The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced modifications to some of its competition procedures and an investment in new technology to assist officials in race control beginning with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Calif. on April 12.
“However, there also have been some notable situations related to our competition procedures that unfortunately have partially overshadowed these positive aspects of our debut. We are committed to rectifying these areas in order to conduct the most professional, fair, consistent and entertaining form of professional racing with industry benchmark personnel, equipment and practices.”
· Upgraded video review equipment to high definition (HD).
· A new system for cross-checking cars and drivers involved in on-track incidents.
· Addition of a third driver advisor to work alongside the IMSA Race Director and two driver advisors to assist with evaluating responsibility in incidents and other on-track situations.
· The “Lap-Down Wave-By” procedure – which provides a strategic opportunity for cars a lap or more behind to gain a lap back by staying on course while leaders make pit stops – will be more limited in its application. There will be no Lap-Down Wave-By in races less than two hours and 30 minutes in length. For races between two-and-a-half hours through six hours, the Lap-Down Wave-By will be used only once in any 90-minute period after 60 minutes from the start of a race. No Lap-Down Wave-By will be used in the last 30 minutes of a race.
· Efforts also will be made to use “Debris Yellows” where a situation is likely to involve the simple removal of debris or the flat-tow of a stopped car to a safe location. A Debris Yellow includes the Pass-Around procedure, but the pits remain closed until the race is restarted.