As part of an ongoing drive to implement new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series, INDYCAR has announced that all of cars racing at Mid-Ohio next weekend will be fitted with new onboard LED display panels.
Each panel will display the car’s running position in real time to aid fans at the track in keeping up with the race, and is introduced following successful tests in 2015.
“INDYCAR is committed to implementing new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our events and allow them to understand more of what’s going on,” INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said.
“If you’re not in the line of sight of a video screen or a scoring pylon, it’s sometimes hard to know who’s doing what on the racetrack.
“It was a natural to do the numbering system and we’re confident this will help get our fans more engaged at the track.”
Here’s the rest of the statement from INDYCAR:
The panels will feature multiple colors to display pit stop time and when an entry’s push-to-pass is active.
The 8-inch-wide by 7-inch-tall LED panels, which are only 3 millimeters thick, will be attached to either side of the airbox (below the cockpit camera mount) on each chassis. The system was first tested in mid-April at Barber Motorsports Park.
Running order will be updated as the car crosses each of the INDYCAR Timing & Scoring timelines embedded around racetracks. Track position in other motorsports series that employ a similar system is updated only at the start/finish line.
Red is the primary color to display running order. Green will be used for the running clock while a car is in its pit box, and a flashing green “PP” will indicate when push to pass is active. Brightness of the LEDs will be modulated to fit daylight and night events.
The addition of the push-to-pass on the LED panels is particularly intriguing given that INDYCAR had moved to stop making its usage public earlier this year.
However, this addition in Mid-Ohio should only serve to improve the fan experience in IndyCar and bring those watching in the stands closer to the race.