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Old 10-20-2004, 22:56   #1 (permalink)
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No pit stops for V8s at Indy **confirmed**

There will be no Compulsory pit stops at Indy this year :

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The Australian V8 Supercars Series settled in to new pit lane facilities for this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast with series organisers claiming a global seal of approval from drivers and team members, even though they won't be spending as much time in the pits than otherwise after pitstops have been canned for this weekend's two races.

A completely new pit lane specifically for the V8 Supercar teams has been put in place this year with improvements including spacious garage and work areas for every team, eliminating the problem of being based off-track and having to transport cars and equipment to a makeshift pit lane.

It also ensures that Australia's premier Motorsport category is on an equal footing with the Champ Car Series that will also do battle on the Gold Coast streets in the Lexmark Indy 300 this weekend.

"It is a tremendous improvement in conditions for all of our teams," says AVESCO's CEO, Wayne Cattach. "The Gold Coast Motor Events Corporation and the Queensland Government have done a magnificent job in making this happen given the sensitivities surrounding the development.

"We have now been given equal billing with the Champ Cars which is what we deserve. We have always been a major part of the show and our fans, who make up a significant slice of the audience, can clearly see that."

Five-time V8 Supercar Championship Series winner and Holden Racing Team team owner Mark Skaife was delighted with the new facilities when he saw them for the first time on Wednesday.

"It has certainly come along way from us being shunted down a back street," Skaife said. "From our perspective this is a massive step in the right direction of giving all the teams improved facilities and generally making it a lot safer than having to ship equipment around the track every time we race."

While teams settled in to their new surrounds it was decided that the format for the two races would be altered slightly to ensure the safety of team members during pit stops.

Each V8 Supercar race, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, will now be held without the original compulsory pit stop.

Team representatives agreed unanimously not to have pit stops during this event.

"There are some minor issues with the amount of room in pit lane that has meant it is difficult for multiple teams to pit at the same time, which they have a tendency to do under the current rules," Cattach said.

"The new dimensions are approved by the FIA but the problem is the sheer size and nature of our cars. These issues can be addressed, we just didn't want to disrupt our teams so close to a race weekend.

"So it was decided that for this year we would eliminate the pit stops in both races while our teams become more familiar with the new pit lane facilities they have this year, knowing they will be better again next year.

"What we offer in turn is a longer race format – 50 per cent more distance than we have ever raced here – on a single set of tyres with the braking systems at the extremes of their durability. What this will mean is that we will be guaranteed a spectacular end to each race with drivers and cars literally on the edge."
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don't like the idea... I thought they introduced compulsory pit stops so that it becomes more of a team sport
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Yea but one race, who cars makes, it a bit different and might make it a bit more entertaining
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don't like the idea... I thought they introduced compulsory pit stops so that it becomes more of a team sport
yeh, you'd think when the new pit facilities were designed someone would have woken up to the fact they weren't wide enough and thereby causing a safety hazard to the crews.
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Well, they'll probably make some changes for next year
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i dont know y they have to run the V8"s there anyway, u cant overtake, u cant race a fat car on a skinny track. its still fun to watch but points should not be given to the winners on that track. will it rain this weekend? its been raining here in LA for 1 week, lots of floods it been fun driving a 428 mustang with a beefed up C6 , it jumps lanes in gear changes .
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