After being present at both of the F2000 pro events this year i have seen 2 examples of a driver being left trapped or unable to get out of his race car whilst the circuit is "hot" apart from a local yellow flag.
Seeing Ardie Greenamyer trapped in his car for almost 4 minutes before receiving assistance from the safety crew after slamming the outside wall on the exit of the last turn was very disconcerting.
A similar instance happened earlier in the year when Kyle Connery hit the same wall and was left to wait until the end of the session before he was helped by the safety crew.
Both of these instances in my view are unacceptable.
I know that after such an awful weekend for motorsport, with the fatal crash of Dan Wheldon, driver safety is a hot topic but for instances like this to happen more than once during a season, and at the same track, is appalling.
Have you spent much time racing at ISC owned facilities? They have their own philosophy about when they allow aid vehicles and workers to be on track. Like... after all the race cars are behind the pace car. The Series was not happy at all with their (ISC crew) performance. I think the phrase "raised holy hell" comes to mind.
Interestingly, later when Mr. Minor hit at the same place, aid crews were on site in less than one minute.
It is one of the dilemma's in working with tracks such as Daytona and WGI. At other (non-ISC) tracks you will see rescue vehicles scrammbling under the protection of only a white flag. (e.g. watch coverage of this year's Runoffs at Road America). You rent the track, but you play by their rules.
The end of the year survey being sent out soon to all F2000/F1600 competitors will again ask them about their choices of tracks, and have room for their comments on this and many other subjects.
The cachet of racing at the Glen has a big pull. Proof being the size of the fields that pay to show up. Many "in-the-know" racers understand the ISC philosophy, but still ante up to race there.