Glendale, CA (June 25, 2013)—The Barracuda racing team of the Izod IndyCar Series debuted its new Riedel Communications radio package at the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
The Indianapolis 500 is currently the marquee race on the schedule of the Izod IndyCar Series in North America. For the 2013 race, the Barracuda Racing team interfaced a Riedel Artist 32 digital matrix intercom, used by those racing-team members who were hard-wired in the pits and timing stand, with a radio system used by the crew members who worked "over the wall" or required mobility throughout the pit lane. The Artist system supported various keypanels and five digital two-channel Performer Digital Partyline Intercom beltpacks with MAX high-performance headsets. The radio system included 28 Motorola radios and racing headsets, 12 helmet kits for the driver and crew, and 16 MAX headsets.
The intercom system allowed for communication efficiency within the timing stand, and it leveraged multiple Riedel RiFace universal radio interface systems to link the intercom with the pit crew's digital radios. Using this solution, the Barracuda Racing team was able to dedicate frequencies for transmit/receive to and from the race car, sometimes traveling at speeds of over 200 mph.
"We were confident that it could stand up to the notoriously challenging RF environment at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Bryan Herta, team owner at Bryan Herta Autosport. "The Riedel system lived up to our expectations, enabling us to maintain a clear signal to and from the car at all times."