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What is Ice Racing?
Perhaps the only advantage of living in North America’s most northerly (and coldest) big city, is the fact that we have numerous well frozen lakes upon which to create race tracks. From the first Sunday in January until the shore thaws in March, week-ends are for ice racing.
A course of right and left-hand turns is snow-plowed out on a lake. Straights are a quarter mile or less, to keep speeds under 100 mph. Traction is also limited. The net effect is less wear and tear on cars and very cheap racing – about 10% the cost of pavement racing.
Ice racing is way to go door to door racing when everything else is frozen solid but the net benefit to your driving skills is tremendous when it comes to improved car control. The seasoned ice racer is at ease sliding a car in any condition and acutely aware of how to toss the car “just so” to make that perfect corner.
More than a few members believe it’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on during the winter!
A tutorial pdf download – Ice Racing for Rookies & the Ice Race School
- No Stud (Rubber to Ice) NS – for DOT approved snow tires available at local tire stores
- Limited Stud (Street Stud) SS – this class is for cars equipped with normal street studded DOT approved tires equipped with 9 bolts per foot of tire
- Racing Stud (Unlimited) RS – this class is for cars equipped with shaved DOT street tires with unlimited bolts per foot
- Chevette (Rubber to Ice) CH – for stock chevettes equipped with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires
- Neon (Street Stud) NE - for stock neon’s equipped with street stud (9 bolt per foot) legal tires – see neon rules below for more information
Ice racing rules
The following links contain PDF downloads of all pertinent ice race rules and regulations. A drive wishing to partake in ice racing is required to read them – it is a good idea to print a copy and have them on hand at events.
- Ice Race 2013 Supplemental Regulations
- Neon class supplemental regulations
- Neon class protest appendix
- Safety Plan 2012
WCMA racing rules
While the NASCC is the club organizing ice races the WCMA is the organization for Western Canada (excluding BC) that sanctions and insures our events. As such all cars must be built to WCMA standards in order to race at NASCC events. Linked below are all WCMA rules and regulations you should require to put together a race car. If there is anything missing please visit the WCMA website directly.