the pit techs, who can tell us if they ran
over a hose, or hit a tire, or whatever, and
we can use that information to give the
drive-through penalty. So it’s not just our
eyes and our knowledge, it’s all the guys
in race control and in the pits. We have a
lot of eyeballs out there.
It’s cool. I like being a steward and I like
to be in race control, but it’s not like I enjoy
giving penalties. Instead, I try to minimize
penalties by being reasonable. Of course,
the drivers have to understand that if they
like to push the limits more because I’m
reasonable, then it’s going to bite them in
the end because they’ll step over the line.
We watch behaviors in practice very
carefully. If we see something, we talk to
the drivers about it, and let them know
that we are watching. If they step over
the line in the race, we’ll have to penalize
them. We’re not just waiting for them to
fail or screw up. We talk to them and we
share what we see.
What many people may not realize is
that all the rules and penalties were
created with the input of the drivers. So
they know what the limits are, and they
were involved in setting those limits.
I like these drivers and I respect them.
Some of the “old timers” may think the
drivers of the past are better, but I believe
these guys are as good as anybody. I like
to see them succeed. But I’m able to turn
off my personal feelings, and when I’m a
steward they are just car numbers to me.
When it’s a clear-cut situation, I don’t
have a problem with the penalty and the
drivers will know. We always know...
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end, we’re here to help the show.
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Unlike in stick and ball pro
sports, there’s no timeout and
cut to an ad break when the
Verizon IndyCar Series’
stewards have to make a
decision on a race incident.
That’s why the experience of
former drivers like Arie
Luyendyk, as well as video
playback and feedback from
guys on the scene is essential.
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(MAIN) Two-time Indianapolis 500-winner Arie Luyendyk (foreground) is one of
three permanent race stewards for the Verizon IndyCar Series. His experience
behind the wheel means he’s looking for potential flashpoints before they’ve
even happened. (LEFT) When incidents do happen, the stewards work with all
the information available to them to provide swift, balanced decisions.