Flags for Racing Communication

In days past, before all the electronic, wireless wonders we enjoy today, communication of a situation to the racing driver was done with flags.  These 7+ flags are still in use today, from professional road course and oval racing action, down to the autocross and kart racing events. 

Race flags gallery

There is a variety of other flags used, some seem to depend on the series or local conditions.  Once again, thanks to the information from the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex is a concise review of what these 8 race flags mean :

Race flags banner

Green – Start/Restart
Signals the start of a practice or qualifying session or the start or restart of a race. Also signals a clear course.
Yellow – Stationary Flag
Slow down, no passing, hold position.
Yellow – Waving Flag
Slow down, no passing, immediate danger, unsafe driving conditions on the track.
Black – Furled (closed)
The signaled car must go immediately to the Black Flag Station in the pits for consultation.
Black – Open Flag
Signals that you are to enter the pits.
Red – Stop
Signals a complete stoppage of driving activity. Come to a controlled stop as quickly as possible at edge of track and within sight of a flag station. Upon indication from a corner worker, proceed cautiously to pits.
Blue with Yellow Stripe
Check your mirrors and give consideration to the overtaking car, be prepared to expedite a pass.
Checkered
Signals completion of the session or the race. Enter the pit at next opportunity.
White
Signals that an emergency (or slow moving) vehicle is on the track.
Red and Yellow Striped
Signals you to exercise caution due to a slippery condition or debris on the track

If you want to know even more, I found a comprehensive, detailed description, that goes into some flags I’ve never heard of & I don’t think I will ever see – Racing Flags (from Wikipedia, as always from this source, taken with a grain of salt).

Racing Ready seeks to continue with clear comunications, as these flags illustrate, for advancing the cause of learning to race.

Dan
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