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Hickey: Recapping IndyCar Rule Changes for 2020

IndyCar recently distrubted the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Official Rule Book. I've gone through the book and have recapped some of the changes (anything in italics is pulled straight from the rule book with a brief summary in standard blue font below to summarize):



ADDED


Rule 7.1.3.3.3 - The Cars’ positions are determined by the last timeline crossed on-Track at the moment of the Yellow Condition or Full Course Yellow Condition, except as provided in Rule 7.1.3.3.8 INDYCAR shall announce during the Competition Meeting, a lap/time remaining window when Cars’ positions will be determined by their actual position on-Track, regardless of last timeline crossed.


As discussed earlier in the offseason, Jay Frye and Co. were dreaming up ways to make sure that elongated yellows are reduced for the season.



Rule 7.2.5 - Blue (flag) – signifies that an approaching Car is attempting to overtake.


As is the 'White' flag in the rulebook, there was no prior definition for 'Blue' flags in the rule book. Please see 7.2.5.1 and 7.2.5.2 for further updates later on in this article.



7.10. - Pit Procedures


(Addition of definitions of the pit crew members)


7.10.4.1 - Four (4) tire changers

7.10.4.2 - One (1) airjack operator

7.10.4.3 - One (1) fueler:

  • 7.10.4.3.1 - May perform no additional work outside of fueling

7.10.4.4 - If required, other crew members may be substituted for above positions.

7.10.4.5 - One (1) additional crew member shall be allowed on the Track side of the pit wall only as follows:

  • 7.10.4.5.1.1 - One (1) aeroscreen attendant:

  • 7.10.4.5.1.2 - Must remain sitting, standing or behind the pit wall until the Car comes to a complete stop in its pit box.

  • 7.10.4.5.1.3 - May only perform work while Car’s rear tires are elevated.

  • 7.10.4.5.1.4 - May perform no additional work outside of aeroscreen cleaning and/or removal of aeroscreen tear-offs.

  • 7.10.4.5.1.5 - Must remain in control of any tear-off materials at all times.

  • 7.10.4.5.1.6 - Upon completion of work, aeroscreen attendant is required to return immediately to the cold side of the pit wall.


IndyCar has addressed the visibility issue of the aeroscreen after a long-stint by allowing teams to have a seventh crew member over the wall. It is worth noting that this crew member cannot do any additional work on the car, and they cannot discard the tear-off like a driver would with a visor tear-off. They must maintain possession of this and dispose of it after the stop. Smart move given how large those tear-offs are. Those could cause havoc on a car if it were sucked into the radiator.



Rule 8.1.8.6 - If after the Starting Lineup has been determined, a Car has had its Qualifications time and/or original Starting Lineup position changed or disallowed, INDYCAR shall assign the Car a revised Starting Lineup position at the rear based on the following order


b) Cars with approved driver substitution;


Entrants who have replaced the driver that is on the official starting roster is subject to have their grid position moved to the rear of the field and now has its own place in a hierarchy to determine where in the rear of the field they will start (if there were cars that failed inspection or violated rule, etc.



Rule 8.3.3.8 - At the following Events, two (2) minutes shall be added to each Segment:

  • Circuit of the Americas

  • Road America


Hooray for more track time!



Rule 14.7 - Aerodynamics

  • 14.7.3.9 - Driver helmet inlet duct

  • 14.7.3.10 - Front duct exit port


New technical specifications that allow for the drivers to have cooling options with the addition of the aeroscreen.



Rule 14.7.8.14.2.7 - Aeroscreen fairings

  • Extra fasteners are not permitted.

  • Rear fairing top and bottom may be fit per Rule 14.7.8.14.1 in the area where the fairing attaches to the roll hoop cover recess.


Aeroscreen fairings are allowed on the car.



Rule 14.7.8.14.5.7 - nose inlet cooling tubes; and,

14.7.8.14.5.8 - damper cover inlet.


More options for teams to blend these additions into the cars.



Rule 14.7.9 - Aeroscreen and Frame


  • 14.7.9.1 - Aeroscreen and all components must be used as supplied, except as specified in Rule 14.7.3 and Rule 14.7.8.14.2.7.

  • 14.7.9.2 - It is not permitted to fit the frame to the carbon top plate, nor may anything be added between the two mounting surfaces.

  • 14.7.9.3 - Except as specified in Rule 14.7.9.2, frame and aeroscreen fairings may be painted, wrapped or remain as supplied.

  • 14.7.9.4 - Helmet Inlet Ducting

  • 14.7.9.4.1 - Driver helmet inlet duct is not required to be attached to the helmet and may be sealed on the outlet side.

  • 14.7.9.4.2 - Inlet ducting attached directly to the helmet must be supplied by the helmet manufacturer.

  • 14.7.9.4.3 - Helmet ducting hose may only be attached to the helmet with an INDYCAR-approved quick disconnect.

  • 14.7.9.5 - Nose Inlet Cooling Tubes

  • 14.7.9.5.1 - Nose inlet cooling tubes may be extended towards the pedal bulkhead provided they do not extend past the rearward face of the bulkhead.

  • 14.7.9.5.2 - Tubes may have filtration added, provided it is contained inside the tubes.

  • 14.7.9.5.3 - Tubes may be sealed on the inlet end with tape or covers, provided there is no change to the intended shape.

  • 14.7.9.6 - Front Duct Trimmable

  • 14.7.9.6.1 - Exit Port Exit port must remain open on the bottom as supplied.

  • 14.7.9.6.2 - Exit port may be trimmed for airflow and direction of airflow.


Complete aerscreen specifications.



Rule 14.7.11.5 - An additional skid (per INDYCAR-approved drawing) may be added behind the rear skid and must remain a separate part.

14.7.11.5.1 - Only permitted materials are carbon or jabrock.


Skid updates.



Rule 14.13.2.2.1 - Brembo

  • XA6S213/15

  • XB2B516-20/61-65


14.13.2.2.2 - Alcon


Specific list update of what brake master cylinders can be used by teams.



Rule 14.13.3 - For technical inspection purposes, upon the initial application of the brake pedal, the brake pressure must be greater than 450 psi throughout the entire brake system.


Brakes and technical inspections update.



Rule 14.15.2 - All cooling fans that are attached to the Car must be of a contrasting color to the mounting surface or have a contrasting colored strap attached to the fan. INDYCAR reserves the right to visually inspect and require changes to any solutions.


Cooling fans are subject to inspection.



Rule 14.15.6 - Cockpit cooling configuration must be as listed in the Race Location Specific Chart below:

Cockpit cooling specifications with the corresponding chart.



Rule 15.1.7 - Pulling a vacuum on mounted Tires is not permitted.


Small tire technical detail.



Rule 16.5.2.2 - An Entrant participating in a Tire Test must fit a Manufacturer Engine for that Test and at INDYCAR’s request, an INDYCAR supplied torque measurement shaft.


IndyCar tire tests will be subject to different engine rules.



Rule 16.6.1.2 - The entrant with the Unapproved Engine Change-out will start the Race nine (9) places behind the qualified position at Oval Events or six (6) places at Road Course Events. The penalty will be served at the next Race should the Event be a Test Event during which the Unapproved Engine Change-out occurred.


16.6.1.3 - No Engine Change-Out Starting Lineup penalties are served during the Indianapolis 500®. Penalties carried over into or earned at the Indianapolis 500® are served at subsequent Race Event.


The most controversial rule change for 2020 is the bringing back of grid penalties for engine changes.



Rule 18.1.19 - All competitor helmets must be inspected by INDYCAR prior to the first Race Event of a Season and prior to the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.


Helmet inspection dates mandated.




UPDATED (Changes underlined)


Rule 7.1.4.2.4 - Unapproved work performed on a Car not related to INDYCAR approved safety issues while under a Red Condition will result in that Car being prohibited from further participation in that Event.


The old rules mandated that working on a car under a Red Flag mandated a two lap penalty at minimum. Now, the cars that are worked on not related to IndyCar approved safety issues will be prohibited from re-joining the race. This was a result of some of the cars retaking the track at Pocono in 2019.



Rule 7.2.5.1 - At Road/Street Course Events – When displayed from the starter’s stand and ordered directly by INDYCAR (command blue), directs a Lapped Car to give way to the overtaking Car within one (1) lap.


Even though there are multiple marshal's stands across the track, the blue flag will be mandated from the starter's stand and lapped cards will have one lap to yield to the overtaking car.



Rule 7.7.1.2 - After the starter gives the “one (1) lap to go” signal and prior to the restart, Cars must line up in single file formation with no gaps or lagging between Cars. In the event of a restart with 20 laps or less remaining at any Short Oval event or 15 laps or less remaining at all other events, all Cars not on the lead Car lap will be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup. In the event of a timed Race, INDYCAR shall announce during the Competition Meeting, the time window at which all Cars not on the lead Car lap will be moved to the rear of the Restarting Lineup.


This rule update can significantly impact strategy at Iowa, Richmond, and Gateway, as now there is a potential for a field re-shuffle after 20 laps to go instead of the 2019 IndyCar rule of 15 laps to go at all venues.



Rule 7.10.4 - For each Car, pit crew members may assume their positions one (1) lap before the Car arrives. The Driver plus a maximum of seven (7) crew members are permitted on the Track side of the pit wall at any one time when the Car is making a pit stop.


This is to account for the new aeroscreen crew member. See 'added rules' for more information.



Rule 7.10.9 - Excluding aeroscreen attendant, no individual shall stand on the pit wall.


Further details on the new aeroscreen crew member.



Rule 7.10.10 - Unless otherwise communicated by INDYCAR, the following a speed limits shall be enforced within the Pit Lane.

  • 7.10.10.1 - Road/Street Course and Short Oval Events (excluding Toronto) – 45 mph.

  • 7.10.10.1.1 - Toronto Street Course – 40 mph.

  • 7.10.10.2 - Speedway/Superspeedway Events – 60 mph.

  • 7.10.10.3 - A secondary speed limit may be enforced in the following areas: -Between the Pit Commitment Line and the beginning of the Pit Lane; and/or -Pit Exit to Pit Out Commit Line.


More details on the new pit speed limits for 2020.



Rule 7.11.1.12 - More than six crew members are on the Track side of the pit wall during a Race, except aeroscreen attendant as provided per Rule 7.10.4.5.


Further details on the new aeroscreen crew member.



Rule 8.1.6.1 Data Download - Unless approved by INDYCAR, Entrants may not download data during the following time periods until released from technical inspection:

  • 8.1.6.1.1 after the checkered flag has been displayed for any Qualifications session; or.

  • 8.1.6.1.2 at any time during the Fast Six session.


Some clarification on data downloading and how teams can no longer download data after qualifying (until they've been released from technical inspection) or during the Fast Six road course qualifying sessions.



Rule 8.4.13.2.4.6 - Once each Car has received its one Guaranteed Attempt, a break in the line occurs. Once a break in the line occurs, any Car that has not Qualified, is bumped from the field, or chooses to withdraw its previous Qualifications time will be permitted to make additional attempts until the time allotted for Last Chance Qualifications has expired.


8.4.13.2.4.7 - Last Chance Qualifications sets positions thirty-one (31) through thirty-three (33) and/or any positions not filled during Day 1 Qualifications.


Officially notes the changes discussed by Roger Penske, Mark Miles, and Doug Boles recently discussed at the IMS Press Conference. NO GUARANTEED ENTRIES!



14.4.1.1.1 - Minimum weight for Road/Streets Events – will be 1700 pounds.

14.4.1.1.2 - Minimum weight for Speedway Events – will be 1655 pounds.

14.1.1.1.3 - Minimum weight for Short Oval Events – will be 1690 pounds.


Additional weight allowed on the cars with the addition of the aeroscreen.



Rule 14.4.2.10.2 - A Driver weight change of more than plus or minus 3 pounds: Entrants must change their Driver ballast before the next on-track session.


Small technical change on driver ballast settings.



Rule 14.7.8.11.2 - The rear IR tire temperature sensor must be mounted in the Underwing Rear Blanking Panels IR1803A17/18. The panels may have windows designed to return them to their original shape.


Technical changes for IR tire temperature sensor.



Rule 14.13.2.1 - Discs, pads and disc bells by PFC.


Brake discs and pads will be through PFC.



Rule 14.14.7 - Wheels must be NDT (non-destructive testing) inspected by an INDYCAR-approved inspection station prior to the Entrant’s first on-Track Event, prior to the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race Event and prior to the Mid-Ohio Event.


This was formerly the Pocono event, but given that Pocono is no longer on the schedule, Mid-Ohio has taken its place.



Rule 14.18.3.1 - Cars must be equipped with an ignition switch that can be activated by the Driver. The ignition switch must be clearly marked and of a contrasting color to the dash.


The ignition switches will now clearly be visible in the cockpit.



Rule 14.20.5.2 - For Road/Street Courses and Iowa, the quantity of fuel allotted in the pit tank is equal to 3mpg for the Race distance.

14.20.5.3 - For Richmond and St. Louis, the quantity of fuel allotted in the pit tank is equal to 3.5mpg for the Race distance.


More fuel for Richmond and Gateway. Iowa will still follow road/street course fuel allotment.



Rule 14.21.2 - All refueling nozzles and refueling receptacles must be returned to the manufacturer for servicing prior to the Entrant’s first Race, Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, and Mid-Ohio Race.


Another post Mid-Ohio technical element added to the rule book.



Rule 15.2.1 - Each Entrant is allowed the following (tire allotments) -

Indianapolis 500 - 34 Primary sets

Richmond - 12 Primary sets

Iowa - 11 Primary Sets

Richmond Open Test - 5 Primary sets


Iowa goes up a set, Indianapolis goes down two sets.



Rule 15.3.3.2.6 - If a Car has Tire damage due to contact, INDYCAR may consider the two (2) lap requirement for that Tire Compound fulfilled.


A damaged tire may satisfy the Tire Compound rule on road courses if the tire is needing to be changed.



Rule 16.2.2.1 - A new Engine Pool and an Engine use plan must be submitted to INDYCAR prior to each on-Track Event by noon (local time of the Event) the Day prior to on-Track activities. An Engine or Engines can be withdrawn from the pool at any time.


Technical detail about engines and the pool of engines submitted.



Rule 16.2.3.2 - A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.


Specification on engine changes and what is considered unapproved.



Rule 16.5.2.1 - An Entrant participating in an INDYCAR or Engine Manufacturer Test may fit a Manufacturer Engine for that Test without penalty. Such Engine Change-Outs must comply with the Rules. Engine miles used for such Tests do not count against the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage limit.


This used to include tire tests as well, but tire testing had its own rule added.



Rule 16.6.2 - Entrant-Initiated Change-Out – For an Entrant-initiated Engine Change-Out, the Change-Out is considered a Rules violation and the Entrant will be listed in a position at the rear of the Starting Lineup for the next Race, regardless of whether the Change-Out occurs at a Race or Test Event.


The above underlined portion has been removed from the rule book.



Rule 16.6.2.2 - Entrant-initiated Engine Change-Outs lose ten (10) Driver and Entrant points in addition to the grid penalty as stated in Rule 16.6.1.2.


Further clarification given grid penalties have returned.



Rule 16.6.2.4 - No Engine Change-Out Starting Lineup penalties are served during the Indianapolis 500®; however, points penalties will be applied. Penalties carried over into or earned at the Indianapolis 500® are served at subsequent Races. Entrants not participating in consecutive on-Track Events do not carry-over any Engine Change-Out penalties.


The underlined portion has been removed.



Rule 16.7.1 - Entrant Claim – An Entrant claiming an Engine is DOP must provide supporting data to the Engine Manufacturer before the claim is reviewed. The Engine Manufacturer may decide if the DOP claim is valid.


Limitation – A DOP claim may not be made after the completion of the next-to-last (penultimate) Race Event of the Racing Season.


The underlined portion has been removed.



Rule 16.7.2 - On-Track Torque Measurement – An Entrant or Manufacturer may request to install an INDYCAR-specified torque measurement shaft to determine whether it is down on power relative to other Engines provided by the Engine Manufacturer.


Specifies that the manufactures may be included within this rule request.



Rule 17.2.1 - The Entrant must have a fully charged ten (10) pound water fire extinguisher in the Car’s pit area. A gauge must be attached to each fire extinguisher. The mixture must contain six percent (6%) FireAde.


Small pit lane fire equipment change.



Rule 18.1.2.1 - A Driver may be required to demonstrate ability to exit the Car within eight (8) seconds to INDYCAR’s satisfaction and by a method as determined by INDYCAR.


This was added to the rule book as a time was never specifically mandated.



Rule 18.1.5.1.1 - Fire resistant one-piece uniform conforming to SFI 3.2A/5, SFI 3.4/5, FIA 8856-2000 or FIA 8856-2018 specifications; and


18.1.5.1.2 - Fire resistant socks, shoes, gloves, head sock and underwear (long-sleeve tops and full-length bottoms) conforming to SFI 3.3 and/or SFI 3.4.


New specifications for items driver's are allowed to wear.



Rule 18.1.8 - Seat Belts - An approved seat belt with an approved quick-release mechanism must be used. Both the fastening design and condition of the belt is subject to inspection by INDYCAR. Life of the belts in use shall not exceed five (5) years and must be datestamped by the manufacturer. All belts must conform to the following SFI specifications: 3-inch SFI 16.1, 2-inch SFI 16.5, FIA 8853-2016 (6-point only), or equivalent specification as approved by INDYCAR. All seat belts must be constructed from polyester yarns.


Seat belts now have to be made out of polyester yarns.



Rule 18.1.8.4 - Seat belts which have had to withstand a crash in excess of sixty-five (65) Gs must be replaced.


Under the old rules, a seat belt that withstood a 50G crash needed to be replaced.



Rule 18.1.9 - Shoulder Harness – Two (2) over-the-shoulder straps constructed of polyester yarns must be used. HANS® specific double-shoulder belts are also permitted provided they are mounted and used according to manufacturer specifications. Both the fastening design and condition of the straps is subject to inspection by INDYCAR. Life of the straps in use shall not exceed five (5) years and must be datestamped by the manufacturer. Belts should be attached level with the top of the Driver's shoulders or at a slightly downward angle.


Further states, as above, that it must be made from polyester yarn.



Rule 18.1.11.1 - The additional headrest padding, if used, must consist of separate pieces; left side, right side and/or rear. The side pieces are restricted to 15.000 inches in overall length, measured from the headrest’s rear-to-side radius and must have a minimum 3.000- inch leading edge taper from the front edge when viewed from the top (plan view).


Clarifies the length of the 15 inches measured of the side pieces.



Rule 18.1.13 - Cockpit – Cars must have fitted all the Dallara supplied cockpit panels and EPP foam panels in the footbox, leg and seat area. Minimal trimming for installation is permitted, provided the panels retain their ability to properly absorb energy.


The old rule was that modifications were not allowed.



Rule 18.1.15 - On-Board Fire Equipment – Each Car must have one of the following INDYCAR-approved on-board fire suppression systems. The system must be installed in the Dallara/INDYCAR specified location.

  • 18.1.15.1 - AFFF-M-E 2.250 liter bottle and nozzles

  • 18.1.15.2 - 3M Novec 1230 3 lb. bottle and nozzles


Official rules about extinguishers were modified/added.



Rule 18.1.17.1.1 - Fire resistant one-piece uniform conforming to SFI 3.2A/5, SFI 3.4/5, FIA 8856-2000 or FIA 8856-2018 specifications; and


18.1.17.1.2 - Fire resistant socks, shoes, gloves, head sock (fueler and deadman) and underwear (long-sleeve tops and full-length bottoms) conforming to SFI 3.3 and/or SFI 3.4.


18.1.17.1.3 - Helmets

  • 18.1.17.1.3.1 - Fueler - Full-face helmet with fire-retardant Nomex lining (visor must remain down during fueling process);

  • 18.1.17.1.3.2 - All other over-the-wall Competitors must use an INDYCAR-approved full-face helmet.


Pit crew safety equipment modified.



Rule 18.1.18 - Crew Members, Other Competitors and Officials - Except as provided in Rule 18.1.5.1 and Rule 18.1.17 all Competitors and Officials on the trackside of Pit Lane must adhere to the following dress code:

  • Long pants;

  • Closed-toe shoes

  • Shirts with sleeves (no tank tops); and

  • During Road/Street Course Qualification, pit stop practice and/or warm-up sessions, INDYCAR-approved half helmet or full-face helmet must be worn.


Pit crew must wear helmets during warm-up sessions or pit stop practice.




REMOVED WITHOUT REPLACEMENT


Rule 7.2.5.2 - At Oval Events, the informational blue flag will be displayed from the starter’s stand as per Rule 7.2.5.1. A command blue flag ordered directly by INDYCAR and displayed from the starter’s stand directs a Lapped Car to give way to the overtaking Car within one (1) lap.


Looks as if we will no longer be seeing blue flags on ovals.



Rule 8.2.3.2 - When a Car is presented for technical inspection:

  • a) Fuel buckeye openings may be taped off or fitted with blanking covers;


Small technical detail for technical inspection.



Rule 14.2.2.2.1 - Refueling hose-to-probe connectors:

  • Rapid Prototyping & Engineering, Inc. (Part #INDYCAR 0512)


Small technical detail for fuel connectors.



Rule 14.12.9 - Mirror EMS

14.12.9.1 - One (1) 30kN EMS per side mounted as specified by Dallara


Mirror EMS removed from rule book.



16.5 Approved Engine Change-Outs (anything underlined has been removed)


16.5.1 -Engine Retired – An Engine that has reached an Engine Change-Out Mileage determined by the Engine Manufacturer may be changed out at any time. An Engine changed-out for this reason may not be reinstalled, is removed from the Engine Pool and will have its Engine seals removed.


Team Test Allowance – After the completion of a Race, an Entrant with an Engine installed that would exceed its Engine ChangeOut Mileage during a Test may install a lower mileage Engine with INDYCAR approval for the purpose of participating in a Test scheduled between two (2) Races. In this case, the following will apply:


16.5.1.1 - The higher mileage Engine from the previous Event must be installed to complete its planned life cycle prior to the start of the next Race Event, or be removed from service with the Engine seals cut. After the next Race Event, the higher mileage Engine will be considered to be Retired and must be Changed-Out according to Rule 16.5.1. The remaining assigned Engine must then be installed to complete its scheduled life cycle.


16.5.1.2 - An Entrant must first use Engines from its current allocation.


16.5.1.3 - If an Entrant is currently allocated only one (1) Engine, a second, fresh Engine may be allocated to the Entrant for the purpose of participating in the Test.


16.5.1.4 - Any Engine installed for the purpose of completing Testing remains allocated to the Entrant and must be installed after the first, higher mileage Engine has completed its life.


The only approved engine change out for a retired engine is the first part of this statement.



Under subset rule 16.5.5 Special/Non-Race Events -


Operating Outside Guidelines – Changing an Engine before the Change-Out Mileage because it has been operated outside of the Engine Manufacturer’s guidelines are subject to the following:


16.5.5.3 - Entrant pays the repair costs of the Engine including parts, labor, shipping and travel costs for INDYCAR personnel; and


16.5.5.4 - Once the Entrant pays the Engine Manufacturer the repair costs, the Entrant will be credited the unused mileage of the Engine and be supplied a fresh or used replacement Engine from the Engine Pool.


These were removed. An example of a special/non-race event would be the Indy 500 pit stop competition.



Under subset rule 16.6.3 - Entrant Abuse


Removing the Engine to test a Down on Power (“DOP”) claim is an Unapproved Engine Change-Out.


DOP will no longer count as an unapproved engine change-out.



Rule 16.7.2 - On-Track Torque Measurement – An Entrant or Manufacturer may request to install an INDYCAR-specified torque measurement shaft to determine whether it is down on power relative to other Engines provided by the Engine Manufacturer. If an Entrant’s request is approved by INDYCAR the following applies:


16.7.2.1 - The Entrant must put up a bond of $3,000 USD. Unless already installed, the torque measurement shaft hire will be charged at the standard rate of $1,000 USD per day.


16.7.2.2 - If an Entrant already has a shaft installed and they are part of a multi-car Team, another Team Member’s car must install the torque shaft.


16.7.2.3 - INDYCAR will compare the Entrant’s torque values against the output of other instrumented Entrants running the same Engine Manufacturer’s Engine and will assert whether the DOP claim is valid. No actual torque values will be shared with the Entrant or the Engine Manufacturer, only relative differences.


16.7.2.4 - If the measurement does not show that the Engine is DOP beyond 2% of the average Engine power from all the Engine Manufacturers currently installed engines with torque measurement, the Entrant forfeits the bond.


16.7.2.5 - If the measurement does show that the Engine is DOP beyond 2% of the average Engine power from all the Engine Manufacturers currently installed engines, the Entrant will be paid back the bond and the Engine Manufacturer will be charged $3,000 USD for the use of torque measurement shaft.


16.7.2.6 - Regardless of the outcome of this measurement, the rest of Rule 16.7 still applies. Manufacturer Agrees with Claim – If the Engine Manufacturer accepts the DOP claim, the Engine Manufacturer informs INDYCAR of the issue. INDYCAR inspects the supporting data and in its discretion, decides if the DOP claim is valid. If it is decided by all parties that the Engine is DOP, INDYCAR shall:


16.7.2.7 - Approve the Engine Change-Out; and


16.7.2.8 - Assign the Entrant a fresh or used Engine from the Engine Pool for the outstanding miles of the DOP Engine. For Engine mileage purposes, the reworked or rebuilt Engine will count as a substitute for the DOP Engine.


16.7.2.9 - The DOP Engine will be considered to have met its full Engine life cycle, be removed from the Engine Pool and may not be reinstalled.


16.7.2.10 - Manufacturer Disagrees with Claim – If an Engine Manufacturer or INDYCAR does not accept that a DOP claim is valid, the Entrant making the claim may, in its discretion, pay the DOP bond to INDYCAR to have the Engine removed from the Car and retested by the Engine Manufacturer.


16.7.2.11 - DOP Bond:


16.7.2.12 - For all Entrants, each DOP claim bond is $50,000 USD.


16.7.2.13 - INDYCAR will keep the DOP bond until an Engine power test is completed at the Engine Manufacturer’s venue. The retest of the Engine must be completed within fifteen (15) Business Days of the DOP claim. INDYCAR reserves the right to have an Official present at the test.


16.7.2.14 - DOP Engine Passes Retest – If the DOP Engine retests within two (2) percent of its shipping test performance between 9,000 and 12,000 rpm:


16.7.2.15 - The Entrant loses the DOP bond and INDYCAR pays the DOP bond to the Engine Manufacturer;


16.7.2.16 - The Entrant pays INDYCAR’s costs for having an Official present at the test;


16.7.2.17 - The DOP Engine is returned to the Entrant and installed prior to the next on-Track activity following the DOP test;


16.7.2.18 - The DOP Engine is not an Unapproved Engine Change-Out;


16.7.2.19 - The rebuilt or reworked Engine that was in the Car during the DOP claim test is assigned to the specific Entrant and must be used once the DOP Engine has completed its life cycle.


16.7.2.20 - The Entrant loses ten (10) Driver and Entrant points; and


16.7.2.21 - The Entrant will start the next Race from the rear of the Starting Lineup. No Engine Change-Out penalties will be served during the Indianapolis 500®, but points penalties will be applied. Penalties carried over into or earned at the Indianapolis 500® will be served at subsequent Races.


16.7.2.22 - DOP Engine Fails Retest – If the Engine retests more than two (2) percent under its shipping test performance between 9,000 and 12,000 rpm:


16.7.2.23 - INDYCAR returns the DOP bond to the Entrant;


16.7.2.24 - The DOP bond does not increase the next time the Entrant makes a claim;


16.7.2.25 - The Engine Manufacturer pays INDYCAR’s costs for having an Official present at the test;


16.7.2.26 - The Engine Manufacturer supplies the Entrant with an Engine from the Engine Pool for the outstanding miles of the DOP Engine. For Engine mileage purposes, the replacement Engine counts as a substitute for the Engine that was removed.



The new engine rules have seen these rules all eliminated for redundancy.




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