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7. AT TRACK PROCEDURES
7.1. On-Track Conditions
7.1.1. INDYCAR determines the Track Condition. Track Conditions include the following:
7.1.2. Green Condition – The Green Condition signifies racing conditions.
7.1.3. Yellow Condition – The Yellow Condition signifies caution.
184.108.40.206. Oval Events – All Drivers shall reduce speed immediately, proceed with caution, maintain position and yield to safety vehicles and/or personnel.
220.127.116.11.1. Practice/Qualifications – Lap timing ceases at the declaration of a Yellow Condition. Cars are required to return to their respective Pit Boxes.
18.104.22.168. Road/Street Courses (Local) – All Drivers shall reduce speed by a minimum of 15% or greater if conditions warrant and be prepared to stop. Overtaking is not permitted between the first Yellow Condition and the subsequent Green Condition.
22.214.171.124.1. The Pit Lane is closed upon a Full Course Yellow Condition.
126.96.36.199.2. Any Car with the nose of the Car past the Pit Commitment Line before the Yellow Condition may enter its Pit Box.
188.8.131.52.3. Any Car with the nose of the Car not past the Pit Commitment Line before the Yellow Condition should remain on the Racing Surface. If that Car enters Pit Lane, it may drive through and rejoin on the Track according to the Car’s Blend Line order. If the Car enters its Pit Box:
184.108.40.206.3.1. Damage may be repaired,
220.127.116.11.3.2. If a Tire is damaged, all Tires may be changed.
18.104.22.168.3.3. If low on fuel, the fuel probe may be plugged in for a maximum of two (2) seconds.
22.214.171.124.3.4. The Car will restart from the rear of the Restarting Lineup.
126.96.36.199.3.5. INDYCAR may further penalize any Competitor who performs any additional work on a Car.
188.8.131.52.4. INDYCAR will dispatch the Pace Car to pick up the Race leader. Cars must form a single file line and pack up behind the Pace Car. INDYCAR may allow one or more Cars to pass any Car not packing up immediately.
184.108.40.206.5. INDYCAR signals when the Pit Lane is open.
220.127.116.11.6. Cars may enter the Pit Lane upon the signal.
18.104.22.168.7. Cars exiting Pit Lane rejoin on the Track according to their Blend Line order.
22.214.171.124.8. A Car may pass another Car, only if:
126.96.36.199.8.1. Both Cars are in Pit Lane boundaries,
188.8.131.52.8.2. The other Car is stopped on the Track,
184.108.40.206.8.3. The Driver of the other Car has waved by all of the passing Cars in an INDYCAR-specified location and approved by INDYCAR
220.127.116.11.8.4. The other Car is not maintaining the Pace Car speed only upon direction of INDYCAR. or
18.104.22.168.8.5. The other Car is involved in an incident and/or incident in progress. Final determination of ordering of Cars involved in an incident to be made by INDYCAR. INDYCAR’s decision is not subject to review and/or appeal.
22.214.171.124. A Car must not use Pit Lane to improve its position relative to the Pace Car or any Car remaining on the Racing Surface, but a Car may improve its position relative to other Cars in Pit Lane.
126.96.36.199. INDYCAR shall determine if the leader or any other Car fails to pace the Race as directed. INDYCAR shall determine the penalty. Such decision is not subject to review and/or appeal.
188.8.131.52.1. Abandonment of Procedures – INDYCAR may abandon any or all Yellow Condition procedures. Procedures that may be abandoned include, but are not limited to:
184.108.40.206.1.1. opening the pits (Rule 220.127.116.11.5.),
18.104.22.168.1.2. the wave-by (Rule 22.214.171.124.) and/or,
126.96.36.199.1.3. moving cars not on the lead lap to the rear of the restart lineup (Rule 188.8.131.52.)
184.108.40.206.2. INDYCAR will announce over the Team Broadcast frequency any changes to the standard Yellow Condition procedures prior to them being abandoned.
7.1.4. Red Condition – The Red Condition signifies suspension of on-Track activities. All Drivers are required to slow to caution speed, maintain position and yield to safety vehicles and personnel. All timing and scoring shall be suspended at the declaration of the Red Condition.
220.127.116.11. Practice/Qualifications – Cars are required to return to their Pit Boxes.
18.104.22.168.1. Practice (Road/Street Courses) – Any Driver involved in an incident that results in the declaration of a Red Condition will be subject to the following:
- A Driver involved in an incident that results in the declaration of Red Condition during a practice session will be assessed a penalty of five (5) minutes of Green Condition time during that session.
- Any Driver requiring the assistance of Track Safety/Officials during the Red Condition will be subject to Rule 22.214.171.124.1a.
126.96.36.199. Parade and Pace Laps / Race – The following procedures will be in effect:
- Competitors must proceed cautiously to a location designated by Officials. The Pit Lane is declared to be closed in a manner consistent with Rule 188.8.131.52.
- Two (2) crew members are allowed over the wall to attend to the Car and Driver.
- Unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR, the work permitted on Cars while in the designated location consists of plugging in a booster battery, applying towels to bodywork, providing the Driver a drink bottle and fan, and placing fans in the radiator boxes and brakes ducts for cooling. Cars must return to their Pit Boxes for any additional work.
- Items which may produce a safety issue must be repaired, replaced and/or removed at the direction of INDYCAR. Cars must return to their Pit Boxes for work.
184.108.40.206.1. INDYCAR approved work performed on a Car while under a Red Condition, including under Rule 220.127.116.11.d, will result in the Car being placed at the rear of the Restarting Lineup.
18.104.22.168.2. If a Car is in its Pit Box, behind the pit wall or in the garage when the Red Condition is declared, all work must stop until the Red Condition has been withdrawn.
22.214.171.124.3. If a Car cannot proceed from the Track to Pit Lane, it must return to its Pit Box when able to do so, and no work may be performed until the Red Condition has been withdrawn.
126.96.36.199.4. Unapproved work performed on a Car not related to INDYCAR approved safety issues while under a Red Condition will result in a minimum two (2) lap penalty, which will be enforced in a manner determined by INDYCAR.
188.8.131.52. Red Condition – intent to restart the race on the same day – Cars may be moved to an impound area
184.108.40.206.1. Only the following work may be performed:
220.127.116.11.1.1. Booster battery connected
18.104.22.168.1.2. Car radio turned off
22.214.171.124.1.3. Car cover must be installed
126.96.36.199.1.4. INDYCAR will set time windows in which Cars may be started to maintain Engine temperatures. INDYCAR will consider ambient temperature for this process. These set windows will be the only approved times Engines may be started.
188.8.131.52.1.4.1. Any Car requiring an Engine start outside of set windows may do so only with INDYCAR approval and will be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup per Rule 184.108.40.206.1.
220.127.116.11. Red Condition – intent to restart the race on following day(s) – Cars may be moved to an impound area
18.104.22.168.1. Only the following work may be performed:
22.214.171.124.1.1. Battery disconnected
126.96.36.199.1.2. Car radio removed
188.8.131.52.1.3. Car cover must be installed
184.108.40.206.1.4. Two (2) hours prior to the restart of the race Engine, oil and gearbox heaters may be installed
220.127.116.11.1.5. All Cars must be started and ready to grid 30 minutes before the restart
18.104.22.168. Red Condition - Cars released to the Teams – the following procedures will be in effect:
22.214.171.124.1. Cars will be taken to the fuel depot; Car’s fuel tank will be filled or drained to determine the amount of fuel in the Car.
126.96.36.199.1.1. Prior to being gridded for the restart, Entrants must drain the Car’s fuel tank and return to the fuel depot to have the previously-determined amount of fuel added to the Car’s fuel tank.
188.8.131.52.1.2. Violation of Rule 184.108.40.206.1 will result in the amount of fuel being added to the car be cut in half, the Car placed at the rear of the Restarting Lineup, and a 2 (two) lap penalty.
220.127.116.11.2. Tire barcodes will be recorded.
18.104.22.168.2.1. These tires must be used until scoring resumes and the Pit Lane has been declared open. INDYCAR may approve all Cars to restart the race on a different set or type of tires.
22.214.171.124.3. The Car’s Engine, gearbox and chassis serial numbers will be recorded.
126.96.36.199.3.1. The same Engine, gearbox and chassis must be used for the restart unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR.
188.8.131.52.4. INDYCAR may record the aerodynamic configuration of the Car and require the Car to be in the same configuration (excluding wing angles) for the Race restart.
184.108.40.206.5. It will be at INDYCAR’s discretion whether a Car being repaired on pit lane or in the garage area when the Red Condition is declared will be eligible to continue in the Event.
7.1.5. The decision as to whether to declare a Green, Yellow, Full Course Yellow Condition, or Red Condition may not be reviewed and/or appealed.
7.1.6. While additional information regarding Track Condition is included in the Flag Code and Track condition lights section for convenience, this information is equally applicable to the other systems of notification (track lights, pit closed lights, team broadcast frequency, track condition radio and instant messaging).
7.1.7. Decisions by INDYCAR are effective immediately, regardless of the time the declaration is received by the Competitors. INDYCAR uses multiple systems to notify Competitors of such decisions and will make a reasonable effort to declare Track Condition changes at the time they are determined. All Competitors shall react to the first notification they receive. The systems include the following:
220.127.116.11. Track Lights – Green, Yellow and/or Red lights positioned around the Track above the retaining wall adjacent to the debris fence.
18.104.22.168. Pit Closed Lights – Yellow lights positioned prior to the Pit Lane entrance to signify the Pit Lane is open or closed. If the light is on, the Pit Lane is closed. If the light is off, the Pit Lane is open.
22.214.171.124. “Team Broadcast Frequency” – The radio frequency used by INDYCAR to provide direct communication to Entrants during Events. The spotter (if applicable) and a representative of the Entrant in the Entrant’s Pit Box must both monitor the Team Broadcast Frequency. Entrants failing to monitor the Team Broadcast Frequency shall be charged with knowledge of communication on such frequency and are subject to penalty. Member radios, with the exception of Officials, must not be capable of transmitting on this frequency. Members failing to follow directions may be penalized.
126.96.36.199. Track Condition Radio (“TCR”) – An in-Car warning light system activated by INDYCAR. Radio, harness and antenna must be used as specified by INDYCAR, and the antenna must be mounted in the INDYCAR-specified location.
188.8.131.52.1. Oval Events – The TCR signals a Yellow Condition.
184.108.40.206.2. Road/Street Course Events – The TCR signals a Full Course Yellow Condition during a Race or Red Condition during practice or Qualifications sessions.
220.127.116.11. Instant Messaging – A two-way software messaging system used to provide direct text communication between Entrants and INDYCAR during Events. INDYCAR will send messages where applicable to the Entrant(s). This system may be used to communicate Track conditions, send warnings, penalties, or other information to the Entrant. The system may send information to an individual Entrant or to all Entrants. All Entrants must connect to the INDYCAR-supplied instant messaging system prior to Cars going on-Track.
18.104.22.168.1. Instant Messaging Protocol – Entrants may send relevant messages to INDYCAR. Use of the instant messaging system for any reason, including, without limitation, irrelevant, abusive, and/or unnecessarily repetitive messages, will result in monetary penalties. Requests for review of any on-track activity should include specific information (location, approximate time or lap number, car numbers, etc.). Reports without specific details will receive lower priority.
7.2. Flag Codes and/or Track Condition Lights
7.2.1. Green – signifies a Green Condition.
- Practice – A practice session has begun.
- Qualifications – A Qualifications attempt or
segment has begun.
- Race – Unless otherwise instructed, a Race has started or re-started.
22.214.171.124. Road/Street Courses Events Only – Signifies the end of the Yellow Condition at the point where the flag is displayed or track condition light is illuminated.
7.2.2. Yellow – signifies a Yellow Condition. During Road/Street Course Events:
126.96.36.199. Local – Signifies the start of the Yellow Condition at the point where the flag is displayed or track condition light is illuminated.
- Motionless – A motionless yellow flag means reduce speed, overtaking not permitted, be prepared to take evasive action, a hazard beside or near the edge of the Track or a forewarning of a waved yellow flag ahead.
- Waved – A waved yellow flag means reduce speed, overtaking is not permitted, be prepared to take evasive action or stop, a hazard wholly or partially blocking the Track.
188.8.131.52. Full Course – Standing double yellow flags displayed at all marshal’s posts, including the starter’s stand.
7.2.3. Black – The Driver shall proceed to his/her Pit Box on the next lap and follow the instructions of INDYCAR.
184.108.40.206. INDYCAR may declare a black flag for a Car if it determines that:
- Any condition exists which could cause the Driver or the Driver's Car to create a hazard to the Driver or others;
- The Driver has violated a Rule; and/or
- The Entrant has requested the black flag.
220.127.116.11. When a Driver is ordered to his/ her Pit Box because of a hazardous condition of the Driver's Car, the proper repairs must be made and approved by INDYCAR before the Car will be permitted to continue in the Event.
18.104.22.168. In the event of a violation of the Rules, the black flag may be declared to impose a penalty (a "black flag penalty") requiring a Driver to:
- Drive through Pit Lane at Pit Lane speed limits ("drive through");
- Stop in his/her Pit Box ("stop and go"); or
- Stop in his/her Pit Box for a prescribed period ("stop and hold").
22.214.171.124. INDYCAR shall determine the type of black flag penalty. Service of a black flag penalty for a Rules violation must be initiated under Green Conditions and the penalized Car must cross the Start/Finish line under Green Conditions prior to entering the Pit Lane to serve such penalty except as described elsewhere. The penalized Car shall proceed to the Pit Lane as directed by INDYCAR and may return to competition only upon the declaration of INDYCAR. In the case of a Driver violating the Rules, no work may be performed on a Car during the execution of a black flag penalty. Should any such work occur, the conditions of the penalty are unfulfilled, and the penalty procedure must be executed again in its entirety on a subsequent lap. The penalty may not be reviewed and/or appealed.
7.2.4. Black with White Cross – INDYCAR has ceased scoring the Car indefinitely.
126.96.36.199. An informational blue flag notifies a Driver that an approaching Car is attempting to overtake.
188.8.131.52. At Road/Street Course Events, a command blue flag ordered directly by INDYCAR and displayed from the starter’s stand directs a Lapped Car to give way to the overtaking Car within one (1) lap.
184.108.40.206. At Oval Events, the informational blue flag will be displayed from the starter’s stand as per Rule 220.127.116.11. A command blue flag ordered directly by INDYCAR and displayed from the starter’s stand directs a Lapped Car to give way to the overtaking Car within one (1) lap.
18.104.22.168. Pit Lane Exit Light – For Road and Street Course Events only, an additional blue light is positioned at the Pit Lane exit and notifies a Driver leaving Pit Lane that a Car on-Track is in close proximity.
22.214.171.124. Oval Event Qualifications – The Car has commenced its last lap.
126.96.36.199. Road/Street Course Events – When displayed from a marshal’s post, a Car or safety vehicle is not at full speed on the Racing Surface.
- Motionless – means a slow Car at more than 1/3 racing speed is ahead or as a forewarning of a waved white flag ahead.
- Waved – a very slow Car at less than 1/3 racing speed is ahead or a moving safety vehicle is ahead.
188.8.131.52. All Races –When displayed from the starter’s stand, the leader has commenced his/her last lap and will continue to be displayed to all successive Cars as they cross the finish line.
7.2.7. White with Red Cross – When displayed from the starter’s stand, safety vehicles and/or personnel are on-Track.
7.2.8. Alternating Red and Yellow Stripes – Oil, water or other substance has altered the Racing Surface.
7.2.9. Checkered – The practice session, Qualifications session or Race is completed. All Drivers must enter Pit Lane after receiving the checkered flag.
184.108.40.206. Road/Street Course Events – The checkered flag will be displayed at the marshal’s post nearest the alternate start/finish line at the end of practice and Qualifications sessions. All Drivers must immediately enter Pit Lane after receiving the checkered flag at this point.
220.127.116.11. Final Practice Sessions – The checkered flag will be displayed at the start/finish line.
18.104.22.168. Race – The checkered flag will be displayed to the Race leader at the start/finish line upon the completion of the Race Leader’s final lap and will continue to be displayed until each Car running has received the checkered flag.
7.2.10. Red – Signifies a Red Condition.
22.214.171.124. Unless otherwise declared by INDYCAR, a Race stopped by the declaration of a Red Condition will be considered incomplete unless more than 50% of the scheduled number of laps or unless more than 50% of the declared time limit has been completed by the Race leader. If INDYCAR schedules the continuation of the Race on a subsequent date or a later time, the Race will be restarted beginning with the unfinished portion of the Race.
126.96.36.199. If a Race is stopped by the declaration of a Red Condition and more than 50% of the scheduled number of laps or more than 50% of the declared time limit have been completed by the Race leader, INDYCAR may declare the Race complete and final standings will be determined by ranking all Cars in order by total laps completed and sequence of completion through the last official Race lap.
188.8.131.52. Officials will make reasonable efforts to restart a Race stopped by the declaration of a Red Condition if the conditions warrant.
184.108.40.206. INDYCAR’s decision to restart or not to restart a Race stopped by the declaration of a Red Condition may not be reviewed and/or appealed.
7.3. Timing and Scoring
220.127.116.11. INDYCAR records the physical order in which each Car crosses each time line, including the Start/Finish Line.
18.104.22.168. The start time, number of laps, and/or amount of time of each Race Event will be specified in a bulletin.
7.3.2. Race Distance and/or Time Limit
22.214.171.124. INDYCAR shall announce the scheduled number of laps and/or time limit prior to the start of a Race; provided, however, INDYCAR may determine that there are time limitations due to weather, curfew, track conditions or otherwise, and INDYCAR may move the start time of a Race, shorten the distance or time of a Race, set a maximum distance or time for a Race, or take such other actions as it deems appropriate.
126.96.36.199. The electronic system is the primary record.
188.8.131.52. INDYCAR may also consult with other Officials, review camera footage, and consider such other data as necessary or appropriate to decide the order of the Cars.
7.3.4. Start/Finish Line – The scoring of Cars shall begin at the moment when:
- Race – the timing transponder of the lead Car reaches the starting line after the prescribed number of parade and pace laps have been completed.
- Practice/Qualifications – the declaration of the Green or Yellow Condition has been given by INDYCAR.
184.108.40.206. Oval Events and Indianapolis 500® Mile Race – A single start/finish line will be defined across the Track and extended across the Pit Lane where appropriate, in the immediate area of the starter's stand.
220.127.116.11. Road/Street Course Events – INDYCAR may designate an alternate or separate start/finish lines.
7.3.5. Lap Credit
18.104.22.168. A Car is credited with a lap when its timing transponder crosses the Start/Finish Line after completing one (1) entire lap of the Track.
22.214.171.124. A Car is the first (1st) Car out of the Race and is awarded the final position based on the following order:
126.96.36.199.1. The Car is listed in the official Qualifications posting, but it is not in position in the Starting Lineup on the Grid and does not start a Race.
188.8.131.52.2. The Car is in position in the Starting Lineup on the Grid, but it does not start the Race,
184.108.40.206.3. The Car drops out during the parade or pace laps, or
220.127.116.11.4. The Car drops out of a Race before completion of the first (1st) lap.
18.104.22.168.4.1. In the event more than one (1) Car is affected in one (1) or more of the above categories, such Cars will be ranked based on their positions in the original Starting Lineup.
22.214.171.124. If a Car returns to Pit Lane under its own power and retires from the Race, INDYCAR may credit the Car with completion of the lap.
126.96.36.199. On the last lap of a Race, a Car will be officially credited with a lap when any part of the Car under its own power crosses the finish line.
188.8.131.52. At Oval Events except for the Indianapolis 500® Miles Race, Drivers must not place any of the four wheels of the Car below the solid boundary line at any time.
184.108.40.206. As soon as practical after the completion of an Event, INDYCAR will post the unofficial results.
220.127.116.11. Once the competition review and technical inspection is completed, INDYCAR will post the official results.
18.104.22.168. Final standings will be determined by the sequence in which the Cars completed the scheduled number of laps.
22.214.171.124.1. Except as provided in Rule 126.96.36.199, a Race will be completed by the Race winner at the moment the timing transponder of the Car crosses the start/finish line on the last lap. The Race will be completed by each other Car when the timing transponder of each Car crosses the start/finish line after the Race leader. Scoring will thereafter cease and the Race is completed. INDYCAR’s decision may not be reviewed and/or appealed.
188.8.131.52.2. Cars not completing the scheduled number of laps will be ranked in order by total laps completed and sequence of completion, whether the Car is still running or not. INDYCAR shall determine the “reason out” for each Car not listed as running.
184.108.40.206. In the event INDYCAR is unable to conclusively determine any difference in the physical sequence for two or more Cars at the end of a Race, INDYCAR shall determine the finishing positions based upon the Cars’ positions at the start/finish line on the prior lap.
220.127.116.11. In the event two or more Cars post the identical number of laps led in a Race, the Car finishing the Race in the higher/highest position will earn the award for most laps led.
18.104.22.168. INDYCAR’s decisions are not subject to review and/or appeal.
7.3.7. Shortcuts – A Car will not be permitted to advance or maintain its position or time relative to other Cars due to an excursion off the Racing Surface.
22.214.171.124. At least two (2) wheels of a Car must remain on the Track at all times, unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR.
126.96.36.199. Practice/Qualifications – Cars shortcutting the course will have the shortcut lap time invalidated.
188.8.131.52. Race – If evasive action results in the advancement of position or time relative to Cars on-Track, INDYCAR may reposition Cars in accordance with Rule 184.108.40.206.
7.4.1. In-Car Radio & Radio Location
220.127.116.11. The in-Car radio must not be capable of transmitting or receiving in a digital format. Radio transmissions must not be encrypted, scrambled or otherwise modified to affect INDYCAR’s ability to record, scan and hear at any time during the Event. Channel hopping transmissions to or from the in-Car radio are not permitted. All voice radio transmissions to or from the Car must be in the 450.000 MHz to 470.000 MHz range.
18.104.22.168. Only the primary and backup frequencies are permitted in the Car radio.
22.214.171.124. Radios may not be located in the cockpit area.
7.4.2. Frequencies – Each Member transmitting or receiving any signal including, without limitation, voice, data and telemetry, but excluding Internet related Wi-Fi (regulated pursuant to Rule 7.4.4.) shall:
126.96.36.199. Provide the specifications (e.g., frequency, manufacturer, make, model and serial number) of the radio to be used in the Car and otherwise, to the INDYCAR-designated representative prior to their first Event;
188.8.131.52. Not password-protect or otherwise affect or limit the INDYCAR-designated representative’s ability to scan and hear the radio to be used in the Car at any time;
184.108.40.206. Notify the INDYCAR-designated representative immediately upon changing any of the equipment specifications or frequencies of the radio to be used in the Car and otherwise;
220.127.116.11. Consent and hereby does consent, to the recording, broadcast and/or rebroadcast by INDYCAR or its designee of any such transmissions through any and all media and for any and all purposes; and
18.104.22.168. Comply with all applicable laws regarding such use and indemnify and hold INDYCAR Group harmless with respect to failure to comply with applicable laws, even if the violation involves INDYCAR Group’s or its designee’s sole or contributory negligence.
7.4.3. Radio Communication
22.214.171.124. During all on-Track Events, radio communication between the Driver and the Entrant’s Pit Box is required at all times.
126.96.36.199. Car-to-Car radio communication is not permitted.
7.4.4. Wireless Data Frequency (“Wi-Fi”) - Each Member transmitting or receiving any signals for wireless data transmissions shall: (i) coordinate and modify frequencies for use with other wireless data networks as specified by INDYCAR; (ii) limit the use of Wi-Fi to hot spot use only (the use of Wi-Fi backhaul and hi gain antennas is not allowed); (iii) comply with all applicable laws regarding such use; and (iv) indemnify and hold INDYCAR Group harmless with respect to failure to comply with applicable laws, even if the violation involves INDYCAR Group’s sole or contributory negligence.
7.5. Pit Boxes
7.5.1. Non Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Events – Pit Boxes for Race Locations shall be determined based upon the Entrant’s position in the Starting Lineup at the previous non-Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Location. Pit Boxes will begin with the Pole Position Entrant receiving the Pit Box at pit out and continuing through the Starting Lineup to pit in. Team Pit Boxes will not be averaged.
188.8.131.52. If an Entrant did not participate at the prior Race Location, it shall be assigned a Pit Box as follows:
- Entrant points (behind all Cars in the Starting Lineup at the previous Race Location)
- Random draw (behind all Cars in the Starting Lineup at the previous Race Location and all Cars with points)
184.108.40.206. For the first Race Location of the Racing Season, Pit Boxes shall be assigned based upon prior Racing Season ending Entrant point standings. INDYCAR shall determine an Entrant’s eligibility. Entrants without points shall be assigned by the date that Entry was received.
220.127.116.11. If Qualifications do not occur at the prior Race Location, Pit Boxes for the subsequent Race Location shall be assigned based upon the Starting Lineup established at the prior Race pursuant to Rule 8.1.7.
18.104.22.168. At a Double-Header Race Location, the Pit Boxes will not be moved between Race One and Race Two. Race Two Qualifications will determine the subsequent Race Location Pit Boxes.
22.214.171.124. Indianapolis 500®
126.96.36.199.1. Pit Boxes shall be selected by an Entrant based upon the current Entrant point standings following the Streets of Long Beach event. A Team shall average all combinations of its Entrants so as to group them together in Pit Lane. If a Team with points has an Entrant without points, this Entrant will not be calculated into the average. In addition, Partial Season Entrants will not be calculated into the average. INDYCAR shall determine an Entrant’s eligibility. Entrants without points shall be ranked at the end of the point standings by date of Entry receipt.
188.8.131.52.1.1. Pit Selection shall be conducted in the N1 Office on Thursday, May 9th at 1:00 PM (E.T). INDYCAR shall assign a Pit Box for any Entrant not represented at the designated pit selection time and place
184.108.40.206.1.2. Following the Indianapolis Road Course Race, Entrants are required to move all Pit equipment to their designated practice Pit Box.
220.127.116.11.1.3. Following the conclusion of practice on Friday, May 17th, an Entrant must move its pit equipment from the practice Pit Box to the Qualifications Pit Box.
18.104.22.168.2. Qualifications – Pit Boxes shall be assigned by INDYCAR based upon the position of the Entrant’s primary Car in the initial Qualifications order. The Pit Box for the first primary Car will be the first Pit Box north of Gasoline Alley and continue north through the Qualifications order. Three Cars will be assigned to two Pit Boxes. A Team shall not have the option to average its Entrants. The Pit Box assignments will be distributed after the draw is completed and Entrants may move their pit equipment to their Qualifications Pit Boxes at that time. The same Pit Box assignments will be in place for both Qualifications days.
22.214.171.124.3. Post-Qualifications / Race
126.96.36.199.3.1. Pit selection order for Cars in the “Fast 9” will be determined by Sunday’s “Fast 9” Qualifications times. “Fast 9” Cars shall select prior to Group One Cars.
188.8.131.52.3.2. Pit selection order for Cars in Group One will be determined by Sunday’s Qualifications times.
184.108.40.206.3.3. A Team shall have the option to average any combination of its Entrants within the same Qualifications group so as to group them together in Pit Lane. INDYCAR shall determine the time and place for the pit selection. INDYCAR shall assign a Pit Box for any Entrant not represented at the designated pit selection time and place. After the close of Qualifications, an Entry’s pit equipment must be moved from the Qualifications Pit Box to the assigned Pit Box for all post-Qualifications Track activities.
7.6. Race Start
7.6.1. The Pole Position Car will start from the inside of the front row. Each Car must be in position in the Starting Lineup during the parade and pace laps until declaration of the Green Condition.
220.127.116.11. If a Car is not in position prior to the beginning of the pace lap, the Car must start from the rear of the Starting Lineup.
18.104.22.168.1. If two or more Cars are affected, INDYCAR decides the positions of the Cars at the rear of the Starting Lineup.
22.214.171.124. All other Cars must remain in their positions in the Starting Lineup, unless otherwise directed by INDYCAR.
7.6.2. If a Car is in Pit Lane or the garage area and not in position in the Starting Lineup when the scoring for the Race begins, the Car’s first (1st) scored lap will start as the Car leaves the Pit Lane.
7.6.3. If a Car does not leave the Grid after the command by INDYCAR, it must return to its Pit Box or another area designated by INDYCAR before the beginning of the pace lap.
7.6.4. A Pace Car will be used to pace the Cars at the start of the Race. The Pace Car will have its flashing lights on during the parade and pace laps. At the appropriate time, the lights will be turned off, indicating the intent to start the Race the next time across the starting line. The Pace Car will pull off into the designated location.
7.6.5. All Drivers must maintain their relative positions until the Green Condition is declared.
7.6.6. Upon INDYCAR’s declaration, all Cars must start a Road/Street Course Race on “wet” Tires. Changes may be made to the Cars on the Grid to accommodate the “wet Tires”. After such a declaration has been made, a Car must complete one (1) official lap on “wet Tires”, which must begin under a Green Condition as is determined by INDYCAR. The lap may be completed in Pit Lane even if the Car’s Pit Box prior to the Start/Finish line.
7.6.7. During the Parade and Pace laps teams may not add fuel to the car.
7.7. Race Restart
7.7.1. After a Yellow Condition
126.96.36.199. Cars between the Pace Car and the Race leader are waved by:
188.8.131.52.1. The wave-by will take place as soon as practical,
184.108.40.206.2. The Pit Lane may re-close until the waved-by Cars are packed up,
220.127.116.11.3. The Pit Lane will re-open after the full pack-up is established, and
18.104.22.168.4. The restart may occur as early as the lap after the Pit Lane has re-opened.
22.214.171.124. After the starter gives the “one (1) lap to go” signal and prior to the restart, Cars must line up in single file formation with no gaps or lagging between Cars. In the event of a restart with 15 laps or less remaining, all Cars not on the lead Car lap will be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup. In the event of a timed Race, INDYCAR shall announce during the Competition Meeting, the time window at which all Cars not on the lead Car lap will be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup.
126.96.36.199. At the appropriate time, the Pace Car lights will be turned off, indicating the intent to restart the Race. The leader is required to maintain the pace lap speed until reaching a point designated by INDYCAR near the start/finish line when the leader shall accelerate smoothly back to racing speed and the Green Condition will then be declared. All Car(s) must maintain their respective Track positions until the Green Condition is declared.
7.7.2. After a Red Condition – All of the standard restart procedures after a Yellow Condition shall apply with the following exceptions:
188.8.131.52. The order will be determined by the physical sequence of the Cars at the declaration of the Red Condition.
184.108.40.206. In addition to the crew members permitted under Rule 220.127.116.11.b, one (1) additional crew member is allowed over the wall to bring the starter and/or cart to the Car, when directed by Officials.
18.104.22.168. If a Car is unable to restart after the command by INDYCAR, it must return to its Pit Box or another area designated by INDYCAR.
22.214.171.124. Provided the Car maintains its lap count relative to the leader, a Car may take its position at any time prior to the start of the “one-to-go” lap. After this time, the Car shall be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup.
126.96.36.199. The Pit Lane may be opened prior to the “one-to-go” lap.
188.8.131.52. Notwithstanding Rule 184.108.40.206., the following reasons may be cause for a Car to be placed at the rear of the Restarting Lineup:
- Cars involved in the incident that caused the Red Condition. The decision as to whether a Car has been involved in an incident may not be reviewed or appealed;
- Cars stopped on the Track, including the Pit Lane, during the last officially scored lap; and/or
- Cars which have performed work under Rule 220.127.116.11.1. and/or Rule 18.104.22.168.4.
22.214.171.124.1. The order of Cars placed at the rear of the Restarting Lineup will be in order of total laps completed and sequence of completion.
126.96.36.199. Any laps being run under a Yellow Condition will be scored. Any Cars remaining in Pit Lane at the time of a restart may join the Race if approved to compete by INDYCAR.
7.8. Mechanical Conditions
7.8.1. INDYCAR shall determine whether a Car involved in a crash or with a hazardous mechanical condition will be permitted to continue in the Event or must first return to the Pit Lane or the garage area for necessary repairs.
7.8.2. Parts damaged during the Race may only be replaced by an exact matching part or assembly.
7.8.3. INDYCAR shall determine how a disabled Car is removed and where the Car is taken. INDYCAR is not responsible for payment, reimbursement, damage, or loss to any Car as a result of such removal and with respect to the location to which the Car is taken.
7.8.4. After any repairs have been completed, the Car is subject to visual or other inspection by INDYCAR prior to and/or during any further competition. If INDYCAR determines that further repairs are warranted, the repairs must be made before the Car is permitted to return to competition.
188.8.131.52. Oval Races – Cars being repaired will not be permitted to return to the Race during the last 20 laps of the Race.
184.108.40.206. Road/Street Course Races - Cars being repaired will not be permitted to return to a Race during the last 10 laps or 15 minutes of a timed Race.
7.8.5. A Car may only receive on-Track assistance as directed by INDYCAR. A Competitor may not leave his/her Pit Box to assist a Car unless approved by INDYCAR.
7.8.6. Officials may approve technical or structural changes during technical inspection due to contact, material, or parts failure.
7.8.7. These decisions of INDYCAR are final and may not be reviewed and/or appealed.
7.9. Performance Standards
7.9.1. INDYCAR may establish a performance standard which all Entries entered in an Event must achieve in order to participate in the Event. In general, Entries must perform within 105% of the Car posting the best time and demonstrate Car consistency, control/placement and interaction with other Cars on-Track to the satisfaction of INDYCAR. In general, the performance standard will be announced to all Competitors prior to the start of the first practice session. However, INDYCAR may delay announcement of the standard until a later time based on the physical condition of the Track, safety and other considerations.
7.10. Pit Procedures
7.10.1. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit Pit Lane from the garage area under their own power. They must be pushed or towed with a Member in the Car who is able to access the brake pedal at all times.
7.10.2. A Car must only use its specified Pit Box unless otherwise approved by INDYCAR.
7.10.3. All Cars must be centered in their assigned Pit Box. The outer point of the inside rear Tire must not exceed a maximum of four feet (48 inches) from the front face of the pit wall. The Car must be parallel to the pit wall.
7.10.4. For each Car, a maximum of six (6) crew members plus the Driver is permitted on the Track side of the pit wall at any one time when the Car is making a pit stop. They may assume their positions one (1) lap before the Car arrives.
7.10.5. Equipment and Tires on the Track side of pit wall must be attended by a crew member at all times. The outside front Tire changer must have his/her foot on the Tire until assuming position on the ground to perform pit stop duties.
7.10.6. Except during a pit stop, no personnel or pit equipment, including Tires, may be on the Track side of the pit wall.
7.10.7. An Entrant may only utilize a signboard with INDYCAR approval.
7.10.8. Illuminated devices used in the Pit Box during an Event must be approved by INDYCAR.
7.10.9. No individual shall stand on the pit wall.
7.10.10. Unless otherwise communicated by INDYCAR, a speed limit of 50 mph at all Road/Street Course Events and Short Oval Events and 60 mph at all Speedway Events will be enforced within the Pit Lane.
7.10.11. Fueling with the aid of pumps, open containers or any other device is not permitted. Only fuel from the refueling storage tank may be added to the Car.
7.10.12. During practice, fuel may only be added through the INDYCAR-approved dry-break disconnect system. The Engine must be shut off during any practice refueling. A crew member must operate fire equipment during any refueling.
7.10.13. The use of the fuel probe without flowing fuel during practice sessions is permitted.
7.10.14. A Driver who passes the Driver’s assigned Pit Box must continue around the Track. A Car is considered to be in its assigned Pit Box if the inside rear Tire is inside the assigned Pit Box, the inside rear Tire has not crossed the centerline, and the Driver has not impeded the progress of any other Car.
7.10.15. A Competitor must not position a Car, equipment, and/or personnel so as to create a hazard or disruption of the Event or to interfere with the activities of another Competitor.
7.11. Pit Safety Violations
7.11.1. Any of the following matters and any others which may be determined by INDYCAR may be cause for a Car to be penalized:
220.127.116.11. Failing to follow designated procedures entering or exiting the Pit Lane, including the proper use of the acceleration and deceleration lanes, transition and through lanes, and pit exit commit lines;
18.104.22.168. Attempting to leave the assigned Pit Box with air hoses, fuel hoses, tools or other equipment attached to or hanging from the Car;
22.214.171.124. Car passing over or under its own air line, hose and/or any other equipment causing a safety issue and/or impeding the progress of any other Car;
126.96.36.199. Car passing over or under another Car’s air line, hose and/or any other equipment causing a safety issue, impacting the Car’s pit stop and/or impeding the progress of any other Car;
188.8.131.52. Car that makes contact with its own pit equipment while entering or exiting its Pit Box causing a safety issue and/or causing the pit equipment to leave its assigned Pit Box and/or impeding the progress of any other Car;
184.108.40.206. Car that makes contact with another Car’s pit equipment, causing a safety issue and/or impacting that Car’s pit stop and/or impeding the progress of any Car.
220.127.116.11. Contact with another Car;
18.104.22.168. Contact with personnel or hitting equipment and causing it to contact personnel;
22.214.171.124. Car entering a Pit Box other than the Car’s assigned Pit Box.
126.96.36.199. Unsafe release of a Car from its Pit Box;
188.8.131.52. Pit personnel not wearing proper attire as set forth in Rule 18.1.20; and
184.108.40.206. More than six crew members are on the Track side of the pit wall during a Race;
7.11.2. Except as provided in Rule 10.2.1, penalties for violations of this Rule 7.11 may not be reviewed or appealed.