Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - Rulebook - Chapter 18: Safety

Download Updated Rulebook: 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Rulebook (Full)

NEW FOR 2018: Rules are regularly refined for clarity. The link above is to a regularly-updated 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

IMPORTANT: The rulebook content below was released to all parties on January 16, 2018, and should be considered UNOFFICIAL. No in-season amendments or bulletins are reflected in the below copy. Please refer to the above PDF link for the updated rulebook.

18. SAFETY

18.1. Safety

18.1.1. Safety Policy - While INDYCAR seeks to maintain safe conditions for Competitors and others taking into account all aspects of the Event, Members recognize that conditions may not be safe and can be affected by human error. At any Event, each Member acknowledges and agrees that racing is a hazardous activity and each Member’s involvement and/or participation is with expressed assumption of this risk.

18.1.1.1. While acknowledging the inherent risk of racing to Competitors and other Members involved and/or participating in an Event, Members are personally responsible for their own safety, for the safety of each Member of Member Group and for the safety of their racing equipment. No Event Promoter, INDYCAR, or any Manufacturer, or other Member is responsible for the adequacy of any Member’s racing equipment or racing activity to accomplish this purpose. No Event Promoter, INDYCAR, or any Manufacturer or other Member makes any representation, express warranty, implied warranty or covenant that safety equipment and/or personnel will prevent or reduce the Member’s risk or extent of injury in any Event.

18.1.1.2. INDYCAR may take any action including canceling, postponing, temporarily stopping or delaying an Event, if INDYCAR determines that basic safety requires such action. INDYCAR may order off the Track any Member or Car that INDYCAR determines constitutes a hazard. INDYCAR may, prohibit any Member or Member’s equipment from entering or continuing in an Event. Except as provided in Rule 10.2.1, none of such decisions during an Event may be reviewed and/or appealed. In the event a Driver is ordered off the Track due solely to driving performance, the Entrant may replace the Driver with a Driver approved by INDYCAR and continue in the Event pursuant to Rule 4.3.3.

18.1.2. Medical/Rescue Requirements and Injury Reports

18.1.2.1. A Driver may be required to demonstrate ability to exit the Car to INDYCAR’s satisfaction by a method as determined by INDYCAR.

18.1.2.2. A Driver involved in a crash or injured in an incident must report to the medical center or as directed by INDYCAR and may neither continue in the Event nor participate in future Events without clearance from INDYCAR.

18.1.3. Biomedical Research and Device Testing Policy– All Members must comply with INDYCAR’s Biomedical Research and Device Testing Policy available from the INDYCAR office.

18.1.4. Safety Inspections - INDYCAR may inspect any equipment prior to each Event and re-inspect equipment at any time including, without limitation, before, during or after each Event. An Entrant may be required to replace without limitation seats, seat belts, helmets, headrests, head restraint systems and other equipment at any time, as determined by INDYCAR.

18.1.5. Personal Safety Equipment

18.1.5.1. Drivers - All Drivers must wear:

  1. Fire resistant one-piece uniform conforming to SFI 3.2A/5 or FIA 8856-2000 specifications;
  2. Fire resistant socks;
  3. Fire resistant shoes;
  4. Fire resistant gloves;
  5. Nomex underwear long sleeve tops and full-length bottoms;
  6. Fire resistant head sock.

18.1.5.1.1. All removable dental appliances, chewing gum, rings, watches and other jewelry and comparable items should be removed before a Driver participates in any on-Track Event.

18.1.5.1.2. Helmets - All Drivers must wear safety helmets designed specifically for automobile racing that meet or exceed the FIA 8860-2010 or FIA 8860-2018 specification. Helmets must be spherical in shape and be fitted with a face shield that has an INDYCAR-approved positive latching mechanism designed to keep the shield down in the event of a crash. Aerodynamic devices must not protrude more than 0.250 inches from the surface outside of the shaded area shown below. Inside the shaded area, a 0.500-inch-high device is allowed. Flat back designs are not permitted. All helmets must be fitted with the INDYCAR approved removal system.

18.1.5.1.2.1. The visor shall be fitted with a reinforcement panel in accordance with the 2011 F1 VISOR REINFORCEMENT PANEL FOR FIA 8860 HELMET specification. The original visor, before the reinforcement panel is fitted, shall be certified with the helmet to FIA 8860-2010 or FIA 8860-2018 specification.

18.1.5.1.3. All helmets must be inspected and approved by INDYCAR before use and are subject to confiscation and re-inspection by INDYCAR at any time, including, without limitation, before, during or after each Event. INDYCAR shall affix stickers to the helmets signifying approval for use. At any time, including, without limitation before, during or after each Event, INDYCAR may remove the approval stickers and require the helmets to be re-inspected and refurbished by a certified helmet manufacturer before INDYCAR will consider them for re-approval. The helmet manufacturer must submit to INDYCAR documentation stating the refurbished helmet is approved for use in competition in accordance with the Rules.

18.1.5.1.4. Head Restraint Systems- INDYCAR requires the use of head restraint systems. Head restraint systems must meet or exceed FIA 8858-2010 certifications and be approved by INDYCAR.

18.1.5.1.4.1. All head restraint systems must be inspected and approved by INDYCAR before use and are subject to confiscation and re-inspection by INDYCAR at any time, including, without limitation, before, during or after each Event. INDYCAR shall issue a serial number to each head restraint system signifying approval for use. At any time, including, without limitation before, during or after each Event, INDYCAR may remove the serial numbers and require the head restraint system to be re-inspected and refurbished by the FIA certified head restraint system manufacturer before INDYCAR will consider it for re-approval. The head restraint system manufacturer must submit to INDYCAR documentation stating that the head restraint system is approved by FIA for use in competition in accordance with the Rules.

18.1.5.1.5. Ear Pieces – All Drivers must wear INDYCAR-supplied instrumented earpieces. Earpieces must be presented to INDYCAR for testing before each Event and upon request. Repair and/or replacement of the earpieces may be at the Driver’s expense.

18.1.6. INDYCAR may examine any Car involved in a crash and determine if it is suitable for further participation and all Members shall cooperate in the preparation of damage reports, photographs, videotaping and impact recording analysis. INDYCAR will inspect the items. Any item that does not successfully complete inspection must be repaired, re-certified or replaced by the Entrant at the Entrant’s cost prior to use.

18.1.7. Chassis, nose and attenuator structural repairs may only be made by Dallara.

18.1.8. Chassis-repair forms must be submitted to INDYCAR for approval prior to the Car participating in the next Event.

18.1.9. After a crash, an Entrant must present the following items and any others to INDYCAR, upon request

  1. Driver’s Helmet
  2. Driver’s Head Restraint System
  3. Driver’s Seat
  4. Chassis Headrest
  5. Steering Wheel
  6. Ear Pieces

18.1.10. Seating System

18.1.10.1. Each seat must be manufactured for a specific Driver. Each seat must have a unique identification tag from the seat manufacturer and be date stamped. All seats must be inspected and approved by INDYCAR before use and will be subject to re-inspection by INDYCAR at any time. INDYCAR may require a seat to be replaced.

18.1.10.2. The Driver's seat must conform to the Driver’s anatomy and be constructed of an INDYCAR- approved material that will permit support and energy-attenuation both laterally and rearward. This material must fill as much of the cockpit under, behind and to the side of the Driver as possible. The seating system must be in place when the Car is inspected.

18.1.10.3. When the Driver is seated, there must be a smooth transition of energy-attenuating materials between the top of the seat and the cockpit rim padding, including the rear headrest. There must be no projections that could provide a fulcrum between the Driver's head and neck.

18.1.11. Seat Belts - An approved seat belt with an approved quick-release mechanism must be used. Both the fastening design and condition of the belt is subject to inspection by INDYCAR. Life of the belts in use shall not exceed five (5) years and must be date-stamped by the manufacturer. All belts must conform to the following SFI specifications: 3 inch SFI 16.1, 2 inch SFI 16.5, FIA 8853/98, FIA 8853-2016 (6-point only), or equivalent specification as approved by INDYCAR.

18.1.11.1. Seat belts must be worn in such a manner that they are tight and pass around the pelvis at a point below the anterior superior iliac spine.

18.1.11.2. Seat belts may not pass over the sides of the seat. They must come through the seat at the bottom on each side thereby wrapping and holding the pelvis over the greatest possible area.

18.1.11.3. 6-point (crotch) belts must be connected to the main belt quick-release mechanism and securely attached to the chassis.

18.1.11.4. Seat belts which have had to withstand a crash in excess of fifty (50) Gs must be replaced.

18.1.12. Shoulder Harness – Two (2) over-the-shoulder straps must be used. HANS® specific double-shoulder belts are also permitted provided they are mounted and used according to manufacturer specifications. Both the fastening design and condition of the straps is subject to inspection by INDYCAR. Life of the straps in use shall not exceed five (5) years and must be date-stamped by the manufacturer. Belts should be attached level with the top of the Driver's shoulders or at a slightly downward angle.

18.1.12.1. Mounting of all belts must use the manufacturer supplied mount and use the supplied mounting positions unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR.

18.1.13. Headrest -Headrests must be used as supplied by Dallara (Oval Events: IR1201B033, Road/Street Course Events: IR1201B032 or IR1201B033). Oval headrests (IR1201B033) may only be covered with decal.

18.1.13.1. All headrests must be inspected and approved by INDYCAR before use and will be subject to confiscation and re-inspection by Officials at any time. INDYCAR shall affix stickers to the headrests signifying approval for use. At any time, Officials may remove the approval stickers and require the headrests to be re-inspected and refurbished by Dallara before INDYCAR may consider them for re-approval.

18.1.13.2. Headrests must be attached by the Dallara supplied mechanism. The headrest must be in place during technical inspection.

18.1.14. Additional Headrest Padding – Additional side padding must not exceed the height of the stock headrest as viewed from the side. Additional rear padding must not exceed the height or width of the headrest as viewed from the front. All padding must be contained in the original headrest dimensions as looked at in plan view.

The additional headrest padding, if used, must consist of separate pieces; left side, right side and/or rear. The side pieces are restricted to 15.000 inches in overall length and must have a minimum 3.000-inch leading edge taper from the front edge when viewed from the top (plan view).

The additional padding must be removable independently of each other without the use of tools. All additional padding must be manufactured completely of foam, each piece may have a single layer Kevlar backing to assist in the mounting providing that it remains flexible and does not interfere with the original function of the stock headrest.

Any covering used on the additional padding must remain flexible and be approved by INDYCAR.

Additional padding may not be taped along any surface. All additional pads and coverings must be inspected and approved by INDYCAR prior to use.

18.1.15. Roll Hoop – The Drivers helmet must be a minimum of 7.000 inches below the chassis mounting face of the roll hoop camera.

18.1.16. Cockpit – Cars must have fitted all the Dallara supplied cockpit panels and EPP foam panels in the footbox, leg and seat area. No modifications can be made without prior INDYCAR approval.

18.1.17. The following steering wheel quick disconnects are approved:

18.1.18. On-Board Fire Equipment - Each Car must have the Dallara supplied built-in operable fire extinguishing equipment with a minimum content of 2.250 liters in the Dallara/INDYCAR specified location. The U.S. Department of Transportation approved fire suppressant used must be AFFF-M-E fluid.

18.1.19. Impact Recorders - All Cars must make provisions for the installation of an impact recorder.

18.1.19.1. The impact recorder supplied by INDYCAR and used without modification, must be securely bolted using four (4) bolts to the main chassis structure in the Dallara/INDYCAR specified location.

18.1.19.2. The impact recorder download block and indicator lights must be located in the Dallara/INDYCAR specified location.

18.1.20. Crew Members and Other Competitors Participating in a Pit Stop – Over-the-wall crew members and any Member physically participating in the refueling process shall wear:

  1. Fire resistant uniforms conforming to SFI 3.2 A/1 specifications;
  2. Fire resistant shoes;
  3. Fire resistant gloves;
  4. Nomex underwear long sleeve tops and full-length bottoms;
  5. Fire resistant head sock (fueler and deadman);
  6. Fueler - Full-face helmet with fire-retardant Nomex lining (visor must remain down during fueling process);
    • Fueler helmet must be inspected by INDYCAR prior to the first Race Event of a Season and prior to the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race; and
  7. All other over-the-wall Competitors must use an INDYCAR-approved full-face helmet.

18.1.20.1. Crew Members, Other Competitors and Officials - Except as provided in Rule 18.1.5.1 and Rule 18.1.19 all Competitors and Officials on the trackside of Pit Lane must adhere to the following dress code:

  1. Long pants;
  2. Closed-toe shoes; and
  3. Shirts with sleeves (no tank tops).

18.1.20.1.1. This Rule does not apply to individuals in the pit area who are not Competitors or Officials or to any individuals in the garage area or non-restricted areas.

18.1.20.1.2. INDYCAR and/or an Event Promoter may have additional or different requirements for a particular Event.