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NASCAR Flag Colors – what they mean and why to watch out for them

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 8, 2009

The flags of NASCAR. The colors, what they mean, and why there important

The flags of NASCAR. The colors, what they mean, and why there important

NASCAR uses various colored flags to indicate different signals before commencement and during the race. There are different colors, that denote a special warning or indication that the drivers are familiar with which help them race and watch out for any alarms.

These flags  are shown and or used by the flagman or the grand marshal near the start/end line.

Sometimes there are people standing at strategic points waving the same flag to make sure all the drivers notice the flags and pay attention to the indication being signaled by the same.

The first flag that is waved is the green flag which denotes that the race has begun and the drivers can begin their journey. Just like green in a normal traffic signal indicates “go”, here too it means the same thing for the drivers who are all set and ready. Upon seeing the flag from their position, the drivers need to follow it and not disregard it as it could lead to serious accidents or injury to the driver or other cars.

Another flag that is used is the yellow (caution) colored flag, which is used to indicate there is some danger or hazard on the track. The drivers upon seeing this should slow down and watch the road ahead. This flag is typically used when there has been an accident on the tracks or a car has gone off course and is in a dangerous position. A pace car comes out on the track and will be followed till clear signal is shown. Normally this flag is waved for three laps, as that is the maximum time taken to clear out whatever is hampering the race.

If a red flag is waved while the race is on, it could mean there has been some violation or problem that cannot be rectified and so the race is being stopped and all drivers need to stop their vehicles.

When a driver commits a fault on purpose, this will lead to a black flag being raised just for that car, which means a penalty will be imposed on the driver. This could be in form of cutting of points or disqualifying them from the race.

In some races, a blue flag could be waved, a rare occurrence , however it means the driver must be cautious while going around the corner as a car might have some mechanical failure.

Whenever the racers are nearly at the end of the race, with just one lap left, the white flag is waved so they know what their position is. And this flag is waved only once towards the end of the race at the start/finish line.

And finally the black and white checkered flag is waved, as the drivers race to the start/finish line after already passing the white flag, the driver who crosses the line first “takes” the checkered flag and the race is over.

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