicial or detrimental to IMSA and the
best interests of the sport.
5.10.4 Conduct (not otherwise specifically prohibited by this CODE) of an Entrant, Driver
and/or member while participating in an event which is deemed by IMSA to be
unnecessarily dangerous, negligent or otherwise inappropriate as outlined in Article
5.10.1 above, shall be considered a breach of the CODE.
Entrants are responsible for the conduct of their Drivers and crews during a
competition. An offense by a Team member will be charged to the Entrant.
5.12 ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
It is forbidden for any participant to consume any alcoholic beverage, narcotic or
other controlled substance, which may affect his/her behavior during practice,
qualifying or racing portions of an IMSA event. IMSA may require a participant to
undergo testing, at his/her own expense, to determine the presence of such
5.13 MEDICAL RESPONSIBILITY OF PARTICIPANTS
5.13.1 It shall be the personal responsibility of all participants, including Drivers, to refrain
from taking part in any IMSA-sanctioned event if they have been injured, are under
the influence of any controlled substance or beverage, or are in any way other than
medically fit. It shall be the responsibility of a participating Driver to report to the
Medical Director before taking part in an event, any unusual medical condition,
allergy or anticipated special treatment he/she may require.
5.13.2 It shall be the further responsibility of a participating Driver to disclose to the Medical
Director all prescription and over-the-counter medication that the Driver is using or
has used in the past, as well as any side effects that have been experienced as a
result. If IMSA determines, based on the circumstances of the particular case, that
the medication being used would adversely affect safety, then the Driver will not be
permitted to participate in that IMSA event.
5.13.3 IMSA or the Race Director may require an injured Driver to be approved by a
physician appointed by IMSA prior to issuance of an IMSA credential or before
competing. The appointed physician may discuss the results of this examination with
5.14 SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Drivers must equip themselves with the following safety equipment while taking part
in an IMSA competition:
a. Safety helmet of recognized high quality. It is required that helmets meet the
latest specifications and bear the seal of approval of the Snell Foundation 1995
SA (no Motorcycle [MA] helmets) or newer. Driver’s name should be labeled on
the back of helmet.
b. Suit manufactured of Nomex or equivalent material and covering the entire body
from the neck to the ankles and wrists, worn with full-length underwear of similar
c. Gloves made of leather or fire-resistant material such as Nomex.
d. Shoes and socks made of fire-resistant material such as Nomex.
e. Drivers must be equipped with full coverage helmets including face shield.
f. Hood or face mask of fire-resistant material to cover facial hair or hair protruding
The use of a head and neck restraint device, in conjunction with a full-faced helmet,
is recommended. While no device has been proven to completely prevent injury,
studies have shown that use of the HANS and Hutchens devices greatly reduces the
risk of head, neck and spinal injuries.
5.15 ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, CONTINGENT AWARDS
5.15.1 Entrants and Drivers of cars must execute the standard advertising release provided
on each credential application granting permission for the use of their names, photos
and photos of their racing cars in advertising and promotional material, excluding
5.15.2 To be eligible for contingent awards, competitors must meet the criteria of the
contingent award program and execute the standard advertising release provided.
5.15.3 Competitors must comply with advertising requirements specified for a sponsored
5.15.4 IMSA reserves the right, in the public image of the sport, to assign, to approve or
disapprove any advertising, sponsorship or similar agreement in connection with any
event. All members agree to accept IMSA’s decision in this regard.
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