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18. RULEBOOK GLOSSARY

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.

  • ACCUS-FIA – The Automobile Competition Committee of the United States is the ASN of FIA for the United States. ACCUS is comprised of the six (6) major motorsports sanctioning organizations (known by or within the FIA as "member clubs"): IMSA, INDYCAR, NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA and USAC. In accordance with the FIA statutes and the international sporting code, ACCUS-FIA has delegated its sporting power to the member clubs, except for FIA World Championship events.
  • Aero Kit - All the components of the Car identified by INDYCAR, supplied by an Approved Supplier, approved by INDYCAR and governed by these Rules for all circuit configurations.
  • Approved Engine Change-Out – An Engine Change–Out approved by INDYCAR and not subject to penalty.
  • Approved Supplier - A supplier of components that has been approved by INDYCAR, in its sole and absolute discretion.
  • ASN – The National Sporting Authority of the FIA is a national automobile club or other national body recognized by the FIA as sole holder of sporting power in a country, except that in accordance with the FIA statutes and the international sporting code, an ASN may delegate some or all of its sporting power to its member clubs. An ASN is the liaison between its member clubs, other ASNs and the FIA. An ASN prepares listings on the international calendar, issues international motorsport licenses to its citizens and foreign citizens living in the country, issues authorizations for foreign participation and certifies and maintains domestic and international records.
  • Associate – The firm(s), corporation(s) or other business association(s) named on an Associate’s membership application approved by INDYCAR, remaining in good standing and uniquely identified by a tax identification number. Associate includes Associate and Associate’s officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representatives and affiliates. Associate includes Manufacturers. Associate is responsible for Associate Group.
  • Associate Group - Associate Participant, Associate Guest and each third party Associate represents. "Associate Participant" is defined as any individual who is a Participant by reason of his or her relationship to Associate. "Associate Guest" is defined as any individual whose presence at a Track is at the invitation of the Associate.
  • Backup Car – A spare Car an Entrant may use on Track in place of a primary Car if approved by INDYCAR.
  • Blend Line - The time line that decides the sequential order of Cars on Track relative to Cars exiting Pit Lane under a Yellow Condition.
  • Business Day - Any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks are authorized to close under the laws of, or are in fact closed in, the state of Indiana.
  • Car – A four (4) wheel automotive vehicle consisting of the combination of Aero Kit, Chassis, Engine, Gearbox and Tires. The vehicle must be supplied by Manufacturers or Approved Suppliers, approved by INDYCAR and conform to the specifications, spirit and illustrations in and intent of, the Rules.
  • Chief Steward – The Race Steward specified by the President. Unless otherwise specified, the same individual serves as Chief Steward during every Event.
  • Competitor - A Driver, Entrant, crew member, Manufacturer or any other individual or entity who is a Member and participates competitively in an Event.
  • Cosworth – Cosworth, LLC, an approved electronic supplier. Any reference in the Rules to “Cosworth” is referring to Cosworth, LLC.
  • Current Indy Lights Series Driver - A Driver that has participated in the current or the previous Indy Lights season and/or approved by INDYCAR.
  • Dallara – Dallara, LLC, the approved chassis manufacturer. Any reference in the Rules to “Dallara” is referring to Dallara, LLC.
  • Day - The twenty-four (24) hour period within a single calendar day.
  • Discretion - The exercise by INDYCAR of judgment in making a determination as to the application, construction and interpretation of the Rules; and is required because of the need for decisions that depend upon immediacy without reflection and/or that are often subjective.
  • Double-Header Race Location – A Race Location where more than one Race is held. Double-Header Race Location does not include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Driver - The individual named on a Driver's License and membership application approved by INDYCAR and issued by ACCUS-FIA (or another ASN, if applicable) and remaining in good standing. Driver is responsible for Driver Group.
  • Driver Group - Driver Guest and each third party Driver represents. The term “Driver Guest” shall mean and include any individual whose presence at an Event is at the Driver’s invitation.
  • ECU – The INDYCAR approved and supplied engine control unit (ECU), which is the primary device responsible for the control, monitoring and data logging of all Engine induction, fuel and turbo charger control sub-systems.
  • Engine - An engine supplied by one of the engine Manufacturers or their designees, approved by INDYCAR and conforming to the specifications, spirit and illustrations in and intent of the Rules.
  • Engine Change-Out – The replacement of an Entrant’s Engine with another from the same Manufacturer.
  • Engine Pool - The Engines presented to INDYCAR by the Engine Manufacturers for random allocation to Entrants. Engines are still considered part of the Engine Pool once they have been allocated to Entrants until they have reached the approved Engine Change-Out mileage or until they are deemed failed and an Unapproved Engine Change Out has occurred.
  • Entrant - The firm(s), corporation, or other business association(s) named on an Entrant's License and membership application approved by INDYCAR and issued by ACCUS-FIA, remaining in good standing and uniquely identified by a tax identification number and Car number. Entrant includes Entrant and Entrant’s officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representatives and affiliates. Entrant is responsible for Entrant Group.
  • Entrant Group - Entrant Participant, Entrant Guest and each third party Entrant represents. "Entrant Participant" is defined as any individual who is a Participant by reason of his or her relationship to Entrant. "Entrant Guest" is defined as any individual whose presence at a Track is at the invitation of the Entrant.
  • Entry - An Entrant's Car and Driver combination on an Entry form displaying the Entrant's Car number and approved by INDYCAR for participation in a designated on-Track Event.
  • Event – Any racing, promotional and/or entertainment or other activities associated with, sanctioned by and/or organized in cooperation with INDYCAR or occurring at the site of, contemporaneously with or reasonably connected to said activities. Event does not include any Indy Lights® Series, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 Championship and/or MX-5 Cup events, as those events are covered by separate rules.
  • Event Agreement – The agreement in effect between INDYCAR and an Event Promoter regarding the conduct of a Race.
  • Event Promoter – The firm(s), corporation(s) or other business association(s) named on an Event Agreement with INDYCAR and responsible for designated operations of a Race. Event Promoter includes Event Promoter and Event Promoter’s officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representatives and affiliates.
  • FIA - The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile is the sole international sporting authority entitled to make and enforce regulations based on the fundamental principles of safety and sporting fairness, for the encouragement and control of automobile competitions and records and to organize FIA international championships.
  • Firestone - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, is the approved Tire manufacturer. Any reference in the Rules to “Firestone” is referring to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC.
  • Full Indianapolis 500 Engine Program - The guaranteed use of up to two in the Indianapolis 500, practice, Qualifying and Race.
  • Full Season Entrant – An Entrant scheduled to participate in every Race.
  • Full-Season Entrant Engine Mileage – Engine miles as allotted for a Full Season Entrant.
  • Good Standing – INDYCAR decides good standing of an individual and/or entity by a review of:
    • Financial and/or legal status with respect to INDYCAR and Manufacturers, and
    • Such other factors as INDYCAR deems relevant to the decision.
  • Grid – The physical location where the Cars are positioned in Starting Lineup order prior to the start of a Race.
  • Guaranteed Attempt – A Car’s opportunity to present itself for the Qualifications process.
  • Headings – The subject headings are included for purposes of convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of any of the Rules.
  • Homologated - INDYCAR approved design and location of a component for use at an Event.
  • INDYCAR – INDYCAR, LLC, the member club of ACCUS; the owner and operator of the Verizon IndyCar Series; the owner of the Indy Lights Series; and the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights Series, Pro Mazda Championship and USF2000 Championship. INDYCAR includes INDYCAR and INDYCAR’s officials, officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representative and affiliates. "INDYCAR" and “Leaders Circle” are registered trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and cannot be used without authority from INDYCAR or Brickyard Trademarks, Inc. Any reference in the Rules to “INDYCAR” is referring to INDYCAR, LLC.
  • INDYCAR Group - INDYCAR, FIA, ACCUS-FIA, Event Promoters, other Members and the officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, representatives, owners, successors and assigns of each of them.
  • IndyCar Series - The Verizon IndyCar Series owned, operated and sanctioned by INDYCAR. INDYCAR includes INDYCAR and INDYCAR’s officials, officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representative and affiliates. IndyCar Series (and design) are registered trademarks of Brickyard Trademarks, Inc., used with permission. Verizon is a registered trademark of Verizon Trademark Services LLC. Any reference in the Rules to the IndyCar Series may include INDYCAR and any reference to INDYCAR may include a reference to the IndyCar Series, if the context so requires.
  • IRIS – INDYCAR Information System is the official online communication platform for Competitors.
  • Lapped Car - A Car that is at least one lap behind all Cars that are on the Race leaders lap.
  • Leaders Circle – The program whereby INDYCAR provides benefits to Leaders Circle participants in exchange for their participation in all of the Races. Leaders Circle participants must enter into an agreement with INDYCAR, remain in good standing and be uniquely identified by a tax identification number, Car number and Driver. Leaders Circle designations may not be transferred, and/or otherwise assigned without prior written permission by INDYCAR. INDYCAR may limit the number of Leaders Circle participants as it deems appropriate.
  • License - An authorization approved by INDYCAR and issued by ACCUS-FIA (or another ASN, if applicable) to an individual or entity to participate in a Race as a Driver, Entrant or Official.
  • Manufacturer – The firm(s), corporation(s) or other business association(s) named on an Associate’s membership application approved by INDYCAR, remaining in good standing and uniquely identified by a tax identification number. Manufacturer includes the Aero Kit, approved chassis, Tire, Engine and gearbox Manufacturers and their officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representatives and affiliates.
  • Member - An individual, firm, corporation or other business association entity named on an annual membership application, approved by INDYCAR and remaining in good standing. Without limitation, each Competitor and Official must be a Member. Member is responsible for Member Group.
  • Member Group - Member Guest and each third party Member represents. The term “Member Guest” shall mean and include any individual whose presence at an Event is at my invitation.
  • Non-Qualified Car – A Car not successfully completing Qualifications. A Non-Qualified Car may be approved by INDYCAR to participate in a limited manner in a Race.
  • Officials -Any and all authorized INDYCAR officers, employees, agents, representatives and subcontractors. Officials specifically referenced in the Rules include:
    • "Chief Executive Officer", Mark Miles
    • "President of Competition and Operations", Jay Frye
    • "Race Director", Brian Barnhart
    • "Medical Director" Michael Olinger, MD, Geoff Billows, MD
    • "Medical Review Officer" Douglas Aukerman, MD
    • "Chief Steward" Dan Davis
    • "Race Stewards" Dan Davis, Arie Luyendyk, and Max Papis

    INDYCAR my replace any Official with another Official(s) at any time. The above-named Officials may delegate their authority in whole or in part to another Official(s) at any time.
  • Open Test – An Open Test is a period of on-Track activity to: i) promote the Race at the Race Location and ii) to prepare Participants for the Race and for other Races at other venues.
  • Oval / Oval Events – A Race Location where all on- Track turns are left-handed.
  • Pace Car – An official Pace Car approved by INDYCAR, driven by an authorized individual and used during on-Track activities.
  • Partial Season Entrant – An Entrant in one or more, but not all, of the Races during the Racing Season.
  • Participant - Any individual or entity along with their officers, directors, members, owners, successors, assigns, agents, employees, representatives and affiliates that are in any way associated or connected with Track premises, Testing facilities or other INDYCAR-approved locations or Event including, without limitation, facility owners, Event Promoters, municipalities, racing associations, sanctioning organizations, series organizers, Officials, workers, volunteers, Entrants, Car owners, Drivers, pit crew members, safety crew members, medical/rescue personnel, sponsors, Manufacturers, suppliers, designers, advertisers, inspectors, construction contractors, engineers, architects, insurers and all individuals in a restricted area.
  • Penalty Guidelines - The penalty issued for a violation of each Sporting Regulation of the Rules during Qualifications and Races and designated other Rules is taken from the Penalty Guidelines. The Penalty Guidelines have been developed by INDYCAR with input from the Race Stewards, Drivers and Entrants, and they shall contain a violation, Rule reference (Rule number and a brief description of the rule), as well as the minimum, mid, and maximum penalty for violation of the Rule.
  • Pit Box - The area of the Pit Lane specified to an Entrant for service of a Car including refueling, tire changes, and repairs. This area includes both sides of the Pit Wall.
  • Pit Commitment Line - The time line that decides if a Car is within the Pit Lane boundaries at the time of a Yellow Condition.
  • Pit Entry/Exit Lane - The lane in Pit Lane closest to the Pit Boxes.
  • Pit Lane - The part of the Track that leads from the Racing Surface to the Pit Boxes or from the Pit Boxes back to the Racing Surface. It has specified starting and ending points and is defined by painted lines, cones and/or other visible markings.
  • Pit Out Commit Line - The time line that decides if a Car has followed proper procedures exiting Pit Lane. At some Tracks, the Pit Out Commit Line is the same line as the Blend Line.
  • Pole Position - The first (1st) position in the Starting Lineup.
  • Provisional Starting Car - An Entrant who is granted permission to start a Race based on previous championships, current points or other means as determined by INDYCAR or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as applicable.
  • Push to Pass - A system controlled by the ECU that allows for the Engine power to be increased for a period of time when activated by a button press by the Driver.
  • Qualifications – The process to determine the eligibility and starting position of each Car desiring to participate in a Race by ranking the Car on the basis of its performance in Qualifications.
  • Qualified Car – A Car that successfully completes Qualifications.
  • Race - The IndyCar Series race(s) occurring at an Event for which points are awarded.
  • Race Location – A location where on-Track activities take place.
  • Race Procedure - Is the manner in which an Event is conducted. It includes, but is not limited to, At Track Procedures described in Rule 7 (On Track Conditions, Flag Codes and Track condition lights, Timing and Scoring, Pit Boxes, Race Start, Race Restart, Mechanical Conditions, Performance Standards, Pit Procedures, Pit Safety Violations) and Qualifications described in Rule 8.
  • Race Stewards - The Race Stewards (individually referred to as a Race Steward) are three Officials stationed in race control who shall determine on Track violations of the Sporting Regulations of the Rules during Qualifications and Races. The President of Competition and Operations in his discretion shall select the three Race Stewards and designate one of them as the Chief Steward. Unless otherwise notified, the same individuals shall serve as Chief Steward and Race Stewards, respectively, during every Event. All Race Stewards shall report to the President of Competition and Operations. The President of Competition and Operations will expect and be the sole judge that each Race Steward is unbiased, fair, honest, ethical, and consistent and has comprehensive knowledge of the Sporting Regulations of the Rules and racing as established by these Rules and the interpretations and determinations of the President of Competition and Operations. The President of Competition and Operations may remove any Race Steward at any time if he deems such Race Steward is unsuitable or has a conflict. The Race Stewards shall: i) attend the pre-Race Drivers’ meetings scheduled by INDYCAR to provide updates to Competitors on the Sporting Regulations of the Rules generally applicable to IndyCar Series Qualifying and Races and any Sporting Regulations of the Rules specifically applicable to Qualifying and Race; and ii) be available for one (1) hour post-Race and post-Qualifying at the INDYCAR Administration Trailer to review Race and/or Qualifying decisions with Competitors.
  • Racing Season - All Open Tests and Race Events beginning with the first Race or first Open Test, whichever occurs earlier, and continuing through the final Race.
  • Racing Surface - The area designated by INDYCAR as eligible for use during competition. It may be formed by boundaries such as a wall or a line. It does not include grass or runoff areas.
  • Registration - The unique identity number assigned to a specific Car by Dallara.
  • Restarting Lineup - The order of Cars on Track for the restart of a Race.
  • Road Course Event - A purpose-built permanent Track where turns are left and right-handed.
  • Rookie Driver - A Driver is a Rookie Driver in the IndyCar Series if the Driver has i) not participated in more than four (4) IndyCar Series Races in a Racing Season or ii) participated in less than eight (8) IndyCar Series Races in his/her career.
  • Rookie Driver - Indianapolis 500 - A Driver is a Rookie Driver in the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race if the Driver has not participated a previous Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.
  • Rookie Orientation Program ("ROP") - A three (3) phase Test, supervised by INDYCAR to demonstrate Car control, placement and a consistent driving pattern by a Rookie Driver.
  • Rules - This IndyCar Series Rule Book, including without limitation, Aero Kit Regulations, Engine Regulations, supplementary guidelines, Substance Abuse Policy, Social Media Policy, Style Guide, Penalty Guidelines and bulletins issued by Officials, whether containing Rules applicable only to a particular Event(s) or containing Rules of general applicability. The most current version is available at http://paddock.indycar.com/rulebook. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Rules may be issued verbally in mandatory meetings such as Drivers meetings held during Events.
  • Season Start - A designated date or the first Open Test or the first on-Track day of the first Race of a given calendar year, whichever comes first.
  • Short Indianapolis 500 Engine Program – The guaranteed use of one Engine in Indianapolis 500, practice, Qualifying and Race.
  • Short Oval Events - An Oval/Oval Event with a Track distance of 1.1 miles or less.
  • Single Race Event Entrant - An Entrant whose participation is scheduled for only one Event at a time, even if participating in consecutive Events.
  • Speedway / Superspeedway Events - An Oval/Oval Event with a Track distance greater than 1.1 miles.
  • Sporting Regulations - Sporting Regulations are the Race Procedures of the Rules including, but are not limited to, on-Track competition such as blocking, contact, restart violations, Pit Lane infractions, Qualifying interference, local yellow performance reduction expectation, Track boundary infraction, packing up under Yellow Condition or failing to pace; however, it does not include technical, operations or off Track competition such as Engine Regulations, Aero Kit Regulations, and Substance Abuse Policy violations. The Race Stewards shall determine violations of the Sporting Regulations of the Rules during Qualifying and Races.
  • Start/Finish Line – The areas of a Track specified by INDYCAR to decide the start, lap completion, and/or completion of an on Track activity. If applicable, it may extend across and include Pit Lane.
  • Starting Lineup – The order of Cars on Track for the start of a Race.
  • Steward – An individual designated by the President of Competition and Operations to have specific authority to assist with the application, construction, interpretation and enforcement of the Rules.
  • Steward's Review – The request from a Race Steward and/or the Race Director during Qualifications and/or a Race for review of an incident as a potential violation of the Sporting Regulations of the Rules for issuance of a penalty.
  • Street Course Event - A purpose-built temporary Track where turns are left and right-handed.
  • Team – One or more Entrants under common ownership and/or control as determined by INDYCAR.
  • Test - Any period during which a Member conducts any Testing.
  • Testing - The use of the approved chassis, Engine, Aero Kit, gearbox and Tires, separately or in any combination during a period other than practice, Qualifying or a Race.
  • Tires – Tires supplied by Firestone, approved by INDYCAR, and governed by these Rules.
  • Title Sponsor – Verizon Wireless, its affiliates and the successors, assigns, officer, directors, owners, members and representatives and employees of each of them.
  • Track – The area including without limitation the Racing Surface, pit entrance lanes, Pit Lane and pit exit lanes located between the outer and innermost retaining walls.
  • Track Condition – The status under which on-Track activity is conducted.
  • Unapproved Engine Change-Out - An Engine change not approved by INDYCAR and subject to a penalty.
  • Use – This is defined as being propelled under power generated by the Engine.
  • Xtrac – Xtrac, Inc, the approved gearbox manufacturer. Any reference in the Rules to “Xtrac” is referring to Xtrac, Inc.
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