INDYCAR has announced that push-to-pass data will no longer be made public in a bid to encourage more overtaking and on-track action in the series.
In each street or road course race, drivers are afforded ten push-to-pass boosts that give them an additional 50 horsepower for 20 seconds, which can be used for both overtaking other cars and defending from competitors.
Up to now, the information regarding the usage of push-to-pass has been made public via the timing screens, allowing teams to know the number of boosts their competitors have, often resulting in a tactical stalemate.
Speaking in Toronto this weekend, INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker confirmed that this data would no longer be made public in a bid to encourage teams to use push-to-pass as an attacking tool instead of a defensive one.
“Unfortunately, the information given to the teams on the push-to-pass function has tended to be used as a defensive measure,” Walker said.
“The driver being overtaken activates his or her own push-to-pass to defend, which defeats the intention of push-to-pass, obviously.
“We will limit the availability of that information, which will make things interesting, particularly late in the race.”
The change is effective immediately ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, and will carry through for the remainder of the season. Race officials will retain the information to monitor the usage of push-to-pass to ensure that it is done so fairly.
In qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday, Will Power picked up his fifth Verizon P1 Award of the 2015 season with a fine display, edging out Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya at the top of the timesheets in the Fast Six shootout.
The Honda Indy Toronto is live on NBCSN from 3pm on Sunday.