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Racer Self-Certification Tech Program

As NHRA Drag Racing is ramping up with the return to racing in many parts of the country, a new Racer Self-Certification tech program for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be introduced for participants. This program is in effect for LODRS events.

The Racer Self-Certification tech program for LODRS events is a further rollout of a program used successfully at national events. The program reduces physical contact in light of the pandemic situation while still emphasizing compliance with the Rulebook.

Under this program, the participant certifies the technical readiness of their own vehicle and personal protective equipment. NHRA still retains all rights to conduct spot checks, teardowns and other inspections and investigations.

This is how the Racer Self-Certification tech program works:

  1. You will fill out your own Tech Card online for the event in advance. Please complete the Tech Card in its entirety and submit it. Please be sure to read the Online Tech Card Agreement fully and carefully and to fill out all information accurately.
  2. You will not take your car through Tech before the event. You will be responsible for the truth and accuracy of everything reported on the Tech Card.
  3. NHRA Tech Officials will conduct spot-checks and may at any time exercise any other rights NHRA has under the Rulebook, including tear-down and other forms of tech inspection. Falsifying your tech card or not complying with the Rulebook could subject you to disqualification from the event and additional disciplinary action.

    NOTE: If you want to undergo traditional Tech Inspection before the event, please let us know by responding to this email, and we will try to accommodate your request. You must still submit your tech card online. You will still be subject to additional tech.

  4. Remember, under the NHRA Rulebook, you, the racer, are ultimately responsible for your vehicle and personal protective equipment, and to decide whether you want to race based on all the circumstances. It’s your responsibility to be sure that you and your vehicle are ready to race, and to be familiar with the contents of the current Rulebook and comply with its requirements.
  5. Once you complete your Online Tech card, the data you entered will be filled into an electronic version of the traditional paper tech card that you are familiar with. You will receive a PDF of that filled-in tech card via email. Because we are rolling out this program promptly in light of the pandemic, for the time being, the PDF tech card form will contain some inapplicable language indicating a pre-race tech inspection. We will be updating the PDF form in the future to better reflect the new tech system which relies on your self-certification and other methods such as spot-checks during events.

    To be clear, this portion of the PDF Tech Card does not apply:

If you have any feedback, please let us know by contacting us.

Vice President - Racing Administration, Josh Peterson, jpeterson@nhra.com
Vice President – Competition, Ned Walliser, nwalliser@nhra.com