Luyendyk, Papis join IndyCar as race stewards

Josh Farmer, IndyCar reporter

IndyCar has announced that Indy Car veterans Arie Luyendyk and Max Papis along with motorsport executive Dan Davis will comprise the 3-steward panel at each Verizon IndyCar Series race.

Davis’ experience spans a nearly 40 year career working with General Motors as well as Ford before retiring in 2008 and serving as president of Miller Motorsports Park for a season. He will serve as the chief steward and be part of an equal vote between the three.

The trio will report directly to Jay Frye, president of competition and operations while Brian Barnhart will continue his role as overseeing the racing operations.

“Our desire was to assemble a team with varied backgrounds that would work together to move INDYCAR forward in the area of monitoring on-track competition,” Frye said. “Being a race steward requires thorough knowledge and consistent interpretation of the rules, as well as the ability to enact them with resolve. This is the right group to do that.”

According to Motorsport.com, the 2015 practice of penalizing drivers for an in race infraction on the Wednesday after the race will be eliminated.

“Our goal is that when we leave the track at the end of an event, the race is official, the results are what they are, and if there have been any penalties, they have been imposed already,” Frye said.

“Having said that, there are always going to be post-race inspections which means certain technical issues may be addressed afterward. There are times when post-race analysis will be inevitable, but even that is something we can reduce by making the process more black and white.”

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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