INDYCAR confirms onboard LED scoring panels will debut at Mid-Ohio

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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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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