IHRA Rule Book — 2010 IHRA Rulebook
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Match Race & Exhibition Cars

Although vehicles in this division don’t necessarily compete in a specific IHRA class, they must comply with all basic safety regulations for their respective type vehicle as per the IHRA Rulebook and its supplements. A valid IHRA Competition license and or registration is mandatory. Chassis inspection mandatory on 9.00 and quicker (6.00 and quicker 1/8 mile). Contact IHRA Tech Department for the supplement to this rule book that outlines the specific requirements and specifications for the exhibition program.

Additional information is available on the competition page of ihra.com. All vehicle designs and drivers credentials must be accepted prior to participation at any ihra sanctioned facility. Contact the ihra competition department for a detailed list of accepted participants and current vehicle types in addition to the progam supplement.

ROCKETS: Prohibited.


Designed for carrying a passenger, in exhibition only. May not be entered in competition while carrying a passenger. Runs are limited to 1/8 mile, 120 mph or 5.00 seconds.

Driver and passenger must wear SN-95 or newer helmet, SFI 3.3 neck collar, SFI 3.3/5 gloves, SFI 3.3 arm restraints, SFI 3.2A/5 driver’s suit. Passenger must be 18 years or older. Driver and car must meet all requirements of IHRA for its class.


All Vehicles must be inspected and approved by the IHRA COMPETITION DEPARTMENT prior to competition. The driver must have a current IHRA competition license for his/her chosen vehicle. Any additional safety items that the Tech Director or Tech Committee deems necessary will be required. Contact IHRA for specific requirements.

Nitro Powered Vehicle

Reserved for Nitro powered Funny Cars and Altereds.

DESIGNATION: AA/FC, AF, or BFA preceded by car number.

REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS: Valid IHRA Competition license and chassis inspection. Contact IHRA National Tech Director for specific requirements.

Jet Powered Vehicle

REQUIREMENTS: Valid IHRA Competition license and chassis inspection. All applicants must be at least 18 years old. Contact IHRA National Tech Department for class requirements.

Minimum weight, chassis, and suspension must meet IHRA specifications. Contact IHRA office for details.

SPEED LIMIT: Dragsters ............310 mph Funny Cars ...........310 mph Motorcycles ..........210 mph Special Vehicles ....235 mph A fine and/or suspension will result for violation. These are “zero tolerance’‘ limits.

FINES: 1st offense $500 fine, 2nd offense $1,000 fine and 60 days suspension, 3rd offense $2000 fine and 1 year suspension.

AFTERBURNER-TAILPIPE: All seams must meet at the bottom, away from tires. Dump valve on afterburner manifold mandatory and must be activated by the primary chute lever.

AIR INTAKE: All intakes must be totally covered by protective screen, (minimum 1/8”, maximum 3/8”) BRAKES: Caliper type required on all four wheels.

CATCH CAN: Mandatory. (minimum capacity 1 quart) CONTROL CABLES: All cables must be a minimum of 3/16 diameter, (afterburner and fuel shutoff) Electronic cables accepted. All vehicles must have secondary shutoffs on fuel lines and afterburner system.

DRIVER LOCATION: Must be completely isolated and protected from all components of the induction, engine, and exhaust components of vehicle.


FILTER: Mandatory on hot streak inlet.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEM: 10 Ibs. Mandatory on funny cars and oversize vehicles.

5 Ibs. Mandatory on enclosed cockpit dragsters.

FUEL TANK: If pressurized, tank must be round. A system must be employed to vent pressure from tank. (may be electronic or manually activated) HELMET: SA-2000 or newer, or SFI 31.2A mandatory.


PARACHUTES: Dual chutes mandatory. Primary chute lever must be a function of primary fuel shutoff. A complete secondary system is also required with fuel bypass capabilities. All parachutes must be shielded from tailpipe heat and must have a minimum spool connection of 1”. All unpacked shroud lines must be covered by IHRA accepted material. Chute tubes may be steel, aluminum, or carbonfiber.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: Funny Cars: SFI 3.2A/20 minimum. Dragsters: 3.2A/15 minimum. Gloves and boots: 3.3/5 minimum. Neck Collar: 3.3. ROLL CAGE: Mandatory: 2.K, 2.2B, or 10.1E. Oversize vehicles may require additional support structure. Contact the IHRA Technical Department for details.

TIRES: Must be automotive type designed for racing.

SEAT: Properly braced and supported seat constructed of aluminum or fiberglass mandatory.