Rotax Member Communication
Written by DJ Ortiz   
Friday, 13 March 2009

The following is a Rotax member communication from Marshall Martin the Rotax National Race Director. 

 2009 Rotax Challenge LogoFriday, March 13, 2009

To all US RMax Members,

Our goal in this communication is just a brief update on some items and rules for 2009.  We hope this will clear up any rumors or inaccuracies that may be out there.

Rule book and membership packets:
We are close to having the rule book done.  A final proofing should be done this week with the book going to final production early next week. We have received the 2009 members t-shirt and the hat is in the final production stages.  The rule book will be delivered on flash drives this year in place of hard copies of the rule book.  We believe the flash drives will allow everyone a place to not only keep the rule book but also a place to store tech bulletins and other important information pertaining to the US RMax Challenge.  Once the rule book is ready it will also be available online in a virtual book format with hotspot links to all of the advertisers, series and dealers listed.  We will ship once we receive the rulebook and not wait for the hats.  Hats will shipped separately.

Summer Shoot Out
A success program started in 2008 will continue with a July 17-19 date at the site of the US Grand Nationals.  Oklahoma Motorsports Park in Norman Oklahoma will be your host for both events.  As in 2008 this event will be open to all members, US, Mexico and Canada. Non US RMax Members will be able to sign up for a temporary weekend membership.  We will make all of the details for this event available in May.

US Grand National Qualifying
To qualify for the US Grand Nationals each participant must compete in a minimum of 4 races.  Three of the races must come in the home series and the fourth can come from any other US RMax Challenge series race.  To use a race from other than your home series you must be listed on the official race report submitted to this office.

Full coverage Rear Bumpers
All US Series are moving towards requiring the full coverage rear bumpers for all classes.  This has been a requirement for the Micro Max, Mini Max and DD2 classes.  Effective with the US Grand Nationals and then for the 2010 season it will be a requirement in Junior, Senior and Masters classes also. The bumper must cover a minimum of half of each rear tire but cannot extend past the outside edge of the rear tire. 

Rear Axle Width Under Wet Conditions
In the past the requirement of the rear width being was waived under wet conditions.  Effective immediately this is changing. We were informed at the 2008 Grand Finals of the correct CIK rule;

CIK Rule   2.7.1.4
Side Body Work - In the case of a "Wet Race" side body work may not be located outside the plane passing through the outer edge of the rear tires.

This is the new rule to follow under wet conditions.

Micro Max and Mini Max Body Width Requirements
Mini Max & Micro Max only, Suspend "side pod protrusion" rule. Change to read "Under all conditions, maximum side pod protrusion outside of rear wheel is 1/2 inch."  No change in front or rear protection rules including CIK rule 2.5.3 -"In all conditions, the rear protection must not protrude beyond the external plane of the rear wheels."

Spec Gear
Micro Max    14 x 73
Mini Max    13 x 82

Dual Engine Seals
Any engine serviced after April of 2008 required the installation of a second seal on the crankcase in all classes except DD2.  This will be required at the US Grand Nationals. 

National Points
For 2009 the best 6 finishes in your home series will be used to determine each racers points.  The awards for the top finishers in the 2008 points were awards certificates that could be used at your local dealer. For 2009 we will be developing a series of awards for the top 10 that will include Jackets and other types of awards.  The prize fund for 2009 has been tripled over the amount for 2008.

Series Contest for 2009
We feel the contest in which we awarded trips to the World Finals for 4 series officials was very successful.  For 2009 we will have another contest but the exact amount of funding and the payout has yet to be determined.  Once we have determined this we will make the announcement. The awards and criteria will be announced in early April.  However, you can bet it will based on growing the regional members, so don’t hold back, go after every new and past Rotax driver that can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Marshall Martin

National Race Director
United States Rotax Kart Challenge
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