Off-season roundup

Off-season roundup

Postby meteorite » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:32 pm

Since Indycars don't come with snow tires, they run a season in clement weather and take the winter off. They do finish up the odd chore, like drafting and negotiating next year's tracks and schedules, overhauling the rules and regulations, announcing and celebrating major awards, devising the schedule for the coming year, negotiating broadcast coverage of events, re-signing current drivers or signing new ones, forming or continuing or disbanding teams, modernizing tracks, and all the small stuff like that.

In this section we will present a small selection of some of the more interesting news we have had from Indycar so far.

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New IMS.com website debuts

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 - Fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will find a new online experience at the redesigned IMS.com.

The new website, complete with everything from ticketing services to historical information, has fully responsive design optimized for use on any device. Mobile users will no longer be directed to a mobile site but will enjoy the same experience as desktop users.

"The new IMS.com is the first step in a series of improvements to create a better digital experience for our fans. It's important that IMS provide a platform that is flexible and delivers a consistent experience. This new digital property will allow us to showcase the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its history, traditions and excitement for all of our fans, regardless of their device," said C.J. O'Donnell, Chief Marketing Officer for Hulman Motorsports.

Ticketing services are enhanced for a better user flow and customer experience. The check-out process has been revised and optimized using industry standards and fans can access their ticketing accounts via social login with Facebook. Three-dimensional track maps and traffic information also is available on the new IMS.com.

Site development is now in-house at IMS, allowing for greater flexibility and cost effectiveness. The site is built on the Sitecore CMS, the same content management system as the Verizon IndyCar Series, creating a powerful platform for development and expansion with the agility to align web and digital properties with ever-changing business needs.

"Our new web platform is a big step forward for our team. Moving to the Sitecore CMS affords us much needed flexibility and allows us to leverage our talented in-house development team to create custom solutions for our unique business needs, said Rhonda Winter, Chief Information Officer for Hulman Motorsports. "Our new site focuses on embracing all of our users and ensuring that we can deliver content to them, easily, on the device of their choice. The added ability to scale our site to meet the ever growing list of events we host provides a great foundation to build upon."

For more information, visit IMS.com.
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Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit http://www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at http://www.ims.com/tickets.

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For Immediate Release


INDYCAR REVEALS 2015 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE


INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014) - INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events - which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits - includes a total of 13 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014.


"The Verizon IndyCar Series calendar represents another step forward in our strategy to grow the series," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "There were several factors that led to the positive momentum we experienced in 2014 and we will continue to execute on those initiatives - continuity in our broadcast schedule, strategic growth of our schedule and improvements to how we promote our events. The continued support from our television partners at ABC and NBCSN, and the ongoing collaboration with promoters, teams and sponsor partners gives us a lot of confidence about our future."


The season opens with the series' first visit to Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasília, Brazil (March 8, NBCSN) and will be followed on the calendar by INDYCAR's North American opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg (March 29, ABC), its debut at New Orleans' NOLA Motorsports Park (April 12, NBCSN) and a return to the streets of Long Beach (April 19, NBCSN) and scenic Barber Motorsports Park (April 26, NBCSN).


"It's great to see the Verizon IndyCar Series going back to Brazil and expanding internationally," Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti said. "Having a presence outside of the U.S. is important for the health of the series and a necessary part of growing the visibility and awareness opportunities in our industry."


Sonoma Raceway will host the Verizon IndyCar Series' season finale (Aug. 30, NBCSN), marking the first time an Indy car championship will end the season on a road course, dating back to the 2007 Champ Car finale at Mexico City.



"Sonoma has always been a great circuit for the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Scott Dixon, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner. "People always ask what my favorite track is and I often say 'the last one I won at' so it's perfect for me and Team Target. It's a very technical and challenging track and the site of the biggest Target weekend each season from a partnership perspective."



The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will kick-off again with the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 9, ABC) and will be followed by Indy 500 qualifications (May 16-17, ABC) before the month culminates on Memorial Day weekend with the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (May 24, ABC) on the famed 2.5-mile oval. Carb Day activities on May 22 will be broadcast live by NBCSN.



Pocono Raceway (Aug. 23, NBCSN) returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule at the tail-end of a summer four-race oval swing that is highlighted by a return to Auto Club Speedway (June 27, NBCSN) as well as short oval events at the Milwaukee Mile (July 12, NBCSN) and Iowa Speedway (July 18, NBCSN).


"Returning to Pocono in 2015 is great news," said Tony Kanaan, 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and former Indianapolis 500 winner. "The 'Tricky Triangle' is a very challenging racetrack for us and it provides great racing and excitement for the fans. Continuity is the key word to rebuild our fan base for that region and INDYCAR and Pocono are working very hard and thankfully making it happen. I'm obviously happy to be able to return in 2015 and finish the strong race we had in 2014."


The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns as a doubleheader event (May 30-31, ABC) and is followed on the calendar by a night race at Texas Motor Speedway (June 6, NBCSN). The race on Streets of Toronto has moved (June 14, NBCSN) to accommodate the Pan American Games, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 2, NBCSN) returns to its familiar date on the calendar.


All races will be broadcast on radio by the IMS Radio Network through its affiliates, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio.


2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule
Date Race/Track City Venue Network

March 8 Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasília, Brazil 3.4-mile road course NBCSN

March 29 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL 1.8-mile street course ABC

April 12 NOLA Motorsports Park Avondale, LA 2.7-mile road course NBCSN

April 19 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1.968-mile street course NBCSN

April 26 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL 2.38-mile road course NBCSN

May 9 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 2.4346-mile road course ABC

May 16-17 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Indianapolis, IN 2.5-mile oval ABC

May 22 Carb Day Indianapolis, IN 2.5-mile oval NBCSN

May 24 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, IN 2.5-mile oval ABC

May 30 Raceway at Belle Isle Park Detroit, MI 2.35-mile street course ABC

May 31 Raceway at Belle Isle Park Detroit, MI 2.35-mile street course ABC

June 6 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX 1.5-mile oval NBCSN

June 14 Streets of Toronto Toronto, Canada 1.75-mile street course NBCSN

June 27 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, CA 2-mile oval NBCSN

July 12 The Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee, WI 1-mile oval NBCSN

July 18 Iowa Speedway Newton, IA .875-mile oval NBCSN

Aug. 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, OH 2.258-mile road course NBCSN

Aug. 23 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 2.5-mile oval NBCSN

Aug. 30 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 2.385-mile road course NBCSN

Schedule subject to change

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Re: Off-season roundup

Postby meteorite » Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:15 am

So Indy plans to start early and come on strong - it will be interesting to see how that strategy works out. Since their main competition for eyeballs is Formula 1, getting an early jump and presenting their show while F1 is still out in the far East with crazy time zone problems for those who insist on watching their races live, they should get a meaningful jump. And they now have two more or less mainstream US networks pushing their show. Wonder how many will run live, also how many will be carried in Canada. More interesting, how many will be free to air, an advantage F1 will not have except possibly for the Canadian Grand Prix. Let's hope the competition ends up benefiting the viewer.

Meanwhile on with the off-season events.

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES RELEASES 2015 RULE CHANGES


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014) - The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook was issued to teams this week and changes to the sporting and technical regulations include double points for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 30.


"The best thing the sanctioning body can provide competitors, manufacturers and fans is a stable, consistent rulebook, so most of the changes for 2015 are clarifying and tidying up definitions," said Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR. "The rulebook is continuously evolving and we always look to refine it to make the product better."


Will Power of Team Penske clinched the 2014 driver championship at Auto Club Speedway - one of three 500-mile races on superspeedways that awarded double points. The Verizon IndyCar Series championship has been decided in the final race of the year for the past nine seasons.


For 2015, 100 points are awarded to the winner of a double-points race, with the runner-up receiving 80 points and the third-place finisher receiving 70 points. The scale decreases to 10 points for the 25th-place finisher and lower. Bonus points again will be awarded for leading the most race laps (two points) and leading at least one lap (one point). Outside of the Indianapolis 500, an entrant receives one point for earning the Verizon P1 Award. The Indianapolis 500 will reward all entrants with points in its May 16-17 multi-tiered qualifications, including nine additional points for the Verizon P1 Award winner.


"We look at the new calendar and analyze how many cars would be in contention for the championship after certain events, and the best trend with multiple cars racing for the championship was weighting it for the final race and the Indy 500, which is a special race deserving of double points," Walker said.


Engine Manufacturer Championship points have also been revised to further reward reliability and competitiveness of the Chevrolet and Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engines. The top three finishing positions by each manufacturer will score points. Previously, points were scored by the overall top five.


Additional points are available to the manufacturers for an engine that meets the 2,500-mile threshold (10 points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award for the Indianapolis 500 (nine points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award in the 16 other races (one point) and the manufacturer that leads the most race laps (two points).


Again in 2015, each full-season entry is allowed four fresh engines from the start of the season to the start of the following season with a total allotment of 10,000 miles. Twenty points will be deducted from a manufacturer's total for an engine failing to complete its life cycle and an engine undergoing a non-minor repair that requires a component change.


"The primary reason for the adjustments to the manufacturer points championship, following input and discussions with Chevrolet and Honda, is the shift in terms of number of teams and drivers with each manufacturer," Walker said. "We don't want the manufacturer championship to be a contest that is solely about whether you can dominate the grid with the number of cars in your lineup. It is about engines, and we measure their performance in a few different ways."


Additional highlights from the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook:


* Standing starts, which were introduced in 2013 at Toronto and utilized at four venues in 2014, have been eliminated for the 2015 season.


"Most of the tracks we run on, few meet the space criteria for our cars, which are bigger than most formula cars," Walker said, "and there is some development needed with the launch. I wouldn't say it's out of the picture for the future. We know the fans enjoy it, and we love it, too."


* Teams will be charged four days from their 14-day test allocation for Promoter Days (formerly known as Open Tests) at Barber Motorsports Park (March 16-17, for the introduction of Chevrolet and Honda street/road course aero kits), St. Petersburg (March 27), NOLA Motorsports Park (April 10), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval (May 3), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (May 7) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31). The on-track Promoter Day at St. Petersburg, NOLA Motorsports Park, the Indianapolis road course and Mid-Ohio immediately precedes the race event weekends.


"We see these days, working with the promoters, as a way fans can see the stars and cars in ways that aren't available during the race weekend," Walker said. "It will be a less formal day for the teams and drivers with long on-track sessions. Also, when you look at the schedule, there aren't too many days that teams can test with the arrival of aero kits. We picked a nominal amount of dates to start to create value and cost-savings for teams."


* Qualification groups for road/street course races shall be determined by the practice session prior to Segment 1 of the three rounds of qualifying.


* Qualifying will continue to set the pit lane assignment for the following event, but rule 7.4.1 addresses changing drivers between events, such as Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2014. When Conway, who drove 12 road/street course races in the No. 20 entry, yielded to Carpenter for an oval race (and vice versa), the No. 20 car was assigned the last pit stall from pit out. Under the new rule, the entrant will retain the pit assignment based upon qualifying position from the previous event, regardless of driver.


* Each of the speed phases of the Rookie Orientation Program for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race have been increased 5 mph. In addition to car control, placement and a consistent driving pattern, the Rookie Orientation Program shall consist of three phases totaling 40 laps: Phase One of 10 laps at 205-210 mph, Phase Two of 15 laps at 210-215 mph and Phase Three of 15 laps at 215+ mph. The laps do not have to be consecutive. The phases and corresponding speeds may be adjusted based on track/weather conditions.


* Correspondingly, the Indianapolis 500 refresher test for drivers will consist of 30 total laps (the second and third phases of the ROP).

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INDYCAR MODIFIES VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES RESTART PROCEDURES

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, June 6, 2014) - INDYCAR announced a modification to restart procedures today that stipulates the Verizon IndyCar Series will utilize single-file restarts at all remaining events this season. The series previously employed double-file restarts on all oval tracks, except the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and single-file restarts on all road and street course events.

"This year we've made improvements in our ability to monitor and police restarts that has resulted in great single-file restarts at all of our events, including the Indianapolis 500," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competitions and Operations. "We also felt it was important to place our competitors in the exact running order as they were prior to the caution and not provide an advantage to some drivers because of the lane they were in during a double-file restart."

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 25, 2014) - INDYCAR's 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series testing regulations released today include no in-season on-track team activity but the re-introduction of Open Tests before selected races.


Provisions have been made in the rulebook for potential Firestone tire tests, new Verizon IndyCar Series teams and first-year drivers.


The regulations apply from Aug. 31 through Sept. 20, 2015. A team is permitted a total of 14 test days, comprised of engine manufacturer tests, team tests, Open Tests and full-size wind tunnel tests. Full-season entrants are allocated a maximum of 10,000 total miles for use in all on-track activity from the first race or Open Test of 2015 to the end of the race season.


"The reason for changing the testing regulations is about trying to contain the costs and fit into our new schedule," INDYCAR president of competition Derrick Walker said. "Competition drives teams to test as much as they can because they're trying to win races, but combined with the schedule it's hard on the team members.


"Now we're making provisions for race events to have promoter day tests, where the cars will be on the track and hopefully the promoter sees that as an opportunity to open up the stands for fans and sell race tickets."


The first Open Test is scheduled for March 16-17, 2015, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. It will be the initial opportunity for teams to test manufacturer road and street course aero kits to debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29.


Other Open Test venues include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Sonoma Raceway. Open Test days were incorporated in the 2013 testing regulations.


"Barber has a lot of fast, sweeping corners - areas where you'll really see the aero kits perform," Walker said. "The teams already have data and familiarity with Barber and Firestone has great tires for that circuit. The teams can compare and relate to what they've done in the past while getting a handle on the aero kit."


The 2014-15 offseason on-track testing period opens Sept. 16. Six days of manufacturer aero kit testing with selected teams will be conducted from Oct. 6 to Jan. 18, 2015. Teams take delivery of the road and street course aero kit March 1.

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES TO RACE AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK IN 2015


AVONDALE, La. (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) - INDYCAR announced today the addition of NOLA Motorsports Park and the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2015. The event will be held April 10-12 and organized by Andretti Sports Marketing on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile permanent road course layout.


The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will feature a three-day festival combining Louisiana's culture - including live musical acts, entertainment and local cuisine - with the excitement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event.


"We're delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to INDYCAR fans in the greater New Orleans area," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we're thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule."


Earlier this year, the state of Louisiana committed $4.5 million to make enhancements to the racetrack in support of the event. This investment, combined with private funding from NOLA Motorsports Park, helped facilitate required track and facility improvements necessary to host a Verizon IndyCar Series event.


"The State of Louisiana understands the economic and cultural potential of this annual event," said NOLA Motorsports Park owner Laney Chouest. "Track operations are currently underway to transform NOLA Motorsports Park into a Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, grandstands and viewing platforms racing fans need for a truly enjoyable experience."


Improvements to NOLA Motorsports Park are already underway and include a reconfigured course layout, which was designed in collaboration with INDYCAR officials and Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, including James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.


"I'm really excited about going to NOLA next year," Hinchcliffe said. "Having seen the track and the changes they are going to make, I think it'll be great to drive. Great for fans, too, because you can see most of the track from the stands, which is rare on road courses. But maybe even more than that just going to that city is going to be a blast. They sure know how to throw a party and I know that they are going to roll out the red carpet for INDYCAR and really make it an event."


INDYCAR will crown its 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and conclude its season this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The complete 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be released later this offseason.

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INDYCAR Confirms Grand Prix of Houston Not Returning in 2015



INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 29, 2014) - INDYCAR announced today that the Grand Prix of Houston will not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2015. The 1.7-mile temporary circuit at NRG Park hosted doubleheader races in each of the past two seasons, but INDYCAR and officials from the Grand Prix of Houston were unable to define a date for the 2015 event.



"INDYCAR is thankful to Mike Lanigan and his team for all their hard work and for the tremendous support of the Grand Prix of Houston that we received from Shell, Pennzoil and Honda," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We look forward to a continued relationship with Mi-Jack Promotions and will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston."



The Grand Prix of Houston was previously part of the Indy car schedule from 1998-2001 and 2006-07.

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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES RELEASES 2015 RULE CHANGES


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014) - The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook was issued to teams this week and changes to the sporting and technical regulations include double points for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 30.


"The best thing the sanctioning body can provide competitors, manufacturers and fans is a stable, consistent rulebook, so most of the changes for 2015 are clarifying and tidying up definitions," said Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR. "The rulebook is continuously evolving and we always look to refine it to make the product better."


Will Power of Team Penske clinched the 2014 driver championship at Auto Club Speedway - one of three 500-mile races on superspeedways that awarded double points. The Verizon IndyCar Series championship has been decided in the final race of the year for the past nine seasons.


For 2015, 100 points are awarded to the winner of a double-points race, with the runner-up receiving 80 points and the third-place finisher receiving 70 points. The scale decreases to 10 points for the 25th-place finisher and lower. Bonus points again will be awarded for leading the most race laps (two points) and leading at least one lap (one point). Outside of the Indianapolis 500, an entrant receives one point for earning the Verizon P1 Award. The Indianapolis 500 will reward all entrants with points in its May 16-17 multi-tiered qualifications, including nine additional points for the Verizon P1 Award winner.


"We look at the new calendar and analyze how many cars would be in contention for the championship after certain events, and the best trend with multiple cars racing for the championship was weighting it for the final race and the Indy 500, which is a special race deserving of double points," Walker said.


Engine Manufacturer Championship points have also been revised to further reward reliability and competitiveness of the Chevrolet and Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engines. The top three finishing positions by each manufacturer will score points. Previously, points were scored by the overall top five.


Additional points are available to the manufacturers for an engine that meets the 2,500-mile threshold (10 points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award for the Indianapolis 500 (nine points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award in the 16 other races (one point) and the manufacturer that leads the most race laps (two points).


Again in 2015, each full-season entry is allowed four fresh engines from the start of the season to the start of the following season with a total allotment of 10,000 miles. Twenty points will be deducted from a manufacturer's total for an engine failing to complete its life cycle and an engine undergoing a non-minor repair that requires a component change.


"The primary reason for the adjustments to the manufacturer points championship, following input and discussions with Chevrolet and Honda, is the shift in terms of number of teams and drivers with each manufacturer," Walker said. "We don't want the manufacturer championship to be a contest that is solely about whether you can dominate the grid with the number of cars in your lineup. It is about engines, and we measure their performance in a few different ways."


Additional highlights from the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook:


* Standing starts, which were introduced in 2013 at Toronto and utilized at four venues in 2014, have been eliminated for the 2015 season.


"Most of the tracks we run on, few meet the space criteria for our cars, which are bigger than most formula cars," Walker said, "and there is some development needed with the launch. I wouldn't say it's out of the picture for the future. We know the fans enjoy it, and we love it, too."


* Teams will be charged four days from their 14-day test allocation for Promoter Days (formerly known as Open Tests) at Barber Motorsports Park (March 16-17, for the introduction of Chevrolet and Honda street/road course aero kits), St. Petersburg (March 27), NOLA Motorsports Park (April 10), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval (May 3), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (May 7) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31). The on-track Promoter Day at St. Petersburg, NOLA Motorsports Park, the Indianapolis road course and Mid-Ohio immediately precedes the race event weekends.


"We see these days, working with the promoters, as a way fans can see the stars and cars in ways that aren't available during the race weekend," Walker said. "It will be a less formal day for the teams and drivers with long on-track sessions. Also, when you look at the schedule, there aren't too many days that teams can test with the arrival of aero kits. We picked a nominal amount of dates to start to create value and cost-savings for teams."


* Qualification groups for road/street course races shall be determined by the practice session prior to Segment 1 of the three rounds of qualifying.


* Qualifying will continue to set the pit lane assignment for the following event, but rule 7.4.1 addresses changing drivers between events, such as Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2014. When Conway, who drove 12 road/street course races in the No. 20 entry, yielded to Carpenter for an oval race (and vice versa), the No. 20 car was assigned the last pit stall from pit out. Under the new rule, the entrant will retain the pit assignment based upon qualifying position from the previous event, regardless of driver.


* Each of the speed phases of the Rookie Orientation Program for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race have been increased 5 mph. In addition to car control, placement and a consistent driving pattern, the Rookie Orientation Program shall consist of three phases totaling 40 laps: Phase One of 10 laps at 205-210 mph, Phase Two of 15 laps at 210-215 mph and Phase Three of 15 laps at 215+ mph. The laps do not have to be consecutive. The phases and corresponding speeds may be adjusted based on track/weather conditions.


* Correspondingly, the Indianapolis 500 refresher test for drivers will consist of 30 total laps (the second and third phases of the ROP).

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