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IMCA adds points deduction for tractio control use


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Points penalty added to fine for use of

traction control devices at IMCA events

VINTON, Iowa (Dec. 14) – IMCA drivers caught using traction control devices at sanctioned events will get socked in points as well as the pocketbook beginning next season.


The 2007 rules for all classes will specify that drivers detected with traction control devices at any point during sanctioned events will lose all points, including any earned in special series, accumulated during the season in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Previous rules had specified only the fine, levied for the first time following a Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model event in September. A Modified driver at the Duel In The Desert special in Las Vegas last month was found to have a traction control device mounted outside his ignition box before hot lapping.


“We are exploring ways to detect these devices, as well as educate local track tech officials in how to find them,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “We are going to address more of the specifics in tech manuals we prepare for sanctioned tracks. Discussions we have at upcoming trade shows with manufacturers will also dictate the direction we go with ignition boxes in the future.”


IMCA will also reserve the right to confiscate any traction control unit discovered.


“The problem with our ignition box rules has been that they are not specific enough. We allow a variety of components, which makes it difficult to inspect them,” said Root. “There are five or six different ignition boxes that meet IMCA specs but the difference in their features makes it harder for tech officials to check for traction control units.”



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