“Rookie” is defined as ALL First Time Participants to the Silver State Classic Challenge events, regardless of any past participation at other events.

Qualifying School at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Don’t take the route Google Maps or your GPS sends you from Sam’s Town if it involves Nellis Boulevard. You will wind up at a locked gate.

School begins PROMPTLY at 6:00am on Thursday.
  • Go Northwest on Boulder Hwy. to Interstate 93/95 (515) North.
  • North on Interstate 15 to Exit 54 Speedway Blvd.
  • Go straight towards the LVMS until you see the 3-story blue and white building on the corner.
  • Make a right-hand turn, on Checkered Flag Lane. Turn BEFORE the building.
  • Continue until you pass the tunnel that leads to the oval.
  • Enter the South Out-side Road Course facility through gate on your right.
If you get lost, call SSCC Rookie Liaison, Blue Offutt (602) 478-9096.

You will be met by SSCC representatives, Blue Offutt and Tom King for a brief inspection and introduction. Then Las Vegas Speedway School instructors will take you through class instruction and track time.

What You Need: You will qualify in YOUR VEHICLE. Rookies need to wear the same SAFETY EQUIPMENT they intend to participate in. (Helmet, driving attire/suit, shoes, gloves, etc). Be sure your vehicle has no loose objects, luggage, etc.

Registration: When school is completed, return to Sam’s Town Hotel and if time permits you will be able to get registered. You MUST present your Certificate of Completion that you receive from school and your driver’s license or you will not get registered. No worries if you do not get registered in Vegas as there is plenty of opportunity to do so on Friday and Saturday in Ely.

Press Luncheon: Doors open at 10:45am for the press luncheon that begins at 11:00am. All participants and their significant others/crew are welcome to attend.

Caravan to Ely: The caravan leaves Sam’s Town Hotel, Parking Garage #3 promptly at 1:00pm. We stop in Ash Springs, NV (95 miles) at “R-Place” Shell gas station for a fuel & comfort break.

Course Orientation: All Rookies are encouraged to participate as Rookie Liaison Blue, will take you up course and give your 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, 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.

Rookie Graduation: After the last car of the 95mph class comes to the finish parking, we ask that you gather where the Emcee is set up so that you may attend Rookie Graduation. A fun experience that you will not want to miss!

Each event has a number of 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.

1. 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 2013 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

2. 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.

3. 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.


Chief of Tire Tech:
Eric Pettersen
(530) 677-3668 (after 6:30pm – PST)

These 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, The Silver State Classic Challenge Message Board can be useful for information as well,

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!