In general, for both the Road and Oval license classes the scrutiny level will be as follows:
Rookie -> Permissive
D Class -> Lenient
C Class -> Moderate
B Class -> Strict
A Class -> Strict
The Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny System runs during Qualifying Sessions to help prevent unrealistic preparation exploits. Generally speaking, the officials expect a driver to pull out under control, get up to speed relatively quickly, and complete their qualifying laps in a timely and controlled manner. In an Open Qualifying Session, some accommodations for slowing are made based on proximity to other racers.
- The Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny system applies a furled Black Flag as a warning to drivers who have not been compliant with the expectations. When a furled black flag is displayed, laps are no longer scored until the driver resets the car.
- - A furled Black Flag warning will be reset when leaving the car or resetting it to the pits.
- There are several levels of strictness available for the Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny system. The more strictly the system is being administered, the less leeway is granted to the racers before warnings and penalties are issued.
- - The levels of Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny available are: Off, Permissive, Lenient, Moderate, Strict, and Severe.
- - The strictness level of Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny is customizable for User-Created Sessions from both the iRacing UI and the Classic Membersite.
- Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny is only available for use and is only applied for Qualifying sessions at asphalt tracks. There is no effect on tracks partially or completely composed of dirt racing surfaces.
- Qualifying Conduct Scrutiny information for an event is visible in the Simulator in the Info tab under "RACE STATUS". This also includes loaded Replays.
The most frequent question we get regarding qualifying scrutiny relates to exiting the pits during a qualifying run.
Drivers are required to maintain a speed under the pit speed limit while in the pits (between the yellow cone: pit entrance and the green cone: pit exit).
After passing the green cone you will need to speed up (and disable the pit speed limiter if this is set to manual and not automatic). After passing the green cone but before reaching the blue cone there isn't a speed limit. A driver that does not speed up will be required to return to the pits before qualifying.