Thursday, January 29, 2015

Barnhart Named Race Director

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyarCar Series, announced Wednesday afternoon the reassignment of Brian Barnhart as Race Director. Barnhart previously held the position from 1997 through 2011.

With the introduction of the new chassis in 2012, Barnhart's job was split into two positions. Barnhart became President of Operations, overseeing the operational and logistical areas, while Beaux Barfield was brought in as Race Director. Following the 2014 season finale, Barfield left the series for a position in IMSA.

Last season Barnhart was part of a three-steward Race Control System in which he'll lead in 2015.

"This is a position and a role that I've done for a number of years and I take a great deal of pride in being Race Director of the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Barfield. "One of the things that excites me the most is the steward system we implemented last year. That was a great advancement in how we review and make discretionary decisions, and having that assistance in making calls is a big improvement to the way we officiate INDYCAR events."

"The technological improvements we've made in Race Control have expanded the amount of information available to us," Barnhart said. "The additional cameras, the replay system and assistance from other stewards provide us with additional tools to do our job better. I'm excited about this opportunity and look forward to doing it again."

Per their release:
INDYCAR's Race Control system allows any of the three stewards to call for a review of a potential on-track incident. Upon review the stewards will deliberate on the violation using all available resources - which includes video replays, timing and scoring data and rulebook references - in rendering their decision. Following the review each race steward votes for, or against, the issuance of a penalty and the majority vote then decides if a penalty is issued. Once that determination is made the senior steward, as determined by Walker before each race, dictates the severity of each penalty. 


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