CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: CCWS race start change (revised)

UPDATE: 2005-06-26 The starting procedure with the barrel will NOT be in effect. Standard starting procedures are in effect to Sunday's race. CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES ADDED SAFETY MEASURES FOR START OF SUNDAY CLEVELAND (June 25, 2005)...

UPDATE: 2005-06-26
The starting procedure with the barrel will NOT be in effect. Standard starting procedures are in effect to Sunday's race.

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES ADDED SAFETY MEASURES FOR START OF SUNDAY

CLEVELAND (June 25, 2005) -- The Champ Car World Series took steps to decrease the likelihood of a first-turn, first-lap incident in Cleveland Saturday, announcing a new start procedure for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank.

A barrel will be placed in the center of Burke Lakefront Airport's front stretch for the first lap of tomorrow's 94-lap event, directing drivers to the left side of the strip that leads into the treacherous first turn. The move opens up the radius of the first corner for drivers and will remove the temptation for drivers to dive up the inside, or right side, of the runway -- a move that usually results in contact in the corner.

In addition, drivers will line up left of the yellow centerline leading into the first turn, with a drive-through penalty given to any drivers that puts a tire over the yellow line on the opening lap. The Champ Car Stewards will review and decide on any incidents where a car is forced to the right of the line.

Drivers will still be able to fan out four-wide at the entrance to the turn during the race start, as is the custom in Cleveland. The barrel will be removed, along with all restrictions concerning the center line, after the first lap of the race.

Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank will take the green flag at 2 p.m. The event can be seen live on CBS Sports beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

-ccws-

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