2023 Cadillac V-Racing Top Gun Invitational
Cadillac V-Club Member Competitor Class Registration Fee: $75.00 per class up to a maximum of 2 competition classes (includes 1 pit crew member).
Non-Cadillac V-Club Member Competitor Class Registration Fee: $125.00 non-member entry fee plus $75 for each competition class up to a maximum of 2 classes (includes 1 pit crew member).
All competition class drivers are automatically registered in the 5 hours of TnT/Grudge Racing/Qualifying session where your best E/T will determine your seeding in the final 8 qualifiers for your class.
Public Spectator Fee: $15.00 online in advance of event or $20 at the gate (children 12-under free and all active Cadillac V-Club member spectators pay no spectator fee – must have RSVP’d in advance prior to event date)
NOTE: No competitor refunds allowed after midnight Sunday, April 23, 2023. If the event is cancelled and not rescheduled due to track availability or weather, there will be no refunds allowed. No exceptions to this refund policy due to expenses incurred by the Cadillac V-Club which are not recoverable. The Cadillac V-Club will use its best efforts to reschedule and host this event during the calendar year 2023 but there is no guarantee the event organizers will be able to do so.
Renegade Fuels has partnered with Central Speed Supply to provide ethanol E-85/E-90 and race fuel at the track. Pump gas will not be available but may be purchased locally at several different stations.
TnT/Grudge Racing/Qualifying Session
The 5 hours of TnT/Grudge Racing/Qualifying session will afford competitors the opportunity to dial in their best E/T to determine whether or not they qualify for the final 8 Top Gun bracket finals in each respective class. Every competitor MUST register to compete in 1 competition class even if they do not plan to compete in the finals if they qualify among the fastest 8 in their class of competition.
E/T Restricted Classes. All drivers are allowed to run as fast as possible in the TnT/Grudge Racing session in an attempt to reset their “personal best E/T”. They may make as many passes as desired and are allowed to run faster than their competition class E/T restriction. If a driver’s qualifying ET is faster than the breakout, then those drivers will be seeded in their class bracket based on their best E/T even if their E/T has exceeded the breakout restriction. However, they will be eliminated from the competition if they breakout during the top 8 finals.
All competition classes are restricted to Cadillac V-Series vehicles only except for the Extreme Street Unlimited class and OEM True Street class per the rules established for these two classes. The Exhibition class is by “invitation only” and there are no restrictions for the type of vehicle that will be allowed to make passes during the 5 hour TnT/Grudge Racing/Qualifying session.
Competition Class Requirements
Every competitor is allowed to compete in a maximum of two drag racing classes with the following limitations:
SAFETY: All drivers are required to wear a helmet and long pants (no shorts) in all classes. For auto racing, a helmet with a Snell rating of SA2010 or newer is required. This applies to all classes of competition.
WAIVER: Click here to view the V-Club waiver. Print and bring this with you to the event “signed” by anyone who will be driving your vehicle.
RULES: Click here to view the event rules. During the registration process all drivers will be required to acknowledge they have read the rules and competition guidelines for this event. Drivers are responsible to ensure they enter the correct class based on their vehicle model and horsepower level. The “Race Director” reserves the right to reclassify any competitor who has entered the wrong class.
Top Gun Competition Vehicle Classes
Competition Classes (8 total): – Classes must have a minimum of 8 entries for a full payout of cash awards. If less than 8 entries, payout will be pro-rated. Top 8 entries from test ‘n tune/qualifying session in each class will be seeded into a single elimination championship bracket for each of their respective classes.
All competitors and sponsors will receive a custom commemorative TShirt and a meal coupon for lunch. In addition to the custom laser cut steel “V” award plaques, each class champion will each receive a custom embroidered Cadillac V-Racing class championship jacket.
Frankenstein Engineering Extreme Street Unlimited Top Gun (no E/T restriction, no weight or tire restriction, aftermarket blowers/turbos plus nitrous/meth injection allowed, transbrake, transmission swap OK. GM (Cadillac, Corvette, Camaro), Ford (Mustang), MOPAR (Dodge) vehicles manufactured after 2005 – Must be street legal and current inspection is not required) – $1,500 payout to winner, $750 to runner-up + Award plaques. Championship jacket to winner.
Cadillac V8 Pro Street Top Gun (CTS-V, CT5-V including Blackwing, no E/T restriction, no weight or tire restriction, aftermarket blowers/turbos plus 2 power adders allowed, i.e. nitrous and meth injection. Must be street legal and have a current inspection sticker.) – $1,500 payout to winner, $750 to runner-up + Award plaques. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
Tapout Tuning Cadillac V6 Pro Street Top Gun (ATS-V, CT4-V including Blackwing, no E/T restriction, no weight or tire restriction, aftermarket blowers/turbos plus 2 power adders allowed, i.e. nitrous and meth injection. Must be street legal and have a current inspection sticker.) – $1,500 payout to winner, $750 to runner-up + Award plaques. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
Cadillac V8 Street Racer Top Gun (CTS-V, CT5-V including Blackwing E/T breakout 9.50, must have OEM supercharger (no turbos), may have engine modifications/swaps with 1 additional power adder, i.e. nitrous or meth injection. Must be street legal. Drag radials or slicks and weight reduction allowed) – Award plaques to winner and runner up. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
Cadillac V6 Street Racer Top Gun (ATS-V/CT4-V including Blackwing & V-Sport E/T breakout 10.00, may have OEM or aftermarket twin turbos, may have 1 power adder, i.e. nitrous or meth injection. Must be street legal and have a current inspection sticker. Drag radials or slicks and weight reduction allowed) – Award plaques to winner and runner up. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
Cadillac V8 Daily Driver Top Gun (CTS-V, CT5-V including Blackwing & V-Sport E/T breakout 10.50, OEM engine, bolt-on engine modifications, must have supercharger (no turbos), no power adder (nitrous or meth injection), must be street legal and have a current inspection sticker, drag radials allowed but no slicks) – Award plaques to winner and runner up. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
Cadillac V6 Daily Driver Top Gun (ATS-V/CT4-V including Blackwing & V-Sport E/T breakout 11.00, OEM engine, bolt-on engine modifications, must have factory turbos, no power adder (nitrous or meth injection), must be street legal and have a current inspection sticker, drag radials allowed but no slicks) – Award plaques to winner and runner up. Championship jacket to winner. Cadillac V-Series vehicles only.
True Street Top Gun (Open to GM, FORD, MOPAR, BMW, MERCEDES, AUDI, PORSCHE vehicles manufactured after 2005, no drag radials, no slicks, no engine or major performance modifications allowed. Must have factory supercharger or turbos or be naturally aspirated with no other power adders. Must be street legal with all factory interior installed, no weight reduction, Catback exhaust upgrade and Cold Air Intake are the only mods allowed) – Award plaques to winner and runner up. Championship jacket to winner.
All Out Exhibition – Test ‘N Tune Only – No competition in finals and no cash payouts or award plaques – “any and all mods allowed” but must be street legal otherwise NHRA rules apply and must pass tech inspection. Limited to 8 vehicles of any make or model by pre-approval and invitation only. You must request a registration code if you want to bring your vehicle out to make passes “for exhibition purposes only”.
AGENDA FOR THE DAY
Gate will open at 8:30AM. Do no arrive prior to 8:30AM because you will not be allowed to enter Texas Motoplex. The track will not “go hot” until 10:00AM and will be fully prep’d so expect excellent traction. Unlimited passes on the track during 5 hours of test ‘n tune/grudge racing session. Wait time in the staging lanes should be minimal based on prior event history. In the event of cold weather below 50 degrees, the start time will be delayed until the ambient temperature is above 50 or the Race Director and Track Management agree the track is ready for racing.
Mandatory Drivers Meeting: 9:30AM
All competitors are required to attend this meeting where you will turn in your waivers and receive your tech card. During the driver’s meeting, our sponsors will be introduced and there will be drawings from among all competitors to win some special prizes. In addition, you will receive your commemorative gifts and your lunch coupon. DO NOT MISS THE DRIVER’S MEETING!!!
Open Drag Racing Session: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Competitors choose grudge matches or just line up and race. Dial in your best E/T which will determine whether or not you make it to the finals in your respective class. Street tires are allowed in the Stock Street and Daily Driver classes only. Lane 2 will be designated for street tires or drag radials/slicks and lane 1 will be drag radials or slicks only.
LUNCH SERVED: 11:00AM – 1:00PM (Test ‘n Tune/Grudge Racing/Qualifying will continue while lunch is being served – Lunch coupons will be distributed during driver’s meeting or may be picked up by competitors and sponsors at the Cadillac V-Club booth)
Drag Racing Top Gun Finals: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Both lanes 1 & 2 will be fully prep’d for drag radials/slicks for heads up competitive racing. This Top Gun finals session will include the Top 8 cars from each class test ‘n tune/grudge racing/qualifying session which will be seeded into a single elimination bracket based on E/T time slips. Cars will be placed in each bracket based on E/T time slips “fastest vs slowest”. Your best E/T during the TnT/grudge racing session will determine seeding and which bracket class of competition you will compete in during the finals. At no time during the Top 8 bracket finals may a driver who is competing in an E/T restricted class “breakout” during a race. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification. If both drivers breakout, then the next two drivers will advance or if the breakout occurs during the finals, the driver whose E/T is closest to the E/T restriction will be crowned the champion and the other driver will be the runner-up.
SCHEDULE FOR FINALS BRACKETS
There will be 8 cars in each class of competition and all 8 cars will complete their first round of passes before the next class proceeds to the starting line.
1. Extreme Unlimited 1st Round
2. Cadillac V8 Pro Street 1st Round
3. Cadillac V6 Pro Street 1st Round
4. Cadillac V8 Street Racer 1st Round
5. Cadillac V6 Street Racer 1st Round
6. Cadillac V8 Daily Driver 1st Round
7. Cadillac V6 Daily Driver 1st Round
8. OEM True Street 1st Round
Once the first round of bracket finals is completed, the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals will be run in the same order. Drivers must be in the staging lanes ready to race when your class is called to the starting line. The tower will call classes to the starting line and if you are not in the staging lane when your class is scheduled to run, you will be eliminated from the competition. If you are registered to compete in two classes, it is possible you may have to “hot lap”.. there will be no cool downs allowed!
Award Presentation to Class Champions: 6:00PM – 6:30PM
A total of eight TOP GUN Champions will be crowned from the Drag Race events. Special recognition and awards presentation for “Top Gun” drag race finals.