When on-road racers chat about asphalt facilities, the most often talked about one is the Tamiya Raceway in Aliso Viejo. California. With the
speed of LiPo batteries and brushless systems, the cars are now going
much faster, making the Tamiya track small by modern standards but
still a real test and loved by all those fortunate to put a tire on the
sweeping candy-cane curbing that adorns the fast and flowing lanes.
At first glance, the fast line looks basic, but with a straightaway that
leads into a big sweeper that really tests set-up and throttle control, the driv-
ers then have to negotiate a technical hairpin, along with the center area with
its legendary treacherous curbs—sometimes referred to as the “kink”—then
a final three-corner chicane, so a lap is anything but easy. The track was
also treated, once again, with a sandy slurry seal to help keep it smooth,
providing good grip and a surface that promoted close and tight racing.
Q ROAR technical rules govern all classes.
Q All qualifying heats, main events, and Invitational
races are five minutes in length.
Q Minimum weight: 1350g.
Q Maximum battery voltage: 8. 40 volts.
Q Maximum battery temperature: Ambient temperature plus 5°F.
Q Only motors and zero-timing ESCs and firmware
currently found on ROAR’s approved list are
allowed in the 17. 5 and 13. 5 classes. Motors must
be preteched before they can be used in scored
rounds. ESCs will be spot-checked for compliance.
Q Only one fan allowed on the motor, 30mm
Q Open class drivers are allowed to tech four sets
of marked control tires to be used during both
qualifying and the main events. Marked control
tires must be used for practice seeding rounds but
do not count toward a racer’s four-set allotment.
Drivers may use tire warmers and the traction
additive of their choice.
Q No modifications to the control tires are allowed.
Mold seams may be ground down, however, and
tire beads may be reglued.
Q Factory-sponsored drivers (those whose travel
arrangements are paid for by their sponsor and/
or are paid a salary to race) or those who have
finished in the A-main in the Modified class the
previous year are not eligible to compete in the
13. 5 class. Drivers who are sponsored or receive
discounts from chassis manufacturers or who
have finished in the A- or B-main in the 13. 5 or
Modified class the previous year are not eligible to
compete in the 17. 5 class.
Q Broken cars cannot be repaired during the race.
Technical inspecTion and Rules
Like any big event, the Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions uses a set of rules and a technical inspection
area to help keep the racing close and fair for the participants. As you can imagine, racers have always tried
to find the slightest edge to exploit to give them an advantage, but a thorough list helps alleviate any confu-
sion or misunderstanding. Below is a partial list of what rules the drivers had to abide by.