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IndyCar Announces Standardized Push To Pass For Road/Street Circuits
March 18, 2013
The option gives drivers a turbocharger boost from 21.7 Psi to 23.2 Psi and additional 200 RPM with the push of a button located on the steering wheel; there’s no delay in activation or refresh time.
IndyCar Announces Standardized Push To Pass For Road/Street Circuits

Standardized push-to-pass parameters are among the engineering updates incorporated into the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.

Push-to-pass, which was introduced to the new engine-chassis package last July on the streets of Toronto, will have parameters for each of the road/street course events, including doubleheader races at Detroit, Toronto and Houston.

The option gives drivers a turbocharger boost from 21.7 Psi to 23.2 Psi and additional 200 RPM with the push of a button located on the steering wheel.

There’s no delay in activation or refresh time.

“If the driver chooses to use one, they can’t cancel it. It’s use it or lose it,” IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips said. “That in itself makes it more difficult to choose to use as a defense mechanism rather than as an overtaking opportunity. You’ll have to be careful because there are only 10 opportunities to use it during a race. The length of each push of the button should cover the longest straight, if that’s where they choose to use it, of each circuit.”

IZOD IndyCar Series-controlled push-to-pass parameters:

Event                      Total pushes   Time per push   Total time
St. Petersburg         10                 15 seconds        150 seconds
Barber                     10                 20                     200
Long Beach             10                 20                     200
Sao Paulo                10                 20                     200
Detroit                     10                 15                     150
Toronto                    10                 20                     200
Mid-Ohio                  10                 20                     200
Sonoma                   10                 15                     150
Baltimore                 10                 15                     150
Houston                   10                 15                     150