Inspection is conducted of all NTT INDYCAR SERIES competitors’ cars to enforce regulations and maintain
competitive balance between teams and manufacturers. Over the course of an event weekend, NTT INDYCAR SERIES officials will conduct five inspections (initial - which includes driver safety equipment; pre-qualifying;
post-qualifying; pre-race and post-race).
Initial inspection typically includes
15 officials, known as inspectors, and
is overseen by NTT INDYCAR SERIES technical director Kevin Blanch.
Inspection times, based on entrant
points entering the race weekend, are
provided to teams during the week.
The inspection process includes
four stations, which focus on different
components of the car. During these
processes, inspectors will check –
among other items – the mandated
safety features, chassis underwing, fuel
cell, height, weight and width.
- In the safety station, inspectors
ensure that the cars meet safety
requirements. Among the items
checked are the SWEMS (Suspension Wheel/Wing Energy Management System) restraints, driver seat
and headrest, seat belts, fasteners, pedal position, steering wheel, helmet, earpieces, fire bottle and
the frontal head restraint. Event-specific decals are placed on the car and driver safety equipment after
passing initial inspection.
- At the gauge and template station, inspectors utilize about 60 jigs and templates to measure each car
to ensure it meets requirements and conforms to regulations.
- On the technical inspection pad in the garage area, measurements are made that require the car to be
level and sitting on its reference plane.