TRACK DAY POLICIES

ENTERING LIME ROCK PARK

The Main Entrance to Lime Rock Park is located at 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT 06039.

Every person entering the track must sign a waiver at the front gate with the attendant on duty - this includes non-driving guests as well. For some events, wristbands are required to enter the venue. Other events require you to complete registration at the Registration Building located to the right when entering the park. Please review the regulations for your event prior to your visit. Registration fees are not included with any HRD rental pricing. The driver must handle all aspects of registration prior to their event.

AGE REQUIREMENTS AT LIME ROCK PARK

All ages are permitted to visit the park. However, you must be over the age of 16 to drive on both the main track and the FCP Euro Proving Grounds (Autocross Course). Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in Pit Lane past the white line under the tower. If you are 16-17 and a driver, you must remain in your vehicle in the pit lane.

HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVER EDUCATION (HPDE)

High Performance Drivers Education (a.k.a. Drivers Education or HPDE) is an instructional advanced driving event that is characterized by continuous lap driving with passing to be permitted as allowed by these rules. A DRIVERS EDUCATION IS NOT RACING. There shall be no official timing as the event is intended as instructional only, with no competition. There are no award points assigned and no trophies associated with DE events. While non-competitive, safety equipment is still required as outlined in these rules.

HELMETS AND RACING GEAR

Both drivers and passengers must wear an SA2015 (or higher) racing helmet in order to drive on the Main Track at Lime Rock Park. Each organization is different when it comes to racing gear policies however. Some groups require full racing suits with fire-retardant gloves, shoes, and socks. Please check with the organization prior to your track day for mandatory gear regulations. HRD recommends at minimum to wear long pants, and long sleeved shirts with thin driving shoes if possible when renting a vehicle for use on track. 

Helmets and racing gear are not required on the FCP Euro Proving Grounds (Autocross Course) due to lower speeds and reduced safety concerns.

PIT LANE AND TRACK DRIVING STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

  • Drivers will enter the Pit Lane via B Paddock into the racing pre-grid area. The Pit Lane maximum speed is 36 MPH.

  • To enter the track, all Drivers must show their colored wrist band to DE control, and see a green flag at the starters stand.

  • Use the left-hand lane to enter the track. Do not hesitate or come to a stop while entering the track. Stay to the right of the yellow line all the way to the first apex, cars that are already lapping will sweep around you to your left-hand side.

  • On your first lap on track, it is recommended to take the time to familiarize yourself with the flagging stations as well as the safety zones designated by the extra tall cones to be used in the event of car failure. 

  • When re-entering the pits, put a clenched fist out of the window between the top of the Uphill and West-Bend and reduce your speed. Put both hands back on the steering wheel to steer through West-Bend, then after exiting West-Bend put your fist out again, and having checked your mirrors, pull to the right-hand side of the track. You'll want to reduce your speed by about 30% before the Downhill. Stay all the way right and bring your speed down to 36 MPH or below entering the pits

  • Note:  During a Black Flag, after you enter the pit lane, you may

    • (1) stay in the far left lane and stop before the flagger stand so you can see when it goes green again or

    • (2) drive down the center lane and enter the paddock or

    • (3) drive to your pit box and park. Middle lane must be left clear at all times for emergency vehicles

  • All cars must be cleared from pit lane immediately when the session finishes. 

  • No sitting on the pit wall.  No children under the age of 18 are allowed beyond the forward edge of the start finish line building

OVERTAKING POLICY

  • Every driver must know the meaning of each flag and always be aware of the flagging stations. Any signals that are directed at you must be followed.  Failure to comply with the flags will result in a visit to pit lane for a chat with DE-Control.

  • Unless otherwise informed HPDE track days are open sessions with free passing (no point-by's needed) with the following exception:

    • Any driver can opt to put a cross on the rear of their car to signal to a faster car that they must wait for a point-by before overtaking, the cross is mandatory for newbies and novices. (HRD Rental Cars are all labeled with "HRD RENTAL" on the rear bumper to signify to give space)

  • Point-by’s are to be given by using the indicator to signal where the car being overtaken intends to be on track (exactly the same as on the street) or can be done in the more traditional fashion by sticking a hand high in the air and indicating to the faster car which side they should overtake. If there is more than one car overtaking, either leave the indicator on until all faster cars have cleared you, or if using the point-by give an individual point-by to each overtaking car

  • Point-by's can be given anywhere with the following exceptions:  Never between the Left-Hander and the Right-Hander and never once the lead car has reached the braking or lifting point entering a turn, unless the lead car gives a point-by AND STAYS OFF THE RACING LINE.

FLAGS AND THEIR MEANINGS

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GREEN FLAG (Solid Green):

When displayed, the green flag indicates that the course is clear, and that track is hot. The green flag is ordinarily shown only by the Starter.


YELLOW FLAG (Solid Yellow): 

STANDING YELLOW – Take care, Danger, Slow Down, NO PASSING FROM THE FLAG until past the emergency area.

WAVED - Great Danger, Slow Down, Be Prepared to Stop – NO PASSING FROM THE FLAG until past the emergency area.


DOUBLE YELLOW:

DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS – Indicates the entire course is under yellow (full course yellow). All stations will display double yellow flags for all pace and safety car laps. SLOW DOWN, NO PASSING. However, cars may carefully pass emergency vehicles and other cars that are disabled or off pace.

NOTE: A driver may encounter several flags before reaching the emergency area. The requirements are still the same: SLOW DOWN, NO PASSING. 

RED FLAG (Solid Red):

Displayed at each station and on the Starter’s stand – EXTREME DANGER – THE SESSION HAS BEEN STOPPED. Come to an immediate, controlled stop at the side of the race track (preferably before and within sight of a staffed station or where specified in the event's Supplemental Regulations). When released, proceed cautiously to the pits. Once a red flag has been displayed, it will not be withdrawn until all cars have come to a stop. THE RED FLAG CAN ONLY BE DISPLAYED BY ORDER OF THE RACE DIRECTOR OR CHIEF STEWARD AS RELAYED THROUGH RACE CONTROL.


BLACK FLAG (Solid Black): 

CLOSED BLACK FLAG (Furled): Pointed or shaken at an individual car from the Starter’s stand (optionally, accompanied by a number board indicating the car number): WARNING for driving in an unsafe and/or improper manner. Continued unsafe and/or improper driving will result in an OPEN BLACK FLAG.

OPEN BLACK – Displayed from the Starter’s stand with a number board indicating the car number: Proceed directly to the pits and the location designated by the Race Director or Chief Steward or event Supplemental Regulations for consultation with Officials. DO NOT TAKE ANOTHER LAP. NOTE: This flag and number board may also be displayed at station(s) elsewhere on the course.

 

OPEN BLACK, DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS – The session has been stopped; all cars must stop racing, and proceed directly and immediately to the pits, exercising extreme caution. This flag will be displayed with an ‘ALL’ sign at the Starter’s stand and the sign may also be shown at station(s) elsewhere on the course. NOTE: THE BLACK FLAG CAN ONLY BE DISPLAYED BY ORDER OF THE RACE DIRECTOR OR CHIEF STEWARD AS RELAYED THROUGH RACE CONTROL.

 

MECHANICAL BLACK FLAG (Black with Orange Ball):

Displayed from the Starter’s stand with a number board indicating the car number. There is a mechanical problem with the car. Proceed directly to your pit or the location designated by the Race Director or Chief Steward or event Supplemental Regulations. DO NOT TAKE ANOTHER LAP. NOTE: This flag and number board may also be displayed at station(s) elsewhere on the course.

BLUE FLAG (Blue with Diagonal Yellow Stripe):

Another competitor is following very closely or is trying to overtake. This flag may be displayed standing or waving, depending upon the speed differential.

WHITE FLAG (Solid White):

STANDING WHITE - Caution and take care for a slow-moving race car, ambulance or other emergency vehicle on the racing surface. The standing flag is displayed for 2 flag stations prior to the vehicle in question. In addition, a standing white flag will be displayed during the first lap of each race group’s first session of the day unless another flag is already on display to indicate the location of the flagging stations.

 

WAVED - A waving white flag if displayed by the Starter shall indicate the start of the last lap of the race.

STATIONARY YELLOW AND BLACK:

Displayed at any station indicates a full course Yellow and a "Black All". When the two "yellow/black" flags are in effect, you should slow down, and proceed with caution to the track exit and enter the hot pits. No passing is allowed anywhere on the track (even in passing zones) under yellow/black flag conditions. You should consider that there might be course workers and emergency equipment elsewhere on the track.


CHECKERED FLAG (Black and White Checks):

Displayed at Finish to indicate that the session is finished. Continue cautiously to the pits.


SURFACE CONDITION (Yellow with Vertical Red Stripes):

Take care. A slippery condition exists, or debris is present on the racing surface. This flag is displayed standing. 

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RULES AND REGULATIONS AT LIME ROCK PARK

LIME ROCK PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Lime Rock Park shall have the right, at any time, in its sole discretion, to refuse admission to or eject from Lime Rock Park or from any facility in Lime Rock Park any person for conduct which may be unsafe, discourteous, verbally or physically abusive, influenced by alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances, or may otherwise diminish the safety, health, or enjoyment of others on the premises or the conduct of an event.

  • Dogs are not permitted on site during the major spectator race weekends.

  • NO drones are permitted.

  • Open fires are not allowed anywhere on Lime Rock Park grounds (except in approved camping areas) and must be in containers designed for that purpose. NO fires of any sort allowed on ground at any time anywhere. Small home grills, hibachis and small gas grills are permitted in the paddocks if operated at a safe distance from any flammable sources. Lime Rock Park reserves the right to determine what a safe distance from flammable sources is and what is an acceptable grill or hibachi.

  • Lime Rock Park operates under a strict municipal injunction limiting hours of operation and setting noise restrictions. Cars may ONLY be operated on our circuits Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • We do not allow a non-registerable vehicle under 125cc. Vehicles such as scooters and skating systems will not be allowed to operate on the premises of Lime Rock Park, including but not limited to the Race Course or on access or paddock roads.

  • Bicycles are allowed in camping after 6:00 p.m. until dark. Guest Services will advise you when it’s time to put bikes away. Fans and participants may ride bicycles in the paddocks and on roadways. Bicycles are not allowed in the paddock at anytime during major event weekends or any time during an active track session. Lime Rock Park reserves the right to impound any bicycles if they are being ridden in an unsafe manner (as judged by Lime Rock Park personnel).

  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted in the paddocks and pits fifteen (15) minutes after on-track activity has ceased for the day and until 10:00 p.m. Lime Rock Park has responsibility for ensuring compliance with policies regarding alcohol and/or other intoxicants. Lime Rock Park has the right to suspend driving privileges for any driver found to be out of compliance.

  • Quiet time on Lime Rock Park grounds is between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

  • Weapons and fireworks are prohibited on Lime Rock Park property.

  • Fluid wastes must be placed in approved Lime Rock Park disposal containers located at various sites in the paddocks and NEVER on the ground.

  • Persons under 18 years of age are not permitted in the hot pits or at corner stations.

  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult while in the paddocks. For their safety and that of others, children must be kept under adult supervision at all times.

  • To facilitate emergency vehicle access, race and personal vehicles must not be parked on any paddock road/safety access lane during an Event. Any vehicle not in compliance will be towed at owner’s expense.

  • Traffic in A Paddock is directional one way and limited to 5 MPH. Traffic in B Paddock is two-way and is limited to 5 MPH.

  • Participants in the Paddock desiring an electrical hookup must not have cords cross or impede any roadway or access area where vehicles or pedestrians cross, unless cords are covered with town and state approved safety cover (e.g., “yellow jacket” or “speed bump”).

  • Due to Connecticut law and D.E.P. regulations, no car washing is permitted anywhere at Lime Rock Park. However, washing of tractor trailers and other vehicles by a D.E.P.-compliant vendor with suitable waste water recovery equipment is permitted.

ANY FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN A NON-REFUNDABLE EXPULSION FROM LIME ROCK PARK. PLEASE REPORT VIOLATIONS TO OUR GUEST SERVICES BUILDING LOCATED AT THE MAIN GATE.