In 2019 there are THREE classifications of teams.
Teams with iRacing black stripe (in 2018 or 2019) drivers and / or drivers with significant iRating.
Factory teams are required to produce at least one “Toolkit” during the season.
(think of it like supplying an engine)
Factory teams by default compete in the Pro Division Team Championship.
NO iRacing black stripe drivers
NO drivers over 7,000 (combined road/oval) iRating
NO MORE than 3 drivers that compete in the Majors Pro division*
(unless selected in the DRAFT).
Customer teams by default will compete in the Sportsman Division Team Championship, but can choose to be classified in the Pro Division instead.
Junior teams exist for two primary reasons. One, to provide backup drivers and resources should the main team need them. Two, to receive support and driver development from the main team.
NO MORE than ONE driver that competes in the Majors Pro Division
(unless selected through the draft).
Junior teams will compete in the Sportsman Division Team Championship and may not be classified in the Pro Division.
* Pro Division Drivers have either or both an iRating above 2000 (any discipline) or a Driver Value from last year's peformance of above 187.5
Pro / Top Division, all Factory Teams and any Customer Teams who elect to compete here.
Sportsman / Most Customer teams and all Junior teams compete here.
Team Rules :
7.1 Creating A Team: Teams may consist of up to any 5 drivers from the same Regional Series. Team owners will complete a “Team Registration” form. If a driver is “claimed” by more than one team then officials will contact that driver to determine which team to place them on.
7.1.1 Adding Team Members: Teams with less than 5 drivers may add drivers at anytime during the season, provided the driver has not competed for any other team during the 2018 season. In-season additions will not be retroactive (ie. points earned in rounds prior to team inclusion will not be added to the team total.)
7.1.2 Replacing Team Members: Teams may replace any member of the team following the same guidelines in 7.1.1 as long as a) the driver being replaced officially resigns from the series for the remainder of the season or b) until the driver has scored points in the drivers championship. Before round 4, drafted drivers can be removed as long as they've only scored points in 1 round. Drivers removed from one team can join another team.
7.1.3 Junior Teams: Teams are allowed to have one officially linked “Junior” team. All members of both teams must be competing in the same region. Junior team members may be promoted to the primary team at anytime during the season for any reason, with a corresponding relegation to the Junior team if necessary. There are no restrictions on the number of transfers that can be done during the season.
Junior teams are restricted to a maximum of 1 "Majors Pro" level driver. However, there a number of exceptions to this:
1) Drivers added to the team in The Draft can be at any level.
2) Drivers promoted to Pro level during the year can remain in the Junior team.
3) Drivers demoted to the Junior team marked as “Inactive” and will not score points.
Teams that are ineligible to be classified as "Junior" based on skill restrictions are still welcome to be affiliated to another team. They will not be able to promote or relegate drivers between the two though.
7.1.4 The Draft:
Owners may submit their selections in advance and do not need to be present during the draft. Owners may only select drivers who are in their region.
Teams will select based on reverse order of 2018 results (so the lowest scoring team in the region will select 1st). Newly formed teams will select after 2018 teams, based on team size first (smallest to biggest) with ties being broken by average iRating of the current team members (lowest iRating average will select first).
Once all teams participating in the draft have filled their roster, remaining drivers will be assigned to NEWLY created teams by the competition committee.
Team scoring will be the same as 2018 (i.e. best 3 drivers count). However, drafted drivers in the team score 2 bonus points if they qualify for the Pro split and 1 point for other splits. These bonus points count even if the driver isn’t one of the top 3.
7.2 Multi Regional Teams: Teams that have drivers in different regions are welcome to share; resources, setups, paint schemes etc. but will be treated as independent entities from a Team Points perspective.(ie. points scored never cross regions)
7.3 Majors 24 @ Le Mans:
7.3.1 LMP1 Class: The top 2 teams in each regions Pro Division championship plus the next 9 highest points scoring teams in all regions (in both Pro and Sportsman Division) will be invited to compete in the LMP1 class during the Majors 24. If a qualified team declines this invite it will go to the next highest team from all regions. There will be a maximum of 15 LMP1 teams in the event.
7.3.2 Awards: The LMP1 class winner guarantees their region pole position for both the oval and road Champions Charity Finale Races.
7.3.3 Team Creation: LMP1 teams must consist solely of drivers from that primary and / or junior team who have competed for the team in at least 3 rounds (although not necessarily as “top 3” points scorers). LMP1 teams may not use “Multi Regional” team members. For all other classes, teams may be formed from any Majors Series member, from any region.