Helpful hints for Participants at Speed Week
- Read the rule book
thoroughly. Before, during, and after
- Check your vehicle number
with the BNI as early as possible.
- If you want a photo of
your car in the program, you need to send in the
photo long before the program is printed.
- Fill out a separate
medical form for each vehicle number you run,
even it all it says is SEE VEHICLE NUMBER
whatever. The sheets are kept by vehicle number
and during an incident, the officials want to
find those sheets as quickly as possible.
- Understand the rule book
thoroughly. Before, during, and after
- A sun hat and dark glasses
are required. long sleeves are a good idea.
Sun block on the bottom of your ears, chin and
nose would also be a good idea.
- Your push vehicle is
required to have a working CB. Your speeds will
be announced over CB, and the officials might
need to contact your team. Not answering a CB
call looks very bad. Saying it was in a box
under the driver’s seat is not considered a
valid excuse. In fact there is no valid excuse
for not answering a CB call. Sitting on your
microphone will tie up the channel, and
broadcast all your gossip to the entire meet.
- You must have a tarp under
your car in the pits. Fender washers and
drywall screws will hold it tight to the salt.
- A sun shade over your pits
is vital in August. But it must be taken down
each night. The winds at Bonneville are
legendary. Each year, dozens of shades are
destroyed because the owners didn’t heed the
warnings. “EZ UPS” are particularly at risk.
Staking your shade down is a very good idea. At
the very least, it will keep the debris from
getting blown across the salt.
- Bring plenty to drink, or
plenty of money.
- Bring a camera, film, (or
memory cards), and a zip-loc bag to keep it salt
and rain free.
- Bonneville Salt flats are
located in Utah, along interstate 80, Just a
couple of miles east of the Nevada border.
- Hotel rooms, restaurants,
casinos, etc. are located very close by, in the
border towns of Wendover, UT, and West Wendover
- Most of the officials and
workers stay at the last motel in Utah, (called
EconoLodge in 2004). Answers to questions will
be known there before anywhere else.
- Rental cars
companies forbid their cars to be driven on the salt. If
you take one out anyway, spend $10 at the
carwash to get it cleaned up before you return
it. You might avoid a $600 cleaning charge.
- There is a coin op carwash
at the west end of town. Long lines form right
after the meet. Ample quarters are available at
- There is a small grocery
store and laundry on the main drag in Wendover,
just east of the border. There is a Smith’s
Grocery store at the west end of town. It
carries some hardware also.
- There is a large truck
stop at the Bonneville off ramp. Gas, food,
water, etc. can be purchased there.
- Only an inch or so below
the salt surface is mud. If you drive outside
the race area, you are in serious risk getting
stuck in the mud. “Duelly” trucks seem to be
the most common victims. Once the wheels start
spinning, stop. Every meet, a few trucks need
to be rescued. A tow truck will cost over
$200. Other racers can usually rescue a stuck
truck, but only if it isn’t too deep. Jack the
truck up, fill in the holes with wood, then tow
the truck out without getting anything else
stuck. Double rescues are very common.
- The flats are accessed via
a five mile paved access road. On the ACCESS
ROAD, one mile from highway 80, is a right turn
called “the bend in the road”. Camping is
allowed there, but there are no facilities.
THERE IS NO SPEEDING down the access road, pay
attention to the speed limit! At least three
people have died in accidents due to speeding on
- The end of the access
road, there is a wide spot called “End of the
road” or “Land’s end”. This is where the
security is located.
- Under normal conditions,
racers and spectators are allowed to enter the
salt around 6:00 am during SpeedWeek. Stay in
line on the right side of the road. Officials
and track workers may need to use the left
lane. If you block the left lane, you will
delay the opening of the salt.
one is allowed on the salt after dark.
Period. Don’t waste your time asking the
security if you can go out, or stay out, after
- If the salt flat floods
due to rain, you can safely drive back to the
“end of the road”, if you go very, very slow.
i. In the pits, or near other congested areas, 5MPH
- All race vehicles must be
equipped to be pushed or pulled off of the race
course, ( one or the other ). If they are not
so equipped, they may be shoved or dragged off.
- The race track is 90 feet
wide, with a black line down each side. The
race course includes the restricted area on each
side of the track (and the track itself) that is
kept clear of other vehicles and obstacles for
the safety of the race vehicle. When you
complete your run, you must turn off the track
and get clear the course, all the to the “return
road”. Every day many race vehicles stop too
close to the track and need to helped off the
course before it is safe to run another vehicle.
- Drivers, both racecar and
push truck, need to be aware of their
surroundings at all times.
- Push vehicles must exit
the track as soon as their vehicle is under
way. That means turn off the track and head for
the return road. At least once a day, a
confused (to be polite) push truck driver will
try to follow their race vehicle down the
track. Invariably, this person doesn’t have a
- There are posted speed
limits, but here are the general rules:
ii. The main road in front of the pits, 25MPH
iii. The main roads elsewhere 55MPH
- Regardless of which track
you are driving on, or which way you are going,
always turn off the track to the OUTSIDE, unless
you have an emergency. If you have an emergency
such as fire, flat, blown engine, dropped parts,
etc, turn off the track toward the inside and
stop as soon as possible, (to make cleanup
easier), and rescue vehicles will get to you as
fast as they can. If you can’t safely turn to
the inside, just stop on the track, this will
signal the officials you need help.