IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard made clear on Friday that he had no intention of setting aside IndyCar's controversial double-file restart procedure for the Indianapolis 500, despite concerns raised by a number of drivers about the potential for accidents on the 2.5-mile oval if it is used.
"As long as we keep that as a rule, they're not going to be satisfied," Bernard told the Indianapolis Star. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for (team owners) Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske. This was their idea. And this is racing.
"This is the rule that we implemented at the beginning of the season. It was no surprise to anybody, and we're going to continue with it."
Drivers will meet with series competition boss Brian Barnhart this week to discuss the specifics of implementation of the rule for next Sunday's race, which will be the first time they have been employed on an oval.