IndyCar is to have its first race with a standing start at Toronto this weekend. The first of the two races on Saturday in the double-header will use a standing start, a normal rolling start will be used for the second on Sunday.
Here’s how the start procedure will work:
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.
Oh dear. Immediately resorting to a rolling start if the standing start is aborted? Assuming IndyCar will abort the start if a driver stalls, like in F1, then I would be astonished if we actually see a standing start next week.
Perhaps I should have more faith in the IndyCar drivers… But to be fair to them, half of them have probably never attempted a standing start and the other half wouldn’t have done it for years.