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Reports: Double-file restarts drawn down for IndyCar, per Walker

Mar 28, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

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Although there hasn’t been an official comment issued by INDYCAR from its President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker, comments made to reporters this week ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg have made one thing definitively clear: there won’t be double-file restarts in 2014.

Speaking to RACER.com’s Marshall Pruett, Walker said the lack of available front stretch real estate and particularly, the runs into Turn 1 would make the restarts unfeasible.

“Well, a lot of the tracks that we do those at are somewhat limited for space going into the first turn, and the potential for the whole track to be blocked was always there,” Walker said. “We consulted a lot of different people, drivers mainly, and came to the consensus that the decision we ought to come to is to change that format because of the space available at some of these tracks.”

One of the things Walker and the rest of INDYCAR Race Control will be monitoring closely this year is making sure restart leaders don’t jump early, via the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin.

From an additional officiating standpoint, Brian Barnhart and Johnny Unser will join INDYCAR Race Director Beaux Barfield as race stewards for the season opener, both per the 2014 series rulebook and the AP’s Jenna Fryer, among other reports.

Officiating has occasionally been in the crosshairs over the last few years in IndyCar – sometimes coming off as too heavy-handed or not enough, depending on the circumstances – but ideally officiating can take a backseat to the on-track action for the majority of the 2014 season.

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  1. kitnamania13 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Putting Barnhart anywhere near race control is an incredibly stupid idea by Indycar. They’re not just asking for an officiating fiasco during the race, they’re practically begging for one.

    • testover6370 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      IMSA’S officiating has reset the bar for race control malfeasance. In that context Barnhart isn’t quite so bad, and with Barfield and Unservaround to keep him in check, I think things will be OK.

  2. chad4208 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Brian Barnhart will screw up, just wait for him to make a bad call, then 30 minutes later it gets reversed leading to confusion…

  3. manik56 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    IndyCar is run by idiots. That much is clear. Nothing about this post pleases me.

  4. Jeff - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Not even this part manik56?
    Officiating has occasionally been in the crosshairs over the last few years in IndyCar – sometimes coming off as too heavy-handed or not enough, depending on the circumstances – but ideally officiating can take a backseat to the on-track action for the majority of the 2014 season.

    I gotta wonder how officiating will be with the series title sponsor also sponsoring Team Penske cars.

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