Event Preview - ProRock 2005 Series Finals

Couger Buttes, CA

Sep. 09, 2005 By Chris Geiger

Series Finals!

ProROCK is coming to Johnson Valley California for it's final event of four events in the 2005 rock crawling series!

Event Itinerary:

Friday September 9 2005

Sept 9th, 2005
Rancho Motor Co. Victorville, CA
15425 Dos Palmas Rd (760) 955-8200
Victorville, CA 92392
12pm - 5pm

Saturday - September 10 2005

Event Site Cougar Buttes
Drivers Meeting/Starting Order Draw 8am
Competition/Gates Open 9am
Projected End of Competition 4pm

11 2005

Event Site Cougar Buttes
Drivers in Starting position 8:30am
Competition/Gates Open 9am
Projected end of Competition 3pm
Awards Ceremony Immediately following Competition


Primitive Camping at event site for tents and motorhome

Green Tree Inn (formerly the Best Western)
14173 Green Tree Boulevard, Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 245-3461
Ask for the ProROCK block to get your discount

2005 Series Rules - Point System

This competition is a 4 event series. Each event takes place over 2 consecutive days and drivers receive points based on their finishing position for each event to make up their total for the Series Championship. Entry fee is $350 per team, per event.
The Series Championship is determined by the total of each driver's 4 finishes. The last event of the year will be used as the tiebreaker.  
Competitors earn points at each event by the order in which they finish. All 4 events count toward series points.
Points earned at the first 3 events are as follows:
1st place           200 points
2nd place          198
3rd place           196
etc… in 2 point increments
Points awarded for the final event are:
1st place           300 points
2nd place          297
3rd place           294
etc… in 3 point increments
Event Scoring & Rules

Before each event begins, there will be a drivers meeting where officials will draw numbers for the starting line up, give you the weekends itinerary and go over any questions you may have.

There are X amount of stages per course for both classes.  In each stage, competitors negotiate their vehicle through beginning, intermediate and ending gates within a specified time limit.  Beginning gates are recognized as A, intermediate gates B, C, D and so on with Z gate being the “finish line” for each stage.  The vehicles’ front axle must clear Z gate, to complete the stage, within the time limit.  Competitors are allowed a specific amount of time to walk and assess each stage before their time for the stage actually starts.
Most points wins. Competitors start each stage with 40 points each and incur penalties/deductions/earned points as shown on the next page. Explanation of deductions outlined further.

1 pt     = Stopping - Tires not moving for 5 seconds or more
2 pts   = Intentionally reversing course. A reverse after a stop is only penalized as a reverse, not a stop and a reverse. Once a reverse penalty has been assessed, no further reverse penalty can be assessed until the vehicle makes forward progress.
*6 pts   = Using rear steering per each stage
6 pts   = Touching a cone
28 pts = Using a tool (winch, Hi-Lift, strap, etc)
40 pts = Out of Bounds (OB)
40 pts = Exceeding the time limit
40 pts = Not applying a cover or weight to a winch cable when under tension
40 pts = Accepting outside assistance while on a stage
40 pts = Pushing, pulling, lifting, etc on the vehicle by a driver or spotter to aid progress

Earned Points
2 pts = Clearing an intermediate gate with both axles.
  *Note: Option gates can be worth more than 2 pts.
Credits are awarded only after the stage has been completed.
Once a competitor receives 20 or more points in penalties, thereby dropping to zero points, they are considered as having 'pointed out' and are through with that stage and cannot earn more credits.

Rear Steer
Rear steering is defined as changing the alignment of the rear wheels in relation to the axle, whether intentional or accidental. You will be penalized *6 points for using rear steer during any stage. No additional penalty points for rear steering will be assessed until the vehicle starts another stage. Once a team has been penalized for use of rear steer, the team can use the rear steer as many times as they want during that stage without incurring any additional rear steer penalties.
Use of tools

A team can be assessed a maximum of one tool penalty per stage. Use of a tool is defined as readying or removing an item from the vehicle that could be used for aiding progress. Whether the tool is actually used to aid progress or not, does not matter. Once the tool penalty has been assessed, that tool or any other tool can be used as many times as the team may want without further penalty. This also includes hand-tools. Note: For safety reasons, competitors must use a cover or weight over the cable when using a winch.

Gates / Cones
A “gate” is a set of 2 cones and the invisible line between them. Starting gates are lettered as the ‘A’ gates. Ending gates are lettered as the ‘Z’ gates. Intermediate gates are lettered ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, etc.  There may also be “option gates” on a stage where competitors can choose a more difficult route and earn extra points. Example: C1 & C2.
Intermediate gates must be cleared by both axles (wheel center to wheel center) to earn credit. Only the front axle (wheel center to wheel center) must clear the end gate where time is stopped. Start and end gates are just that - starting and ending points - and no points are given for these gates.

Gates must be run in order and cleared in the intended direction of travel. Vehicles may clear gates in forward or reverse. A vehicle may travel back through any gate cleared, but must properly ‘re-clear’ that gate again to receive/keep credit for that gate. The ‘A’ gate must be cleared in forward direction, not in reverse. 

Out of Bounds
A vehicle is considered Out of Bounds if:
a- Any part of the vehicle, a team member or tool used by the team touches a roped/taped boundary on a stage.
b- The full contact patch of a tire goes over (on the ground or in the air) the outside of a cone’s intended location.
c- A gate is cleared out of order (in any direction)

Breakdowns / Running Order
If a vehicle lays over on it's side, the competitors will be asked if they want outside assistance. Any vehicle lying on its top will automatically be given outside assistance for safety reasons and they are through with that stage.

Vehicles falling out of order may move back up in line, but no further than their starting order, by getting permission from another competitor. Competitors will be assessed a 5 point penalty per position lost as recorded at the last stage completed on each course.
At their discretion, event Marshals can change the running order due to breakdowns or delays.
Stages will remain open 15 minutes after the last vehicle has run.

All vehicles must have a fire extinguisher fixed inside the vehicle that can be easily reached, released and used by the driver when the vehicle is any position, both right-side up and upside down. The spotter must have also have a fire extinguisher outside of the vehicle that’s at least 2.5 lbs in size that he/she places somewhere on or off each stage when competing and can be quickly reached if needed.

Everyone is expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner towards spectators, event officials, other competitors and anyone else associated with the events. Penalties for poor conduct can be assessed by stage officials and event Marshals ranging from -5pts to total disqualification.

Anyone considered to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be disqualified from that event, forfeit any deposits made toward future events and refused entry to future events. 
Most points earned at last Stage of the event, 2nd to last Stage of the event, etc

Protests will be heard and addressed up until 30 minutes after the last stage of each respective class has been closed. All protests must be presented to an event  Marshall.


Modified Stock Class
Modified Stock Class is intended for well-built trail vehicles modified using readily available aftermarket parts and being street legal. Any rules or restrictions needed to maintain the spirit of this class will be implemented.   The intent of Modified Stock Class is to stay within factory designs while allowing aftermarket modifications that are normal in the 4x4 recreation sport. There are no restrictions on engine, tranny, t-case, axles or suspension. Bead lock wheels are allowed.
1-  Vehicle must be Titled.
2-  Maximum tire size of 35" as labeled by the tire manufacturer.
3-  Frame is to be OEM or direct OEM design aftermarket replacement. Frame re-enforcements are allowed.
4-  Wheelbase of the vehicle must be within 2.5" of OEM. There will be zero leeway here.
5-   Steering will be completely of OEM design. Hydraulic and hydraulic assist is not allowed.
6-   Equipped with a winch
7- Real lockers front and rear. No limited slips
8- Seat belts or harnesses for driver and spotter
9- 2 Fire extinguishers (one for Driver & Spotter) -see Safety Rule above-
10- First Aid kit
11- Roll cage designed to keep passengers safe in the case of a multiple roll over accident
12 - Bodies must be full width of OEM. Bodywork must extend a minimum of 24" past the rear axle.
(Please call Bob Hazel @ 704-236-7337 with any questions)
Super Stock Class
The Super Stock class has been implemented for the vehicles that are more modified than our JP Off-Road Modified Stock Class, but, not as extreme as our Trophy Class. The payout for this class is 100% payback of entries. For 2004, this class' series will run 3 events - Farmington, Cedar City and Cougar Buttes (Finals). This class is strictly limited to 20 vehicles.
1-  2 seats, mounted side-by-side
2-  Maximum tire size of 37" as labeled by the tire manufacturer.
3-  Engine mounted forward of the driver
4-  Mass produced automobile/light-truck engine available to the public
5-  Front axle steering only
6- Changes in wheelbase only from normal suspension movement
7-  Equipped with a winch
8-  Real lockers front and rear. No limited slips
9- Seat belts or harnesses for driver and spotter
10- 2 Fire extinguishers (one for Driver & Spotter) -see Safety Rule above-
11- First Aid Kit
12- Roll cage designed to keep passengers safe in the case of a multiple roll over accident

Trophy Class
Trophy Class is intended for vehicles with very few limits on modifications. The only limitation is that vehicle propulsion must be by 4 tires only. Trophy Class vehicles do not need to be street legal.
1-  Equipped with a winch
2-  Real lockers front and rear. No limited slips
3-  Seat belts or harnesses for driver and spotter
4-  Fire extinguisher
5-  First Aid kit
6-  Roll cage designed to keep passengers safe in the case of a multiple roll over



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