06.21.2013 09:22 AM
Riedel Intercom System Drives Barracuda Racing’s Team Communications
During the Indianapolis 500 radio package enables communication
GLENDALE, CALIF. —Barracuda Racing of the IZOD IndyCar Series debuted its Riedel Communications equipment at the Indianapolis 500.

Throughout the 500-mile race, held May 26, Riedel’s solutions provided the Bryan Herta Autosport team with a radio package connecting all Barracuda Racing team members, including the pit crew and driver.

For the 2013 Indy 500, 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. The Barracuda Racing team was able to segment frequency utilization for further efficiency by providing dedicated frequencies for transmit/receive to and from the race car, for increased clarity.

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Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 06-21-2013 04:41 PM Report Comment
I'm the spotter for the Barracuda team (the guy who stands on top of the tower and advises the driver on safety and other race info). I talk almost constantly on the radio to the driver during the oval races like the Indy 500. This Riedel system is amazing! We had some interference issues with caterers' radios and even another team. The flexibility of the Riedel system allowed us to make changes after the race started, no other system can do that... And the sound quality was much better than other systems I've used in the past. Awesome stuff!

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