About this event
Gripfest 14 presented by Tidewater Sports Car Club
Run in a single lap format against the timer. Cars are sent one at a time with a safe amount of distance between participants. This is not a passing event. Open vehicle classing, so a helmet and a safe car are all you need. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to track veteran!
This is an excellent event if you want to dip your toes into track driving, without the worries of passing/point-bys/stress of 20min sessions on your brakes and tires.
This event will be run in the same format as previous Gripfest events. All Participants will be expected to work the course (flag or other work assignment during this event)
This event is not part of the TSCC Annual points championship and is NOT a normal Autocross style event.
The format will be a blending of road racing and autocross. Competitors will perform a standing start, single lap of the course and cross a finish line before exiting the course and pulling back onto the grid. This will be a "rolling grid". The day will be broken into two heats and divided into 2 sessions, a morning session and an afternoon session. All competitors will be given runs in both sessions. Sessions will be based on time allotted. There will be no guarantee on the number of laps provided. A maximum of 2 drivers can co-drive the same car for this event.
Competition is open to any street or race legal car under the same general rules and regulations used by the club for autocross competition. As the speeds are generally expected to be higher than our normal events extra attention will be paid to the safety and maintenance of vehicles entered for competition.
All open top vehicles will be required to have proper roll over safety gear in place this includes all convertible car, all open top vehicles must pass the broom stick test. *Note a hard top for a Miata or S2000 does not meet the minimum requirement for roll over protection.
All TSCC HPDE Supplemental Rules apply except those related to passing for this event. Read these rules in their entirety. Information on proper harness mounting and broom stick test procedures are contained within.
Go-karts, motorcycles, and trikes are not allowed to run in this event. We are allowing open wheel cars and formula cars to run. Cars that are not production based, please contact us before you register to verify if your vehicle will be allowed.
You must have a SNELL SA Rated Helmet (SA2010 or 2015) Some loaner helmets will be available on a first come first serve basis.
Schedule of Events:
7:00 am NCCAR Gates Open
7:30 am Tech & Registration Open
8:30 am Registration Closes
8:50 am Tech Closes
9:00 am Mandatory Meeting *All attendees are required to attend
9:15 am Mandatory Novice Drivers Meeting for all Novice Drivers
Registration will be capped at 50 Participants!
From Interstate 95, take Exit 176 turning east onto NC-46. Continue eastbound 0.4 miles to SR-1604 (Lowes Boulevard). Turn left onto Lowes Boulevard, drive for about one mile and take the first road on your left - Technology Drive. The entrance to NCCAR is half a mile ahead. Proceed through the gate and to the entry kiosk building.
Roanoke Rapids (NC) 5 miles; Emporia (VA) 18 miles; Rocky Mount, (NC) 45 miles; Petersburg (VA) 61 miles; Norfolk (VA) 82 miles; Richmond (VA) 85 miles; Raleigh (NC) 90 miles.
Multiple drivers in the same car will not be allowed in the same heat. We are aiming to keep the heats small to maximize track time and minimize time on worker stations. Only two drivers per car, one per session. All drivers must register to run in this event.
Supplemental event rules are available here. This supplement will provide further clarification on competition and site regulations and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure you abide by all rules.
NOTE: We will be hosting a Track Tech Inspection Day at the American DIY Garage in VA Beach on April 8th! This is not required for this event, but if you want your car checked out before hitting the track we can help you out! You will be required to pass the on-site tech inspection on the day of the event however.
Registering for this event indicates agreement to comply with these rules.
All Spectators and Participants must pre-register for this event.
Note that cards will be charged at time of registration. There will be a $20 cancellation fee up to 30 days before the event(March 31st), after that no refunds will be issued. We run rain or shine as long as the track itself is not closed for safety reasons.