On the back on thrilling races, growing TV audiences and more than a bit of controversy, IndyCar is moving forward with a surefire hit at Mid-Ohio. On board LED panels that give real time race information to the fans. The 8 inch by 7 inch panels will sit on either side of the airbox just below the on board camera. Tested at Barber Motorsports park in April, the panels will display where each car sits in the running order and will automatically update each time a car passes timing and scoring.
“IndyCar is committed to implementing new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our events and allow them to understand more of what’s going on,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar President of competition and operations.
“If you’re not in the line of sight of a video screen or a scoring pylon, it’s sometimes hard to know who’s doing what on the racetrack. It was a natural to do the numbering system and we’re confident this will help get our fans more engaged at the track.”
To spice things up a bit more, the panels will flash a bright green “PP” when a driver engages push to pass and they will also feature a pit stop counter when the cars come in for servicing.