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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
Ice Racing Classes
Currently the NASCC runs 6 different classes at it’s ice racing events. For full details on these classes please read the Ice Race Supplemental Regulations for complete regulations.
Please note Race Stud Class will not run again in the 2018 Ice Race Season.
NS CLASS (No-Stud)
This class is for two wheel drive cars running normal DOT approved unstudded tires. Also called “Rubber-to-Ice”.
CH CLASS (Chevette)
This is a “spec” class for Chevrolet Chevettes\Pontiac Acadians and equivalents. No modifications are allowed other than WCMA safety and technical requirements and aftermarket replacement of head and taillights with DOT approved equivalents, and locking of the differential. All cars in this class will run on identical spec bolted tires as described in these supplemental regulations. Complete listing of Chevette Class specific regulations is found in the Ice Race Supplemental Regulations.
MI CLASS (Miatas on Ice)
This class is for stock prepared Mazda MX5 Miata’s from the NA series of 1989 to 1997, and NB series from 1998 to 2005, excluding MazdaSpeed versions. All cars in this class will run on identical spec bolted tires as described in these supplemental regulations. Complete listing of Miata’s on Ice Class specific regulations is found in the Ice Race Supplemental Regulations.
NE CLASS (Neon Class)
This is a “spec” class for Dodge/Plymouth Neon. No modifications are allowed other than WCMA safety and technical requirements and after market replacement of head and taillights with DOT approved equivalents. All cars in this class will run on identical spec bolted tires as described in these supplemental regulations. Complete listing of Neon Class specific regulations is found in the Ice Race Supplemental Regulations.
LS CLASS (Limited Stud)
This class is for 2 wheel drive cars. All cars in this class will run on identical spec bolted tires as described in the Ice Race Supplemental Regulations.
AW Cars (4 wheel drive, all wheel drive)
This class is for cars that have power applied to “all wheels” through a common drive train. No cars have run in this class for many years, so any racers planning to bring an AW racer should provide organizers with advance notice of a week or more to facilitate the event at track, and to designate a class tire type. Commercially available Studded Rally tires are the specified tire for this class.
Ice racing rules
The following links contain PDF downloads of all pertinent ice race rules and regulations. A driver 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. If any of the links here seem out of date it is a good idea to check the Forms & Downloads page.
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.