In the wake of the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., NASCAR is instituting a new rule aimed at keeping drivers and crew members safe.

The new rule bans drivers from getting out of their cars unless there is a risk of smoke or fire, Vice President Robin Pemberton announced today.

In addition, the rule says no drivers or crew should approach any part of the track,  the apron or a moving vehicle.

The new rule comes after Ward Jr. got out of his car during a dirt-track race in Canandaigua to confront Tony Stewart for clipping and putting him into a wall, and was struck and killed by Stewart's car.

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