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  • FORMAT

  • REGISTRATION

  • CAR APPEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • PRE-RACE PROCEDURES

  • COMPETITION RULES

  • POINTS SYSTEM AND PAYOUT

  • RULES INTERPRETATION

  • APPENDIX

SEC. 1 – FORMAT 

a. The Oval Series will consist of 9 races, which will be run every other Sunday night between August 4 and December 8, 2019. September 1, 2019 will be an off date for Labor Day Weekend and the Oval Series will resume on September 8, 2019, while December 1, 2019 will be an off date for Thanksgiving Weekend and the Season Finale will take place on December 8 2019Drivers will be allowed to drop one race but may not drop the final race.

b. The Oval Series schedule will be as follows: 

Date  Track  Number of Laps  Time of Day 
August 4  Charlotte Motor Speedway  240  Night 
August 18  Iowa Speedway  250  Night 
September 8  Auto Club Speedway  120  Late Afternoon 
September 22  U.S.A. International Speedway  300  Night 
October 6  Dover International Speedway  250  Afternoon 
October 20  Chicagoland Speedway  160  Late Afternoon 
November 3  Darlington Raceway  220  Night 
November 17  Rockingham Speedway  300  Afternoon 
December 8  Twin Ring Motegi  200  Morning 

c. All Oval Series races will be run in-sim on the same day that the race is scheduled in real life.

d. The field size will be capped at 44 cars and trucks combined.

SEC. 2 – REGISTRATION

To be eligible for the Oval Series, drivers must hold at least a Class C 2.0 Oval License during the Oval Series season.

b. Drivers wanting to run the full Oval Series season must apply for an Oval Series Season Pass. The application form for the Season Pass is available on the Podium eSports website. The deadline for applications is July 31stPodium eSports will review all applications and inform drivers whether they have been accepted.  

c. Season Passes for the Oval Series will be $45. Season Passes will guarantee drivers a starting spot in every Oval Series race so long as they attempt to qualify or notify Podium eSports officials that they intend to race by 3 a.m. ET on the Sunday of the race (the full list of Podium eSports officials can be found in Appendix b)Podium eSports will contact drivers whose applications are successful for payment. Payment will be due by 12:00 a.m. ET on August 4 2019If payment is not received by this time, a driver’s successful application will be voided, and other drivers will be offered the Season Pass. A maximum of 40 season passes will be given out to driversSeason Passes in the Oval Series are strictly not for resale or transfer. 

d. Single-Race Passes for the Oval Series will be available for $5. All drivers interested in a Single-Race Pass must contact a Podium eSports official to register for an individual race. 

e. Drivers will be asked to submit their preferred car numbers for the season upon application for Season Pass holders. Though these preferences will be considered, a driver’s car number will ultimately be assigned at Podium eSports’ discretion. Drivers who purchase a Single-Race pass will be assigned a car number by Podium eSports. 

SEC. 3 – CAR APPEARANCE REQUIREMENTS 

 

a. Podium eSports will use Trading Paints to pull custom paint schemes for use in broadcast Custom paint schemes pulled via Trading Paints will usually display successfully, but not always. If drivers or teams wish to ensure that their paint scheme will appear on the broadcast regardless of whether or not Trading Paints is operating normallythey may submit their *.tga file directly to Podium eSports for use on the broadcast. 

b. Drivers may run schemes that they own the rights to or have obtained the rights to run. If drivers have any corporate sponsors on their cars outside of those included in the iRacing Paint Booth, drivers MUST provide written proof that they have permission to run trademarked logos and sponsors that are not theiown intellectual property. 

c. All sponsors, whether they are corporate or not,MUST be kept “PG-13” and only feature goods and services that may be legally purchased in the United States of America. They must not include any derogatory or hateful statements toward protected groups and entities as defined by United States federal law. All paint schemes are subject to the Twitch™ Terms of Service (see Appendix A). 

d. Numbers on drivers’ cars MUST be kept visible and easily readable. 

e. Podium eSportsOval Series contingency packs will be required on ALL cars for every race. 

 f. Drivers have the option to either paint the contingency packs directly on to their cars or let the broadcast team apply the contingency packs as a decal. If drivers choose to paint the contingency packs directly on their cars, Podium eSports will provide those drivers with the corresponding contingency packsIf driver chooses to let the broadcast team apply the contingency packs, it will be the responsibility of the driver to ensure that their paint scheme has the space for contingency packs to appear clearly on their cars. 

g. If Podium eSports deems a driver’s paint scheme to be outside of the guidelines listed above, that driver’s paint scheme will be turned off on Trading Paints and their iRacing default scheme will be shown on the broadcast. Drivers whose paint schemes are turned off under these grounds are subject to further penalties upon review from Podium eSports. 

 

SEC. 4 – PRE-RACE PROCEDURES 

a. Qualifying for each event will run as follows:

b. Practice and Qualifying sessions will be posted three times throughout the race weekend leading up to the event on Sunday night. Each session will have a two-hour practice session and a two-hour qualifying session. Drivers will be permitted 2 laps in the qualifying session. Drivers may attempt to qualify in one or all the sessions throughout the weekend if they wish to do so. A driver’s best time will be the one that counts. Every qualifying session will have default weather, ndynamic skycleared marbles and a starting track state of 30 percent. 

c. Practice/Qualifying Schedule

Friday 8:00 p.m. ET – Practice Begins 

Friday 10:00 p.m. ET – Qualifying Begins (2 hours, 2 laps) 

Saturday 8:00 a.m. ET – Practice Begins 

Saturday 10:00 a.m. ET – Qualifying Begins (2 hours, 2 Laps) 

Saturday 8:00 p.m. ET – Practice Begins 

Saturday 10:00 p.m. ET – Qualifying Begins (2 hours, 2 Laps) 

After qualifying sessions are complete, Podium eSports officials will manually set the grid for that weekend’s race. For the initial start only, all Class B cars will start ahead of the Class C trucks. 

d. A typical race night schedule will run as follows:

7:45 p.m. – Practice 

8:30 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting (if a driver will make the race but be late, they MUST notify an official before the Drivers’ Meeting begins) 

8:40 p.m. – Gridding of the Race begins 

e. All drivers are expected to treat practice as if it were an official race server on iRacing. No intentional wrecking or spinning will be allowed during practice. Drifters and drivers resetting in the racing groove will be warned and then removed if they continue. 

 f. Drivers MUST be connected to the server for the Drivers’ Meeting, which will take place 10 minutes before the gridding of the race beginsA roll call will be conducted by Race Control at the beginning of each Drivers’ Meeting. Failure to attend the Drivers’ Meeting will result in an automatic End-of-Line (EOL) penalty to start the race and one strike (see Section 5). 

Drivers are expected to grid as soon as they are able to once the race session opens. Any driver who fails to grid will receive one strike (see Section 5). 

SEC. 5 – COMPETITION RULES

a. Unlimited tires and 100% fuel will be used throughout the duration of the Oval Series. 

b. All cautions will be controlled by iRacing. 

c. The initial start will be on the iRacing green flag. The leader will control all restartsThe restart zone for all tracks will be from the point where the pace car pulls off the racing surface to the iRacing green flag. The leader will also have lane choice on all restarts but must inform Race Control of their lane choice before the one-to-go command. 

 d. Drivers may not change their lane on the initial start or any restarts before the start/finish line. 

 e. For the Oval Series, a strike system will be used.Race Control will penalize drivers with strikes which will be tracked throughout the duration of the season. Race Control will assign penalties for the following infractions: 

If Race Control deems a driver is At Fault” for causing a caution: 

i. Upon the1st offense, the driver will receive an End-of-Line (EOL) penalty and one strike. 

ii. Upon the2nd offensethe driver will receive a one-lap penalty and an additional strike. 

iii. Upon the 3rd offensethe driver will receive a disqualification from the race and a third strike. 

iv. If a driver is deemed “At Fault” for a caution that occurs within the first lap of the initial start or restart, they will be given a one-lap penalty and one strike in addition to the penalties listed above. This penalty will not be in effect for the final 25% of a race. 

 f. Race Control may also assess the following penalties on pit road:

i.When pitting, drivers may drive through up to five boxes into their pit stall and up to five boxes out of their pit stall. Failure to comply will result in an End-of-Line (EOL) penalty (or stop-and-go penalty if the infraction occurs under the green flag) and one strike. 

ii.When pitting, drivers must attempt to avoid ghosting (driving through a car you would otherwise collide with if damage were enabled in the pit stalls) through cars and may ghost through no more than two cars in total. Failure to comply will result in an End-of-Line (EOL) penalty (or stop-and-go penalty if the infraction occurs under the green flag) and one strike. 

g. If a driver accumulates enough strikes over the course of the season, the following penalties will also be given: 

i.If a driver earns three strikes, that driver will be placed on probation for the remainder of the season. 

ii. If a driver earns five strikes, that driver will be suspended from the series for one race. 

iii. If a driver earns 10 strikes, that driver will be removed from participation in the Oval Series without refund and must re-apply to participate in future Podium eSports events and series. 

 h. If a driver completes a race with zero incident points (0x)one strike will be removed from their total. 

i. If a driver completes 3 consecutive races without receiving a strike, an additional strike will be removed from their total. 

j. The lowest number of strikes a driver may have at any time in the Oval Series is zero.

k. When speaking on the radio or in chat, drivers are expected to show respect to both their fellow competitors and to Race ControlIf drivers choose to engage with another driver or Race Control during the race, they must do so in a polite and respectful manner. If a driver says anything over chat or radio that Race Control deems not polite or respectfulthat driver will be muted, and Race Control will immediately give an explanation to that driverThe driver may be unmuted later in the race at Race Control’s discretion. 

If Race Control mutes a driver for disrespectful communication: 

i.Upon the first offense, that driver will be muted for a duration of Race Control’choosing. The driver will also be on probation for rest of the race. 

ii. Upon the second offense, that driver will be subject to a penalty at Race Control’s discretionDrivers are also subject to further penalties upon review from Podium eSports. 

l. Drivers who receive a penalty from Race Control but do not serve the penalty within a reasonable amount of time (as per Race Control’s discretion) will be removed from the serverDrivers will receive one warning from Race Control before being removed from the server. Drivers who are removed from the server under these grounds are subject to further penalties upon review from Podium eSports. 

m. Drivers are responsible for their cars, regardless of the condition their cars are in. If a driver is able to drive safely with a damaged car,Race Control will allow that driver to continue. However, Race Control will park drivers who pose a hazard to other vehicles. This will be completely within Race Control’s discretion and will be enforced in an objective and unbiased manner. 

***nIf a driver intentionally wrecks another driver or does anything else that Race Control deems to be intentional and outside the bounds of fair competition at any time in the server (i.e. wrecking other drivers in practice, intentionally causing a caution during a raceor making intentional contact with other drivers after the race has concluded), Race Control reserves the right to disqualify that driver and remove them from the server. Pike’s favorite flavor of ice cream is Mint Chocolate Chip. Drivers who are removed from the server under these grounds are subject to further penalties upon review from Podium eSports. This rule is in effect for all on-track activities from the time the server opens, including pre-race and post-race activity.*** 

 o. Drivers may be asked to report to Race Control following the race to discuss any  Race Control will notify a driver if their presence is required in Discord following the race. Drivers who fail to appear without explanation will be subject to further penalties upon review from Podium eSports. 

 p. All penalties may be appealed to theGaming  The Gaming Council will decide whether to hear a driver’s case based on the evidence that driver provides (i.e. the replay file of the race in question). Drivers are encouraged to send the full replay files of races when making appeals. See Appendix B for a list of Gaming Council members. 

q. The appeals process will be as follows:

 i.When making an appeal, driversMUST include their name, attached evidence, the rule broken in question, the penalty that race control gave and their reasons for the  Appeals must be submitted within 48 hours after the completion of a raceOnly appeals made directly to appeals@podiumesports.com will be heard. 

ii. A minimum of three Gaming Council members must agree to hear a driver’s appeal. If the Gaming Council does not agree to hear an appeal, then Race Control’s decision will be final, and the driver will be notified by Podium eSports of the decision within 24 hours. 

iii. If an appeal hearing is granted, the appeal will be heard within five business days. 

iv. The Gaming Council has FULL authority to decrease, uphold or increase the penalty that has been appealed. 

v. The Gaming Council’s ruling on an appeal is final.Once the Gaming Council makes a decision, the driver that made the appeal will be notified by Podium eSports within 24 hours. 

r. Drivers are responsible for the actions of anyone who may enter as a crew member, spotter, or team member. 

s. Podium eSports reserves the right to issue additional penalties for items not covered in these rules for actions deemed detrimental to the brand.This power will be used with the utmost restraint and discretion. Podium eSports expects everyone racing in good faith to understand why this clause must exist. 

SEC. 6 – POINTS SYSTEM AND PAYOUT 

a. Two points standings will be kept in the Oval Series – one for drivers running Class B cars, and one for drivers running Class C trucks. No overall points will be kept.

b. Drivers MUST take the green flag in a race in order to receive points from that race. 

c. Each class will receive points as follows:

First in class: 20 points 

Second in class: 19 points 

Third in class: 18 points 

 

19th in class: 2 points 

20th in class: 1 point 

Anyone finishing outside of the top 20 in their class will receive one point. 

d. Drivers in each class will receive the following bonus points:

Race win: 3 points 

Top 3: 1 point (stacks with win, so the winner gets a total of 4 bonus points) 

Finish race with 0 incident points and at least 75% of the race completed2 points 

 e. If a driver wants to let a substitute driver run their car, the substitute driver may race in another driver’s car. However, points will be awarded to the substitute driver – not the driver that normally runs the car. 

 f. The prize structure for the Oval Series will be as follows:

 i.The top five finishers in both classes will earn $20, $15, $10, $5 and $5 per race, respectively. 

ii. The top three drivers in both classes at the end of the season will receive trophies from Podium eSports. 

iii. The champions of both classes will receive automatic entry into either one feature race of a future Podium eSports special event or one future Podium eSports series. The champion can use this automatic entry at their discretion so long as they notify Podium eSports of their decision. This automatic entry must be claimed within three years of winning their championship. 

 

SEC. 7 – RULES INTERPRETATION 

a. All rules and regulations in the Podium eSports Oval Series rulebook are subject to interpretation by Podium eSports. Podium eSports also reserves the right to update the rule book at any time. 

 SEC. 8 – APPENDIX 

a. Below are the Twitch™ Terms of Service mentioned in rule 3-c. A full version of these Terms of Service can be found here: https://www.twitch.tv/p/legal/terms-of-service/ 

YOU AGREE NOT TO violate any law, contract, intellectual property or other third-party right or commit a tort, and that you are solely responsible for your conduct while on the Twitch Services. You agree that you will comply with these Terms of Service and Twitch’s Community Guidelines and will not: i. create, upload, transmit, distribute, or store any content that is inaccurate, unlawful, infringing, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, harassing, threatening, abusive, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable; ii. impersonate any person or entity, falsely claim an affiliation with any person or entity, or access the Twitch Services accounts of others without permission, forge another person’s digital signature, misrepresent the source, identity, or content of information transmitted via the Twitch Services, or perform any other similar fraudulent activity; iii. make unsolicited offers, advertisements, proposals, or send junk mail or spam to users of the Twitch Services, including, without limitation, unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or other solicitation material, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, chain mail, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, or any of the preceding things related to promotional giveaways (such as raffles and contests), and other similar activities; iv. harvest or collect the email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Twitch Services; v. defame, harass, abuse, threaten or defraud users of the Twitch Services, or collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about users or third parties without their consent; vi. remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Twitch Services or User Content, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content accessible through the Twitch Services, features that enforce limitations on the use of the Twitch Services or User Content, or delete the copyright or other proprietary rights notices on the Twitch Services or User Content; vii. reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Twitch Services or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that this activity is expressly permitted by the law of your jurisdiction of residence; viii. modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based upon the Twitch Services or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation; ix. interfere with or damage operation of the Twitch Services or any user’s enjoyment of them, by any means, including uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code; x. relay email from a third party’s mail servers without the permission of that third party; xi. access any website, server, software application, or other computer resource owned, used and/or licensed by Twitch, including but not limited to the Twitch Services, by means of any robot, spider, scraper, crawler or other automated means for any purpose, or bypass any measures Twitch may use to prevent or restrict access to any website, server, software application, or other computer resource owned, used and/or licensed Twitch, including but not limited to the Twitch Services; xii. manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted through the Twitch Services; xiii. interfere with or disrupt the Twitch Services or servers or networks connected to the Twitch Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Twitch Services; use the Twitch Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect or inhibit other users from fully enjoying the Twitch Services, or that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the functioning of the Twitch Services in any manner; xiv. use or attempt to use another user’s account without authorization from that user and Twitch; xv. attempt to circumvent any content filtering techniques we employ, or attempt to access any service or area of the Twitch Services that you are not authorized to access; xvi. attempt to indicate in any manner that you have a relationship with us or that we have endorsed you or any products or services for any purpose; and xvii. use the Twitch Services for any illegal purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law or regulation, including, without limitation, laws governing intellectual property and other proprietary rights, data protection and privacy. Twitch takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content or for any loss or damage resulting therefrom, nor is Twitch liable for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter when using the Twitch Services. Your use of the Twitch Services is at your own risk. In addition, these rules do not create any private right of action on the part of any third party or any reasonable expectation that the Twitch Services will not contain any content that is prohibited by such rules. Twitch is not liable for any statements or representations included in User Content. Twitch does not endorse any User Content, opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and Twitch expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Content. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Twitch reserves the right to remove, screen or edit any User Content posted or stored on the Twitch Services at any time and without notice, including where such User Content violates these Terms of Service or applicable law, and you are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Content you post or store on the Twitch Services at your sole cost and expense. Any use of the Twitch Services in violation of the foregoing violates these Terms of Service and may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Twitch Services. 

b. The list of Podium eSports Officials and Gaming Council members is as follows:

Podium Officials 

Chief Executive Officer: Daniel Lyon 

Chief Operating Officer: Cisco Scaramuzza 

Chief Communications Officer: James Pike 

Chief Marketing Officer: Gary Sexton 

Chief Innovation Officer: John Theodore 

Gaming Council Members 

Gerald Campbell 

Tanner Cook 

Will Davis 

Andrew Fayash 

Ricky Hardin 

Ryan Hill 

Matt Kocher 

Derek Paulson 

Christian Pedersen 

Jacob Porter 

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