Formula Drift released quite a few notes about changes to the rulebook during the 2013 season. One of them is the rebranding of the 5 minute rule to a “Competition TimeOut.” The good news for fans is that teams are no longer allowed to leave the hot pit (area where cars are on grid for competition) for the competition timeout. This means no team can spend 20 minutes getting a tow back to the rig, work on the car while it unloads, and then spend 5 minutes fixing it while most of the fans pick their nose! Here is the official rule release below from Formula Drift.
5-minute rule renamed and adjusted.
The “5-minute rule will has been changed to a new term, “Competition Timeout.” The time frame will remain at five (5) minutes for the competitor to use, however the competitors vehicle may no longer leave the hot area of competiton to go back to the paddock. All changes done to the vehicle must be done on grid unless otherwise specified.