Recently, ChampCar series officials released the 2007 rules package for everyone to see, and there are some major(and I do mean, major) changes to the rules.............
Change #1} Timed events. One of the biggest complaints people(myself included!) have had in recent history is seeing ChampCar races end under timed-limits rather than the scheduled race distance. Starting with Las Vegas, all ChampCar races will have either a 1 hr, 40 min. OR a 1 hr, 45 min. time limit; when the 1-min. remaining mark is displayed, the starter will show 1 finger raised to the race leader; when the race leader crosses the start/finish line, the checkered flag will be displayed and the race will end.
Changes #2} Standing starts. Formula 1, meet Formula 1 Light. (Mod's joke there.....just kidding, F1... ). With no oval events on the 2007 calendar(...... ..........), the Champ Car World Series will use standing starts, as follows..........
~~Race control will give a "Drivers to your cars" and "Drivers in your cars" command prior to the 3 min. mark
~~At three minutes, all team personnel, media and non-essential series personnel must vacate the grid
~~At one minute, all drivers will fire up the engines
~~Then the pace car will roll out and the cars will follow
~~During the pace and formation laps drivers will keep in single-file order behind the pace car; falling back to undertake practice starts is forbidden
~~If any cars are unable to leave at engine start, the stewards will move the car to the end of the pitlane(similar to F1.... ) where they will leave at race start
~~At the end of the last parade lap, each driver will line up on the grid, pole position to the inside of the frontstraight and so forth
~~Once all cars are in position, a 15-second board is displayed(15 seconds 'til the first red light....)
~~After the 15-second board, the red lights(5 of them) will appear.....one the fifth light is out, Race Director Tony Cotman(ChampCar's version of Charlie Whiting in F1) will throw the switch; the lights will disappear and the race begins
See, like I said.....Formula 1, meet Formula 1 Light!
Change #3} In-Season Testing. In past years, teams were allowed a set number of days for testing; starting in 2007, teams will be given 600 miles per driver; rookie drivers will be given an additional 300 miles
Change #4} New flag rules. In keeping with the "let's copy the FIA!!" mantra(...... ...........), ChampCar has essetially adopted the FIA's flag procedures(just think of the flags used in F1 and you should get the picture.........)
Change #5} Longer practice and qualifying sessions..........Rather than the current 2 practice and 1 qualifying session(s) in place now each day, starting in 2007 the sessions will run as follows.....
~~Friday: 2 practice and 1 qualfying sessions
~~Saturday: 1 75-minute practice and 1 60-minute qualifying session
With these rules, all I can say is.....it's going to be a long, long year ahead.
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