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What do the Flags mean? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 December 2010 19:48

The various flags displayed during a race event are critical to the operation of the race and more importantly to the safety of the drivers.  Wikipedia has a decent overview of racing flags here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_flags

Depending on the race and the sanctioning body, different flags are used for different purposes.  The best thing to do is attend the Drivers Meeting in order to find out exactly which flags will be used with your race and what their specific meanings are.

In general, most events a Pantera will participate in will see some or all of the following flags used:

Flag Meaning Description
Red

Solid Red

- Stop

The solid red flag is used to indicate all race vehicles on course MUST STOP.  This usually indicates a severely hazardous condition such as debris over the course that could damage vehicles or cause them to go off course, or another vehicle has had an accident and is blocking safe passage.  Depending on the rules for the specific race, contestents may be directed to a restart location where the race can resume.
Yellow

Solid Yellow

- Caution

The solid yellow flag is used to indicate caution.  There may be potential hazards drivers should be aware of such as slower moving traffic or off course accidents ahead.  Depending on the rules for the specific race, drivers may be cautioned to slow to a safe speed and continue to proceed.  Sometimes a pace car may be used.
Green

Solid Green

- Race

The solid green flag indicates everything is a "Go" for full-on racing.  No hazards exist and all participants are encouraged to race for the win.
AllowToPass

Solid Blue w/Yellow stripe

- Allow overtaking vehicle to pass

When this flag is pointed and waved at the driver of a vehicle, it usually means there is a faster car trying to overtake (pass).  This flag is shown in order to let the driver in front know there is a vehicle behind that should be allowed to pass.  This is usually done as a courtesy even though drivers should be aware of their rear view mirrors and know when someone is overtaking.
MechanicalProblem

Solid Black w/Orange circle

- Mechanical proble, pit immediately

This flag indicates a course worker has identified a potential hazardous condition with a vehicle.  This could be anything from leaking fluids to bits dangling off the vehicle that could eventually fall free and be hazardous to other drivers.  The course worker will usually point and wave this flag at the driver it affect.  The driver should pit and rectify the problem.
Black

Solid Black

- Disqualification, pit immediately

Nobody likes to see this flag pointed and waved at them.  This flag indicates a serious infraction on the part of the driver and they are being disqualified from the race.  A driver who receives this flag is out of the race and is being directed to immediately pit for the duration.
PotentialHazard

Yellow/Red alternating stripes

- Possible hazards on course

A combination of the yellow and red flags, this flag indicates known hazards are on course.  This could be fluids dumped by another vehicle, or debris such as gravel on the course that could adversely affect driving conditions.  This flag is not always used, pay attention to the specific rules of your race.
Checkered

Checkered Black/White

- Finish, race is over

Everybody knows this flag, the race is over, it's time for the cool-down lap and then into the pits.  Check your point standings and start bench racing at the bar.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 December 2010 21:19
 
 
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