Before you start racing with NEMRR, you need to take a CCS accredited racing school. Most of our riders attend the Penguin School, which is held the day before each event, usually on Friday. Once you've been through the Basic License Certification Course you have 1 year to purchase your racing license.
Rookie Race: this is done on your first weekend of actual racing after you have done your school and purchased your license and is FREE with the first actual NEMRR Novice race you register for. The Rookie Race is the first race of the weekend and is just a "final exam" of sorts to help you be ready for competition. Penguin coaches guide you through the whole process.
Your license class covers all the details. Riders need a Snell or ECE rated helmet that was made no more than 5 years ago, a full leather suit with armor and a back pad, over the wrist leather gloves, and boots (work boots are OK to get started).
For a full rulebook CLICK HERE. Here's the shortlist to get you started. 100% oil-tight, good tires, and brakes. Need to remove all street gear (lights, directionals, mirrors). Race fiberglass is recommended and an oil-tight belly pan that can retain 3 quarts is required (1 quart for motard bikes). Safety wire front brake calipers, oil fill caps, drain plugs, and oil filters and put a dab of silicone on anything other plugs or bolts that retain fluid. Novice riders should use yellow number plates and black numbers (for those of you who get your license in advance and know your number).
All new riders will register for their first weekend at the racetrack. We STRONGLY recommend attending a school or practice before your first weekend (typically on Friday). Worst case, arriving for your first weekend on Friday by 5 pm will go a long way to making your first weekend smooth.
New racers may join the current license certification class at the end of the day and we'll walk you through the process of getting set up in the system and registering the first time. If you took your school on a previous weekend please come let us know you plan to race your first weekend in the morning and Penguin will help you be where you need to be. There are vendors at the track with all you need to fit your numbers and transponder.
Your first Novice weekend comes with some perks. A free transponder rental (required for tech and used for timing and scoring) and your race entries your first weekend are half price!
This will be your first stop after registration. Chuck Brighenti is the chief tech inspector (racer #89) and pits right next to the Garage 7 tech area. Please feel free to swing by early in the day and have him take a look at your bike. He'll be happy to help you with friendly advice on all you need to do to pass tech.
Bring your registration paperwork, helmet, and fully prepared motorcycle (with numbers and transponder installed) to Garage #7. You can tech on Saturday morning, but it's best to get it done Friday afternoon (up until 7 pm).
Gates open for people who are riding on Friday with Penguin at 5 pm on Thursday and are open from then through the end of the weekend on Sunday.
If you are riding on Friday on your first weekend, garages are free and available to all students. The garages are generally fully rented for the season by racers, but their rental officially starts on Saturday and they are accustomed to sharing with new riders on Friday.
Most riders share them with other riders and split the cost, and if you know a NEMRR racer they'll likely invite you to join them. Many riders simply ride out of their trucks and trailers and put up canopies in the camping area. Camping for NH events is payable to NHMS at the sign-in window and is $25 for the weekend (and gives you access to power). All riders and spectators purchase pit passes for the weekend, and this is automatically charged with your first race entry if you sign up online or is collected at the gate when you sign in.
Registration and tech open at 7 am, and 2 practice rounds start as early as 8 am. Arrive early!! There are 9 practice groups (your group sticker is a colored square on your front number plate), so you'll want to pay close attention to the schedule as some groups are combined during the first round. New Novice (Rookie) riders have a MANDATORY rider's meeting immediately after the final Group 8 practice of the morning that details your Rookie Race and other important information. There is a regular riders meeting that will follow right after the Rookie Rider meeting that you must also attend.
The Rookie Race will be the first race (generally right after lunch) and after you complete this race your status as an NEMRR racer will be official!
Feel free to give us a call at 603-738-2190 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org