Friday, January 25, 2013

New Rules For Indycar

Various rule changes have altered many things when it comes to competition in Indycar. Here are some of the rules:

-No longer can the driver in the lead select driver's left or driver's right on restarts, as the driver will now be forced to restart on the inside line on all double-file restarts.

-Pit road speed limits will be changed to 60mph on ovals and 50mph on road courses.

Photo: LAT Photographic
-Drivers will be awarded one point for leading a lap during the race.

-No longer will drivers be required to start with 18.5 gallons of E85 on race day. Teams may alter the fuel strategy. The premise is if you start with less fuel, the car will be lighter, resulting in a quicker car, but then you have to pit early, so it is up to the teams.

-No longer will finishing 19-24 get you twelve points, as 19th place will get you 12 points and it will descend by one point for every position.

-Other than the Indy 500, pit selection will be based on qualifying results from the previous race rather than the qualifying results from the last qualifying results at the similar track (ovals, road courses).

-Returning for the 2013 Season is the 10 spot grid penalty for changing an engine without permission or before it reaches it's max limit of miles (excluding Indianapolis). The mile limit is being increased from 1850 to 2000.

-If a driver is deemed as interfering with other drivers in qualifying, he / she will not be allowed to advance to the next segment, at the discretion of Race Director (Beaux Barfield). If the offense occurs in The Fast Six, the car will be pulled off for that segment.

-Push-to-Pass is making a return on all road/street courses. Each driver will get ten pushes lasting fifteen to twenty seconds with no reset time or delay.

-There will be an increase of downforce at Iowa to add stability.

-Pocono will use the same aero specs as they do at Indianapolis.

 Josef Newgarden
Example of kit used at Indy. Photo: AP

-Car numbers will appear larger towards the rear of the car for improved visibility and clarity.


Overall, the rules are designed to make overall racing life better, and I feel like it does that. The one thing that may cause problems in my opinion is the penalization of a driver in qualifying if they impede a driver. I feel as if this will result in a lot of drivers tattling on each other if things don't go their ways, and Beaux Barfield might have his hands full. Unless it is deliberate, I feel as if things will just become complicated. That and the engine penalty still needs some work. I don't want teams to switch engines every week because the bills will be astronomically large. But a 10 position grid penalty for switching an engine that is on the brink of dying. But other than that, I feel as if the rules are great.

Do you like them? Let me know what you think?

-Matthew Hickey

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