NASCAR has reacted swiftly to a dirt track tragedy.
Drivers involved in accidents on the race track will be required to remain inside their vehicles until safety and/or officials with NASCAR or the track arrive on the scene.
The mandate can be found in the NASCAR rule book (Section 9-16), "if a race car is involved in an on-track incident on or near the racing surface, and is unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the race car (such as smoke or fire inside the car)," the driver is to remain inside the car until directed to exit by workers on the scene.
The addendum also states that a driver or crew member(s) is not to approach any portion of the racing surface or apron and should not approach another moving vehicle..
NASCAR will determine possible penalties on a case-by-case basis.
"Really we're formalizing rules that have been there," said NASCAR Vice-President of Competition Robin Pemberton. "It's reminders that take place during drivers meetings with drivers about on?track incidents."
The action was taken after three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a during track race at Canadiagua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. Ward Jr. had climbed out of his car and was walking across the track when he was hit.