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4. ENTRANTS/DRIVERS

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 approval.

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 on-Track Event.

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 Event.

4.1.8. Fees may be charged for Licenses.

4.1.8.1. 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 cessation.

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 were granted.

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 materials.

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, and/or others.

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.

4.2.1.1. 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 by INDYCAR.

4.2.1.2. Upon request, INDYCAR must be provided satisfactory information regarding ownership of an Entrant.

4.2.2. Eligibility

4.2.2.1. 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:

4.2.2.1.1. Purchase and/or lease agreements with Manufacturers;

4.2.2.1.2. Purchase and/or lease agreement for its shop; and

4.2.2.1.3. 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 prescribe.

4.2.3.1. 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.

4.2.3.2. 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.

4.2.3.3. 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

4.2.4.1. Each Entry must have a chief mechanic.

4.2.4.2. The chief mechanic is responsible for the Car complying with the Rules.

4.2.4.3. 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.

4.2.4.4. Entrant agrees its chief mechanic shall serve as an authorized corporate representative regarding all issues related to technical inspection.

4.2.4.5. An Entrant shall replace its chief mechanic if INDYCAR determines that the chief mechanic is not sufficiently qualified.

4.2.5. Spotters

4.2.5.1. Events

4.2.5.1.1 Oval Events – One (1) spotter is required when more than one (1) Car is on Track.

4.2.5.1.2. Carburetion Day and Race Day at the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race – Two (2) spotters are required.

4.2.5.2. A spotter must:

4.2.5.2.1. be in the specified location(s),

4.2.5.2.2. have a radio capable of communicating with the Driver and an Entrant Competitor in the Entrant’s Pit Box,

4.2.5.2.3. monitor the Team Broadcast Frequency,

4.2.5.2.4. have the required memberships, and

4.2.5.2.5. be registered with INDYCAR.

4.2.6. Manufacturers – The Manufacturers may require an Entrant to enter into lease and/or purchase agreements.

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:

  1. Participate in any INDYCAR required testing;
  2. Provide an updated resume, government-issued identification, and/or certified birth certificate;
  3. Furnish a current clearance acceptable to INDYCAR attesting to the Driver's physical/psychological fitness;
  4. 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.

4.3.5. Eligibility

4.3.5.1. An applicant must have sufficient competitive driving ability and experience as determined by INDYCAR.

4.3.5.2. 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.

4.3.5.3. INDYCAR may require the applicant to provide:

4.3.5.3.1. 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;

4.3.5.3.2. A letter of recommendation from the series in which the Driver last competed; and/or

4.3.5.3.3. Such other information as INDYCAR may request.

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

4.3.7.1. Before a Rookie Driver’s participation in his/her first (1st) Oval Event, the Rookie Driver must complete a ROP supervised by INDYCAR.

4.3.7.2. If a Driver begins the Racing Season as a Rookie Driver, he/she remains a Rookie Driver until the end of that Racing Season.

4.3.7.3. 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 and/or Race.

4.3.7.4. 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.

4.3.7.5. 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

4.3.8.1. 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®.

4.3.8.2. ROP - Successful completion of ROP at another Race Location and/or participation in an on-Track Event does not satisfy this requirement.

4.3.8.3. 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.

4.3.8.4. 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.

4.3.8.5. 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.

4.3.8.6. Drivers will be permitted time to practice after the completion of one phase and before beginning the next phase.

4.3.8.7. 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 refresher test.

4.3.8.8. ROP Schedule - Except as otherwise approved by INDYCAR, ROP shall only be conducted during the designated times/dates designated by INDYCAR.

4.4. Communication

4.4.1. In-Car Radio & Radio Location

4.4.1.1. 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.

4.4.1.2. Only the primary and backup frequencies are permitted in the Car radio.

4.4.1.3. 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) shall:

4.4.2.1. 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;

4.4.2.2. 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;

4.4.2.3. 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;

4.4.2.4. 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

4.4.2.5. 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.

4.4.3.1. Car-to-Car radio communication is not permitted.

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.

4.5.3.1. All Car numbers are owned by INDYCAR. An Entrant may be granted the use of a Car number.

4.5.3.2. All Entrants desiring a particular Car number must make a written request to INDYCAR. INDYCAR will not guarantee a request will be granted.

4.5.3.3. 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 Car number.

4.5.3.4. 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 width requirement.

4.5.3.5. 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)

4.5.3.6. 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).

Headrest Name Placement

4.5.3.7. 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).

Tub Name Placement

4.5.3.8. 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.

4.5.3.8.1. 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.

4.5.3.9. All aspects of the Car number including, without limitation, height and width must be approved by INDYCAR prior to use.

4.5.3.10. 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 parts:

  1. Mirror housing
  2. Air intake
  3. Roll hoop camera cover
  4. Front and rear wing end fences
  5. Leading edge of the front wing
  6. Leading edge of the rear wing
  7. Attenuator

4.5.3.10.1. 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.

Rear Pod Numbers

Chevrolet Logo Placement

Honda Logo Placement

Firestone Logo Placement

Sunoco Logo Placement

Verizon IndyCar Series Logo Placement