Das Safety Car (deutsch: Sicherungsfahrzeug), in den USA auch Pacecar, wird bei Autorennen Auch nutzen die Fahrer eine Safety-Car-Phase gerne für einen Boxenstopp, da die Zeitverluste in diesem Fall deutlich geringer sind, als wenn. Mai Bernd Mayländer ist der Fahrer des Safety-Cars. Im Gespräch mit AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT gibt er exklusive Einblicke in seinen Job. Bernd Mayländer fährt seit dem Jahr das Safety Car in der Formel 1. Seitdem hat er das Feld auf mehr als Safety-Car-Runden angeführt.
The first use of a pace car in automobile racing was at the inaugural Indy in The first pace car was a Stoddard-Dayton driven by Carl G.
In recent years Chevrolet models have been chosen as the official pace car, owing to the ability for them to be used at both major automobile races at the Speedway typically Corvette at the and Impala at the Pace car replicas are often seen on the streets of Indianapolis weeks before the race is actually held, and a celebrity driver is usually used for the start of the race only.
The Indiana Pacers, a professional basketball team located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is named after a pace car. The legacy of racing and the rich history of the Indy both played a major role in the naming process.
In , the move backfired as no automakers stepped up to provide a pace car. Instead, local Indianapolis -area Dodge dealers fulfilled the duty.
Eldon Palmer, a local dealer, lost control of the Dodge Challenger pace car and crashed into a photography stand, injuring several people. The pace car is deployed for debris , collision , or weather reasons.
Since , upon the waving of the yellow flag, pit road is closed until the pace car picks up the leader and passes the pit entrance the first time, unless track blockage forces the field to drive through pit lane.
Another duty of the pace car is to lead the field around the course on parade laps prior to the start of the race. These increase in speed, allowing for a flying start of the race.
Furthermore, two other rule changes have been implemented. Since , with one lap to go before going back to green, the pace car pulls off the track in turn one rather than in turn four.
The current leader of the race is then assigned the task of pacing the field back to the green flag.
After much consideration, this rule was added to prevent a situation much like the one that happened in the Indianapolis , when Scott Goodyear passed the pace car going back to green.
In , another rule was added. With one lap to go before the green, the pace car waves by all cars if there are any between the pace car and the actual leader of the race.
This allows for the leader to control the restart without lapped cars being in front of him. It also creates a strategy for cars to gain laps back, loosely resembling the " Lucky dog " rule.
However, the cars who get waved around are not allowed to pit until the green flag restarts the race so they do not get the advantage of getting their lap back AND a free pit stop.
When race officials are ready to open pit lane, a green light will come on in the rear window of the safety car. One lap before a green flag, the pace car will shut off its lights to signal drivers to line up double file.
If a manufacturer is promoting a new vehicle, they will often use the new car instead of the standard-specification safety car.
For the Camping World Truck Series , often the safety car is a pickup truck, as the series races pickup trucks. Tracks affiliated with a local or regional Chevrolet dealership will use a Chevrolet Silverado , while Chrysler dealership affiliated tracks will use a Ram Ford-affiliated tracks will often use the F-Series, but Toyota-affiliated tracks are less likely to use the Toyota Tundra , but prefer marketing the Camry Hybrid.
However, Ford and Toyota manufacturer sponsored tracks will prefer the Mustang and Camry, respectively, instead of a truck, and occasionally, pickup trucks have been used as pace vehicles for Sprint Cup and Xfinity races.
Since NASCAR does not allow speedometers or electronic speed limiting devices, the pace car circles the track at pit road speed during the warm-up laps.
This allows each driver to note the RPM at which pit road speed is maintained. Drivers exceeding that speed on pit road will be penalized, typically a "drive-through" or "stop and go" penalty, costing them valuable track position.
Depending on the drivers skill, some drivers are allowed to pace the field right up to the dropping of the green flag.
The beneficiary rule informally known as the "lucky dog" rule states once the safety car is deployed, the first car not on the lead lap will regain a lap.
The Beneficiary will regain his lap once pit road opens. The free pass car must pit with the lapped cars. In , NASCAR introduced a new "Double-file restart" rule that lines the field two cars on each row on every restart, similar to the start of the race, instead of lead-lap cars on the outside and lapped cars on the inside.
Also, the "wave-around" rule, similar to what is enforced in the Indy Racing League was adopted to ensure the first car on the restart is the leader, and ensure there are no lapped cars ahead of the leader.
The fire was believed to have started in a trunk-mounted battery pack powering the lights. Montoya was treated at the infield care center and released.
Every time I got on the gas I could feel the rear squeezing. Drivers will not be allowed to enter the pits, unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres, and they will have to stay above a minimum time set by the FIA at least once in each marshalling sector.
After 30 seconds the green lights will be extinguished. Rules relating to standing starts after safety cars and double points have been removed from the rules, after it was agreed to ditch the concepts at the end of last year.
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I arrive even earlier in Melbourne, usually on Tuesdays. There is a substantial support programme in Melbourne, so we perform the safety car test on Wednesday afternoon.
For European races, I arrive early on Thursday morning. We meet at the race track at around It is important for me to know the track, in particular its hazards, inside out.
Should the track have changed since last year, I get in the safety car and drive to the changed spots on the track to get a closer look and be prepared.
The safety car has the special honour of being the first car to go out on to the circuit each race weekend.
The first track test, between 2 pm and 3 pm, is very important, because both the car and the track are being tested, as well as the radio system, the GPS systems, and the cameras.
I forward our test results to FIA race director Charlie Whiting, who knows all the rules inside out and decides whether a track is up to standard.
Whenever I notice something unusual on the track, such as short or misplaced kerbs, for instance, I inform Charlie Whiting in our meeting after the test.
It depends on which city we are in - cities like Melbourne and Shanghai for example offer so many possibilities that it would be a shame to waste the evening at the hotel.
At the circuit, we have a brief meeting with Charlie Whiting, the press, the technical and software department and with my team.
Afterwards, we perform another GPS test of the circuit - this test is performed daily from Thursday through to Sunday.
Tests have shown that the driver can see them much better on the display - this goes a long way towards increasing safety on the circuit. If there is an accident during the session, the practice will be stopped.
During the driver briefing, the previous race and the current race are analyzed and we discuss what can be improved and how. In the evening, I try to exercise or again go out for dinner.
I always watch the third practice session. Directly after qualifying, the countdown starts for the first F2 race.
The F2 race on Saturday afternoon is pretty much the same as the Formula 1 race, just at a different time and with different cars.
Saturday evening, I tend not to stay up late, because I want to be fit for the all important race day. As of Saturday, I regularly look in on our weather service to get the latest updates.
In the past years, heavy rains have increasingly made the deployment of myself and the safety car necessary. It is nice watching the circuit slowly come to life and feeling everyone get excited about the day ahead.
The toughest part of the day for me begins right after the GPS test.