Safety Information

Revised 3.24.15

This area is for basic info and/or basic guidelines. All competitors must conform to the USAC Rule Book and all NCQMA rules and regulations. Failure to do so will result in penalties as described by NCQMA and/or USAC.

Car Inspections

  • All cars will be inspected for mechanical and safety deficiencies and compliance with the rules at least once per year.
  • Safety sheets need to be completed and signed by an NCQMA Official before Sign-ins. Print one Safety Sheet for each car and complete the bottom portion before safety inspection.
  • USAC inspection decal is mandatory in order for a car to compete.
  • The following decals are mandatory: (1) USAC shield–left side of car; (2) USAC .25 and/or Series Sponsor–right side of car; and (3) Hoosier tire–both sides of car.

Safety Equipment

  • Helmets must meet or exceed 2005 or better Snell Foundation or SFI Foundation 24.1 youth spec helmet specifications.
  • Driver Suits must be one or two piece fire resistant and meet SFI Foundation specifications 3.2A1 or higher. Jeans are not permitted.
  • Gloves must meet SFI Foundation specifications 3.3 or higher.
  • Neck Collar is mandatory and must be made of Nomex or equivalent, recommended SFI Foundation rating of 3.3 or higher.
  • Arm Restraints are mandatory.
  • Safety Belts must be web-type with quick release buckle; a minimum of 5-point belt is required; double shoulder straps are mandatory; life of belts shall not exceed four (4) years and must be date stamped by manufacturer.

Fuel Tank

  • New for 2015: Fuel filter must be steel or aluminum and fuel line must be covered with a fire resistant sleeve.
  • Aluminum fuel tanks are required and must have a minimum wall thickness of .050.
  • Maximum fuel tank size is 140 ounces.
  • Fuel tanks must be mechanically mounted to the frame preventing all movement within the tail cone section. A minimum of two (2) hose clamps must be used if hose clamps are used. Zip ties and duct tape are not permitted.
  • Fuel tanks must be vented no more than 1″ above the belly pan with no holes in the cap.


  • Belly pans should not have open holes larger than 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • All lead weights must be covered in a manner to keep from coming into contact with the driver.
  • All weights must be securely bolted within the confines of the frame tubes, not to nerf bars, bumpers, or the roll cage.
  • Cars must be equipped with a full brake pedal or positive heel stop.
  • Per USAC Rules, Appendix I, Section 703, “Any added ballast must be securely bolted and lie entirely within the limits no more than 16″ measured at the furthest point of ballast to inside R/H lower frame rail. The R/H lower rail will be the furthest tube on Right side of car. Any alteration to chassis that is not within the spirit or intent of this rule may be disallowed.”