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Technical changes

Postby meteorite » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:41 pm

INDYCAR UPDATES APPROVED ENGINE CHANGE OUT RULE

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 24, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that it has added a rule relating to engine failure during approved INDYCAR on-track testing to the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.

Rule 15.5.8 (Approved Engine Change Outs): An Engine that fails during a Team Test, Rookie Test, Engine Manufacturer Test or straight line test may be changed with an Engine from the pool without penalty. This Rule will not apply to Engine failures at Open Tests in Pocono, Mid-Ohio or Sonoma.

Engine failures that occur during Open Tests will still be subject to Rule 15.6 (Unapproved Engine Change Outs). Open Tests in advance of IZOD IndyCar Series races will be held July 4 at Pocono Raceway, July 31 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Aug. 21 at Sonoma Raceway.

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INDYCAR UPDATES POCONO AERODYNAMIC SPECIFICATIONS

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 1, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that it has updated the aerodynamic specifications for the July 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.

After seeking feedback from drivers, engineers and teams on various configurations during testing, INDYCAR officials updated Rule 14.6.5.5 as listed in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, adding the underwing strake to the list of optional parts for the Pocono aerodynamic specification to create more downforce.

14.6.5.5 Pocono

· Mandatory Parts

o Rear Mainplane, 0 > -10.5 degrees

o Rear Mainplane Profile

o Rear Indy Wheel Guard



· Optional Parts

o Side Wall

o Trimmed Side Wall

o Rear Wheel Backing Plate

o Sidepod Top Infill

o 2/3 Radiator Inlet Shutter

o Rear Wing Wicker

o Underwing Strake

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INDYCAR TO IMPLEMENT THREE-WIDE STARTS

FOR POCONO RACEWAY, AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 3, 2013) - INDYCAR announced today that it will implement three-wide starts for the IZOD IndyCar Series races at Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, reinstating a "Triple Crown" tradition.

"After having the opportunity to test at Pocono and a successful event at Auto Club Speedway last season, we were able to analyze track data and compare to our current start procedure for the Indianapolis 500," said Beaux Barfield, race director, INDYCAR. "Given the speeds of our starts, the location of accelerations zones, the spacing between rows and the length of the frontstraights at each track, we have decided to move forward with a three-wide lineup for the initial starts."

Three-wide starts have been utilized annually for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 1921, and were implemented at Pocono Raceway and Ontario (Calif.) Speedway during the 1970s and '80s for the tracks' Triple Crown legs.

The addition this year of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown renews the tradition of the three superspeedway races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono and Ontario from 1971-1980 and from 1981-89 at Indianapolis, Pocono and Michigan International Speedway.

The Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, July 7, is the middle leg of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown. Cumulative two-lap qualifications on the 2.5-mile tri-oval are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday, July 6.

All restarts at both Pocono Raceway and the season-closing MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 19, will be single-file formation.

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NDYCAR UPDATES STANDING START PROCEDURE

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, July 10, 2013) - INDYCAR has updated procedures for standing starts, which will be implemented at Race 1 of the Toronto and Houston doubleheader weekends.

Highlights of the standing start procedures from 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook include:



Countdown - The safety car will lead the formation lap and drivers will follow single-file in starting order.

Formation Lap - During the formation lap, drivers will remain in starting order with no overtaking. The speed of the formation lap will be set by the safety car.

Grid - At the end of the formation lap, drivers will take their starting positions with the front wheels of the car remaining within its designated orange grid line.

A five-second declaration will be made via radio by the Race Director prior to the start of the light sequence. The starting sequence will begin when the first two rows of red lights on the lighting panel illuminate. The red lights will continue to fill from the bottom of the light panel two rows at a time, for a total of six steps (12 rows).



Once the panel is filled with red lights, there will be a delay between .5 and 3 seconds and the panel will switch to all green lights and the race will begin.



False Start - A false start shall be declared when a car moves forward or is out of its assigned position before completion of the light sequence. A penalty will be imposed for a false start.



Aborted Start - The Race Director can declare an aborted start before the final row of red lights is illuminated on the lighting panel.If the start is aborted, the full-course caution lights will be turned on.

In the event of an aborted start, a rolling start shall be implemented. Any Competitors whose actions result in an aborted start will move to the rear of the field.

Standing starts will be implemented at Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on July 13 and the Shell/Pennzoil Houston Grand Prix on Oct. 5. Race 2 of the doubleheader weekends will utilize traditional rolling starts.

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