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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.
4.1. General – Entrant Licensing/Driver Licensing
4.1.1. Licensing criteria are available from the
INDYCAR office and may vary depending on the
particular on Track activity. Applicants must be in
good standing. All License applications shall be
made on forms provided by INDYCAR and
submitted to INDYCAR. INDYCAR and ACCUS-FIA
(and another ASN, if applicable) shall determine
whether to approve a License application and issue
a License. Applicant shall pay any and all costs
associated with satisfying the License criteria. Driver
Licenses are not transferable at any time; Entrant
Licenses are not transferable without prior written
4.1.2. Unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR,
Entrant must possess an INDYCAR Entrant's
License and Membership and an ACCUS-FIA
Entrant's License (including international competition
privileges). Entrant must remain in good standing at
all times during the on-Track Event.
4.1.3. Unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR, Driver
must possess an INDYCAR Driver's License and
Membership and an ACCUS-FIA Driver's License
(including international competition privileges) or
another ASN Driver’s License, if applicable. Driver
must remain in good standing at all times during the
4.1.4. Licenses are revocable by INDYCAR and
ACCUS-FIA at any time and for any reason. Without
limiting the foregoing, Licenses for Rookie Drivers
are granted on a temporary basis.
4.1.5. Licenses may be limited to a particular type of
Event(s) or for a specified period.
4.1.6. Licensed Entrants and Drivers are eligible to
earn awards and points as described in the Rules.
4.1.7. Eligibility for a License shall be determined
based on such factors as are indicative of the
applicant's ability to participate satisfactorily in an
4.1.8. Fees may be charged for Licenses.
184.108.40.206. Fees are non-refundable whether or not
the License is granted. No fee or any part
thereof shall be refunded to a licensee because
the licensee ceases to participate in any
Event(s) regardless of the reason for such
4.1.9. A License is valid only for the current Racing
Season and/or as otherwise restricted. Unless
otherwise noted, all Licenses shall expire on
December 31 of the calendar year during which they
4.1.10. If an individual/entity participates in any Event
without having properly submitted fully-executed
license application materials, the individual/entity, by
such 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 license application
materials as if the individual/entity had properly
submitted fully-executed license application
4.1.11. INDYCAR and/or ACCUS-FIA may issue a
license that may only be valid for a designated
period or designated Event(s), as INDYCAR and/or
ACCUS-FIA deems appropriate.
4.1.12. An applicant may request the review and/or
appeal of a denial of a Driver or Entrant License and
membership application, grade of Driver’s License,
determination of Rookie Driver status or eligibility for
ROP or refresher Test in accordance with the
procedures set forth in Rule 12 and Rule 13.
4.1.13. INDYCAR may continuously re-evaluate the
eligibility and performance of a Driver and/or Entrant
to determine if the Driver and/or Entrant shall remain
licensed. As part of such evaluation, INDYCAR may
consider input from any Official, any Driver and
others as INDYCAR determines appropriate and
may require a Driver and/or Entrant to participate in
Testing under the observation of Officials, Drivers,
4.2. Entrant License
4.2.1. The individual signing the application materials
represents that the individual is authorized to act on
behalf of the named Entrant in all matters. Additional
corporate representatives may be listed and the
authority of any individual may be limited. One
corporate representative must be present at each
on-Track Event where on-Track activity takes place.
220.127.116.11. If a corporate representative’s status
changes, INDYCAR may require an individual
authorized to act on behalf of the Entrant submit
new application materials for that Entrant for
approval. INDYCAR may require an Entrant to
submit another Entrant License fee and resubmit
any other materials including, without limitation,
a Leaders Circle Program Agreement, Entry
forms, or any other requirements as determined
18.104.22.168. Upon request, INDYCAR must be
provided satisfactory information regarding
ownership of an Entrant.
22.214.171.124. After receipt of the application materials,
the Entrant's competitive and business viability
will be assessed to determine whether to
approve and issue the license. Factors taken
into account may include, without limitation:
126.96.36.199.1. Purchase and/or lease agreements
188.8.131.52.2. Purchase and/or lease agreement
for its shop; and
184.108.40.206.3. Employment or consultancy
agreements with key personnel including,
without limitation, team manager, engineer,
chief mechanic and Driver.
4.2.3. Entry - Upon issuance of the Entrant License,
the Entrant may submit a Leaders Circle Program
Agreement and Entry forms identified by the Car
number assigned to that Entrant License. The Entry
(Car with Driver) must display the Car number at all
times during the Event and all points and awards
earned by this Entry will be credited to that Car
number unless otherwise determined by INDYCAR.
An Entrant intending to compete with multiple
Entries at a single Event must obtain an Entrant
License with a unique Car number for each Entry or
satisfy such other requirements as INDYCAR may
220.127.116.11. The Entry shall automatically include a
primary and Backup Car unless indicated
otherwise. The first Car presented at technical
inspection shall be the primary Car. The second
Car presented at technical inspection shall be
the Backup Car.
18.104.22.168. Indianapolis 500® Mile Race: If Entrant
wins the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, it agrees
to grant to the Event Promoter or its designee,
through execution of a separate agreement, the
right to possess and use the winning Car for
display during mutually agreed upon times.
Consideration for the above use of the winning
car is acknowledged as the opportunity to
compete for awards for the on-Track Event and
acceptance of the Entry.
22.214.171.124. Championship: If Entrant wins the
championship, it agrees to grant to INDYCAR or
its designee the right to possess and use the
winning Car for display during mutually agreed
upon times of the celebration. Consideration for
the above use of the winning Car is
acknowledged as the opportunity to compete for
awards for the on-Track Events and acceptance
of the Entries.
4.2.4. Chief Mechanic
126.96.36.199. Each Entry must have a chief mechanic.
188.8.131.52. The chief mechanic is responsible for the
Car complying with the Rules.
184.108.40.206. The chief mechanic must be in the Car’s
assigned Pit Box when the Car is on the Track
and must accompany the Car during all
technical inspection processes.
220.127.116.11. Entrant agrees its chief mechanic shall
serve as an authorized corporate representative
regarding all issues related to technical
18.104.22.168. An Entrant shall replace its chief mechanic
if INDYCAR determines that the chief mechanic
is not sufficiently qualified.
22.214.171.124.1 Oval Events – One (1) spotter is required when more than one (1) Car is on Track.
126.96.36.199.2. Carburetion Day and Race Day at the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race – Two (2) spotters are required.
188.8.131.52. A spotter must:
184.108.40.206.1. be in the specified location(s),
220.127.116.11.2. have a radio capable of communicating with the Driver and an Entrant Competitor in the Entrant’s Pit Box,
18.104.22.168.3. monitor the Team Broadcast Frequency,
22.214.171.124.4. have the required memberships, and
126.96.36.199.5. be registered with INDYCAR.
4.2.6. Manufacturers – The Manufacturers may require
an Entrant to enter into lease and/or purchase
4.3. Driver License
4.3.1. License application materials may be approved
and Licenses issued to individuals determined
eligible by INDYCAR to compete in an Event and
who otherwise meet the application requirements.
4.3.2. The determination of whether the applicant may
take ROP and whether the applicant successfully
completed ROP shall be made by INDYCAR.
4.3.3. INDYCAR and/or ACCUS-FIA (and another
ASN, if applicable) shall determine the grade of the
License issued to a Driver.
4.3.4. In order for a Driver to compete in any Event,
the Driver must hold a Driver License and at any
time may be required to:
- Participate in any INDYCAR required testing;
- Provide an updated resume, government-issued identification, and/or certified birth certificate;
- Furnish a current clearance acceptable to INDYCAR attesting to the Driver's physical/psychological fitness;
- Provide proof of United States residency and an international letter of authorization from the Driver’s home country ASN, in the case of Drivers who are not citizens of the United States.
188.8.131.52. An applicant must have sufficient
competitive driving ability and experience as
determined by INDYCAR.
184.108.40.206. INDYCAR’s determination as to ability will
take into account all such factors, as INDYCAR
deems relevant. An applicant must contact
INDYCAR for the current Race-specific criteria.
220.127.116.11. INDYCAR may require the applicant to
18.104.22.168.1. A current resume containing a
complete history of the applicant’s
competition to date and demonstrating the
applicant’s ability to properly and safely
handle the Car;
22.214.171.124.2. A letter of recommendation from the
series in which the Driver last competed;
126.96.36.199.3. Such other information as INDYCAR
4.3.6. Physical/Psychological Information - The
applicant must provide the information required by
INDYCAR and must successfully complete any
INDYCAR-prescribed physical and psychological
examinations, which may include, without limitation,
eye, neurological and substance abuse testing.
4.3.7. Rookie Driver General
188.8.131.52. Before a Rookie Driver’s participation in his/her first (1st) Oval Event, the Rookie Driver must complete a ROP supervised by INDYCAR.
184.108.40.206. If a Driver begins the Racing Season as a
Rookie Driver, he/she remains a Rookie Driver
until the end of that Racing Season.
220.127.116.11. ROP - An applicant must demonstrate Car
control, placement and interaction with other
Cars on Track to the satisfaction of INDYCAR.
INDYCAR may require additional testing
including, without limitation, testing in close
proximity to other Cars, before an applicant may
be permitted to participate in an Open Test
18.104.22.168. Refresher Tests - An applicant, including,
without limitation, a Driver who has not
participated as a Driver in any on-Track Event
during the past six (6) months, may be required
to successfully complete a refresher test. In lieu
of a refresher test, INDYCAR may require an
applicant to successfully complete ROP.
22.214.171.124. Costs - An applicant shall pay all costs
incurred by INDYCAR relating to any tests
approved by INDYCAR.
4.3.8. Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Eligibility
126.96.36.199. A Driver is only eligible to be a Rookie
Driver in the Indianapolis 500®, if the Driver has
not participated in a prior Indianapolis 500®.
188.8.131.52. ROP - Successful completion of ROP at
another Race Location and/or participation in an
on-Track Event does not satisfy this
184.108.40.206. INDYCAR shall hold a mandatory Driver
and team manager meeting prior to the
beginning of the ROP session. At this meeting,
INDYCAR will announce the speed phases and
other requirements for the ROP.
220.127.116.11. In addition to Car control, placement and
interaction with other Cars on Track to the
satisfaction of INDYCAR, the ROP shall consist
of three phases, totaling 40 laps. The laps do
not have to be consecutive.
18.104.22.168. Rookie Drivers must successfully
complete a minimum of two of the three phases
to be eligible to participate in practice when
practice for the Event begins. No Rookie Driver
will be eligible for a Qualifications attempt prior
to completing the final phase.
22.214.171.124. Drivers will be permitted time to practice
after the completion of one phase and before
beginning the next phase.
126.96.36.199. Refresher Test - If a Driver has not
participated in an oval Event in the IndyCar
Series since the prior year’s Indianapolis 500®
Mile Race, INDYCAR will determine if any
additional testing shall be required. In addition to
Car control, placement and interaction with other
Cars on Track to the satisfaction of INDYCAR,
the refresher test consists of the 30 laps that
make up the second and third phases of the
ROP. No such Driver will be eligible for a
Qualifications attempt prior to completing the
188.8.131.52. ROP Schedule - Except as otherwise
approved by INDYCAR, ROP shall only be
conducted during the designated times/dates
designated by INDYCAR.
4.4.1. In-Car Radio & Radio Location
184.108.40.206. The in-Car radio must not be capable of
transmitting or receiving in a digital format.
Radio transmissions must not be encrypted,
scrambled or otherwise modified to affect
INDYCAR’s ability to record, scan and hear at
any time during the Event. Channel hopping
transmissions to or from the in-Car radio are not
permitted. All voice radio transmissions to or
from the Car must be in the 450.000 MHz to
470.000 MHz range.
220.127.116.11. Only the primary and backup frequencies are permitted in the Car radio.
18.104.22.168. Radios may not be located in the cockpit area.
4.4.2. Frequencies - Each Member transmitting or
receiving any signal including, without limitation,
voice, data and telemetry, but excluding Internet
related Wi-Fi (regulated pursuant to Rule 4.4.4)
22.214.171.124. Provide the specifications (e.g., frequency,
manufacturer, make, model and serial number)
of the radio to be used in the Car and otherwise,
to the INDYCAR-designated representative prior
to their first Event;
126.96.36.199. Not password-protect or otherwise affect
or limit the INDYCAR-designated
representative’s ability to scan and hear the
radio to be used in the Car at any time;
188.8.131.52. Notify the INDYCAR-designated
representative immediately upon changing any
of the equipment specifications or frequencies of
the radio to be used in the Car and otherwise;
184.108.40.206. Consent and hereby does consent, to the
recording, broadcast and/or rebroadcast by
INDYCAR or its designee of any such
transmissions through any and all media and for
any and all purposes; and
220.127.116.11. Comply with all applicable laws regarding
such use and indemnify and hold INDYCAR
Group harmless with respect to failure to comply
with applicable laws, even if the violation
involves INDYCAR Group’s or its designee’s
sole or contributory negligence.
4.4.3. Radio Communication - During all on-Track
Events, radio communication between the Driver
and the Entrant’s Pit Box is required at all times.
18.104.22.168. Car-to-Car radio communication is not
4.4.4. Wireless Data Frequency ("Wi-Fi") - Each
Member transmitting or receiving any signals for
wireless data transmissions shall: (i) coordinate and
modify frequencies for use with other wireless data
networks as specified by INDYCAR; (ii) limit the use
of Wi-Fi to hot spot use only (the use of Wi-Fi
backhaul and hi gain antennas is not allowed); (iii)
comply with all applicable laws regarding such use;
and (iv) indemnify and hold INDYCAR Group
harmless with respect to failure to comply with
applicable laws, even if the violation involves
INDYCAR Group’s sole or contributory negligence.
4.5. Car Registration
4.5.1. Car Names - A Car must have a name that shall
be identified on the Entry form. The Entrant
represents to INDYCAR that it has the right to use
that Car name. The Car name is subject to the
approval of INDYCAR and must not exceed 35
characters, including all spaces and punctuation.
4.5.2. A Car may compete only in the Events in which
the Car is entered. The Entry form must establish
the Entrant’s right to enter the Car in the Event and
include proof of ownership of the Car acceptable to
INDYCAR. INDYCAR will use a Car number and
Dallara assigned chassis registration number to
identify each Car.
4.5.3. Car Number – INDYCAR will assign to each
Entrant License (not Driver License) a unique Car
number. The Car number may consist of a maximum
of two digits. No Car number may begin with the 0
digit. Car number 1 will be reserved for the
defending Entrant (not Driver) series champion.
22.214.171.124. All Car numbers are owned by INDYCAR.
An Entrant may be granted the use of a Car
126.96.36.199. All Entrants desiring a particular Car
number must make a written request to
INDYCAR. INDYCAR will not guarantee a
request will be granted.
188.8.131.52. After a Car number is assigned to a
particular Entrant License, it will remain with that
Entrant License until that Entrant is no longer a
Full Season Entrant, provided that Entrant
enters a Car and displays the Car number on
the Car at each Event. If the Entrant does not
enter a Car and/or display the Car number on
the Car at an Event, INDYCAR may reassign the
184.108.40.206. The required Car number locations must
be clearly visible as determined by INDYCAR.
The required number must be a solid color, one
(1) inch in thickness, positioned on a solid single
colored background and maintain a two (2) inch
area around the numbers, free of all other
decals, trim, color, advertisement and
decorations. Trim color around the number is
permitted provided it does not distort the number
font and does not apply toward the height or
220.127.116.11. Nose - The minimum height of the
numeric digit must be nine (9) inches. A portion
of the Car number on the nose must be located
on the front shock cover. (See Illustration)
18.104.22.168. Headrest - The Car number must be a
minimum dimension of 1 inch by 1 inch. The Car
number must be located on top of the headrest
behind the Driver’s helmet. Letters and numbers
must be in Impact font, black or white in color
and no trim is permitted. (See Illustration).
22.214.171.124. Tub - The Car number and Driver’s first
and last name must be 1 inch tall each. Letters
and numbers must be in Impact font, black or
white in color and no trim is permitted. This must
be located directly behind the headrest. (See Illustration).
126.96.36.199. Rear Wheel Guards - All Events - The Car
number located on the side of the wheel guards
must have a minimum height of the numeric digit
of nine (9) inches and the top of the numeric
digit must be six (6) inches from the top of the
rear wheel guard or as Homologated.
188.8.131.52.1. Speedway Events – The rear facing
Car number must be readable from the rear
and the minimum height of the numeric digit
must be six (6) inches.
184.108.40.206. All aspects of the Car number including,
without limitation, height and width must be
approved by INDYCAR prior to use.
220.127.116.11. Car Appearance – INDYCAR has the
right to control the appearance of Cars to
distinguish one Car from another. This may
include, without limitation Car color. Cars are
required to display significantly different colors.
In general, INDYCAR may require different color
schemes on any four of the following seven
- Mirror housing
- Air intake
- Roll hoop camera cover
- Front and rear wing end fences
- Leading edge of the front wing
- Leading edge of the rear wing
18.104.22.168.1. Rookie Designation - Rookie Drivers must display a fluorescent
yellow stripe on the beam wing rear edge at
all Events and a fluorescent yellow number
in the wheel pod for all Speedways.