The pit mishap during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday has prompted the IndyCar Series to add new rules involving drivers and the safety of pit crew members.
Scott Dixon was on his way to victory at Sonoma Raceway when he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of a member of Will Power's crew. The incident occurred when Dixon left his pit directly behind Power. Dixon claimed Power's pit crew member intentionally got in his way.
IndyCar addressed that concern Friday by adding a rule that reinforces its pit stop code of conduct: Any participant who, in the opinion of the officials, positions a car, equipment, and/or personnel so as to create a hazard or disruption of the event or to interfere with the activities of another competitor may be penalized.
Also, IndyCar more clearly defined where pit crews should stand. For Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, IndyCar added point-of-reference "courtesy zones" to the outside edges of each pit box to aid in monitoring pit stop conduct. The courtesy zones are defined by 45-degree dotted lines as part of the painted pit boxes.
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