IndyCar race director wants better communication

JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Published:

The new race director for the IndyCar Series wants to improve communication with the drivers and is willing to listen to their concerns about specific racing issues.

Among the issues Beaux Barfield will take under consideration is the drivers' displeasure with using double-file restarts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Barfield says he is in favor of double-file restarts at most tracks, but will evaluate driver concerns about venues where they believe the practice is a safety hazard.

Also, the series will hold an open test at Texas Motor Speedway in March for teams to get acclimated with the 2012 car on a high-banked oval. There's been concern about racing on high-banked ovals since the death of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in last October's season finale at Las Vegas.