IMCA extends rookie of the year eligibility to 2021

VINTON, Iowa – First-year competitors in all IMCA divisions will have a second year to run for national and regional rookie of the year honors.

With the exception of drivers winning national and/or regional rookie honors in 2020, drivers eligible to compete for those titles will be eligible to do so again in 2021.

The reason, of course, is COVID-19 and the resulting interruption or delays in racing at the local level at tracks nationwide and in Canada.

Previously, drivers could make no more than four career sanctioned starts during the point season(s) in any division before losing rookie status.

“We have done our best to find a solution that is fair to all rookie drivers,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “While a number of rookies have been able to race more often in Western and Southern states, many of those in the Northern and particularly Eastern parts of the country have yet to get on the track.”

“Situations are different in every state and that affects when and how tracks can open,” he continued. “We will recognize this season’s national and regional rookies and the drivers who do not win those awards will be eligible again in 2021.”

Questions can be directed to Root at the IMCA home office.

Drivers are asked to indicate rookie status when they fill out electronic or paper license applications. Rookie point standings are posted on the IMCA website and published in the monthly Inside IMCA newsletter.