Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - Rulebook - Chapter 5: Entries

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5.1. General

5.1.1. All Entry applications shall be completed on forms in the manner required by INDYCAR and shall be subject to the approval of INDYCAR. Entries are not transferable without the prior written approval of INDYCAR.

5.2. Entrant

5.2.1. An approved Entry serves as the authorization to compete in a specific Event or Events(s) on behalf of the specific Entrant to whom the Car number is assigned and acknowledgement of an agreement to the Rules.

5.2.2. If an individual/entity participates in any Event without having properly submitted fully executed Entry form materials, the individual/entity, by such participation, nevertheless agrees that the individual/entity is subject to all Rules and all statements, releases and obligations appearing in the Entry form materials for the Event, as if the individual/entity had properly submitted fully executed Entry form materials.

5.2.3. In recognition of the support of racing fans and efforts and monies expended by sponsors, INDYCAR and Event Promoter in connection with the Events, Entrant, on behalf of Entrant Group, agrees to participate in any and all portions of on-Track Events in which Entrant has submitted and INDYCAR has approved, an Entry. Entrant agrees not to engage alone or with others in tactics which would disrupt or delay the on-Track Events and to cooperate fully with ceremonies preceding, during and following the on-Track Event and to refrain from any conduct which would disrupt or detract from such ceremonies.

5.2.4. Entrant understands and agrees that INDYCAR has the right at any time to withdraw the privileges of participation or otherwise reject, exclude or disqualify any member of Entrant Group, including but not limited to any Car, Driver or other Entrant Participant, if INDYCAR in its discretion determines that rejection, exclusion or disqualification is in the best interest or integrity of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series or the promotion of Events. Entrant, Driver and any third party they represent, including without limitation other Entrant Participants, shall have no claim for damages or injunctive relief against INDYCAR, any Event Promoter and/or their representatives by reason of such rejection, exclusion or disqualification.

5.3. Car

5.3.1. Participation of a Car in an Event - In order to participate in an Event, the Car must be properly entered and be designated and explicitly identified by Car number on only one Entry form for that Event. Notwithstanding any prior INDYCAR approval, any Car participating in an Event while in noncompliance with the above requirements may be disqualified and any Competitor who causes such noncompliance may be disqualified and/or otherwise penalized by INDYCAR.

5.3.2. Once an Event has begun, Entrants’ Car(s) must remain on the Race Location grounds unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR.

5.3.3. Car Registration 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. 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. 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. All Car numbers are owned by INDYCAR. An Entrant may be granted the use of a Car number. All Entrants desiring a particular Car number must make a written request to INDYCAR. INDYCAR will not guarantee a request will be granted. 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. 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. 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) Headrest - The Car number must be marked on the rear of the headrest a minimum dimension of 1 inch by 1 inch. 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. All aspects of the Car number including, without limitation, height and width must be approved by INDYCAR prior to use. 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. INDYCAR requires different color schemes on any four of the following seven parts:

  1. Mirror housing
  2. Roll hoop cover
  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 Rookie Driver Designation – Rookie Drivers must have the rear of the attenuator displayed in a fluorescent yellow at all Events (see illustration below).

Rookie Designation Supplier Branding – Entries must display all required supplier logos per Rule 13.1.1 and the INDYCAR Style Guide (see illustrations below).

Car Number and Supplier Branding (Chevrolet)

Chevy Badge

Chevy Badge

Car Number and Supplier Branding (Honda)

Honda Badge

Honda Badge

5.3.4. Car Substitution during an Event (“Backup Cars”) An Entrant’s Backup Car must remain on the transporter without an Engine installed. The Backup Car may only be removed, have an Engine installed and used in any on-Track activities during the Event with prior approval by INDYCAR. An Entrant is permitted to remove its Backup Car from its transporter and install an Engine, provided the Entrant is scheduled to participate in another INDYCAR-approved activity within the next 7 days. For international Events, INDYCAR may require engines be installed in all Backup Cars as determined by space availability.

5.4. Chief Mechanic

5.4.1. Each Entry must have a chief mechanic.

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

5.4.3. The chief mechanic must accompany the Car during all technical inspection processes.

5.4.4. Entrant agrees its chief mechanic shall serve as an authorized corporate representative regarding all issues related to technical inspection and communication with INDYCAR.

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

5.5. Spotters

5.5.1. Oval Events, except the Indianapolis 500® – One (1) spotter is required during all on-Track activity, excluding Qualifications.

5.5.2. Indianapolis 500® - Two (2) spotters are required during all on-Track activity, excluding Qualifications.

5.5.3. A spotter must: be in the specified location(s), have a radio capable of communicating with the Driver and a Member in the Entrant’s Pit Box, monitor the Team Broadcast Frequency, have the required memberships, and be registered with INDYCAR.

5.6. Fees

Entry fees must be paid in good funds as directed by INDYCAR.

5.7. Deadline

The Entry deadline shall be stated on the Entry form. Unless otherwise specified on the Entry form, the hour of closing shall be 5pm E.D.T. on the day of the Entry deadline. INDYCAR may accept or refuse to accept late Entries. Late Entrants, if accepted, may be penalized by INDYCAR.

5.8. Electronic Entries

If INDYCAR postpones an Event, INDYCAR may authorize the reopening of Entries. Reopened Entries shall close not less than forty-eight (48) hours before the declared starting time of the postponed Event.

5.9. Reopening of Entries

An Entry by electronic mail or other means delivered by the closing of the Entry deadline may be accepted, provided it is subsequently accompanied by the Entry fee within 48 hours of INDYCAR's receipt of the Entry or as otherwise directed by INDYCAR.

5.10. Failure to Participate

Any Driver, Entrant, or other Member who by Entry form or other means has agreed to participate in an Event may be penalized for failing to participate in any portion of such Event.

5.11. Entry Change

All changes to an approved Entry form shall be completed on INDYCAR provided forms and subject to approval by INDYCAR prior to the Entrant’s Car participating in any on-Track activities.