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IMSA Follows NASCAR Lead On Post-Accident Driver Conduct
August 22, 2014
The change was first made by NASCAR for its touring series in the wake of the accident involving Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.
IMSA Follows NASCAR Lead On Post-Accident Driver Conduct

Following the recent move by its parent company NASCAR, the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has adopted the policy of requiring its drivers to stay inside stricken cars unless personal safety is at risk.

The change was first made by NASCAR for its touring series in the wake of the accident involving Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward, who exited his sprint car after spinning and pursued Stewart on foot, was hit and killed by Stewart's car, leading the popular stock car series—and now its sports car property—to expand its rulebook to govern its drivers in the event of a crash.

IMSA's Rule 48.5.1 states:

DISABLED CARS. During an Event, if a Car is involved in an incident and/or is stopped on or near the Racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the Car (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.), the Driver should take the following steps as a Full Course Yellow is declared:

• Communicate the condition of the Driver and Car to Officials where possible;
• Shut off electrical power;
• Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any Driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by Officials;
• After being directed to exit the Car, Driver should proceed as directed by Officials;
• A Driver must not approach any portion of the Racing surface; A Driver must not approach another moving vehicle.

48.5.2. DRIVER EGRESS.
A Driver exiting a Car stopped in a location away from the Racing surface should first communicate the condition of the Driver and Car to Officials where possible, shut off electrical power, and only move directly to a protected location behind a wall, other barrier, or as directed, and must not approach the Racing surface or other moving vehicles.