MAXSpeed Group Statement About Fuel Tampering

Recently, drivers were disqualified from the Rotax Challenge of the Americas event on March 13, 2015 in Sonoma, California; it was found at the post-race technical inspection that drivers were using illegal additives in their fuel. This is a problem that has plagued a variety of motorsports events throughout the world. MAXSpeed Group takes technical violations like this very seriously. The result of this person’s actions, who tampered with a competitor’s fuel, has been banned from any United States Rotax MAX Challenge events for the next 12 months and the two team managers have been put on probation for the next 12 months and will pay a fine.

Adding prohibited additives in the regulation is not an interpretation of the regulation, inattention or negligence, this is something done on purpose, clearly against the regulation. This is cheating and clearly a breaking of sportsmanship and the Rotax code of conduct. In addition, this put the health of the cheater, other drivers, technical inspectors and many others in danger.

The addition of chemicals in fuel exposes those who use the chemicals to personal injury, some of which may be immediate, and some with long-term effects.

USRMC Regulations prohibit the chemical treatment of fuel and tires for competition; our main concern is the health effects of exposure to such hazardous/toxic compounds.  Illegal chemicals can/do poison people.

Education of our competitors and officials is important. We encourage all of our competitors to communicate this concern and actively discourage the use of these chemicals, not simply because they are not permitted by regulation, but because they are hazardous.

While there are others, here are some of the most common chemicals used by “Cheaters”: Benzene, Xylene and Acetone.  Information on these chemical compounds is provided below for your reference.

Flammable and Combustible Material
May catch fire when exposed to heat, spark or flame. May burst into flames.
Poisonous and Infectious Material:
Immediate and serious toxic effects

Poisonous substance. A single exposure may be fatal or cause serious or permanent damage to health.
Poisonous and Infectious Material
Biohazardous infectious materials May cause disease or serious illness.
Drastic exposures may result in death.
Corrosive Material
Can cause burns to eyes, skin or respiratory system.
Poisonous and Infectious Material
May cause irritation. Repeated exposure may cause cancer, birth defects, or other permanent damage.

 

Common Chemical Name Synonyms Personal Injury Risks
Benzene Benzene is also known as:
Benzol
Phenyl hydride,
Coal naphtha
This material is a known carcinogen (cancer causing).
Short-term exposure may cause a variety of effects, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, narcosis, reduction in blood pressure, Central Nervous System depression.
Skin contact may lead to dermatitis.
Long-term exposure may lead to irreversible effects.
Severe eye irritant.
Skin and respiratory irritant.
Xylene Xylene is also known as:
Dimethylbenzene,
Methyltoluene,
Xylol
Central Nervous System disturbance, dizziness, headache, stupor, coma and death.
(Acute and Chronic): Vapor is irritating to nose and throat.
Prolonged exposure may cause pulmonary edema.
Skin contact causes local defatting of the skin which will cause irritation and chaffing.
Long term exposure may cause Central Nervous System disturbance and damage to the liver and kidneys.
Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure:
Impaired kidney and liver function may be aggravated.
Preexisting eye, skin and respiratory conditions may also be aggravated.
Acetone Acetone is also known as:
Dimethyl formaldehyde,
Dimethylketal,
Dimethyl ketone,
Ketone propane,
Beta-ketopropane, methyl ketone,
2-propanone,
Pyroacetic acid,
Pyroacetic ether.
Target Organs – Respiratory System, Skin
Causes Irritation  – Extremely Flammable  – Harmful If Swallowed Or Inhaled
Effects Of Overexposure
Vapors May Be Irritating To Skin, Eyes, Nose And Throat.
Inhalation Of Vapors
May Cause Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Or Loss Of Consciousness.
Liquid Contact;
Liquid May Cause Permanent Eye Damage.
Contact With Skin Has A Defatting Effect, Causing Drying And Irritation.
Ingestion:
May Cause Nausea, Vomiting, Headaches, Dizziness, Gastrointestinal Irritation.
Chronic Effects Of Overexposure
May Include Kidney and/or Liver Damage.

MAXSpeed Group will never accept the unacceptable, especially in cases where people put somebody else’s health in danger. This is why, in the best interest of our competitors and customers, we took severe decisions in this case and we will continue to do so in the future.

Richard Boisclair
President, MAXSpeed Group

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