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IndyCar: Double-file restarts dropped for rest of 2014 season

Jun 7, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

The Verizon IndyCar Series has now reverted to single-file restarts at all events after last night’s announcement that double-file restarts would not be used for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Here’s the full release that the sanctioning body put out on the subject:

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.”

Double-file restarts debuted in IndyCar back in 2011. Tonight’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra) would have been the first race of the 2014 season to have them employed.

  1. manik56 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Free Randy!

    Whoever is running IndyCar now is a clown. First the points system screw up and now this. I imagine bailing on the standing starts is next. What was once my favorite racing series dropping below NASCAR and F1. They keep messing with the perfect product.

  2. mcseforsale - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Perfect product? Nope, not since Tony killed CART and split the series. Indycar is more of a spec series than any other series out there. One chassis, 2 engines… Formula V is more exciting. At least they race on real tracks.

  3. wiscpaul - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I thought the double header at Detroit last week was pretty good. More passing than I expected and guys running right up the tailpipe of the guy in front of them. It was better than F1 lately, Where they stay two seconds back so as not to get turbulent air on the front wing and waste the tires.

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