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IZOD IndyCar Series Will Utilize Standing Start on Saturday in Toronto

July 12th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Toronto, Canada for the second doubleheader weekend of the 2013 season and history will be made with the first standing start in series history. Race 1 on Saturday will start from a standing start while Race 2 will use a traditional rolling start. The same starting procedure will be in place for the third and final doubleheader weekend in Houston on October 5th and 6th.

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Procedures that will be followed for the standing start on Saturday are as follows:

Countdown – The safety car will lead the formation lap and drivers will follow single-file in starting order.
 
Formation Lap – During the formation lap, drivers will remain in starting order with no overtaking.  The speed of the formation lap will be set by the safety car.

Grid – At the end of the formation lap, drivers will take their starting positions with the front wheels of the car remaining within its designated orange grid line. A five-second declaration will be made via radio by the Race Director prior to the start of the light sequence. The starting sequence will begin when the first two rows of red lights on the lighting panel illuminate. The red lights will continue to fill from the bottom of the light panel two rows at a time, for a total of six steps (12 rows). Once the panel is filled with red lights, there will be a delay between .5 and 3 seconds and the panel will switch to all green lights and the race will begin.
 
False Start – A false start shall be declared when a car moves forward or is out of its assigned position before completion of the light sequence. A penalty will be imposed for a false start.
 
Aborted Start – The Race Director can declare an aborted start before the final row of red lights is illuminated on the lighting panel. If the start is aborted, the full-course caution lights will be turned on. In the event of an aborted start, a rolling start shall be implemented. Any Competitors whose actions result in an aborted start will move to the rear of the field.
 
At Detroit's Belle Isle on June 1st and 2nd, the first doubleheader weekend of the season, Mike Conway won Race 1 and Simon Pagenaud took the victory in Race 2.
 
The Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 at Exhibition Place will start at 3 p.m. ET on The NBC Sports Network on Saturday. Race 2 will start at the same time on Sunday and also be shown on The NBC Sports Network.
Tags: Exhibition Place, Honda Indy Toronto, Mike Conway, Motorsports, NBC Sports Network, Simon Pagenaud, Standing start

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