2.1.1 All protests must be made in writing to XCAL within 2 hours of the end of the feature event.
2.2.1 Protests about issues from heat races must be received within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the heat.
2.3.1 Any driver who deliberately causes damage to another driver’s car through intentional contact will be DISQUALIFIED from the remainder of that heat or feature. Infraction will be reviewed by RACECONTROL, and judgment is final and un-appealable. Drivers will receive warnings via audio transmission if RACECONTROL cannot determine the nature of the contact.
2.3.2 Any driver who deliberately causes damage to another driver’s car through intentional contact a second time during the same race week as their first infraction will be ineligible for competition for a minimum of 3 events. Infraction will be reviewed by RACECONTROL, and appeals must be received by XCAL within 48 hours from the end of each week's feature event. Drivers will receive audio warnings if RACECONTROL cannot determine the nature of the contact. XCAL shares its “BLACK LIST” of drivers that have been disqualified for the season with other leagues and makes it available for the public on its website. Do not get yourself BLACK LISTED or you may find yourself unable to participate in many different series across the internet.
2.4.1 XCAL has adopted a “two strikes - you're out” policy when dealing with on track incidents that draw a caution. All cautions will be reviewed to determine the nature and severity of the incident. XCAL understands the rubbing is racing, and some incidents simply can't be avoided. However, incidents that CAN be avoided or cause unnecessary extensive damage to one or more cars will be penalized.
2.4.2 Incidents that incur a ONE STRIKE penalty include, but may not be limited to; Over-driving your car, Driving in an absurdly aggressive manner, Brake Checking (During race or under caution), Hitting another car under caution, Not paying attention to the cars around you (Drifting into another drivers lane), or Self-Spins.
126.96.36.199 The first strike incurred by a driver for an infraction outlined in rule 2.4.2 is penalized with an E.O.L. (End of line) on the next restart during heats, and a black flag during features.
188.8.131.52.1 Drivers that qualify for the feature, but fail to complete the minimum amount of mandatory practice, will grid behind all other qualified cars and start the feature with one strike. (See Section 5 - Race Week Structure, Section 6 Qualifying)
184.108.40.206 The second strike incurred by a driver for an infraction outlined in rule 2.4.2 is penalized with disqualification.
220.127.116.11.1 If a driver is attempting to serve an XCAL issued black flag, and another caution comes out (Not caused by the driver serving the black), the black flag will be cleared and the driver will instead receive an E.O.L. Penalty on the next restart.
18.104.22.168.1.1 Drivers should notify RACECONTROL is this happens to them, as the Junior Admins will be busy attending to the current yellow.
22.214.171.124 Removed for 2021.
126.96.36.199.1 A driver who is disqualified from an event must return their car to the pits safely, and exit the session. If they are unable to do so safely, they may “exit on track”. ANY RULE INFRACTION COMMITTED AFTER A DRIVER IS DISQUALIFIED WILL RESULT IN THE DRIVER BEING REMOVED FROM THE SERVER, AND WILL LIKELY RESULT IN FUTURE DISQUALIFICATION FROM EVENTS AND OTHER PENALTIES AND / OR FINES TO BE DETERMINED BY THE OWNER OF XCAL RACING.
2.4.3 Incidents that can draw a caution but DO NOT incur a ONE STRIKE penalty include, but may not be limited to, causing an accident that does not cause the contacted driver to lose a position, or any incident RACECONTROL can not determine who was at fault.
188.8.131.52 Any driver(s) committing an infraction outlined in Rule 2.4.3 will receive an E.O.L. on the next restart.
2.4.4 If RACECONTROL cannot determine which driver caused an incident involving 2 or more drivers, all drivers involved will receive an E.O.L. on the next restart, but NO STRIKES.
2.5.1 Driver Communications: XCAL is a free speech zone, (with the exceptions outlined in rules 2.5.2 and 3.3.2) and frankly the owner is upset we currently live in a world where you have to apologize for having a different opinion. Chat such as “Fuck this track” or “this car is shit” is acceptable because both the car and track are virtual. Please remember the other members in the league are not virtual, and have thoughts and emotions. The way we speak to each other often shows more about ourselves than we may realize. Remember “The Golden Rule”.
184.108.40.206 Violations of the Golden Rule will result in, but is not limited to; most of the other member in the league not wanting to talk to you, talking about how much of a dick you are behind your back, not wanting to be your teammate, and may result in other on and off track consequences.
2.5.2 During Heat races and feature events the free speech zone is reduced to a single channel on the radio called “Drivers2”. Drivers who wish to have open communication with each other during live races must add “Drivers2” to their radio list and speak ONLY on that channel. Drivers speaking over an open channel other than “Drivers2” will receive one warning, and then have their chat muted. Drivers with their chat muted may find themselves at a major disadvantage during the event. (See rule 220.127.116.11.1.1.)
18.104.22.168 Drivers may speak on open channels only to reach RACECONTROL. This may include asking for review of an accident that may have been initially missed, or to report other important information.
22.214.171.124.1 Drivers who ask for a meatball black flag to be cleared, will be notified that RACECONTROL does not clear iRacing issued black flags.
126.96.36.199 Drivers are not permitted to ask RACECONTROL “why” a call was made, or argue any case during a live event. Violations of this rule will result in chat being muted.
2.5.3 XCAL members are encouraged to also use our Discord Server which will have dedicated channels for open chat, and individual channels for each team.
2.6.1 Incident points: Incident points accrued during the feature event are penalized at a rate of 10 cents per point, deducted from any winnings earned at that race. All points are penalized equally, it does not matter who is at fault. Any penalties that exceed the winnings earned in a feature are deducted from the car #'s account balance.
188.8.131.52 If a member expends their car #(s) entire account balance(s), any additional incident point penalties will be paid by XCAL racing.
184.108.40.206 Members that expend their car #(s) account balance(s) and subsequently have their additional penalties paid by XCAL must repay XCAL at a rate of 12 cents per incident point before being allowed to return to competition.
220.127.116.11.1 Penalties outlined in 18.104.22.168 will forgiven at a rate of 50 cents per week.
22.214.171.124 Any member that completely expends their car #'s account balance(s) must make a new $10.00 deposit(s) before they can return to competition.
126.96.36.199.1 Any member that completely expends their car #'s account balance a second time during the season is still governed by rule 188.8.131.52. IN ADDITION, they must FIRST make another new $10.00 deposit and THEN that car # will be ineligible for the next event. (Also known as a one race suspension.)
184.108.40.206.2 Any member that completely expends their car #'s account balance a THIRD time during the season is still governed by rule 220.127.116.11. IN ADDITION, they must FIRST make another new $10.00 deposit and THEN that car # will be ineligible for the next 3 events. (Also known as a 3 race suspension.)
18.104.22.168.3 Any member that completely expends their car #'s account balance a FOURTH time during the season is still governed by rule 22.214.171.124. IN ADDITION, that car # will be ineligible for the REST OF THE SEASON.
2.6.2 Members that have account balances that are negative due to incident point penalties are also ineligible for competition in XCAL Special Events, unless otherwise specified by the owner of XCAL.
2.7.1 Fines: Fines are rare, and reserved for the most grievous offenses committed against other members, the XCAL organization; or any of our affiliate sponsors, broadcast networks, and other partners. Only the Owner of XCAL may issue fines to a driver, car # owner, or internal staff.
2.7.2 There is no set limit on fines. Fines are determined by the severity of the infraction, the amount of other people affected by the infraction, and the known lasting repercussions an infraction will have on all parties affected.
126.96.36.199 XCAL members who are fined will be notified via email, and have 48 hours to submit an appeal.
2.7.3 XCAL will NOT deduct any fines from a car #'s account. If the owner of a car #(s) does not wish to pay a fine and / or has lost an appeal, they may cash out their account(s) in full.
188.8.131.52 A member that owes fines and cashes out any car #'s account must forfeit all points, provisional entries (See Section 6) and prizes associated with the Owners' Championship that the car # otherwise would have received.
184.108.40.206 Fines are unforgivable and must be paid in full before a XCAL member can return to any role in the organization. Members that owe fines to XCAL are also ineligible for competition in XCAL Special Events.
220.127.116.11 Members who cashed out their accounts after being fined, who then pay their fine, must make a new $10.00 deposit to return to competition.
18.104.22.168.1 A fined member who cashes out a car #'s account, who then wishes compete for points again, must make a new fully refundable $10.00 deposit, and restarts the Owners' Championship with ONLY the “Provisional Points” a new car # to the league would receive. Any previously scored points, provisional entries, or other awards have already been forfeited.
22.214.171.124 A member may request a fine be deducted from their account as long as they maintain a balance of $5.00 after the deduction.
2.7.4 Members who owe fines to XCAL will have their Owners' Championship points frozen.
126.96.36.199 Members who have their points frozen cannot score points for their team, (See Teams) and are ineligible for Provisional Points or relief drivers.
188.8.131.52 A member who owes fines to XCAL, but has NOT cashed out their car #'s account at the conclusion of the season is still eligible for any prize they normally would have won in the Owners' Championship and Team Championship. (See Table 1)
184.108.40.206 A member may request a fine be deducted from a prize their car #(s) won in the Owners' Championship and Team Championship.
2.7.5 Members who still owe fines after the conclusion of the season's award banquet are ineligible for post season special events, and are automatically disqualified from next season's opening event.
2.8.1 Code of Conduct: The on track behavior of all XCAL drivers dictates the quality of future new members that enter our league. If we are known as a bunch of “wreckers”, “self spinners” or “hosted session ruin-ers” the iRacing community will remember. XCAL wants its member base to expand, not shrink. A large professionally run event with a high car count attracts more sponsorship opportunity and creates a better product on and off the track.
2.8.2 All XCAL rules outlined in (sub)sections 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 220.127.116.11.1, 18.104.22.168, 2.7.1 THROUGH 2.7.5 AND 2.9.1 THROUGH 2.9.3 apply to every XCAL member competing in ANY hosted session, league race, and official iRacing session.
22.214.171.124 XCAL will review any complaint levied against one of our members as long as a replay of the infraction is attached when submitted, and XCAL receives the complaint within 48 hours of the alleged rule infraction.
126.96.36.199 XCAL rule 2.8.2 is null and void when XCAL members participate in league and hosted sessions described as “demolition racing”, “enduro”, “no holds barred”, “boys have at it”, “2 Lap Sprints” or any other format in which contact between cars is allowed and / or encouraged.
188.8.131.52 XCAL members found committing rule infractions outlined in 2.8.2 will serve the applicable penalties in the next FEATURE event held in the XCAL 2021 Street Stock Series. This can include event disqualification(s).
2.8.3 Professionalism is important in XCAL and members should maintain a professional looking paint scheme and enter every session using the correct car number! Drivers who qualify in a heat with the incorrect car number will receive the last transfer spot in their heat. Drivers who enter a feature event with the wrong car number will be docked 25 owners points.
184.108.40.206 XCAL events may be broadcast live, tape delayed, or not televised at all. Members are not to have profanity written or visualized on their car, and may not have lewd images or graphic graphics of any sort. XCAL officials will review all paint schemes. Members in violation of this rule MAY receive a warning, and risk automatic disqualification.
220.127.116.11 Members who violate rule 2.8.3 repeatedly risk disqualification from feature events.
18.104.22.168 Live broadcast events will feature post race interviews and may include pre-race and mid-race interviews as well. These interviews are not part of the XCAL free speech zone and must be treated with care. Members that use foul language will have their chat muted in current and future events, be skipped on future interviews and may incur fines.
22.214.171.124.1 (Note for ALL members- These interviews are an excellent time to show a little personality and let the viewers learn a bit more about individual drivers, and car # owners. Its fine to speak your mind about other members, the track, the rules, and XCAL as an organization (good or bad) as long as you can do so in a professional manner. Its also a great time to mention anyone you would like to thank, or any sponsors you have. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM THANKING “SPONSORS” THAT ARE ON YOUR CAR, BUT AREN'T ACTUALLY PROVIDING COMPENSATION. XCAL would rather hear you brag about how your new 2080ti video card is helping your performance than listen to a driver “pretend thanking” DuPont or Home Depot! Don't have a sponsorship? Take a moment to mention how Zotac Gaming makes great graphics cards or start some AMD vs. Intel drama with a rival. Talk about your rig, your car setup, or anything related to the actual process of iRacing. If everyone sounds grateful, and professional, we have a better chance of attracting more real world sponsors that may provide additional cash or other prizes.)
126.96.36.199 Drivers CANNOT have a single color car; NUMBER MUST BE VISABLE. Example: White car with white number is NOT ALLOWED, but a BLACK with white numbers IS ALLOWED. Violations of this rule will result in escalating penalties up to and including event disqualification.
2.9.1 Discovery vs. Exploitation: No simulator is perfect, and occasionally a bug or glitch will be found by a member. The first time a driver finds a new bug or glitch it is permissible to gain an advantage from it. This is called “Discovery”. The driver who makes the discovery must report it to XCAL at the conclusion of the heat or feature it was discovered. – NOT DURING THE LIVE EVENT. Immediately after the event contact any XCAL official and tell them you made a “Discovery” and you will be put in priority contact with the correct person to make your verbal report. If you think you made a “Discovery” but are not sure, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RECREATE WHAT HAPPENED THE FIRST TIME. This is known as “Exploitation” and is a form of cheating! Report anything you think could be a “Discovery”.
188.8.131.52 (Note to all members- Finding speed is different than finding a bug or glitch. Different racing lines and setups can yield very different lap times. Bugs and glitches are strange occurrences that simply do not make sense in a simulated environment, such as a specific wall that you can bounce off to gain speed, or realizing that hitting ALT + F4 gives you a speed boost on the backstretch. Set up bugs and glitches are also possible, but harder to detect. If you are a gear head and discover something that just isn't right, like adding 600 lbs to the left rear is making you tight off turns 2 and 4, please report that information to an XCAL official for review.)
184.108.40.206 Bugs and glitches discovered in cars and tracks not run by XCAL should still be reported per rule 2.9.1, but might not receive priority contact – it will depend on time constraints.
2.9.2 Drivers who think they made a discovery must refrain from telling teammates, car # owners, or any other members about what they discovered until AFTER they have made a verbal report to the proper XCAL official. Violations of this rule is also “Exploitation”.
2.9.3 Drivers found committing exploitation will be penalized. These penalties can range from an E.O.L., to season disqualification, and additional penalties may be levied against a car # owner including; prize forfeiture, point deductions, and fines. Penalties will based on the severity of the exploitation, the amount of drivers affected by the use of the exploitation, and the amount of damage done to the league's reputation for use of said exploitation.
2.10.1 “Junk to the line”: XCAL races always finish under green. In the event the caution is displayed any time there is 5 laps to go or less, we will race back to the checkered to determine the finishing order. Results displayed by iRacing will be unofficial until the end of the event is reviewed by XCAL officials.
2.10.2 All incidents in the last 5 laps will be reviewed by RACECONTROL regardless to if it causes a caution or not. Drivers found to have committed a rule infraction will be penalized by placing them last among finishers on the same lap.
220.127.116.11 If RACECONTROL can not determine the cause of a last lap incident, no penalty will be issued to any car #.
18.104.22.168 Removed for 2021
2.10.3 If a driver is found to be at fault for a last lap incident, but the car they immediately and initially affected does not lose more than 5 positions due to the incident, no penalty or strike shall be issued.
2.10.4 No driver will be penalized on the last lap for making a valid attempt to dodge a crash that causes another incident to ensue. If RACECONTROL determines a driver was driving recklessly and not simply avoiding a crash, penalties will be issued as stated in the rules in section 2.10.X
2.11.1 Any driver who mics up to report inaccurate information risks being black flagged or disqualification. This can include, but is not limited to: reporting pace car location improperly, reporting an accident that did not occur, (this can include reporting a spin in turn 4 when it was really in turn 2), or reporting a car as “blinking” when it is completely visible to RACECONTROL.