Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - Rulebook - Chapter 1: General

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1. GENERAL

1.1. Governance

1.1.1. General

1.1.1.1. The Rules govern the IndyCar Series and supersede all previous Rules, bulletins and supplementary Rules and regulations, unless otherwise indicated. Capitalized terms used in the Rules have the meanings set forth in Rule 19, Glossary.

1.1.1.2. If the Rules do not expressly permit a variation, then the Member shall presume that such variation is not permitted. If a Member is uncertain if an act and/or part violates a Rule, the burden is on the Member to receive pre-approval in writing from INDYCAR. For this purpose, e-mails are not written approval unless otherwise expressly permitted and specified by INDYCAR by bulletin. The Member assumes the risk of noncompliance. It is not necessary for a competitive advantage to be gained to constitute a violation of these Rules.

1.1.2. INDYCAR Authority

1.1.2.1. The Rules shall be applied, constructed, and interpreted by INDYCAR, and INDYCAR’s application, construction, and interpretation shall be final and binding.

1.1.2.2. INDYCAR reserves the right to create and/or revise the Rules at any time, including, without limitation, prior to or during an Event. Notices, bulletins, supplementary Rules, regulations, and penalties are effective on the date and time issued, regardless of the date and time when a Member receives actual notice.

1.1.2.3. INDYCAR shall have the right to enforce the Rules, including the rights to impose and/or remove penalties for any violation of the Rules. INDYCAR may penalize any Member and/or exclude any Member or equipment from any Event if INDYCAR deems any act, any omission, any condition to be hazardous and/or not meeting the specifications, requirements, spirit, illustrations, and/or intent of, the Rules.

1.1.2.4. INDYCAR shall have the right to determine whether or not to make public a notice stating that INDYCAR has penalized any Member and/or rendered a judgment on a review and/or appeal. If published, the notice may include without limitation a description of the penalty or judgment and names of the affected Member(s).

1.1.2.5. INDYCAR shall also have the following rights: (i) to authorize and supervise Events of any kind; (ii) to render decisions concerning the Rules and Events; (iii) to grant, approve, refuse, enforce or withdraw Licenses, memberships, and sanctions; (iv) to assign and cancel dates for Events; (v) to appoint and rescind the appointment of Officials; (vi) to establish, interpret and enforce standards of eligibility for participation in Events; and (vii) to do any and all things which, in its judgment, are consistent with the enhancement, safety and/or integrity of the Events. INDYCAR also reserves the right to take whatever action and/or impose whatever penalty it deems necessary to maintain the integrity and safety of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, and/or its Events.

1.1.3. Officiating

1.1.3.1. INDYCAR will (i) secure necessary timing and scoring and technical equipment; (ii) and record all timing and scoring information and technical information, including the standings of an Event; (iii) control the designated timing and scoring and technical areas; (iv) provide competition information to the Competitors, the Event Promoter and the press; (v) and facilitate the award distributions. INDYCAR shall be the final authority on the content of all official postings.

1.1.3.2. INDYCAR may without limitation order the completion, postponement, or cancellation of any Event or any portion thereof for any reason. INDYCAR may terminate a Race before its scheduled number of laps or allotted time and in such case, determine the Race results and disposition of the awards and may terminate a Race after one or more Cars have finished. INDYCAR may increase or reduce the scheduled number of laps or allotted time, and/or may declare an Event completed, postponed, terminated or abandoned.

1.1.3.3. As soon as practical after the conclusion of an Event, INDYCAR shall prepare a report giving the results of the Event and may identify reviews lodged and any penalty issued.

1.1.4. Acceptance of the Rules

1.1.4.1. Every Member who is involved in and/or participates in any way in any Event shall be deemed to have a full awareness and understanding of and to have accepted, the Rules.

1.1.4.2. Every Member agrees to follow the direction of INDYCAR with respect to the enforcement and interpretation of these Rules or be subjected to penalties for failure to comply with such directions.

1.1.4.3. If an individual/entity is involved in and/or participates in any Event without having properly submitted fully-executed membership/licensing application materials, the individual/entity, by such involvement and/or participation, nevertheless agrees that the individual/entity is subject to all Rules, limitations of liability, indemnification and all statements, releases and obligations appearing in the membership/licensing application materials as if the individual/entity had properly submitted a fully-executed membership/licensing application materials and to the same extent as if such individual/entity were a Member.

1.1.4.4. The Rules shall be governed, interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to its choice of law principles. All actions relating to the Rules shall be brought in state or federal court in Marion County, Indiana. Each Member consents to venue in and jurisdiction of the state or federal courts in Marion County, Indiana and waives any rights to contest such venue and jurisdiction.

1.2. Assumption of Risk, Liability Release, Acknowledgment and Indemnity

1.2.1. ASSUMPTION OF RISK - EVERY MEMBER AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THE RULES AND ASSUMES ALL OF THE RISK OF SUCH MEMBER’S INVOLVEMENT AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN AN EVENT.

1.2.2. LIABILITY RELEASE - RECOGNIZING THAT AUTOMOBILE RACING CAN BE A HAZARDOUS UNDERTAKING, MEMBERS, FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR HEIRS, EXECUTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AGREE, BY THEIR MEMBERSHIP, THAT THEY RELEASE AND DISCHARGE INDYCAR GROUP FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES TO PROPERTY, PERSONAL INJURY, AND/OR DEATH, IN ANY WAY RELATING TO ANY EVENT OR THE MEMBERS’ INVOLVEMENT AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT, REGARDLESS OF HOW THE CLAIM MIGHT ARISE INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION RACE OFFICIATING, RULE INTERPRETATION AND VIOLATIONS, PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE TRACK, AND/OR EMERGENCY TREATMENT OR RESCUE.

1.2.3. ACKNOWLEDGMENT

1.2.3.1. MEMBERS RECOGNIZE THIS RELEASE APPLIES EVEN IF INDYCAR GROUP OR ANY OF THEM ACTED NEGLIGENTLY AND UNDERSTAND THAT MEMBERS MAY BE ASKED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE BY OTHER AGREEMENTS THEY MIGHT SIGN AS A PREREQUISITE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT OR EVENTS.

1.2.3.2. EACH MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE MEMBER HAS MADE THE MEMBER’S SPOUSE AND/OR DEPENDENTS AWARE OF THE MEMBER’S DECISION TO ASSUME AND INCUR THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH RACING WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO PURSUE CLAIMS OF WRONGDOING.

1.2.4. INDEMNITY – EACH MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT MEMBER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR VIOLATION OF MEMBER'S AGREEMENTS BY MEMBER, MEMBER'S REPRESENTATIVES INCLUDING LOVED ONES AFFECTED BY MEMBER'S INVOLVEMENT AND/OR PARTICIPATION, AND MEMBER'S PARTICIPANTS AND GUESTS. THIS RESPONSIBILITY APPLIES TO ALL VIOLATIONS OF MEMBER'S AGREEMENTS WITH INDYCAR. THIS INCLUDES THE MISUSE OF CREDENTIALS AND THE FAILURE TO ACCEPT THE ASSUMPTION OF RISK, THE WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY, THE BINDING NATURE OF THE RULES, INDYCAR'S INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES, AND THE FINALITY OF THE APPEAL PROCEDURE. MEMBER UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDES THE DUTY TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD INDYCAR GROUP HARMLESS FROM THE CONSEQUENCES AND DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE VIOLATION.

1.2.5. INDYCAR may periodically request that a Member acknowledge the release, assumption of risk and indemnification provisions in the membership application materials, but the failure of INDYCAR to request and/or a Member to sign an acknowledgement does not negate the release, assumption of risk and indemnification provisions in the membership application materials or in these Rules.

1.3. Conduct Identification

1.3.1. A Member should never make a claim against INDYCAR or a person or entity connected with INDYCAR that an injury, including a fatal injury, has been caused by wrongful conduct that is intentional or willful and wanton unless the claim can be supported by established facts. Even if factually supportable, such a claim cannot continue unless the notice required in the membership application is timely completed.

1.4. Litigation

1.4.1. Each Member agrees to reimburse INDYCAR Group and other named Members (INDYCAR Member Group) for all costs of litigation including without limitation travel expenses and attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses if either of the following conditions occurs:

1.4.1.1. The Member initiates or otherwise causes a member of the INDYCAR Member Group to be named as a party in a legal proceeding not permitted or contemplated by the Rules;

1.4.1.2. The Member requests or compels a member(s) of the INDYCAR Member Group’s participation in a manner other than as a party to the lawsuit.

1.5. Security

1.5.1. Only authorized individuals are permitted on the Track and in other restricted locations designated by INDYCAR or an Event Promoter including without limitation spotter stands, marshal’s posts, safety truck locations, photographer locations and broadcast platforms.

1.5.2. INDYCAR and the Event Promoter have the right to engage in such searches of individuals and property at any Event, as they deem necessary or appropriate for the safety and security of the Event. If they deem necessary, INDYCAR and the Event Promoter have the right but are not required to remove any individual and/or property from the Event.

1.5.3. INDYCAR may but is not required to penalize any Entrant, Associate, or other Member whose representative or equipment enters a restricted area at any Race Location prior to the scheduled opening time or remains in a restricted area at a Race Location after the scheduled closing time without prior approval from INDYCAR and the Event Promoter.

1.5.4. Only Members possessing a valid Driver’s license may operate a motorized vehicle in a restricted area during an Event. Only INDYCAR-approved vehicles are permitted in the pit area. INDYCAR and/or an Event Promoter may have additional or different requirements for a particular Event.

1.5.5. Members must not operate or permit another individual to operate a motorized or non-motorized vehicle at the Race Location negligently, recklessly or without due consideration to Members, spectators or others.

1.5.6. Any Member involved in a crash or injured in an incident must report to the medical center or as directed by INDYCAR before departing the Race Location prior to the conclusion of the Event.

1.5.7. Smoking is not permitted on the Track, in the pit area, or in any fuel service area. INDYCAR and/or an Event Promoter may have additional or different requirements for a particular Event.

1.5.8. The possession of firearms by non-law enforcement personnel during an Event is prohibited.

1.5.9. The use of drones or any other unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) at an Event is prohibited unless approved in advance in writing by INDYCAR’s President of Competition and Operations. As a condition of such approval, INDYCAR may require a Member to agree in writing with a policy statement that may include, without limitation: i) compliance with all applicable local, state and federal, rules and regulations; ii) adherence with INDYCAR-designated standards of use of the drone or UAS; iii) provision of insurance as required by INDYCAR and/or the Event promoter; and iv) completion of all applicable location releases and other agreements regarding the use of any photograph, video, footage, data, and/or other information gathered by the drone or UAS.

1.6. Data Sharing Policy

1.6.1. INDYCAR owns any and all rights to exploit the IndyCar Series and/or, without limiting the foregoing, the Events, or portions thereof, including without limitation, all photographic, video, audio, films, still and/or motion picture images, sounds and data or other reproductions thereof (e.g., in-car audio, in-car video, in-car radio, other electronic transmissions between cars and crews and timing and scoring information).

1.6.2. INDYCAR may disclose the data to third parties for any purpose including, without limitation, safety and/or medical research.

1.6.3. If an individual desires to receive any such data from INDYCAR, the individual shall submit a request in writing to the President of Competition and Operations. The written request shall specify the date requested and the proposed use of the data.

1.6.3.1. INDYCAR shall determine whether to provide the data, taking into account such factors as the nature of the data requested, the uses for which the individual requests the data and whether or not consent and/or approval of any other individual is required or appropriate in order to release the data.

1.6.3.2. The individual requesting the data will be required to execute an agreement regarding approved uses for the data and the confidential treatment of any data that INDYCAR approves for use by the individual.

1.6.4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Entrant may record its own pit stop activities from its own pit area during Events for the purpose of internal evaluation. All other activities and/or uses require prior INDYCAR written approval.