INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar has apparently had enough of double-file restarts.
IndyCar officials announced late Friday that the Verizon IndyCar Series would utilize single-file restarts at all remaining events this season. The series previously employed double-file restarts on all oval tracks, except Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and single-file restarts on all road and street course events.
“This year we’ve made improvements in our ability to monitor and police restarts that has resulted in great single-file restarts at all of our events, including the Indianapolis 500,” said IndyCar President of Competitions and Operations Derrick Walker. “We also felt it was important to place our competitors in the exact running order as they were prior to the caution and not provide an advantage to some drivers because of the lane they were in during a double-file restart.”
IndyCar adopted double-file restarts in 2011 for all events on the schedule, but competitors and team owners complained that double-file restarts were unreasonable on street and road courses the series competed on. The teams blamed several major crashes on double-file restarts, eventualy leading IndyCar to drop double-file restarts from street and road courses earlier this year.
Now the series has dropped double-file restarts entirely, opting instead for single-file restarts at all events on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The Verizon IndyCar Series races tomorrow at Texas Motor Speedway.