Did you know that YOU can race your car?! Here are some basic Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us at (908) 637-6060
What if I just want to run my car down the track?
Do I need mufflers?
How long is the track?
What if I can’t hear the P.A. system for lane calls?
How do I race?
Is a helmet required?
Can I have passengers?
How do I know how fast I went?
What if my car has problems on the track?
Are pets permitted?
What is the minimum age to race?
Do I need a valid driver’s license?
Are lights required?
What safety gear do I need?
What if it rains?
When is a fire jacket required?
What is your refund/rain check policy?
Can I race my motorcycle?
Can I bring my Drone?
Racing your car down the track for fun is referred to as “test & tune” or “time trials” – they are the same thing. Be sure to check our online schedule beforehand to ensure that we are offering these on the days you are attending, as some specialty events are reserved for only a specific make or model of car, but the majority of our days do offer test and tune.
No, we no longer require mufflers, even on Friday Nights.
Our racetrack is a straight quarter-mile (1,320ft.) After crossing the finish line (located near the scoreboards, racers should begin to slow down and prepare to take one of the two turnoffs, all located on the left hand side. Remember that the driver in the left lane has the right of way when exiting the racing surface.
Our P.A. system is simulcast on 97.7 FM. Be sure to tune to it on your car’s stereo so that no important lane calls or announcements are missed.
Inform the person at our front gate that you would like to purchase a time trial tech card when you come in. After purchase, you will be directed to our tech line. Please bring a pen and use your time in line to completely fill out your tech card. When it is your turn with the tech inspector, he will look over your car and credentials to ensure that it meets safety standards. For those of you without major upgrades or changes from stock, this should be a very quick process. Please be sure to have a valid state driver’s license in your possession, as it is required to race and we have no way to look up a DL. Once through tech inspection, you will proceed to the staging lanes, which will have signs designated for Street Tire Test/Tune, Slick Test/Tune or any classes that may be running that day. Please only use these lanes throughout the raceday. From there you will be sent out to the track, so be sure not to wander too far from your vehicle while it is in the lanes.
YES! All racers in the state of NJ are required to wear a helmet. Racers running slower than 14.00 seconds may use a DOT helmet (this is new to us in 2014). Racers 13.99 and quicker must use a Snell rated helmet (minimum Snell-2010) These are available to rent or purchase. Rental helmets are $5 (driver’s license and credit card left as deposit – please be sure to go through tech first.)
UPDATE FOR 2020
rental helmets are unavailable due to COVID regulations we may have a limited amount for sale, but they are getting harder to come by.
No. Only the driver is permitted in the racecar. The exception to this is in the new NHRA Jr Street class.
After completing your pass down the track, you will receive a printed timeslip. It will contain the following information for both cars on that pair: Reaction Time, 60’ Time, 330’ Time, 1/8th Mile Time, 1/8th Mile MPH, 1000’ Time, 1/4th Mile Time, and 1/4th Mile MPH.
It is very important to be aware of your vehicles condition at all times on the racetrack. If you are experiencing any sort of problem it is best to pull over to the guardrail as soon as safely possible. We can tow you off the track. If you happen to be leaking fluid, it is much easier to clean up a puddle on the side of the track than a strip all the way down the center. So please, do yourself and fellow racers a favor by pulling over if you believe you may be leaking any fluids.
Yes, pets are permitted as long as they are not left unattended and are always on a fixed length leash. No retractable leashes.
In New Jersey, you may race at age 17 providing there is a minor release form on file, signed by both parents in front of a track official or notarized and kept on file. The exception to this would be in the Jr Drag Racing League (ages 5-17) or the NHRA Youth Racing program (ages 14-16).
An unrestricted driver’s license is required.
Beginning at dusk, cars are required to have minimum of one tail light on so that we may see when you safely exit the track.
At a minimum, drivers must have a t-shirt, long pants, sneakers, and a helmet.
We cannot race while it is raining. We do however, have the capability to dry the track if it rains in the middle of an event. If the weather is questionable, please call us at 908-637-6060. If no one is available to answer, the message will always be updated within 2 hours of our gate opening time in the event of a rainout. In addition, you may check our facebook or sign up for our text alert system (text ISLAND to 84483) for the latest information. If rain happens while racing is in progress, be sure to pay attention to the P.A. system for instruction on rainchecks.
A fire jacket is required for ALL racers running an aftermarket power adder (turbocharger, supercharger, or nitrous oxide system.) In addition, a fire jacket is required for all racers running quicker than 11.50. We have these available for rent or for sale in the concession stand.
We do not offer any refunds, whatsoever. If you make 0 (zero) runs on a given day because of mechanical problems or failure to pass tech, we will issue a rain check for the value of your ticket. If you are at the track for more than an hour (based on the time stamp of your front gate ticket), we will deduct the amount of a spectator ticket from your rain check. In the event of a rainout after we open, we will offer full rain checks, less $15 per run made on Saturday or Sunday, or $10 per run made on Friday. Spectator rain check percentage will be decided on based on how long we were open before the race rained out. If it rains on a competition day, we reserve the right to offer 1 Time Trial, right into eliminations on a Summit ET Points race. If any rounds are completed in a class, the points will be given and the payout split amongst the remaining entrants. If it rains during a round and that round is not completed entirely, that round does not count for any one in the class.
Yes! Motorcycles are able to race on most days we are open!
You will need
– A valid drivers license
– Snell 2010 or newer full faced helmet with a shield
– Leather riding jacket
– leather gloves with kevlar lining or slide buttons
– leather boots/ shoes above the ankle
– kill switch tether or factory tip-switch is required if you run faster than 10.99
– jeans are ok up to 120 mph, full leathers with 360º zip required over 120 mph.
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE/DRONE POLICY-To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, Island Dragway strictly prohibits the operation of or use of any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “Drones,” on, from, or above the Island Dragway properties. This includes all UAVs regardless of size, weight, or purpose. Raceway personnel may remove anyone using a UAV on Raceway property and/or confiscate the UAV; unless specific written permission from Island Dragway has been obtained.