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6. TESTING

6.1. General

6.1.1. All Tests must comply with the Rules.

6.1.2. Costs – An applicant shall pay all costs incurred by INDYCAR relating to any tests approved by INDYCAR.

6.2. Effective Dates

6.2.1. This Rule 6 applies from after the final Race of a given Racing Season through the final Race of the following Racing Season.

6.3. Testing Blackout Dates

6.3.1. Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, on-Track Testing or straight-line Testing may not occur, or is “blacked out”:

6.3.1.1. Within seven (7) calendar Days of the start of any on-Track activity at any Race Event (if the practice session one (1) is on Friday, Testing must be done by the completion of the Day on Thursday the week prior).

6.3.1.2. During the following periods:

6.3.1.2.1. September 17, 2018 – September 30, 2018,

6.3.1.2.2. November 19, 2018 – November 26, 2018 (Thanksgiving), and

6.3.1.2.3. December 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Holiday)

6.3.1.3. The only exceptions to the blackout are:

6.3.1.3.1. Open Tests, and

6.3.1.3.2. March 1, 2019 – March 4, 2019.

6.3.2. Full-size wind tunnel Tests may not occur or are “blacked out” during the following periods:

6.3.2.1. September 17, 2018 – September 30, 2018,

6.3.2.2. November 19, 2018 – November 26, 2018 (Thanksgiving), and

6.3.2.3. December 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Holiday)

6.4. Application and Reporting Process

6.4.1. An application for each on-Track Test, full-size wind tunnel Test or straight-line Test must be submitted to INDYCAR via IRIS for approval.

6.4.2. Applications and notices are due:

6.4.2.1. On-Track Tests and straight-line Tests: thirty (30) calendar Days before the Test, and

6.4.2.2. Full-size wind tunnel Tests: seven (7) calendar Days before the Test.

6.4.3. INDYCAR may place conditions on its approval of an on-Track, full-size wind tunnel Test or straight-line Test, including requiring an Official to attend a Test.

6.4.4. Cancellations must be submitted to INDYCAR via IRIS a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours before an on-Track Test or straight-line Test. A Member is responsible for all non-refundable INDYCAR expenses.

6.5. Test Participants

6.5.1. Only Members may Test.

6.5.2. Entrants

6.5.2.1. An Entrant must have an Entrant License and membership in INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series.

6.5.3. Drivers

6.5.3.1. Driver must have a Driver’s License and membership in INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series.

6.5.3.2. A Driver may be a Driver other than the Entrant’s current Driver(s).

6.5.3.3. Unless otherwise specified, any combination of Drivers may Test.

6.5.4. Manufacturers

6.5.4.1. A Manufacturer must have an Associate’s membership in INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series.

6.5.5. All Other Individuals and Entities

6.5.5.1. All other individuals and entities must have memberships in INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series.

6.6. Approved Testing

6.6.1. Team Tests, full-size wind tunnel Tests and straight-line Tests: Each Team with one (1) or more Full Season Entrants has a combined total of three (3) Test Days.

6.6.1.1. Team Tests, full-size wind tunnel Tests and straight-line Tests:

6.6.1.1.1. An Entrant must allow other Entrants to attend a Team Test, up to the maximum number allowed by a venue.

6.6.1.1.2. A full-size wind tunnel Test is a maximum of twelve (12) hours within any twenty-four (24) hour period.

6.6.1.1.3. Test Days must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and March 4, 2019.

6.6.2. Open Tests:

6.6.2.1. The Open Tests are:

6.6.2.1.1. February 12-13: Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas)

6.6.2.1.2. April 24: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)

6.6.2.1.2.1. Eligible participants:

6.6.2.1.2.1.1. All current Indianapolis 500® Entries; and,

6.6.2.1.2.1.2. Full-Season Rookies who have completed a Superspeedway ROP and have received INDYCAR approval. Drivers approved to participate will not be eligible for any additional ROP activities.

6.6.2.1.3. September 19: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (Salinas, California)

6.6.2.2. All Leaders Circle Entrants must attend Open Tests unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR. Any unapproved failure to attend an Open Test results in a $5,000 fine and loss of one (1) Team Test Day.

6.6.2.3. All other Entrants may be invited to attend Open Tests subject to INDYCAR approval and Tire availability with Firestone.

6.6.3. Rookie Driver Tests:

6.6.3.1. All Rookie Driver Tests:

6.6.3.1.1. For purposes of this Rule, Rookie Driver status is determined after the completion of the final Race.

6.6.3.1.2. All Rookie Drivers must complete ROP on an INDYCAR-approved Oval before competing in an Oval Event. An Official must be present. This ROP does not count against the allotment of Team Tests or Rookie Driver Tests.

6.6.3.1.3. At Oval venues only (excluding Indianapolis ROP), a veteran Driver may have the first six (6) laps or two (2) outings, whichever occurs earlier, of on-Track activity to establish the Car set-up or the baseline for the Rookie Driver.

6.6.3.1.4. All Indianapolis 500® Rookie Drivers must complete the Indianapolis 500® ROP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the specified date or have requirements waived by INDYCAR.

6.6.3.2. Full-Season Rookie Driver Tests:

6.6.3.2.1. Each Full Season Entrant with Full-Season Rookie Driver(s) is allotted an additional two (2) Test Days. Multiple Full-Season Rookie Drivers may run each day.

6.6.3.2.1.1. Test days may only be utilized by the entered Full-Season Rookie Driver(s).

6.6.3.2.1.2. Test days must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and September 11, 2019.

6.6.3.2.2. Each Full-Season Entrant with Full-Season Rookie Driver(s) is allotted one Driver evaluation day, which must be utilized on a Road Course.

6.6.3.2.2.1. If a Rookie Driver completes a Driver evaluation test and consequently signs a Full-Season agreement with same Entrant, this test day will be considered utilized.

6.6.3.2.2.2. Test day must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and March 4, 2019.

6.6.3.3. Indianapolis 500® Only Rookie Drivers:

6.6.3.3.1. Rookie Drivers have one (1) Test Day for ROP at a Super Speedway before the Indianapolis 500® Event.

6.6.3.4. Non-Full-Season Rookie, Driver Evaluations, Injured and/or Returning Drivers Tests

6.6.3.4.1. An Entrant has additional Test Day(s) as approved by INDYCAR on a case-by-case basis.

6.6.3.4.2. Test Day(s) may not take place at a Race Location prior to the current season’s scheduled INDYCAR Race event at that location. Exemptions may be allowed with INDYCAR approval.

6.6.5. Indy Lights Series Driver Tests:

6.6.5.1. Full-Season Entrants in the NTT IndyCar Series have an additional one (1) Test Day for the purpose of Testing a Current Indy Lights Series Driver(s) in a Car. Participating Current Indy Lights Driver(s) must receive prior INDYCAR approval.

6.6.5.2. If a Team participates with two (2) or fewer Full-Season Entrant(s) in the Indy Lights Series, the Team may use a maximum of two (2) Cars during the Test.

6.6.5.3. If a Team participates with three (3) or more Full-Season Entrant(s) in the Indy Lights Series, the number of Cars testing may not exceed the number of the Teams Full-Season Indy Lights Series Entrants.

6.6.5.4. Entrants may use multiple Current Indy Lights Series Drivers.

6.6.5.5. Test Days must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and September 11, 2019.

6.6.6. Indy Lights Series Team Test:

6.6.6.1. Each Team with at least one (1) Full-Season Entrant in the NTT IndyCar Series and at least one (1) Full-Season Entrant in the Indy Lights Series has an additional one (1) Team Test Day.

6.6.6.2. The Team Test Day is earned and may be used by a Team once the Indy Lights Series Team has participated in its fifth (5th) Indy Lights race and must be utilized by September 11, 2019.

6.6.6.3. The NTT IndyCar Series Entrant and the Indy Lights Series Entrant must be the same Member, and the Team must submit a total of only one (1) Entrant License/membership application. The Race Event applications for each series must list the same Entrant name (with the exception of the d/b/a) and Entrant tax identification number. For purposes of this Rule, Entrant is decided without regard to Car number.

6.6.7. New Team Tests

6.6.7.1 A new Team has an additional two (2) Team Test Days, as approved by INDYCAR.

6.6.7.2 The Team Test Days must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and September 11, 2019.

6.6.8. Media / TV / Photograph Tests

6.6.8.1. Each Entrant has additional Test Day(s) for promotion, sponsor commercial or special marketing needs, subject to INDYCAR approval.

6.6.9. Tire Manufacturer Tests

6.6.9.1. Firestone will invite a minimum of two (2) Cars per Test for INDYCAR- approved Tire Testing.

6.6.9.2. Each Team may only participate in a maximum of two (2) Tire Manufacturer Tests.

6.6.9.3. INDYCAR may invite additional Entrants to test during Tire Tests. Additional Entrants will not be charged a Tire or Team test day.

6.6.10. Engine Manufacturer Tests

6.6.10.1. An Engine Manufacturer Test is a Test organized by an Engine Manufacturer to which selected Entrants are invited to participate.

6.6.10.2. Each Engine Manufacturer is allotted one (1) Test Day.

6.6.10.3. Test Day may not be utilized at INDYCAR Open Test locations (COTA / IMS oval / Laguna Seca)

6.6.10.4. An Engine Manufacturer organizing the Test must permit any Teams using its Engines to also attend the Test in addition to the Teams invited.

6.6.10.5. All Teams using the Engine of the Engine Manufacturer organizing the Test will not be charged a Team Test Day for such Engine Manufacturer or Team Testing.

6.6.10.6. An Engine Manufacturer must permit all Entrants of the other Engine Manufacturer(s) to attend the Test for Testing purposes. Teams choosing to participate will be charged with the appropriate type of Test Day for such Testing.

6.6.10.7. Test Days must be utilized between October 1, 2018 and September 11, 2019.

6.7. Tires

6.7.1. Tires from a Testing allotment are subject to availability with Firestone.

6.7.2. A Team is allotted five (5) sets of Tires per Day for use in all Tests (excluding Open Tests).

6.7.3. Full Season Entrant

6.7.3.1. Each Full-Season Entrant is allotted fifteen (15) sets of Tires for use in Team Tests, full-size wind tunnel Tests and straight-line Tests.

6.7.4. If an Entrant does not use all of its allotted Tires during a Race Event, any new/unused Tires are added to the Entrant’s Test allocation. These Tires are not Race Location specific and are subject to availability. New/unused sets of alternate Tires are added to the Entrant’s allotment as primary Tires.

6.7.5. Open Tests

6.7.5.1. For Open Test Tire allotment, please refer to Tire Allotment chart in Chapter 15 - Tires.

6.8. Locations

6.8.1. Tests may occur at the following INDYCAR-approved locations:

6.8.1.1. All current NTT IndyCar Series United States Race Locations, except Street Courses

6.8.1.2. Road Courses

6.8.1.2.1. Homestead Miami Speedway

6.8.1.2.2. Sebring International Raceway

6.8.1.2.3. Watkins Glen International

6.8.1.2.4. NOLA Motorsports Park

6.8.1.2.5. Sonoma Raceway

6.8.1.3. Ovals

6.8.1.3.1. Chicagoland Speedway

6.8.1.3.2. Homestead Miami Speedway

6.8.1.3.3. Kentucky Speedway

6.8.1.3.4. ISM Raceway

6.8.1.4. Other venues as pre-approved by INDYCAR in writing.

6.8.2. Straight-line Tests at any other locations are not eligible for INDYCAR’s participant accident insurance coverage.

6.9. Additional Testing Limitations 

6.9.1. Testing for non-Full-Season Entrants shall be at the discretion of INDYCAR.

6.9.1.1. Members agree to provide a minimum of one (1) hour of media availability per on-Track Test Day.

6.9.1.2. Test Days and/or mileage may only be used by the specified Entrant. They must not be sold or assigned.

6.9.1.3. An INDYCAR-approved private Test facilitator must be present at all on-Track Tests, except as otherwise approved by INDYCAR. Each Entrant agrees to cooperate with the directions of the private Test facilitator.

6.9.2. Model wind tunnel Testing is permitted.

6.9.3. Rig-type Testing is permitted, provided the tires are not rotating.

6.9.4. Members must not Test in simultaneous on-Track activity with any non-NTT IndyCar Series vehicles including Indy Lights Series vehicles.

6.10. Violations

6.10.1. Violations of the Testing Rule will result in a loss of up to fifty (50) Entrant points, fifty (50) Driver points, fifty (50) Engine Manufacturer points, and/or a fine not to exceed $500,000.