CHAMPCAR/CART: New Speed Limiter set to debut at Chicago

INDIANAPOLIS (June 24, 2002) - After two days of meetings in early-June with its Franchise Board, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. announced several rule changes slated to take effect during the 2002 season to reduce costs for teams and...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 24, 2002) - After two days of meetings in early-June with its Franchise Board, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. announced several rule changes slated to take effect during the 2002 season to reduce costs for teams and improve the competition on the race track.

A rule change and safety innovation that resulted from those meetings will take effect beginning with the CART FedEx Championship Series CART Grand Prix of Chicago this weekend with the implementation of a new, two-stage pit lane speed limiter. The new speed limiter will maintain a 50 mile per hour limit the first time the button is pushed by the driver, 85 miles per hour on the second push, and full control on the third push.

This technology was successfully tested by Ford at The Milwaukee Mile, site of Round 4 of the CART FedEx Championship Series, and all teams will have the two-stage limiter for the Chicago event. In addition to this weekend, the new speed limiter will be used in the oval events at Rockingham Motor Speedway and EuroSpeedway Lausitz in an effort to get the Champ Cars returning to the race after pit stops up to normal racing speeds faster, and enabling the cars to blend safely back into the race.

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