The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Wednesday that they have strengthened their race control program by appointing former IndyCar driver Max Papis, Indianapolis 500 winner Ari Luyendyck and motorsports executive Dan Davis as a three steward panel to monitor competition at each of the races in the 2016 season.
Papis, Davis and Luyendyck will report directly to IndyCar President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye.
Speaking about the new appointments Frye commented by saying:
As soon as we began the process of identifying our race stewards, we targeted Dan, Arie and Max and we’re thrilled they agreed to join this extremely important initiative, INDYCAR’s stewards have a great deal of experience across many different areas of motorsports and we are confident their varying perspectives will mesh well for consistent execution and enforcement of our rules.
Davis will act as chief steward and team leader he has over 40 years of experience working in the motor industry having worked for both General Motors (GM) and the Ford Motor Company.
Luyendyck competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series for nearly 20 years, winning the Indianapolis 500 on two occasions in 1990 and 1997 and won the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1985.
Frye went on to say:
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, 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.
The new appointments will not impact on Brian Bernhart as he remains as Verizon IndyCar Series Race Director.