2014 Race Information
Date and Location
The next NATCAR will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME to Davis for this race, please RSVP by email () by May 1, 2014, if possible. Please include a list of teams with the names of all team members and indicate which people are planning to come to the competition. Also indicate anyone else who is planning to come and what their affiliation is (e.g., Professor, TA).
Teams MUST arrive and register between 12:00 and 12:45. Lunch will be available when you arrive (for registered racers and affiliates only). We will then go over the rules with everyone, check over the cars and answer any questions. The race will begin at 1:00 PM and should be done before 3:35 PM. We have to be out of the room this year by 4:00 PM.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If too many teams want to participate, we may have to limit the number of teams that can compete from each university, which means that there must be sufficient time for us to notify all of the competing schools and for them to hold internal races (or whatever other method they choose to use) to determine who may come. Therefore, you must notify by May 1, and you must receive a confirmation from us (specifying the number of teams you are allowed), or you will not be guaranteed a place in the race (i.e., we may limit you to fewer teams, or even no teams if there isn't space)
Practice Runs and Last-Minute Work
We will provide two small practice tracks on which you may test your car and make any last-minute adjustments. When the race is under way, the next two teams due up will have priority on these tracks (see the rules). Please note that the ARC ballroom is a carpeted facility and we will NOT permit any soldering or other work that could damage the room, so you should NOT expect to be able to do any real work on your car. The competition also moves quickly enough that it is usually impossible to do any significant work on the day of the competition.
The schedule does not allow time for everyone to make significant adjustments to their cars prior to the race beginning, so you must come with your car ready to race. As described in the race rules you are guaranteed 3 minutes on the warmup track, but you cannot count on having more time than that.
We are planning to make the practice tracks available by the morning of the competition starting at about 10:30 AM. Teams will not be allowed on the competition track, but can use the practice tracks to tune their sensor systems. We may make the practice tracks available on the previous evening, but that is tentative at this point.