SCCA Upcoming Bracket Enduro Events
October 8, Iowa Speedway
Host: Des Moines Valley Region (3 hour Enduro) - Registration (coming soon)
October 21-21, Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Host: Chicago Region (Tentative 3 hour race) - Registration (coming soon)
What is Bracket Enduro?
SCCA Bracket Enduro events were formed to give SCCA regions and racers an easy-access format which focuses on the pure enjoyment of racing instead of the ultimate prep level for driver and car.
To accomplish this, SCCA Bracket Enduros utilize a less restrictive rule set and a unique scoring method to balance the field through lap time allowances, or “brackets” which make up classes. Based on what teams feel their lap times should be, they can set a goal for the race pace they feel they can maintain. Teams will have a variety of options, including tire choice and car preparation, to run within their target times.
By using this format SCCA Bracket Enduro events enable teams to be competitive across a wide range of driver experience, skill and vehicle performance.
Who can race?
Any SCCA regular or weekend member can drive in an SCCA Bracket Enduro. Drivers will need to keep an official SCCA participation log which is issued to each driver by event officials. For Bracket Enduro, no racing license or doctor’s physical is required, but participants must certify they have no known medical conditions that would cause them or others undue risk.
How many drivers can be on a team?
There is not a maximum number of drivers allowed on a team, and as there is not a licensure requirement, there are no additional fees based on the number of drivers.
What safety gear do drivers need to have?
Helmet, driver’s suit and other personal safety gear requirements are the same as SCCA Road Racing (INCLUDING head and neck restraint devices). For the full description of Road Racing safety requirements, go to the Road Racing Rules page.
What can race?
Eligible vehicles are limited to SCCA Spec Racer Ford cars and production-based vehicles with a performance level equal or less than normal in SCCA Road Racing classes Improved Touring R, E Production, SCCA GT3 or Touring 3.
Cars need to meet SCCA Club Racing safety standards but do not need to be legal for a specific class.
Cars do not need to have an SCCA logbook, but those without one must be inspected to make sure they meet minimum safety standards. For the full description of Road Racing safety requirements, go to the Road Racing Rules page. Ultimately, the decision for allowing a vehicle on track will be determined by the chief steward for each event.
For teams with specific questions, the event-hosting region should have an email contact method for questions or to gain pre-approval.
Bracket Enduro Rules
SCCA Bracket Enduros are run under the Club Race Experience (CRE) rule set, with some procedure and scoring rules which are specific to Bracket Enduro.
Keep reading below for some of the key elements from the CRE Rule set, along with the specific procedural and scoring rules for Bracket Enduro.
Bracket Enduro Classing
Bracket Enduros have 4 classes. Class 1 operates as a traditional endurance race, the team that goes the furthest, wins. Classes 2-4 are bracketed classes, each with its own delta or “target time.” Teams may select any of the 4 classes to compete in, regardless of vehicle.
Class 1 (Open): Class 1 is a traditional endurance racing class. Simply, the team that goes the furthest in the allotted time wins. Any vehicle within the performance potential of CRE is allowed.
Classes 2-4 (Bracketed): Classes 2-4 are “Bracketed” classes and each class will have a declared delta time.
Class 2 delta will be based upon the SCCA Improved Touring R class speeds.
Class 3 delta will be based upon SCCA Improved Touring B class speeds.
Class 4 delta will be set 3-5 seconds behind SCCA Improved Touring C class speeds.
Actual target time may be printed in the Supplemental Regulations for the event or may be declared by the event officials after the test and tune session.
Teams may register for any of the 4 classes when registering for the event. However, teams can declare a different class within 30 minutes of the close of the test and tune session.
SCCA Bracket Enduro Event Specifics
Bracket Enduro events will begin with an open track test and tune session.
Qualifying and Grid Order
Teams will be gridded with their class, order based upon the team’s best lap time in the test and tune session. Teams that do not take part in the test and tune session will be gridded at the rear.
Timing & Scoring:
Teams will be required to carry a transponder for timing and scoring of the event. These often may be purchased or rented for the weekend.
To ensure a high level of pit lane safety, a pit stop that is a minimum of 5 minutes will be required. Additional stops may or may not have a minimum time, please check the specific events supplemental regulations. Stops will be timed by transponders, the time for your in lap, your out lap and time stopped must equal twice your target lap time plus 5 minutes. Open class cars (class 1) will use the target lap time for class 2 cars for their pit stop times.
Only approved (SCCA, FIA, DOT) fuel jugs or cans of 5 gallons or less may be used for refueling. Refueling can only be done when the car’s kill switch is off, all 4-wheels on the ground, without a driver onboard and with a fire bottle present. No other work may be done on the car during refueling. At a minimum, anyone refueling must wear the same safety gear as required for driving. Teams must provide a crew member with a fire bottle to protect the fuelers. The fire watch person is required long pants and closed shoes. Pressurized fuel systems are not allowed.
In Classes 2-4, when a car turns a lap time under their delta the underage is multiplied by 1.5 and placed in the team’s bank. After the minimum pit stop time has elapsed, additional time in the pits will be deducted from the team’s bank. It is completely up to the teams to manage their own banking and spending of time.
Banked Time at the Finish:
Any time remaining in the bank at the finish will be multiplied by 2 and applied as a penalty at the end of the race. If the penalty time exceeds the delta time for the class, the penalty will be converted into the corresponding number of laps, rounded up to the next whole lap.
For Class 1, all penalties for driving infractions or pit lane violations will be served in the pit lane. For Class2-4, penalties may be served on pit lane or assessed by placing time in the team’s bank. Penalty time will be set by the chief steward, based on the severity of the infraction.
Teams are allowed to set and maintain the pace they choose. However, “sandbagging” methods that interrupt the flow of traffic or cause an unsafe condition on track will not be tolerated and will result in a pit lane consultation. Teams are highly encouraged to select a class that is appropriate for the performance potential of their car.
Bracket Endurance events will have a live timing and scoring system that reports lap times, position, a “time in pits” clock and tracks the time bank for teams in classes 2-4.