#NASCAR adds rule on driver confrontations in wake of Kevin Ward’s death.

NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton issued a bulletin to all its teams this morning.

It reads:

During an event, if a race car is involved in an on-track incident, and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface, and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating circumstances and conditions exist with the race car, example, on fire or smoke in the cockpit, etc., the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power, and if the drivers is uninjured, lower the window net.
  • Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR official.
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed either to the ambulance or other vehicle or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or NASCAR official.
  • At no time should a driver, crew member or members approach any portion of the racing surface or apron.
  • At no time should a driver, crew member or members approach another moving vehicle.
  • All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in section 10-4, yellow flag rules.
  • Use extreme care as they approach an incident scene and follow any direction given by safety personnel or NASCAR officials.
  • Cars in line behind a safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of an accident.

The rule change comes days after Kevin Ward Jr. died after confronting NASCAR driver Tony Stewart during a sprint car race in New York State.

Ward, 20, approached Stewart’s car under yellow flag just after the pair collided on track. He was struck and killed in the incident.


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