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IndyCar updates standing start procedures

Jul 9, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

Marco Andretti AP

INDYCAR has announced updates to its standing start procedure, which will be implemented in Race 1 of both this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto (Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) and Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston in October.

Here are the key points from the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook:

  • COUNTDOWN: Safety car will lead the formation lap and drivers will follow single-file in starting order.
  • FORMATION LAP: Drivers will remain in starting order with no overtaking. Speed of 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 inside its designated grid line.
  • LIGHTS: The Race Director will make a five-second declaration via radio before the lights sequence begins. Said sequence will begin when the first two rows of red lights turn on. The red lights will continue to turn on from the bottom of the panel, two rows at a time, for a total of six steps (12 rows). Once the panel is filled, there will be a delay between one half-second and three seconds before the red lights turn green to start the race.

Penalties will be imposed for false starts, which will be declared when a car moves forward or is out of its assigned position before the end of the light sequence. The Race Director can also call an aborted start before the final row of red lights turn on; if that occurs, a standard rolling start will occur and all competitors that are found to have caused the aborted start will be sent to the rear of the field.

The second races of the Toronto and Houston doubleheaders will utilize the rolling starts.

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