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Race Safety

Nothing ruins an awesome event more than an accident due to a lack of safety precautions. Prevent any possible hazards by following the race safety guidelines below as well as any in your race system’s instruction manual.

Safe Racetrack Location

Conducting a safe race requires a good location for your racetrack with plenty of space. Races are often held in gymnasiums, assembly areas, or long hallways. Consider the track length, usually about 80 feet (including the prerace staging and postrace parking areas), when selecting a location.

The finish end of the track should be near a wall or at least in an area where there is no spectator traffic.

Restrict Traffic Around Track

Because a CO2 race is a thrilling spectator event, you might have curious onlookers milling about before and during your race.

We strongly recommend that you put up some kind of barricade to keep spectators a safe distance (five to six feet should do) from the track. This will prevent someone from bumping into the track setup. If you locate the track near a wall, then you will only need to barricade one side.

Select and Train Race Staff

Good help is essential! You’ll need one to four people on the start end to stage the race cars. You’ll also need one to four people on the finish end to remove the cars after each race and to reset the deceleration towels.

Select responsible people and spend a few minutes training them to do their tasks. Stress the importance of communication between staff members at the start and finish ends. Cars should never be launched until the finish end official gives the “ready” signal. Officials may communicate with hand signals or two-way radios.

In addition to those operating the track, you might also need helpers to transport race cars and record times.

Examine Cars for Safety

Cars should be examined before racing. If a car is missing one or both screw eyes, it could soar off the track at high speed (a bad thing).

Also, check cars for loose parts that might detach during the race, loose wheels, or flimsy power plant housings (cartridge holes). Determine whether unsafe cars should be repaired or simply denied the opportunity to race.