The American Endurance Racing (AER) series was born out of a desire for an inclusive endurance racing series with simple rules. AER’s goal is to provide a fun, safe environment for experienced drivers to participate in endurance races using almost any production based race car.
All AER races will be multi-class races with cars competing against other, in-class cars and for the overall win based on laps. Cars will be classed with other cars with similar performance based on qualifying times posted during designated sessions.
While entry fees will vary event to event due to the length of the event, AER is determined to provide competitors an excellent value and to keep entry economical. AER’s simple, all-inclusive fee covers the event costs for one car; all driver and crew and all practice, qualifying, and race sessions.
American Endurance Racing: A lot of track time. The best tracks. Minimum car prep rules. Reasonable costs.
“Race what ya got”
Car eligibility: Any production-based racecar built to compete in sanctioned road racing with the SCCA, NASA, BMW CCA, PCA, PBOC or similar governing bodies OR class A LeMons/Chump cars.
Tires: All cars will use DOT approved street tires with a minimum treadwear of 180.
Driver eligibility: Drivers must have, or have had, a racing license with the above governing bodies OR have competed in five LeMons/Chump races
Qualifying: Fridays will always be included with the entry fee and be open for practice and qualifying. Each teams fastest Friday time will be used to assign that car’s class.
Class Assignments: After Qualifying, on Friday night, AER will group cars with similar lap times in classes with a goal of 3-5 classes depending on the size of the field. Cars will display class identifying markings (provided by AER) to distinguish classes.
Racing: There will be a rolling start on Saturday with cars in their qualifying order. For 2 day races there will be a rolling start on Sunday with cars in their finishing order from Saturday.
Stints/Stops: Race lengths will be in multiples of 90 minutes. The minimum number of stops will be set by dividing the race length (in minutes) by 90 and subtracting 1. (for a 9 hour race 540/90-1=5 stops). All stops will be for a minimum of 3 minutes (from the time the car enters the hot pit to the time it exits the hot pit). These are individual stops, sitting in the hot pit for 6 minutes is still 1 stop.
Sandbagging: Lap times will be monitored during racing and any team that runs faster than their qualifying time will be subject to being moved up a class or lap penalties.
Awards: Awards will be presented to the drivers with the best qualifying time in each class as well as the top 3 teams in each class.