The IZOD IndyCar Series announced today that drivers Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani have been placed on probation through December 31, 2011.
Citing rule 9.3 that says, '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', President of competition and operations for INDYCAR, Brian Barnhart said, "We are disappointed in these actions, which have exhibited a pattern of driving that endangers on-track safety and adversely affects competition."
Mike Conway, pilot of the #27 Andretti Autosport Dallara was penalized for his incident with Ryan Briscoe at Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton.
Andretti Autosport driver of the #28 DHL/Sundrop entry, Ryan Hunter-Reay, was penalized for his incident with Ryan Briscoe at Barber and Takuma Sato in Edmonton.
Alex Tagliani, pilot of the #77 Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry was cited for his incident with Will Power in Toronto and Graham Rahal in Edmonton.
Rule 9.2(b)3 in the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebooks states in part: 'During probation a Member is under heightened scrutiny and the Member can be required to abide by specified standards of conduct which are more stringent than those which are otherwise applicable. If a Member violates probation, the Member is subject to a more severe penalty. The duration and conditions of probation are within the discretion of the Officials.'