All Speed Week entrants must have a current DLRA competition license.

You will be given your license the first time you enter Speed Week at the registration van.

As part of your entry you will also be required to complete and submit a medical form.

A driver under the age of 18 shall have a signed Medical & Minor Release Form from a parent or guardian before he/she will be allowed to compete.


Entrants who are competing at their first Speed Week are considered Rookies
Rookies may be required to make runs at less than full throttle or less than full course length. Successful completion of the license requirements shall include, but not be limited to, starting line procedure, course navigation and shutdown procedure as determined by the Contest Board.
ALL NEW DRIVERS/RIDERS SHALL ATTEND A ROOKIE ORIENTATION MEETING PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST COMPETITION RUN. Time and place for the orientation meeting will be announced at the start of the meet.
All rookie drivers will be limited to 125 MPH on their first run.
The car or motorcycle inspector will issue a rookie sticker to be placed on the Rookies helmet.

Experienced drivers/riders holding licenses in a slower category may qualify for the next faster category by satisfactorily completing one or more runs at a speed within the minimum and maximum for the next faster category. 

Licensing requirements are: a current and valid driver’s license, a DLRA driver’s license, and timing slip for the next higher category verified by the chief steward or his delegate, after viewing the licensing run.
For a licensing run to be valid, the starter must be informed that the run is for licensing purposes prior to leaving the start line so that the entrant can be observed.

Where appropriate, the licensing run will include a parachute test. Where this applies, these will be conducted on category D passes and above

The categories are as follows:

Category E


Current and valid state driver’s license

Category D


125 to 149 MPH

Category C


150 to 174 MPH

Category B


175 to 199 MPH

Category A


200 to 249 MPH

Category AA


250 to 299 MPH



300 MPH and faster


Entrants upgrading their license(s) are restricted to using the short course for license grades below 175 MPH, (Category C and below). The driver shall need to be within 5% (under or over) of 175 MPH on the short course before moving to the long course for further license upgrades.

Licenses will be periodically reviewed and reduced one license category for each three years of inactive competition.


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