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15. TIRES

IMPORTANT: The rulebook content below was released to all parties on January 16, 2017, and should be considered UNOFFICIAL. No in-season amendments or bulletins are reflected below.

15.1. General

15.1.1. Only Tires supplied by Firestone and approved by INDYCAR may be used. Each Tire must be used in its specified location.

15.1.2. Tires are assigned to a specific Entrant. Tires may not be sold, traded or otherwise reassigned, given or transferred to any other Entrant.

15.1.3. Tires may not be changed on a Car once the Car is in its position in the Starting Lineup on the Grid without INDYCAR approval.

15.1.4. Tire warmers are not allowed.

15.1.5. No substance may be applied to the Tires.

15.1.6. Only nitrogen or compressed air may be used to inflate Tires.

15.1.7. An Entrant may only possess the following Tires:

15.1.7.1. tow Tires,

15.1.7.2. set-up Tires,

15.1.7.3. rig testing Tires, and

15.1.7.4. two (2) sets of wet Tires.

15.1.8. All other Tires must be returned to Firestone immediately following an on Track Event. Unreturned Tires are subtracted from the Entrant’s allotment at the following Event.

15.2. Tire Allotments

15.2.1. Each Entry is permitted the following:

2017 Tire Allocation
Event Venue Primary Alternate

Rookie Driver /
Outside Top Ten (10))

St. Petersburg 7 4 1 (Rookie Drivers only)
Long Beach 6 4 1
Barber 7 4 1
Phoenix 9 0 0
Indianapolis RC 7 4 1
Indianapolis 500 36 0 0
Detroit 8 4 1
Texas 12 0 0
Road America 7 4 1
Iowa 10 0 0
Toronto 6 4 1
Mid-Ohio 7 4 1
Pocono 13 0 0
Gateway 10 0 0
Watkins Glen 7 4 1
Sonoma 7 4 0
Phoenix Open Test 6 0 1 (Rookie Drivers only)
Barber Open Test 4 0

1 (Rookie Drivers only)

Texas Open Test TBD 0

0

Gateway Open Test 4 0 1 (Rookie Drivers only)
Sonoma Open Test 4 0 1 (Rookie Drivers only)
Indianapolis 500 ROP 3 0 0
Indianapolis 500 Refresher 2 0 0

15.2.2. Single Event Race Weekends: A maximum of five (5) sets of wet Tires [including two (2) sets transported by the Entrant].

15.2.3. Double-Header Race Location: A maximum of seven (7) sets of wet Tires [including two (2) sets transported by the Entrant].

15.3. Road Course / Street Course Tires

15.3.1. Rookie Drivers and Entrants Outside Top Ten (10)

15.3.1.1. Except at Sonoma, Rookie Drivers and Entrants outside the top ten (10) in Entrant point standings may purchase one (1) additional set of Tires for use during practice session one (1). If purchased, the additional set of Tires is returned at the completion of practice session one (1).

15.3.2. Practice/Returning Tires

15.3.2.1. At the completion of practice session one (1), Entrants must return one (1) set of either primary or alternate Tires.

15.3.2.2. At the completion of practice session two (2), Entrants must return one (1) set of Tires and they must be the opposite compound (primary/alternative) of Tires returned at the completion of practice session one (1).

15.3.3. Sonoma Test Tires

15.3.3.1. Three (3) of the four (4) sets of Tires allotted for the Sonoma Open Test must be returned at the completion of the Sonoma Open Test.

15.3.3.2. The fourth (4th) set of Tires must be returned at the end of Race Event practice session two (2).

15.3.4. Race Tires

15.3.4.1. Within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the practice session prior to the Race, an Entrant must notify INDYCAR via IM to the timing/scoring booth account the Tire Compound it will use for the Race start.

15.3.4.1.1. Failure of an Entrant to submit the required notice will result in INDYCAR assigning the Entrant the Tire Compound chosen by fewer Entrants.

15.3.4.2. A Car must complete two (2) laps on each Tire Compound.

15.3.4.2.1. Single Races: One (1) set of new (sticker) alternate Tires and one (1) set of primary Tires must be used.

15.3.4.2.2. Double-Header Races: One (1) set of alternate Tires and one (1) set of primary Tires must be used.

15.3.4.2.3. One (1) lap must begin once the Green Flag has been displayed to the Race Leader as decided by INDYCAR.

15.3.4.2.4. The second (2nd) lap may be completed in Pit Lane, even if the Car’s Pit Box is prior the Start Finish Line.

15.3.4.2.5. Any Car failing to comply with this Rule shall receive a minimum one (1) lap penalty.

15.3.4.2.6. If a Car has Tire damage due to contact, the two (2) lap requirement for that Tire Compound will be considered fulfilled.

15.3.4.2.7. This Rule does not apply if INDYCAR declares a wet start and/or three (3) or more Cars use wet Tires after the start of the Race.

15.3.5. Wet Tires

15.3.5.1. Practice:

15.3.5.1.1. Wet Tires may only be used when wet conditions exist.

15.3.5.2. Qualifications:

15.3.5.2.1. Wet Tires may only be used when wet conditions exist.

15.3.5.3. Race:

15.3.5.3.1. If INDYCAR declares a wet start, Cars must complete one (1) official lap on wet Tires which must start under a Green Flag. The lap may be completed in Pit Lane even if the Car is pitted before the Start/Finish Line.

15.4. Oval Event Tires

15.4.1. Entrants may start a Race on any of its allotted Tires.

15.5. Unused Tires

15.5.1. Unused replacement Tires returned to the Tire mounting area will not be credited back to the Entrant’s annual allotment.