Teams and drivers have recently complained about what they believe is an inconsistency in calls regarding restarts.
NASCAR is testing a new design of its “restart zone” in this weekend’s Xfinity and Sprint Cup series races at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
Currently the restart zone, which begins at the end of Turn 4 and marks the area where the race leader restarts the race, is marked with double red hash marks and concludes with a single red hash mark.
To highlight the area for fans, drivers and NASCAR officials, the area between the hash marks is highlighted with green colors from sponsor American Ethanol and the words “Go Zone.”
Competitors looking for more consistency
In recent weeks, several drivers have complained about what they perceive is inconsistent calls on restarts from NASCAR.
At the pre-race drivers’ meeting at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway two weeks ago, NASCAR officials were peppered with questions from drivers and team owner Chip Ganassi about the restart policy.
“We need everybody’s help to tighten up the starts and restarts. That means nose-to-tail, door-to-door,” Cup series director Richard Buck said at the meeting. “The leader is the control car and it’s his responsibility or her responsibility to bring the field down at the caution car speed and restart at the restart zone.”
The new design is currently only planned for this weekend’s races.