"There certainly is a lot more for the fans to experience,” Barfield said about the doubleheader events in 2013. “We took that one step further and decided to introduce some of other activities for our race programs that we've been considering for the past few years.”
Barfield also said that the series would be introducing changes to qualifying rules across all street and road circuits starting with the season opener in St Petersburg in March.
In 2012, teams could only use one set of tyres during each of the three segments of the elimination qualifying process, but in 2013 teams will have full control over what tyres they use and when - although using more tyres in qualifying will reduce the number of sets of fresh tyres for the race.
And the duration of the first round of the elimination qualifying will be reduced from 15 minutes to ten in line with the second and third rounds. That's after it was clear that many teams were waiting for up to seven minutes in the opening session for other cars to come out and lay down some rubber before venturing out themselves, leading to a lengthy delay for TV audiences as well as spectators at trackside.
Standing starts process
- A “drivers to your cars” command will be given via radio by Race Control.
- A “drivers in your cars” command will be given via radio by Race Control.
- A 3-minute announcement will be made by Race Control at which time only three crew members may remain with each race car.
- The “drivers start your engines” command will be given via Race Control.
- The Safety Car will roll and the drivers will follow in single file, starting order.
- During the formation lap, drivers will remain in starting order with no overtaking and the speed will be set by the Safety Car. Coming to a complete stop to undertake practice starts is prohibited.
In The Event of An Aborted Start
- At the end of the formation lap, the Safety Car will pull away from the field and the field will take their starting positions. The front wheels of the car must remain behind the grid line.
- A 5-second announcement will be made via radio by Race Control prior to the start of the light sequence.
- The red lights will illuminate one by one.
- The race starts once all red lights go out.
- A false start shall be declared when a race car moves forward or is out of its assigned position during the light sequence.
- A penalty will be imposed for a false start judged by the Officials. Decisions by the Officials are not subject to protest and appeal.
- An Official may be stationed at each light on the starting grid. A waving yellow flag by this Official is an advisory of a disabled race car.
Timing and Scoring
- If the start is aborted, the yellow lights will illuminate. Instructions will be given to teams via the radio. The starting procedure may be abandoned and the Safety Car will be dispatched. Any competitors whose actions result in an aborted start will restart from the rear of the field.
- The timing of the race and all scoring shall commence when the light sequence is completed.