“Rookie” is defined as ALL First Time Participants to the Silver State Classic Challenge events, regardless of any past participation at other events.
Our Instructional School has moved to SPEEDVEGAS
south of the Las Vegas Strip at 14200 S Las Vegas Blvd
. School begins PROMPTLY
at 7:00am on Thursday prior to Sunday race day.
Google Maps and modern GPS will get your there. Google directions:
To get on I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S
from Sam’s Town
- Head northwest
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto E Flamingo Rd
- Slight right to merge onto I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S toward Henderson
Follow I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S and I-215
to St Rose Pkwy in Henderson. Take exit 6
- Merge onto I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S
- Take exit 61A for I-215 W
- Continue onto I-215
- Take exit 6 for Pecos Rd/NV-146 toward St Rose
Continue on St Rose Pkwy. Drive to S Las Vegas Blvd
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto St Rose Pkwy (signs for NV-146 W)
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S Las Vegas Blvd
will be on the right
If you get lost, call SSCC Rookie Co-Ordinator, Blue Offutt (602) 478-9096.
You will be met by SSCC representative Blue Offutt for a brief inspection and introduction. Then SPEEDVEGAS
instructors will take you through class instruction and track time.
Instruction takes place in SPEEDVEGAS
NORC Registration in Ely:
When school is completed, you will caravan to Ely via Highway 318. Caravan leaves from SpeedVegas between 11 and noon. You MUST
present your Certificate of Completion from the school, your driver’s license and medical insurance card or you will not get registered. No worries if you do not get registered in Ely on Thursday as there is plenty of opportunity to do so on Friday and Saturday in Ely.
SSCC Registration at Sam's Town:
When school is completed, you will return to Sam's Town for Registration and Press Luncheon. You MUST
present your Certificate of Completion from the school, your driver’s license and medical insurance card or you will not get registered. No worries if you do not get registered at Sam's Town on Thursday as there is plenty of opportunity to do so on Friday and Saturday in Ely.
Caravan to Ely:
The caravan leaves Las Vegas between 11-12 noon. Blue will give you the exact time
after instruction. We stop in Ash Springs, NV (95 miles) at “Green Valley Grocer” Shell gas station for a
fuel & comfort break.
All Rookies are encouraged to participate as Rookie Co-Ordinator Blue, will take you
up course and give you pointers along the way. It is said that he also has some secrets that he shares
with Rookies at this time!
Event Day Radios:
At the starting grid on Sunday, you will receive GMRS radios. At the Drivers Meeting
you will be instructed to the proper use of these. Once your event is complete and you arrive in the
Finish Parking (NORTH END), return your radio where the Emcee is set up at the start of the pit area and
you will receive your finishing medal. If you do not make it to the finish please return the radio to an
SSCC Official or mail it to us.
Please gather in the finish pit area after the last 95 MPH car has entered the pits.
While waiting for the 170, 180 and unlimited cars we will hold our Rookie Graduation Ceremony.
3 Things to Watch out for:
Each event has several rookies experience unnecessary anxiety and expense
due to a few key items they somehow miss in the Rules Book. While there’s no excuse for not reviewing
the Rules Book, here’s a summary of the 3 biggies that frequently bring on additional stress for rookies.
- Wrong Helmet – For the past several years, at least one rookie has shown up with the wrong helmet. We really would like to break that streak. Motorcycle helmets will not be approved. The only acceptable helmets in 2019 are as follows:
- Snell foundation with a sticker reading SA 2010 or later
- SFI foundation with a sticker reading 3.1a; 3.2a or 3.1
- FIA standard marked 8860-2004
- British standard marked BS:6658-85
If you cannot find one of the stickers listed above on or inside your helmet, it will not pass tech. You will be heading into Las Vegas to buy a helmet. American Racing Supply normally carries a few just for this occasion. If you get to Vegas and realize you need a helmet or other race gear, they are at 222 W Utah Avenue. Their phone number is 702-382-8520
- Wrong Fire Extinguisher Bracket – This is the next big miss for many rookies. Fire extinguisher bracket must be metal. Period. Plastic brackets will not pass tech.
- Wrong Tires – This miss doesn’t happen as often, but when it does, it is generally costly to correct. Best case, one just needs tires. Worse case, tires and rims (it’s happened). Everyone gets the speed rating correct, it’s an insufficient Load Rating that ruins a day. This generally happens when someone goes to a plus-1 rim size. Here’s an example:
OEM tire spec for a 1993 Mazda RX-7 = P225/50R16 91V Owner decides to go plus-1 with 17' bling rims and puts on some Michelin Pilot Exalto 205/50R17 89V. Oops! Note the OEM 91V load rating and the new tires 89V load rating. That's 1356 pounds versus 1279 pounds. Speed rating is good at “V”, but the load rating of 89 misses. Fail.
ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR TIRES PLEASE CONTACT PRIOR TO THE EVENT:
Chief of Tire Tech: Eric Pettersen
(925) 519-1168 (after 6:30pm – PST)
Those are the Big 3. Hope none of them bite you.
Additional resources - The first place rookies should seek information is the Rules Book. With the exception of getting to Qualifying School, everything mentioned above is covered in the Rules Book. ORR veteran Tom King also has a great website full of useful information, www.orraid.com
. The Silver State Classic Challenge Message Board can be useful for information as well, http://silverstateclassicchallenge.hoop.la
Remember: It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Above all, we want you to have a fun and safe run down the “Silver State Classic Challenge Highway” and go home with a smile on your face and maybe even a trophy in your hand!