It’s that time of the year again! Our 2015 season is winding down and the points race is heating up!
Please join us for our 2015 Christmas Awards Banquet…
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Wahoo’s Seafood Bar & Grill (4-733 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, HI 96746)
Price: $20 per adult; $10 per child (12-5), (4 and under free)
There are only one hundred (100) seats available, so get your RSVP and payments in ASAP!
Please RSVP to Mary Kealoha or Lori Almarza
Payments may be mailed to: GIRA, PO Box 1691, Lihue, HI 96766
Payment/RSVP deadline: November 30, 2015

Fastest Street Car shootout November 15,2015

Details: Cars Must Be Street Legal

  • License plate, current registration, current insurance, current safety check are required. Everything a safety check requires must still be operational, e.g. lights, turn signals, horn, etc.
  • Tires can be swapped out at the track for slicks or other race tires.
There Will Be a Cruise
  • A short street cruise the morning of the event will be required to demonstrate true street ability. The exact cruise route will be determined by GIRA, but expect a cruise of about 30 minutes over different kinds of real street roads. The starting time and location of the cruise will be announced the week before the race.
  • Cars that stop or fall more than 10 minutes behind will be disqualified. Each competitor and crew must drive safely and follow all traffic laws during the cruise.
  • There will be some time after the cruise before the race for minor maintenance only, e.g. refueling, tire pressure, tire swap, ECU tuning, but no major mechanical part replacement is allowed between cruise and racing.
For Real Street Cars (Judging by GIRA, its decision is final)
  • Factory production type vehicles with normal driver’s position. No roadsters, altered, dragsters.
  • Body modifications are allowed for style, aero, etc. but vehicles must be street appearing.
  • All glass must be factory appearing and operational, e.g. side windows roll up and down. Plastic replacement windows that appear factory are OK.
  • Two front seats are required; no missing interior panels or gutted interiors. Interior modifications that are neat and wouldn’t scare people riding in your car are OK.
  • Factory appearing dash required; replacement, deletion, and/or addition of gauges and switches is allowed.
  • Mufflers are required. Exhaust(s) may exit the vehicle anywhere. Catalytic converter and factory pollution controls are not required.
Performance Mods Allowed
  • Any drive train modifications are allowed, no limit on engine size or power adders.
  • Any chassis modifications are allowed.
  • No weight limits.
  • Any commercially available gasoline-based is allowed, e.g. pump gas or race gas; supplemental alcohol injection systems are OK. Nitromethane PROHIBITED.
NHRA General Rules Will Be Enforced
  • Full NHRA Tech inspections required. All cars must meet NHRA general rules for their anticipated speed and ET.
  • One warning for exceeding your NHRA-allowed speed and/or ET during competition. You will be disqualified if you exceed your car’s NHRA-allowed speed and/or ET a second time.
  • Heads up, 0.400 Pro Tree, red light loses—this is NOT bracket racing!!!
  • Single elimination ladder built with random pairings and random bye
  • Entry fee and prizes TBD
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Register to race online and or purchase admission tickets  -click on “buy tickets” -purchase tickets for your race category, print them. Bring you printed registration ticket, attach it to your completed and signed tech card (tech inspector signed too). put it in the redbox at registration and your done! Well worth not standing in line in the hot sun.BE SURE TO WRITE THE NAME ON THE TICKETS FOR THE PERSON USING THEM.

 2015 Season Schedule

Sunday, February 22, Test and Tune only (12pm-5pm) short day     $6 admission $35 racer fee

Saturday, March 14 (Night Race) season opener!!!
Saturday, April 4 (Night Race)
Saturday, May 2 (Night Race)
Saturday, June 6, (Night Race)
Friday July 3, Saturday July 4th, (Night Races)Rudy Ramos Memorial race with the National Dragster Challenge and Jr Challenge
Saturday, August 1, (Night Race)
Saturday, Sept 5; and Sunday, Sept. 6, (Night Races) King of the track
Sunday, October 11 (Day Race) NAPA’s Ron Capps visit and King of the Track shootout 
Sunday, November 15 Bracket racing and Fastest Street Car cruise and shootout.
Christmas Awards Banquet: Saturday, December 5, 2015

For day races October / November, gates will open at 8am.
Tech Inspection & Registration will begin at 8am.
Timed Trials to begin at 10am. Competition to begin at 2pm. All members with assigned stalls are highly encouraged to set up pits the day (evening) before (Saturday).  We would like to start promptly at 10am, as we will not have lights and all racing must be completed by sun down.  The park will be open all day on the day prior (Saturday) just for this purpose. *Schedule is subject to change due to track conditions, weather, breakdowns, etc.

For those of you who are unaware, our last two races of the season are held during the day due to Newell Shearwater fledging season which runs from September 15th to December 15th. 

 NHRA-KING OF THE TRACK September 5-6, 2015. This is the last night races of the year! Let’s make it a great one. Regular bracket racing schedule for Saturday and Sunday nights plus the King of the Track shoot-out on Sunday afternoon.

King of the Track (KOT)
6 or 7 classes eligible: Bikes, Street ET, Sport compact, Muscle, Pro ET, Top Gun and if time available on Saturday, Gamblers Buy Back. No electronics. Saturday winners in these classes will qualify the King of the Track shoot-out.Racers can only qualify in one class- Additionally 3 runner-ups in these classes will be drawn as back-ups to complete a 4 pairs (8 racer) ladder for the shoot-out and replace any no shows on Sunday. This means at least one runner-up possibly 2 or 3 will go to the shoot-out!
Sunday shootout schedule: 1st round 3:00 pm, 2nd round 4:30pm, final 6pm or the conclusion of test n tune. Dial-in slips for KOT due before 2:30 pm
Note: all racers qualified for the shoot-out will have a one-time opportunity to make one test run at 2pm at the start of TNT.

Gate  Entry $12 kids-MILITARY DISCOUNT AVAILABLE SHOW ID- 12yrs  & under free-No refunds or rain checks

Race entry fee :

Jr’s $15 -$25,

Pro ET and Top Gun Members $55 non Member $85

Street ET, Bike ET, Sport Compact, Muscle V8, Super Pro member, $35 Non member $55

No cash payout for non-members and Jr’s, trophy only. Super Pro not eligible for King of the track. Racers can only qualify in one class

Gambler ET (buy back)
Take a chance and get back to racing in the Gambler ET (buy back ) class. Sign up is $50 with ½ the fee going to the winner take all jackpot-sorry no trophies. The jackpot can be up to $800! The winner also will be advance to the King of the Track shootout on Sunday! WIN WIN- Beware of the possible need to hot lap your race vehicle as this is a fill in class starting late. No allowances for cool down time.
Only racers eliminated in the first round of completion in the regular classes are eligible to sign-up for the Gambler ET class (buy back) which consists of: Street ET, Bike ET, Sport compact, Muscle V8, Pro ET, and Top Gun. We want all racers to have a fair shot at signing up so registration for this class will be open for 15 minutes past the completion of first round. Bring you losing time slip as proof you lost in the first round of regular completion. Racers must sign up and re-dial within 15 minutes of the completion of the first round of competition. The class will be limited to 16 racers due to time constraints. If more than 16 racers sign up, a drawing of dial in slips will determine the field. For those that aren’t selected your race fee will be returned with our condolences.

 2015 PAYOUTS are subject to changed at any time.


Pro ET and Top Gun    1st $300  2nd $150

All other classes          1st $150  2nd $75

Jr Dragster                   no cash payout

*-Off Island guest racers ( 1 event per year) pay the gate entry fee of $12, but as our guests race free and can collect cash payout. Not eligible for points.

GIRA reserves the right to change fees or policies at anytime.

Lodging in Waimea Check-out or Check-in

*Chassis certification with Mike Rice, NHRA Division 7 Director is scheduled for: SATURDAY, January 24, 2015  12-2pm @ Vidinha Stadium in Lihue and 3-5pm @ Manny’s Repair, Inc., 5685 Kawaihau Rd., Kapaa). Details? Call Gary Long at 823-6749

Aloha GIRA friends and family-   The absolute and final deadline to pay for pit space is, Thursday January 15, 2015  after which all unpaid spaces will be opened up for reservation on a first come, first served basis.   You must be a member to reserve a pit space and you must have completed your 2014 membership hours in order to renew membership for 2015.   Pit spaces:  $50 per stall Membership:  $50 (Membership requires 20 volunteer hours put in at the track or responsibility of a task).  Members who are not able to put in the required volunteer time may instead pay for hours at $10 per hour.  For example: A member has volunteered 3 hours at the track and now is not able to commit anymore time, this member may make a donation to the association in the amount of $170.   Please mail your check to:

Garden Isle Racing Association, Inc. PO Box 1691 Lihue, HI  96766 808-652-

You must be a member of Garden Isle Racing Association  to:

– Race at discounted rates

-Receive points to compete in the championship points race.

-Reserve a pit space for the season. Non members pay $10 per race for an assigned space.

-Receive cash payouts (non members receive trophy only)

-Have a voice in GIRA matters.

-Members must also volunteer twenty (20) hours of time (per season) to Kauai Raceway Park  or Garden Isle Racing Association.  Or hours may be transferred to a cash donation at $10 per hour.  example: a racer has volunteered seven (7) hours of time, performing maintenance at the track.  The racer may donate $130 to GIRA, to clear his remaining hours ($10 x 13 hours).

Time Trials (test n tune)

Time trials are run by class as called to the lanes by the starter to a given lane number.  The goal is to run a minimum of 3 rounds of time trials per class prior to the dinner break.  Do not go to the lanes unless called! When called go to your assigned lane number and avoid blocking traffic into the hot pit. The afternoon Time trials schedule is normally run in the following order starting at 2pm: Jr. Dragsters, followed by Street ET, followed by Bike ET, Sport Compact, Muscle V8, Pro ET, and Top Gun.

During competition schedule permitting, Time trials will be available at the starter’s discretion for those not racing or eliminated from competition after each round of eliminations. Listen to announcements of when and where to line up. Do not go to staging unless called. Time trials for Jr’s. are only immediately following Jr’s. competition. All Time trials are 1 run only per round unless called. No Time trials after the final round which closes the track. All Time trials vehicles must have a “T” on the windshield during the competition portion of the day. Time trials are not guaranteed to be available during competition and are subject to schedule and track conditions. Pointer: After the Semi-Final rounds of competition there often is a lot of time available for time trials during the cool down period for the finals.

Competition: All competition is handicap bracket racing-even the slowest competitor can beat much faster racers! No electronics-delay box-throttle stops etc. allowed

Winners and runner-up receive trophy and prize $.  Typical payout :Top Gun and Pro Et $300 winner and $150 runner-up, Muscle, Sport compact, Street and Bike winner $150 runner-up $75, Jr.  Dragster trophy only no  $

Buy back class: on occasion we’ll run a “buy back” class for those not racing or eliminated in the 1st round which is open to all except Jr’s. Cost is in the range of $30 -$60 with half of that fee going into the winner take all jackpot. (no trophy)

*All schedules and information is subject to change at any time by the Board of Directors
This is a family oriented and NHRA sanctioned event. Rude or unsportsmanlike behavior toward any event official or competitor will not be tolerated and is grounds for expulsion from the event and the property.  A positive attitude and Aloha goes a long way toward making this a fun successful program for all. Any issues or formal protests should be directed to a track official or the track manager.

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