- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (AP) - IndyCar is forming an advisory committee that will allow industry representatives to discuss competition and technical issues facing the series.

The competition committee will consist of at least seven members and make recommendations to the sanctioning body. IndyCar will take the recommendations under advisement in making its decisions.

“We believe it’s important to create a forum for drivers, team owners and manufacturers to have organized and structured input to the series as we look to make important decisions that directly impact on-track competition,” Jeff Belskus, IndyCar interim CEO, said in a statement.

“The creation of this committee builds a formalized process to vet proposed initiatives with safety and competition always top-of-mind. Once we receive a recommendation from the Competition Committee, the series will evaluate it from a commercial and business standpoint in order to make a final decision.”

The 2013 competition committee will consist of two IndyCar management representatives appointed by the CEO, with one designated the committee chairman; two active IndyCar team representatives; two active IndyCar drivers; four IndyCar manufacturer members, one representing each engine, tire and chassis manufacturer; one at-large member appointed by the IndyCar CEO.

It’s believed the team owners last week selected the combination of Roger Penske and Tim Cindric for one of the team representative slots, and Bryan Herta was chosen for the other. The drivers were expected to fill their two slots this week.

Once the committee is formed, the chairman will be permitted to invite key stakeholders such as promoters, racetrack officials and broadcast partners to attend meetings to provide insight and input on initiatives.

IndyCar will be responsible for determining the initiatives for the committee to review. Committee members will have one vote to make a recommendation and once a majority vote is achieved, the committee chairman will submit the recommendation to the IndyCar CEO for review.

The IndyCar CEO will then notify the committee of the sanctioning body’s final decision.

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