• IndyCar series announces race tweaks

    February 16, 2012 1 comments

    IndyCar officials will eliminate double-file restarts this season at three ovals including this year’s running of the Indianapolis 500. Races at Texas and Fontana will also use the single-file restarts.

    Race director Beaux Barfield made the surprise announcement Tuesday. Barfield says he made the decision for two reasons: the location of the acceleration point on those tracks and drivers’ concerns.

    Double-file restarts will continue at IndyCar’s other 12 races.

    The move comes 11 months after series CEO Randy Bernard said he would implement the double-file restarts used by NASCAR. Drivers also expressed concerns but were overruled. Bernard said then the series had the most versatile drivers in the world and would find a way to make the double-file restarts work.

    The IndyCar Series also announced that they will use heat races for qualifying at Iowa Speedway this year.

    The heat races are a trial for something the series could implement at certain ovals in 2013.

    The IndyCar Series currently uses single-car qualifying on ovals, and three rounds of qualifications on road and street courses.

    Qualifying for the June 22 race at Iowa will consist of three 30-lap heats, and the field in each heat will be set by practice times. One heat will determine the top 10 starting spots, the other two heats will determine odd-numbered starting positions 11 to 31 and even-numbered starting positions for 12 to 32.

    The series will revert to single-car qualifying for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in California.

  • 1 Response to "IndyCar series announces race tweaks"

    1. Andy Skirvin 25 Feb 2012

      I can see double file restarts at short ovals, (Iowa, Milwaukee, Texas) but not Indy or Fontana…. Last years Indy was very exciting because of the double file restarts. @indycar, please reconsider!

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