INDYCAR announced the following rules and procedures changes effective at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park from April 22-24:
Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations:
“The change in Segment 3 of road/street course qualifying was made to simplify the process, create a sense of urgency to have cars on track and give the fans a better show. We want to avoid situations where the Firestone Fast Six concludes on a red flag, so we’ve put in place the opportunity for each car to post one timed lap at the end of the session.”
“The addition of the electronic pit exit commit line uses technology to improve enforcement of the lane usage rule and creates a system to determine if an infraction has occurred. The race stewards’ penalty guidelines remain unchanged.
“Adding backup data decoders at the alternate start/finish lines puts a system of redundancy in place to assure accurate and quick results.
“The time allowed for teams to earn the additional set of Firestone primary tires has been expanded by five minutes and excludes red-flag conditions in the first on-track session.”