NASCAR Makes Change To Safety Rules
BROOKLYN, Mich. – NASCAR has officially banned drivers from exiting their cars following on-track incidents until told to do so by safety personnel.
The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately. The rule comes on the heels of the on-track incident at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park last Saturday night resulted in the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. after he was hit by the sprint car driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart.
“Through time you have to recognize when you get a reminder or a tap on the shoulder about something that may need to be addressed,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition and racing development. “It’s not just about NASCAR, it’s about all of motorsports.”
The new rule reads as follows:
During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
- Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
- Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
- After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
- At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
- At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle
All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.