IZOD IndyCar® Series Pit Safety Regulations

Pit Safety Regulations

The safety of its competitors is of paramount importance to the Indy Racing League. The League goes to great lengths to make pit lane as safe as possible during a race weekend.

Two full-time members of the Holmatro Safety Team are assigned to pit lane.

Typically paramedics, they are first on the scene of any pit lane incident, and coordinate all necessary safety procedures.

Only six crew members are allowed over the wall during a pit stop.

One crew member, who does not go over the wall, uses a fire extinguisher to spray a mixture of water and Cold Fire on the engine cowling to wash away any spillage •after the fuel hose is removed.

A single-probe fueling device captures any fumes or excess fuel.

One crew member, who does not go over the wall, operates a spring-loaded lever on the fuel tank that can stop the flow of fuel due to a problem.

Indy Racing League competitors are dressed for safety.

Crew members participating in pit stops are required to wear firesuits, fire-resistant footwear, fire-resistant gloves, nomex underwear and helmets.

Pit techs stationed at pit boxes are also required to wear firesuits and helmets.


Every IZOD IndyCar Series pit is equipped with the tools necessary to quickly extinguish fires and deal with injuries.

Each team is required to supply a minimum of two fire extinguishers with Cold Fire in each pit. The suppressants in Cold Fire act as encapsulators that use water as a •catalyst to remove heat and work to encapsulate the fuel source from a fire.

A firefighter equipped with a fire extinguisher is stationed at every pit.

A 55-gallon drum of water and a 5-gallon bucket are stationed at every pit.

The members of the Holmatro Safety Team assigned to pit lane, typically paramedic-firefighters, are first on the scene of pit lane incidents and begin administering •treatment, if necessary, while additional help is making its way to the scene.

At least one pit medic cart – a golf cart outfitted with more extensive medical equipment – is stationed on pit lane during all on-track activity. Two pit medic carts are used on race day. These carts can get to any spot on pit lane quickly to provide more intensive on-site medical assistance, or transport injured persons to the infield medical center if necessary.

The change to 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol has enhanced safety in the pits.

The gasoline that denatures 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol produces a visible flame when burning, making it easier to see pit fires.

The increased fuel efficiency of ethanol has led to smaller fuel cells on the race cars (22 gallons) and less fuel in the tanks along pit lane.

A speed limit of 60 mph on pit lane is strictly enforced.

More Information regarding the IZOD IndyCar® Series can be found at: www.indycar.com


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