The dBDRA community is comprised of many great individuals. The vast majority of competitors work hard to win and these individuals also abide by the rules for their specific format of competition. Unfortunately, some contestants deliberately break the rules in an effort to gain an advantage. In other words, they cheat.
Section 11 of the dB Drag Racing rule book covers rules infractions and penalties. Over the years competitors who are caught cheating have been disqualified from the event and are sent home with a warning not to do it again. Unfortunately, as the dBDRA has grown to become an international organization, a more significant response is necessary.
Effective immediately, competitors who are caught cheating will face the following penalties...
Their dBDRA membership will be cancelled for the remainder of the season.
All of their standings for the current season will be nullified. This includes their results for every show during the season, a forfeiture of all points earned, and their certified score.
The competitor will be banned from dBDRA events for a minimum of 1 year from the date of the infraction.
Only the dBDRA may impose these sanctions. When a competitor is caught cheating, all of the relevant information will be sent to the dBDRA for a formal review. The dBDRA will then issue a ruling and impose sanctions if necessary.
The dBDRA realizes that honest mistakes are easy to make. Our goal is not to ban a competitor from competition because "a screw is missing from a door panel." On the other hand, sometimes it is easy to determine that cheating is taking place. Several examples of blatant cheating are shown below. (These are just a few of the examples our staff encountered in the 2016 competition season.)
Dashboard spaced away from firewall (view from underneath dash).
Dashboard spaced away from firewall (view from above the windshield).
Wood inserted inside the seat.
Floorboard reinforced and built-up with Bondo.
Material that was removed from the floor.
Intertwined positive and negative speaker conductors. The wire bundles were then shrink wrapped individually. Mixing the positive and negative conductors results in a lower measured speaker current and consequently lower power.