Double-File restarts for Allstate 400 Double-file restarts at Indy: NASCAR will use double-file restarts at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, adding more shootout-style duels between the race leaders after caution periods.
The first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in an adjacent line.
NASCAR instituted the new system effective at the race June 7 at Pocono Raceway.
"I'm excited about it," said two-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Tony Stewart. "The good thing is that when they drop the green, you're going to be racing with the guys you're racing for position instead of trying to clear lapped cars.
"Since NASCAR has adapted the 'free pass,' I think that's something that now justifies being able to put those lapped cars to the back and let them race with each other, and let the guys who are racing on the lead lap do the same. I'm behind NASCAR 100 percent on this."
Said 2003 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick: "I think it's great that NASCAR is listening to the fans. These new restart procedures are going to make our sport even more exciting than it already is. This will not only benefit the lead lap cars, but also the cars that go a lap down, so you get the best of both worlds."
Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (third, fifth, seventh places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (fourth, sixth, eighth places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race. IMS PR
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