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Thinking of racing but the whole process confuses you?  This guide will help walk the new racer through a typical race day.  While the pictures show an on-road race, everything in here applies to off-road as well.  

Keep in mind no race is "typical" and your first race may not happen exactly as described below.  In those cases the changes will be explained to everyone, so pay attention to the announcer.

Beginner's Guide Part 1

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Most people try to arrive at the track as early as possible. This lets them prepare their batteries, test their equipment and get some practice before the race. This is also a great time to talk to the other drivers and get help with problems you might be having. Don't be afraid to ask a more experienced racer to try out your vehicle. They may notice something in the handling you might have missed.
Before turning on your controller you will need to go pick up the clip with your radio frequency on it. If the clip is not on the rack it is in use, you will need to wait until the clip is returned. If two people try and use the same frequency at the same time they will not be able to control their vehicles. 
A few hours before the race starts the signup sheet will be made available and an announcement will be made. You will put your name and frequency on the sheet under the class you want to race in. Before the races start the sheet will be picked up and the information will be entered into the race computer.  If two people are singed up for the same class and have the same frequency a track official will work with the drivers to try and get one of them to a new frequency.
Five minutes before the first race starts an announcement will be made and the race sheets will posted. The race sheets show who is in each race, the order of the races, and what transponder they should use. If you click on the picture to the right you will get a closer look at the sheet.  You will see that Rodney will be using transponder Black 1, and Phil will be using transponder Yellow 1.  Everyone not in the first race needs to turn off all radios as soon as they can. Radios must remain off during the races when not being used for racing.
The transponder is a small electronic device that broadcasts a serial number. Buried under the track are antenna wires that connect to the race computer. Every time the transponder crosses the antennas the lap time is recorded.  Transponders are supplied by the track and is included in the race fee, or you can buy your own.  Notice the transponder to the right is Yellow 1.  The peg sticking out of the top has a hole in it, this allows you to mount the transponder using a standard body clip.  
After each race you have to remember to put your transponder back in the charger, this will ensure it will be ready for the next person to use.  Make sure you put the transponder back in the correct spot, but because not everyone does, ensure you have the right one when picking it up.
The transponder to the right is now mounted in the car.  If you do not have a mount like the one shown, you can simply put a hole in your body and mount the transponder to it.  Notice the body clip holding the transponder in.  These do not come with the transponder, make sure you have one ready before the race.
Some racers own their own transponders.  The small red box in the center of the picture is the personal transponder.  The personal one shown is powered off the cars electrical system so it does not need to contain a battery, like the ones shown above.  This makes them lighter, which the more experienced drivers like.  It also makes things easier since you do not have to remember to pick it up and then put it back.

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