Heart of a Champion (HOAC) Hot Rod Classic (HRC) racing series membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities, and obligations. A Member is defined as anyone who uses HOAC-branded Social Media (see definition below).
Correct and proper conduct, both on and off the race track, is part of a Member’s responsibilities. A Member’s actions can reflect upon the sport as a whole and on other HOAC Members. Members are role models for the many fans who follow this sport. Therefore, HOAC views a Member’s conduct, both on and off the race track, with great importance.
Social Media Policy Content
HOAC defines social media as all means of electronic communication or posting of information/content of any sort on the Internet. This includes but is not limited to your own or someone else’s web blogs, personal website, social networking or affinity website, whether or not directly associated or affiliated with HOAC.
Any social media interaction or contribution that adversely affects HOAC, other members, or others directly/indirectly related to HOAC may result in exclusion from HOAC indefinitely.
Examples of inappropriate postings, statements, photographs, video or audio may include discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct and are prohibited. Avoid content that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening or intimidating, that disparages others or that might constitute harassment or bullying. Any mistake should be corrected immediately.
If an individual posts complaints or criticism, avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, obscene, and threatening or intimidating, that disparages others or that might constitute harassment or bullying. Examples of such conduct might include offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone’s reputation or posts that could contribute to a hostile trackside environment on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or any other status protected by law, rule or policy.
Be Honest and Accurate
Posts are “on the record” whether the online medium is public or private and is accessible to the media, public, sponsors, and other business partners and is subject to discovery in litigation matters. Rumors, speculation or information about HOAC or others are not to be posted until an official announcement, release or another post by official social media accounts has been made to the public and media.
Retaliation is prohibited. HOAC prohibits taking negative action against any Member or other for reporting or for cooperating in a policy investigation. Member(s) who retaliate against another Member for reporting or for cooperating in an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including exclusion from HOAC. Social media plays an integral role in reaching out to and growing fan bases, engagement, marketing, and promotion to all entities. It is a way to give fans direct interaction with HOAC, HOAC Hot Rod Classics Series, drivers, teams, tracks, and sponsors.
This policy is in effect as of November 26, 2019, and will remain in effect indefinitely.