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Inside INDYCAR Race Control


INDYCAR Race Control is where all facets of race organization come together to provide a safe, competitive and timely event. The Race Control staff takes full advantage of a wide range of video and audio monitoring, electronic data and contact with teams and race officials to oversee all aspects of the competition. The following is a roster of Race Control’s members and their duties.

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RACE DIRECTOR (TOP ROW – CENTER)

Head official for all practice sessions, qualifications and races. Calls starts an restarts and issues penalties during the race.

“RED HAT” TV COMMUNICATOR  (TOP ROW – LEFT)

Official in charge of communications between Race Control and the television broadcast truck and broadcast talent.

INSTANT MESSENGER (TOP ROW- RIGHT

Primary communicator for Race Director/Race Control to teams and INDYCAR officials via the Instant Messaging system.

STEWARD (Second Row,  left)

Aids the Race Director in the overall supervision of the event, reviews incidents and interpretation of the IZOD IndyCar Series rule book.

DRIVER STEWARD (Second row, right)

Offers officiating assistance to the Race Director. Watches the event in real time and offers opinions of replays and reviews, when applicable.

FIRE CONTROLLER

Dispatches all track safety units, including Holmatro Safety Team vehicles, wreckers, firemen, ambulances, pit lane firemen and medics.

“VOICE OF RACE CONTROL”

The primary communicator to all teams, the starter, pit lane officials and the pace car during practices qualifications and the race. Also controls the dash light system. Every team must monitor the race control frequency, which is a listen-only channel.

CHIEF OBSERVER

Serves and the primary contact for the network of observers around the track at all oval events. The observer network serves as an extra set of eyes for the Holmatro Safety Team and has limited officiating duties.

IM SYSTEM BOX

An instant messaging system during events between Race Control and officials, individual entrants or the entire field to communicate track conditions, warnings, penalties or other information. Team managers also will be able to directly contact Race Control. The system will complement radio communication.