CHAMPCAR/CART: New testing regulations

CART Online (September 30) -- CART President and CEO Andrew Craig has announced a new team testing policy for the 1998 season. In a press conference following Sunday's Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota at California Speedway, Craig said certain...

CART Online (September 30) -- CART President and CEO Andrew Craig has announced a new team testing policy for the 1998 season.

In a press conference following Sunday's Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota at California Speedway, Craig said certain blackout periods would be applied during various times of the year.

"With our schedule moving from 17 to 19 events (new events in Houston, Texas and Motegi, Japan) next season, we decided we needed to offer a break for our teams in their testing and competition activities," said Craig. "This addition to our testing rules means that team members will have a few more guaranteed days at home and we believe that is important with the schedule increasing to the level that it has. We believe it's particularly important with three races overseas in 1998."

CART has designated five holidays - New Year's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas - around which there are blackout periods. On the two days preceding and following those holidays, CART teams are prohibited from testing. The two weeks following the final race of 1998 - on November 1 at California Speedway - also are designated as a testing blackout period. Craig added that the new policy will take effect beginning this Thanksgiving.

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