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Racing Flag Colors and Meanings
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CHECKERED FLAG:
Signifies the end of the practice session, qualification attempt or race. The race leader is declared the winner.

GREEN FLAG:
Signals the start of the practice session, qualification attempt or race and all restarts after a caution or red-flag period.

YELLOW FLAG:
The "caution flag," signals hazardous conditions on the track, and cars must slow immediately, maintain position and yield to track safety vehicles until the green flag is displayed. During a qualification session, a qualification attempt is halted.

WHITE FLAG:
Displayed when the leader starts the final lap of the race. During qualifications, signals that driver has started final lap of qualification attempt.

ROYAL BLUE FLAG with DIAGONAL YELLOW STRIPE:
The "passing flag," signals slower cars to yield to faster traffic.

RED FLAG:
Signals that the race stops immediately, regardless of position of cars on the track.

BLACK FLAG:
Directs a driver to proceed to the pits on the next lap and to consult with race officials.

BLACK FLAG with WHITE CROSS:
Officials have ceased scoring the car until further notice.

ALTERNATING RED and YELLOW STRIPING:
Signals that oil, water or some other substance has made track surface slippery.


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