Indycar: Red haze driving curbed

From the Vanderbilt Cup to the next Grand Prix, the cars, drives, teams and politics.

Indycar: Red haze driving curbed

Postby meteorite » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:42 pm

Some of the Indycar street and airport circuits have corners where the more aggressive drivers tend to give in to the temptation to try to drive into spaces that aren't there. That this displeases the owners whose drivers are prone to this is small matter; they can deal with employees too prone to knocking the corners off their cars. The problem is that they usually take some other innocent driver, or drivers, out with them, and that is bad for the show and doesn't help cost control efforts much either.

Thus the Toronto and Edmonton shenanigans have provoked Indycar into action


INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 2, 2011) - INDYCAR officials have placed drivers Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani on probation through Dec. 31, 2011 for multiple instances of initiating avoidable contact during IZOD IndyCar Series events this season.

"We are disappointed in these actions, which have exhibited a pattern of driving that endangers on-track safety and adversely affects competition," said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR.

Conway, of Andretti Autosport, was penalized for avoidable contact with Ryan Briscoe at Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton. Teammate Hunter-Reay was cited for the same violation after contact with Briscoe at Barber and Takuma Sato at Edmonton. Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Alex Tagliani was deemed in violation of the rule after contact with Will Power at Toronto and Graham Rahal at Edmonton.

If the improvements are not met, INDYCAR may impose other penalties at its discretion.

Per Rule 9.3 of the rulebook, a competitor must not initiate or attempt to initiate avoidable contact that results in the interruption of another competitor's lap time or track position.

The drivers may protest as pursuant to the rulebook.
User avatar
Posts: 1766
Joined: Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:15 pm

Return to Open wheel racing

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests