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    INDYCAR Push to pass button for 60 more horsepower



    IndyCar Series tweaks schedules, rules ahead of new season

    Monday, 06 February 2017


    Marshall Pruett / Images by LAT

    The Verizon IndyCar Series announced a number of changes for the 2017 season that will standardize some of its event schedules and attempt to improve aspects of its open-wheel product.
    The first move of note involves setting standard practice times of 45 minutes at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (local) on the Friday of each road and street course. Other road/street course schedule adjustments were also made, with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis being shortened from three days to two, and the lone double-header on the calendar at Detroit's Belle Isle will have its qualifying process simplified. Rather than use a knockout-style procedure for the first race and a separate process for the second, individual qualifying sessions for each race will be held. In those sessions, half the field will be given 12 minutes to qualify before the other half qualifies, and the starting order will be set on fastest times.
    Short oval qualifying has been moved to race day at Phoenix and Gateway; both races take place on Saturday nights.
    IndyCar has also given its drivers an extra set of Firestone's sticky alternate (red) tires on road and street courses, moving the total to four sets. Under the previous allotment plan, teams would conserve their reds, which tend to wear faster than the standard tires, prior to qualifying. With an extra set, teams can conduct qualifying simulations in final practice without major concerns about going into race day with high-mileage reds. It should also help rookie drivers, who tend to struggle to maximize the extra grip from the reds, to gain valuable experience on the tires before qualifying takes place.



    The series also announced its push-to-pass boost and duration plans, and revealed a new twist to the overtake rules. A move from a fixed number of uses to a fixed amount of total time the extra 60 hp is available per race was confirmed, and according to IndyCar, the "events at the streets of St. Petersburg, Raceway at Belle Isle Park and Sonoma Raceway will have a total overtake time allotment of 150 seconds for each race, with the other road/street races set for 200 seconds."

    IndyCar will now allow drivers to halt the supply of extra boost.
    "Once engaged, push-to-pass will run for a pre-established duration equivalent to approximately the time needed to drive the length of the track's main straightaway (15-20 seconds)," the series wrote. "Drivers will now have the ability to disengage an overtake activation midway through its use to save time for a later use. In addition, push-to-pass will not be available at the start of a race or for any restarts, with the exception of a restart commencing with two laps remaining in the race."
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    Wondering if it is also a "you're not passing me" button. lol
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    As it turns out, months later.....yes it really WAS a "you're not passing me" button!
    Power, Rahal call for rules rethink

    Monday, 31 July 2017


    By RACER staff / Images by IndyCar & Michael Levitt/LAT


    While the tenacious defense of position at the final restart of the Honda Indy 200 by the lapped Esteban Gutierrez drew criticism after the Honda Indy 200, Will Power and Graham Rahal said at the post-race press conference it was symptomatic of an increasing problem for IndyCar.
    "I think we need to have a talk behind closed doors with the drivers," said Rahal. "I would say Gutierrez was damn close to taking out the leader. I'm sure you saw it. That's just ridiculous, honestly.
    "We'll talk about it behind closed doors. I think everybody needs a little bit of a shake-up here with just the respect between drivers, but we'll go from there. I mean, I always get told I'm a whiner when I talk about those sorts of things. I'll let Will talk about it..."
    Power, who arguably suffered the most by the Dale Coyne Racing driver's refusal to move aside to let the Australian and Rahal try to challenge leader Josef Newgarden, didn't put all the blame on the Mexican driver.
    "It's actually not Gutierrez's fault," said Power. "The rules for IndyCar are kind of ridiculous, that the team would tell him to stay and push and he's not even in the lead. I understand if he was ahead of Newgarden, because then, if it goes yellow, he gets his lap back.
    "I mean, IndyCar on one hand wants really good racing, but then you put a bunch of backmarkers, people a lap down in the mix. It ruined probably a very good battle at the end because Josef was on black tires and we were on reds."

    Rahal added: "After we cleared him [Gutierrez], all we were trying to do was haul ass to catch up again. Same with [Carlos] Munoz mid-race. How much time did I lose, 10 seconds, if not more? He was on overtake every single straightaway. It's like, come on!"



    Power suggested a tweaked push-to-pass system might help:
    "You would have to have a no-reply push-to-pass system. That would create a lot more passing at tracks like this, because then you don't have people replying," said the Team Penske driver. "The [2018] aero kit will help, but if you really want real hard-core racing – because DRS in Formula 1 is too much, like the passes aren't real – but I think the push-to-pass, it's just getting here.
    Added Rahal: "Like today, he [Power] could be on push-to-pass at times and I'd be in a really good tow behind him, and it would be similar. It's not so much that it's like DRS, but the problem we have right now is, when you get close behind somebody, you are hanging on to your ass big time. It is a whole different ball game.
    "I think next year, when the car develops the downforce from underneath, it's going to be way better racing. I remember like, what was the year before we went to this [aero] kit? 2014, you could really dice it up. Now, every time I went into [Turn] 1 behind him at the end, I was just praying that it would somewhat stick through the corner."
    Both drivers also renewed their plea for IndyCar to alter the pit rules for caution periods, even though Mid-Ohio's full-course yellow didn't prove as decisive as it did last time out in Toronto.
    "Yeah, it was good for a breather, that's about it, because everyone had pitted," Power said of the late caution. "I don't know if anyone were called out. In that instance, if anyone had gone a lap longer, they literally get a drive-through penalty, and that's what's wrong with closing the laps on the yellow. If you stayed out one lap longer, you'd be at the back. To me, that's so wrong if you've done a good job of saving fuel. Exactly what happened in Toronto: All these guys should have been fighting for the win. Instead, they're put to the back for doing a really good job.
    "I think the field is competitive enough now to make it fair, because it's a total lottery for who's in the pits. Total lottery."
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