Steel City Karts

2024 Rules

It is the objective of Steel City Karting to support and promote karting throughout Colorado and surrounding regions.


It is ultimately the obligation of each participant and crew member to ensure their conduct and equipment complies with all the applicable rules, as they may be altered from time to time. The rules are in no way a guarantee against injury and/or death to participants, spectators, officials and/or others.



Participants are responsible to report any unsafe conditions to the event staff or officials, and to operate within the guidelines for the event.

All rules will be strictly enforced and all rulings by the track officials will be final.

SPORTSMANSHIP – Racing is a very emotional sport. As such, good sportsmanship is the key element of any competitors racing program. This must include respect for all track officials and a willingness to accept their decisions and directions, and respect for all participants – drivers, owners, pit crews and their families. For our part we will make every effort with our rules regardless of whom or what is involved. We will treat all participants with respect and expect similar treatment in return. A racer’s pit area is his/her castle – therefore please stay out of other racer’s pit areas, especially after an incident where you have been involved with that racer. Drivers – remember that you are responsible for the actions of your crews. Any offending parties will be fined appropriately and disciplinary actions will be initiated as deemed necessary. Public address interviews, display of signs, or designs on racecars that use obscenity or profanity, or are considered in bad taste by track officials are subject to penalty or suspension. Sportsmanship and professional behavior are required at all times throughout the year. Actions deemed detrimental to racing or C.R.A./Honor Speedway are subject to misconduct penalties. This includes and is not limited to posts on social media, emails, and websites.  Any driver, owner, crew member or team representative that disparages C.R.A./Honor Speedway or its staff in any publication (including message boards, social media, website, etc.) radio or television, may be suspended and/or fined.

While we recognize your right to express opinions, good or bad, on social media, however, owners, drivers and crew should, be advised that threats against officials, other drivers, crew or family members will not be tolerated. Any action by a driver or crew which appears to be the execution of a threat will result in penalties via suspension and/or fines against the driver and/or car owner. The driver and/or car owner will ALWAYS be held responsible for the actions of members of their crew.


            Social media is a part of our daily lives, and when used correctly is an important place for the sport to discuss issues and promote our activities. This policy is not intended to restrict the good. Rather, it is to assist in curbing the more dangerous and damaging activities that have become or may become an issue.

            Any content submitted online through the medium of the internet by those participation or officiating events should not contain material that could be deemed to be threatening, harassing, bullying, illegal, obscene, defamatory, slanderous or hostile towards any individual, team or entity participation or officiating an event. The group defines content as text, images, audio, video and any user generated content knowingly uploaded to the internet.


            It is understood that during the course of an event, or of a season, participants that are consistently non-compliant with the rules or standards, may receive penalties, particularly for non-compliance of the same nature in during the course of the same event, or string of events.

            Multiple penalties may be assessed to a participant at one time for multiple infractions in an official session or during an event.

Minor On-track infractions or careless behavior --

                        Verbal warning

                        Loss of position

                        Put to rear of field

                        Loss of one lap

            Intermediate on-track infractions or imprudent behavior with intent --

Disqualification from official session

Disqualification from event and expulsion from premises

           Severe and/or intentional on-track infractions, or dangerous behavior without regard for safety --

Suspension for event(s)

Suspension for remainder of season

Suspension for one year

Permanent revocation of privilege to compete


            Inexperienced drivers may be required to start at the back of the pack for their first (3) races (not heats). This is at the track director’s discretion. New drivers must display an “x” on the back of their helmet or orange ribbon from the cage. This safety regulation includes all divisions and classes.

            It is expected that all drivers competing in an event will show the basic skills necessary to properly compete in a karting event, which includes understanding the basic policies and procedures that govern the event.

            The event Race Director has the final decision regarding a competitor’s ability to properly perform, as well as having the competitor run the appropriate class for their skill level. It is within the right of the Race Director of the event to remove anyone from competition, or to place them in a more appropriate class for their skill level, should they determine it necessary for their safety, or the safety of the other competitors.


            It is the responsibility of each participant to properly manage the safety of their equipment at all times during the course of an event. The track officials will not assume responsibility for the safety of any competition vehicle.


            Parents of a minor may be allowed onto the track only when approved by the event officials once the course is clear and the conditions are safe.

            Any driver who has lost consciousness, indicates a strong likelihood of concussion (dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, memory loss), or indicates a reasonable chance of serious injury may not be permitted to continue in any official event, and is at the discretion of the event medial staff and/ or race director.


            The race officials of the event have the right to stop, postpone, or cancel any event if they deem conditions to be dangerous. This includes weather, track conditions, driver(s) actions, civil unrest, or any other condition that may arise and threaten the safety or well-being of competitors, spectators, officials, or other people at or near the event.

            In the case of impending severe weather, the track officials should properly evaluate any available information, cease all activities, and advise all parties to take immediate shelter. The event is not responsible or liable for any damage to property or individuals during bouts of severe weather. It is the responsibility of the driver and their crew/family to recognize sever weather and take appropriate action to secure their property and protect themselves regardless of the actions of the event staff.


            Helmets:  All helmets used at an event must be full coverage (full face), with the face-shield installed, and designed for competitive motor sports use.        

            Helmets must be in “factory condition”, with no visible shell damage. If shell damage is visible, it will not be allowed to be used.

Gloves:  Gloves are required in all divisions. It is highly recommended to use a glove with a leather palm. Gloves with cutoff fingers are NOT allowed

            Suits/Jackets:  Driving suits of one or two-piece design made of abrasion resistant material are preferred. SFI 3 or better is acceptable.

            Long hair:  If hair extends appreciably from beneath helmet, the competitor must wear a balaclava to retain hair from extending outside helmet. No hair is allowed to be visible when the driver is “race ready”. Events are not responsible or liable for injuries related to long hair while on-track, regardless of the situation. The driver is exclusively responsible for ensuring that their long hair is properly secured. Balaclavas are good for long hair.

            Helmet Supports (Neck Brace): Advanced neck and head supports are highly recommended for drivers of all ages. NECK BRACE: Unaltered neck braces are mandatory in all races and practices. You will be disqualified for the day if you are found to have raced without one.

            Chest Protectors: All rookie and junior drivers up to 13 years in all divisions are required to wear a chest protection device with SFI specification 20.1.

            Fire extinguisher: Minimum 5lb. Fire extinguisher, accessible in pit area is required. If methanol is used as a racing fuel, a 5 gal. Water can or sprayer must be located in pit area.

            Other standards: No sharp or protruding objects anywhere on kart. No bars can extend past the outer edge of the tire except nerf bars. All karts must be numbered and legible on all sides. Duplicate numbers must have a letter and all must be legible. Kill switches are recommended in all classes and marked with a vibrant color. Arm restraints are recommended. No shorts, cut offs or jeans will be allowed. Roll cage must be securely fastened in at least 4 points.



·         Inspect driver helmet

·         Inspect frame for cracks and defects. Noticeable cracks and defect will render the chassis unfit for competition and will need to be replaced or welded. If welded, it must get the approval of the Race Director to continue.

·         Verify brakes will lock when reasonable pressure is applied to the pedal.

·         Verify Throttle fully closes when throttle pedal is released. At least 1 throttle return spring must be utilized, 2 springs recommended

·         Verify all safety items are lock nutted and/or wired.

·         Verify weights are white and properly mounted, and have the competitor’s number on it.

·         Verify front spindles are safety wired and/or clipped.

·         Verify nerf bars, bumpers, and bodywork are properly secured.

·         Verify all exhaust is secured.

·         Verify all fuel system components are free of defect, and fuel line is properly secured to attachment points.

·         Verify Third Bearing Support bolts are wired.

·         Verify cameras (if using) are hard mounted to bodywork.

Each entrant is obligated to ensure that their kart(s) maintain all general safety measures (including personal safety equipment) for the duration of event.

Tires: Tires are to be of treaded type and no tire prep is allowed.


Only those persons having signed a waiver of liability and with a pit pass shall be allowed in the pit/restricted area, which include hot grid. NO one is allowed onto the track area without permission by staff.

Legal Entrant:

The Legal Entrant is the driver in the event, and shall include their parents or legal guardian in the event the driver is a non-emancipated minor. Entry of the Legal Entrant to the event does not guarantee the Legal Entrant any additional benefits, points, or awards, and may not be used in any protest or appeal. Entering an event implies that the rules and standards have been agreed to by the Legal Entrant.

Refusal of Entry:

The Race Director or officials reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone.


Once the Legal Entrant has taken to the track for any event, or have entered an event that has a specific and restricted number of entries, they are not eligible for a refund. If they have not taken to the track for an official session, or the event has an open entry, it is at the discretion of the event director to determine their own refund policy.

Meeting of Driver/Crew and Officials:

The Race Director or flagman may conduct a meeting of drivers for the discussion and interpretation of the rules and any specific standards applying to the event. All drivers are required to attend, and it is the driver’s responsibility to do so. Failure to attend this meeting does not remove the responsibility of the driver to know the rules and standards of the event.

Combining of Classes:

The combining of classes at an event is acceptable. Classes must be age and speed similar. At no time is it acceptable for an event to combine any Rookie or Junior class with a Senior class. Combining different types of vehicles at an event is prohibited.  Champ or Outlaw karts may be combined, but may not be combined with a traditional, or “flat”, kart.

Fuel & Oil:

All participants shall not dispose of fuels or lubricants in the pit area or the track area by pouring or spilling such fuels or lubricants upon the ground.

Used Tires:

Used tires are not to be left in the pits, paddock, trash or any location at any event without the expressed consent of the track owner and/or Race Director.


It is the responsibility of each Legal Entrant and their crew to collect and dispose of their trash at any event unless directed otherwise.

Cancellation of Event:

It is the right of the Race Director to cancel the event (or a portion of the even) for various circumstances dangerous conditions, weather, lack of Kart count, civil unrest, etc.

Official Scoring:

The official race scoring, whether by electronic system or hand scoring, is the only “Official/Legal” source of race scoring. The official scoring is the information supplied & certified by the official scorer. To be scored, a kart must be under its own power.

Radio Use:

The use of the RACEeiver or similar on way “tower to driver’ communication is required. No 2-way radio communication is allowed.

Criminal Activity:

  Substance abuse (alcohol or controlled substance)

  Physical assault

  Verbal assault

  Displaying unsportsmanlike conduct (on or off the track) will result in immediate removal from the grounds.

  Rough driving will result in docked positions or black flag. Drivers & crew members observed verbally of physically abusing other drivers or officials will result in loss of point or suspension. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Lapped Drivers:

  Lapped drivers are expected to not impede the lead drivers. When receiving a Blue Flag (with diagonal orange stripe), they are to maintain position and make it easy for the lead drivers to go by. Some events may choose to use the Blue Flag (with diagonal orange stripe), or the Black Flag to remove lapped karts if it is determined that it will be safer to do so.

Intentional Contact:

  While contact may occur during an official session, it is to be avoided with care at all times. Intentional contact either to execute a pass or disrupt the leading driver is prohibited.


Signaling from pit to driver is acceptable if done safely from the grid area by way of hand signals, 2 wood or plastic sticks of a length no greater than 12 inches, or by using a sign board. At no time are lights or lighting of any kind to be used while signaling.

Mechanical Failure/Stopping on track:

If a driver has a mechanical failure, the engine dies for any reason, or from any other reason while under green conditions, they are to raise their hands, slow and safely, and pull off the track with caution. If the driver requires a restart it will be at the official’s direction.


Race Director, Assistant Race Director, Head Flagman, Official Scorer, Corner Marshall, and Pit Steward are all track officials and all rulings from them are final.


Black flag, proceed to pit area, your kart is no longer being scored. If you receive a curled black flag pointed at you, this is a warning for rough driving and you are being watched. PLAY NICE!

Red Flag, stop your kart as quickly and safely as possible, and remain inside. Do not stop in proximity or pass the accident.

Yellow flag, slow your speed and proceed with caution.

Green flag – Race is underway.

White flag – 1 lap remaining in race.

Checkered flag – Race is complete.


Grid: Drivers will bring their karts to the grid when their class is scheduled. When their class is scheduled. Each driver will then line up on the grid according to the line-up sheet. They will remain in the same position on the track as they were on the grid for the starting flag. It is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of the race order and ensure its accuracy so that racing is not interrupted.

Parade lap: Karts will leave the starting grid and take one full lap around the track. Drivers will line up according to the lineup posted in the pits.

Pole position: The drivers on the front row, in conjunction with the starter will set the pace during the parade laps and for the start of the race. If the front row does not successfully start the race in (2) consecutive attempts, the head flagman has the right to invert the 1st and 2nd rows.

Starting: Drivers may not pass or change grid position until they have passed the starting cone / tire. Jumping the start will cause a restart. If it happens again, the flagger may send you to the back of the field.

Heat Line-up: First event will be lined up according to pill-draw (low number gets pole, second lowest getting outside pole, etc.). Second race and there-on will be lined up according to incoming points average, determined by previous feature finishes during the season.

Feature: the line-up is determined by the heat race finishing order.


     Flat karts – 349cc & under : Engine - 2 stroke of 4 stroke using 350 cc and up. Any winged kart can use any size 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. Open clutch rule, wet clutches and disc will be allowed. Alcohol approved. NO NITRO. No dual mounted engines.

    Cage (winged Karts) 350 & up : Those karts that incorporate a cage and wing. Engine - 2 stroke of 4 stroke using 350 cc and up. Any winged kart can use any size 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. Open clutch rule, wet clutches and disc will be allowed. Alcohol approved. NO NITRO. No dual mounted engines.

Body Rules:

It is recommended but not required to run with a full body including side panels and nose, this is for safety of our competitors. It is required in all classes to have a full rear bumper that covers both rear tires from outside to outside.


Flat Karts: Each kart plus driver must make a minimum weight of 375 lbs., it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure they make weight. Each kart will be weighed after the heat and main events. Failure to meet proper weight after the heat race it will result in starting in the rear for the Main Event, and failure to make weight after the Main will result in 0 points awarded for the event. No wings allowed.

Cage (winged Karts) 350 & up: Each kart plus driver must make a minimum weight of 430 lbs., it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure they make weight. Each kart will be weighed after the heat and main events. Failure to meet proper weight after the heat race it will result in starting in the rear for the Main Event, and failure to make weight after the Main will result in 0 points awarded for the event.





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