LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The first standing start of the Verizon IndyCar Series season -- and the first on the Long Beach street circuit since 2008 -- will be conducted for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13.
Highlights of the procedure from the rulebook and Mike Conway of Ed Carpenter Racing explains what the driver does to get off the grid:
Formation laps – The safety car will start the two formation laps and drivers will follow single file in their starting order. The speed of the formation laps will be set by the safety car and no overtaking is allowed.
Grid -- At the end of the formation laps, drivers will take their starting positions with the front wheels of the car remaining within its designated orange grid line. A 5-second signal will be given by illuminating one pair of red lights on the light towers. A countdown to the start will illuminate a pair of red lights every second. After a random delay of between 1.2 and 3 seconds, the race is started by all the red lights being extinguished.