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The Basics for Getting Started
Updated 2018-01-01
The Why, Where, When, What and How to's
DISCLAIMER: this is only intended to answer the most frequently asked, basic intro questions about getting started in the sport and should not be considered as complete in any way. This covers Rubber-To-Ice (Winter/Ice tires) classes only


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Ice Race Minden FaceBook Page  Official Ice Race Minden On. FB Page

Series sponsored by: 
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Important Links (same links at bottom of this page)
Ice Race Trial Licence Program
CASC Ice Race Division - see links at top & bottom of page
CASC About Ice Racing - plenty of good resources here
PMSC Ice Race Pamphlet - good source of info
FaceBook Official Ice Race Minden On. Page - Events, announcements etc.
FaceBook Ice Race Discussion - ask questions, discuss, for sale/rent, parts etc.

CASC Ice Race Forum - ask questions, cars for sale/rent parts
Forms - Entry, C Licence, Waivers
Online Entry/Payment - event lists only a week or so prior
Season Schedule - go to bottom of page, tab labelled "COMPETITOR INFORMATION", click " Ice Race Schedule" with most recent date
Rules And Regs - updated annually
Registration - instructional covering various registration procedures
Accomodations List
Ice Race Journal - documenting my daily experiences on/off track for many of the years I Ice Raced
Video
Essence Of Ice Racing - CASC
My In-car Ice Race Footage
Collection of in-car Ice Race Footage

email additional links to scoty@rogers.com


Why
- dramatically improves your car control skills and confidence whether on the street or on the track
- probably the least expensive form of motor racing
- makes winter enjoyable and short and improves your driving chops
- no prior race experience necessary


Where
Minden, Ontario at the Minden Kinsmen Fairgrounds on Bobcaygeon Rd. MAP


When
Date:
the 1st of 6 consecutive weekends starts Jan. 20/21, 2018 weather and track conditions permitting
Schedule 2018:  Schedule - if a weekend is cancelled it is scheduled for the 1st of 2 "rain dates" at the
end of the season schedule
Tech Inspection: typically available on the weekend preceeding the first weekend of racing
and also on the Friday and Saturday of the first weekend of racing.
Entry Registration: register/pay online for your weekend entry in advance typically available during the
week preceeding the race weekend or bring your printed entry application form with cash or cheque
on the Saturday to the timing/registration trailer trackside at the start/finish line.


Costs - Licence, CASC Membership, Car Club Membership, Entry Fees etc.

***NEW*** for 2018 ! Ice Race Trial Licence Program
Try ice racing for under $100 !

Not sure if you're ready to make the commitment to a full season of ice racing?
There will now be a special one day one time licence available for the bargain price of $10.
To take advantage of the program, you will need to do the following:
- borrow/rent/buy a car prepared to the ice racing rules that has passed annual tech inspection
- borrow/buy a helmet that meets the CASC Ice Racing Regulations
- complete a licence application, a waiver, and a short test on flag signals and race procedures
- pay $10 for a one day licence
- arrange an experienced ice racer to go with you as a "coach" (if you don't know one, we'll find you one)
- pay a one day entry fee to the event (between $65 and $85 TBD)
And you're racing, wheel to wheel!

Otherwise if you want to enter for the season ...

1) Car Club Membership: $40-$60 - must join a CASC recognized car clubs to apply for ice race 'C' licence.
    Annual membership fees vary but can be as little as $40 when you Join The D.A.C. (Deutscher Automobil Club)
2) Ice Race Licence: $85 - you must purchase a 'C' licence from the CASC after you've joined a car club -
    Ice Race 'C' Licence Application Form. You must have a valid drivers licence and provide a head shot photo - no test required.
    Login in to Members on CASC site and you can then pay for membership and licence online
3) Entry fee: $145 (2017 rate) per class per driver per weekend
4) Typical Budget: approx. $2000-$3000 for full 6 weekend season* .... Full Season Rough Cost Breakdown Example

Tips:
- Share** the car - each car can have 2 drivers. Each driver gets registered with a driver number. This is the number
  board that must be displayed on top of the car when the driver registered to that number is driving the car.
  Each driver pays their separate entry fee, each races the car in their own race and class.
  Any shared costs are split 50/50 eg. car, tires, accomodation, travel
- Leave racecar at the track for the entire season - trailering cost just once each way per season or...
- Store racecar all year at the "Gravel Pits" 2 kms north of track $50/year
- Rent racecar for weekend, ( $250 +/-) check icerace Forum and FaceBook for availability


What
What is ice racing?
So for a single class weekend entry (Sat. & Sun.) you get 2 practices (approx 15 minutes each),
a 12 lap qualifying race, and four 15 lap races for $145. A race might be 12-15 minutes duration.
Picture street cars racing on a man-made ice track shaped like a kidney bean
approx 1 km long with 1 meter high by 2 meter wide snow banks on either side to keep the
cars safely on the track. Track width is about 6 car widths on the straight and wider
in the corners. Cars are gridded 2 abreast  with standing starts.
A typical weekend's ontrack activity involves a practice session Saturday morning followed by a
qualifying race then lunch during which mandatory rookie school is held where first year participants
learn the elements of car control from an experienced ice racer. The afternoon has 2 races.
On Sunday there is only racing in the afternoon starting with a practice followed by 2 races.



How to
You'll need to do a few things like get a, vehicle, lights, strip things off the car, helmet, make a
number board etc.

1) Vehicle Drive Configuration:
   
Decide on Rear Wheel (RWD), Front Wheel (FWD) or All Wheel (AWD) drive and definitely not
    an automatic transmission. Each has it's own class and only races against cars of same the
    drive configuration

2) Vehicle Purchase:
    - Purchase a vehicle (or retire one you own), preferably one that has recently been driven, requires as little
    work as possible to get it race ready i.e. starts in cold weather, no leaks, brakes work, heater works,
   seatbelts etc.
   - Horsepower is not so much a factor so stock is fine, don't worry about rust or wrinkles, try Kijiji
   - Check the Ice Race FaceBook and Forum for used already prepped racecars for sale $500-1000
     and they usually come with loads of spare parts, extra rims, tires etc.
   - No car insurance required

3) Car Prep:

Read and reference the entire Ice Race Rules
book for proper and complete car prep!!!
What follows is a very abbreviated and basic ABC's of car prep to show you how simple it really is...
a - Breakable Items - remove them from the outside of vehicle except mirrors eg. lights, markers, trim etc.
b - Bumpers - intact, secured/serviceable, not able to hook/lock with another car, bridge any gaps at bodywork
c - Lights - install two rearward facing brake lights (you can use the ones you removed from the car) and
     one rearward facing 55 Watt amber fog light either on top of car (recommended) or inside as high as possible
d - Number Boards - each driver, not car, is issued a number when they register for ice racing.
    That number has to be displayed on a board attached to the top of car and a smaller forward facing board,
     preferably towards driver's side as it makes it easier to reach for changing if you're sharing the car,
     whichever driver is racing the car has to have their number used on the car - points go to the driver not the car.
e- Exhaust - stock is fine, must be properly/securely attached, exit beyond the body aft the
     drivers/passenger doors, meet minimum noise rules
f - Roll Cage, Side Bars, seatbelts - a roll cage is not required but vehicle has to have manufacturers side
     impact bars in doors otherwise install some, minimum 3 point seatbelts must work and be worn
g - Battery/Starter/Alternator - 3 things that typically fail in older vehicles in cold weather. Fix them now!
h - Brakes - should work really well and at each wheel, ebrake free and functioning well
i  - if there is to be a passenger you need to install a grab handle
j  - Radiator/Heater/Blower/Anti Freeze - replace/repair in advance rad, hoses, heater & blower motor,
     water pump, anti freeze, these can fail in older vehicles in cold weather. Fix them now!
k - Windshield/Windows - no cracked windshields, all side windows must close or else install a window net
l   - Install a tow hook or strap front and rear
m - Remove airbags
n - 1st year drivers (rookies) also need a rearward facing orange rookie triangle
      (slow moving vehicle triangle) on the car

4) Tires: dedicated ice/winter tires recommmended, better tires = better grip = more car control. Choose a soft
     compound with tons of  Sipes and then run the tire on a Tractionizer which creates even more sipes.
     Tractionizers and/or the service are available for rent through some of the car clubs and certain individuals.

5) Helmet: manufacturer must be Snell approved (always check there's a Snell sticker inside)
    and meet the current minimum race reg's expiry date (currently Snell 2005M or SA) . Open face type are
    allowed - less expensive option

6) Tech Inspection: car & helmet has to pass tech every season and receive a sticker on car
    & helmet. Make sure you've read, understood and applied the rules & reg's correctly!
    They're found in the Ice Race Rule Book which is updated/revised every year and is typically
    available online on the CASC website after November or you can get hardcopies at the
    Annual Ice Race meeting in November 

7) Accomodation: research and book in advance and consider bunking with several other racers
    which can help reduce costs Accomodation List

8) Licences/Memberships: See  Costs above

9) Registration: click Here 



Who
Ice Race Director: Jonathan Rashleigh
Anyone from teenagers to people in their 80's goes ice racing. From professional road racers to
people with no race experience. The level of comraderie and help found in the ice racing community is seldom
found in other motorsports. Help is usually available from the person pitted right next to you. Help and advice
is available before the season and anytime via FaceBook, the Forum or during a race weekend.
There are people who have been ice racing for decades and people who are experiencing it for their
first time.
Volunteers: it takes many able bodied and qualified volunteers to make the season happen. Volunteers
perform various tasks and functions from flooding the track, plowing snow to form the banks,
to the people from the 6 car clubs that organise and perform  the various duties and responsibilities
of running each of the 6 race weekends on the schedule.


Important Links (same links are at top of this page)
Ice Race Trial Licence Program
CASC Ice Race Division - see links at top & bottom of page
CASC About Ice Racing - plenty of good resources here
PMSC Ice Race Pamphlet - good source of info
FaceBook Official Ice Race Minden On. Page - Events, announcements etc.
FaceBook Ice Race Discussion - ask questions, discuss, for sale/rent, parts etc.

CASC Ice Race Forum - ask questions, cars for sale/rent parts
Forms - Entry, C Licence, Waivers
Online Entry/Payment - event lists only a week or so prior
Season Schedule - go to bottom of page, tab labelled "COMPETITOR INFORMATION", click " Ice Race Schedule" with
most recent date

Rules And Regs - updated annually
Registration - instructional covering various registration procedures
Accomodations List
Ice Race Journal - documenting my daily experiences on/off track for many of the years I Ice Raced
Video
Essence Of Ice Racing - CASC
My In-car Ice Race Footage
Collection of in-car Ice Race Footage

email additional links to scoty@rogers.com

* Based on a full 6 weekend second season with the minimum of car prep/cost and minimal expenses.
Will vary dependant on many factors whether upfront or consummable: initial car purchase, where/if you stay overnight,
fuel, tires, distance from Minden, number of weekends entered, if car is shared or not
** shared costs - expenses like vehicle purchase price, prep costs, tires, accomodation, travel