Houston Raceway Park Powered By Pennzoil (HRP)
2525 South FM 565, Baytown, TX 77523
DATES: Gates open Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 am and the event will finish around 7:00 pm on Thursday March 16th. Wednesday will have us focusing on acclimation runs, grudge matches and qualifying.
NUMBER OF CARS: Number of cars will be limited to approximately 150.
COST: Price is $300 per car. This is NON-REFUNDABLE, however you can transfer an entry if your car cannot make it (subject to approval by Peter B. and until 2/1/23 – NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE DEADLINE, NO SELLING SPOTS PAST THE DEADLINE, NO SWAPPING DRIVERS/CARS PAST THE DEADLINE). Keep in mind that non-refundable means that if the weather ends up cancelling the event, there are no refunds. The $300 payment includes the drivers gate fee and pit side pass for all days of the event (Wednesday-Sunday).
HOW DO YOU RESERVE A ROLL RACE SPOT:
CAR RULES: In the spirit of the type of event TX2K has been for the past 20 years, we are looking for STREET CARS. That means no tubbed cars, no stripped race cars (must have 2 front seats, must have OEM door panels), no lexan window cars, no fiber glass body/panel cars, etc… Also, skinnies will NOT be allowed. Furthermore, cars will need to run a DOT approved tire (DOT stamp must be present). While TX2K has never allowed skinnies to stay true to the “street” car event that we are, we fully realize staggered setups are common and safe. In that regard, you may run 20mm narrower than the factory size tire for your car make, or you may take the “blanket” minimum size of 245mm width. This means if your car came factory with 245mm, you can run a 225mm. However, if your car came with a 295mm, 315mm, etc, you may run as small as a 245mm. 4 cylinder engine cars must have a belly pan or engine diaper (diaper must provide full engine coverage, pan must have at least 1″ lip and prefer liquid absorbent pad at bottom of pan).
All drivers: Driver must wear closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, SA2015 or SA2020 rated helmet.
140 mph+ trap cars: all of the above plus fire rated gloves and fire rated jacket
160 mph+ trap cars: all of the above plus fire rated pants and fire rated shoes
190 mph+ trap cars: all of the above plus head/neck restraint system that meets SFI 38.1 AND used according to that manufacturers recommendation (HANS, Z-Tech, Simpson, Schroth, Impact, etc)
200 mph+ trap cars: All of the above, plus recommend a 5 or 6 point safety harness that is installed per manufacturers recommendation, recommend an FIA rated seat also installed per manufacturer’s recommendation. Furthermore any car that traps over 200 mph must have a functional parachute and have the pin pulled for all roll race passes.
GATE FEE: Spectators/Crew members are encouraged to purchase event tickets prior to arriving to TX2K23. Discounts are available online. CLICK HERE to view the event pricing guide.
*All roll race participants will enter through Gate 1. Their race fee will include their entry into Houston Raceway Park for the full event.
STRUCTURE: Cars will qualify into one of four classes. The top 8 cars will be in the ELITE 8 bracket, the next 16 (qualifiers 9-24) will be in the UNLIMITED bracket, the next 16 (qualifiers 25-40) will be in the SUPER SPORT bracket and the next 16 (qualifiers 41-56) will be in the Sport bracket. We will have a VHT tractor and a crew responsible for “prepping” the full race distance. During eliminations, there will be a 5.00 mph breakout rule for the UNLIMITED, Super Sport and Sport brackets (meaning no car can go 5.00 mph or faster than the number 1 qualifier in their bracket during eliminations).
AWARDS: The top two in all three classes will receive trophies and a cash payout.
HOW THE RACING WORKS: The cars will be paired up in the staging lanes. The cars will line up at the “start line” and leave upon being given the signal. Cars will have 400 ft to pace one another prior to getting to the “green zone”. Drivers will need to pair up next to one another at a target speed of ~65 mph. The “green zone” will be lined with cones in the middle of the track and cones on the side wall of both lanes. These cones will stop at the end of the “green zone” and that last cone is the latest you may possibly see the green light turn on. Keep in mind that if two cars are in the “green zone” and are paired up close to one another, the green light may be triggered. When you see the green light turn on, GO! The stoplight, located in the middle of the track and up ahead, will be triggered manually by a starter that will be located up in the bleachers. If you pass the light and it hasn’t gone green then the run is aborted and cars will come back around and line up again. Cars will race for ~1,600 ft and then pass over a finish line and have 2,200 feet to slow down before reaching the end of the track. Total length including pacing area, racing area and shutdown is 4,400 ft. That is more total distance than other similar events. *Of note, the full 1,600 ft of race distance will have VHT on it and will be maintained throughout both days of roll racing, as will the full green pacing zone. First car to the finish line wins.
Wednesday March 15 – Roll Race Practice and Roll Race Qualifying
Thursday March 16 – Roll Race Eliminations and Drag Race Qualifying (if time allows)