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Auto Racing Flags and What They Mean

Posted: 9-27-12 | Parker Flags

When it comes to auto racing, do you know what the different auto racing flags each mean? Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rainbow of flags being waved at random times, but each one actually has its own specific meaning in order to communicate with the drivers on the course some very important messages. Listed below is what several of these flags mean.

Green flag – a solid green flag is typically displayed in order to indicate the start of a race. If a session isn’t delayed or under caution for any reason it is “under green flag conditions” even if the flag is not being displayed.

Yellow Flag – This flag is used to indicate that drivers need to slow down and take caution because there is a hazard on the track. When a yellow flag is waved it is common to see a pace car enter the course to lead the cars in a safe, predetermined speed.

Red flag – A solid red flag indicates that the current conditions are too dangerous to continue. Cars are either going to be directed to a specific stopping spot or to a pit road during this time.

Red and Yellow flags displayed concurrently – These flags being displayed at the same time indicate a bad start and the need for a restart. Drivers must return to the starting line in their original positions during this time.

White flag – This flag designates the start of the final lap for all competitors

Be sure to check back soon as we will continue to post about what the different types of auto racing flags mean, and be sure to check out our own selection of auto racing flags while you’re here!