Within the a caution-strewn race on the streets of Nashville final month, six of the 9 penalties issued had been a results of driver misdemeanours, whereas 27 of the 49 laps below warning on the Gateway oval final day out had been a direct results of car-to-car contact.
After that final race, six-time champion Scott Dixon mentioned there was “erratic and loopy driving on the market” which had gone “unnoticed” by Race Management, whereas race winner Josef Newgarden mentioned drivers were “pushing over the edge” in terms of their aggressiveness.
Requested by Autosport there was an growing lack of self-discipline amongst IndyCar drivers, Frye mentioned that it was due partially to “the time of the season” because the championship run-in begins and remarked re-run race at Nashville “can be higher even with out us altering something”, however pledged that the collection would nonetheless look to take motion for subsequent 12 months on the difficulty of probations for repeat offenders.
“I’m not saying we’re not going to vary something for subsequent 12 months, to be clear,” he mentioned.
“I feel what we’re going to have a look at is the avoidable contact penalties. They’ve a fairly quick impact most occasions, so if somebody dumps somebody and so they’re in a position to proceed, we give them a drive-through penalty.
“However there are situations the place a driver doesn’t get a penalty as a result of they’ve taken themselves out too. So there’s no quick penalty.
“The difficulty we now have proper now could be probation. The rulebook says that when you get two avoidable contacts within the house of three races, you get placed on probation – after which it stops there.
“Effectively, what does probation imply? I feel that’s one thing that should have a bit of extra tooth in, and there must be a greater understanding of what it means and the implications.
“It’s one thing we’ll discuss to the drivers about within the offseason. We’re gonna button that up.”
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Frye mentioned that between himself, race director Kyle Novak and stewards Arie Luyendyk and Max Papis, drivers have been inspired the present drivers to ‘self-police’ by interacting with one another.
“We predict it’s essential that drivers are speaking with one another on what their expectations are,” he mentioned.
“I feel when you ask most drivers, they might say they race others how they need to be raced themselves. It’s after they cross over the road that we become involved.”
Frye added that begin and restart procedures will probably be re-examined on the finish of the 12 months to “see if there’s a strategy to clear issues up by making the principles clearer”, having famous situations “that aren’t essentially what we’re on the lookout for however may not at present be deemed unlawful” with drivers getting a leap on rivals from rows forward.
“The spirit of what ought to be occurring isn’t all the time occurring, and we have to have a look at perhaps clarifying that,” he mentioned.
“I feel at occasions the issues are brought on by the process not being constant, perhaps as a result of we’ve obtained completely different polesitters at the beginning, completely different leaders for the restarts. We would like the procedures for each to be constant whoever’s on the entrance.
“However truthfully, generally the issue is that guys within the center or on the again simply resolve to go broad open, after they had loads of time to test up.”