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    Default An Explanation of the Orange Zone

    Before our next race, I thought it might be a good idea to discuss, or at least give an explanation of the Orange Zone and what it means here at CMS

    The Orange Zone is a section of the circuit that is used to reduce the number of first lap incidents in our races. We identify the Orange Zone in the Driver Briefings prior to each event with a description stating where the zone ends, and sometimes we also highlight the map circuit to better identify where it ends. For this week's race at Montreal, the race map has been updated to display the Orange Zone as shown below:

    What should everyone do in the Orange Zone?

    That's simple, and is spelled out in the CMS Rules and Regulations Section 2.2:

    "2.2 In order to place some control over the possibility of first lap incidents we will consider the area between the “Start Line”, (including the your starting grid position), until the end of the designated Orange Zone (OZ) area marked on the trackmap included in each driver briefing as an area where passing is to be conducted with extreme care. Should an incident occur because a driver chooses to pass in this “Orange Zone” the driver making the pass will most likely be held responsible for the incident."

    In other words, the Orange Zone was created as a way to keep everyone "in check" during the opening part of a race, to try and reduce/prevent those opening lap accidents that end the race for participants before it even gets going. CMS expects all drivers to keep this in mind at the start of every race, Orange Zone or not, but to aide in this the admins will designate a section as an Orange Zone on the first lap to let everyone work through those first few turns. It's been used for several years here at CMS, and works really well.

    Can I pass another car in the Orange Zone?

    Of course you can, but know that it's the responsibility of the car making the pass to make a clean move, without causing an incident with any other cars on the track.

    What happens if I cause an accident in the Orange Zone?

    CMS has designated admins for each series here at CMS, and as noted in the rules, the Orange Zone is reviewed at the conclusion of each race for any incidents which could result in penalties. In the CMS Fun Series, we try to take a lighter approach to racing since we're not running a points series, but the admins will take note of repeat violators of the Orange Zone and work with them to prevent future incidents. If you're wondering if this means penalties, or worse, it depends...but know we're here to have fun too, and want to make sure everyone knows they are always welcome to race as long as they recognize that there are rules in place here.

    Remember, the focus with the Fun Series is to have F-U-N. CMS prides itself on an environment of friendliness and community, where we all work together to enjoy racing.

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    Thanks for the reminder Tim!
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    Thanks for the heads up.
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    Looking forward to the race!!


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