Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Newman Haas, Ganassi Protest Hearing Announced

UPDATE: INDYCAR announced Wednesday afternoon that Jerry Gappens, VP and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rollie Helmling, former team owner and president and CEO of USAC, and Jeff Stoops, former car owner and current Chairman of the Board for USAC have been named to the 3-person panel that will hear the protests.  The hearing will take place in Indianapolis August 23rd.


INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series announced on Tuesday afternoon that a hearing has been set for the protests filed by Newman Haas Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing following the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 last weekend.

Both teams are protesting for a better finishing position, in the case of Newman Haas it's for the win by Oriol Servia. The hearings are scheduled for the week of August, 22nd in Indianapolis and will be heard by a third party panel selected by Brian Barnhart. The members of the panel will be announced on a later date by INDYCAR.

"Given my role in Race Control, I feel that it is in everyone's best interest to have an independent panel hear the protests. I believe a panel will help maintain a fair hearing," said president of competition and operations, & race director of INDYCAR, Brian Barnhart.

In addition to Newman Haas and Chip Ganassi Racing officials, Andretti Autosport and representatives of Ryan Hunter-Reay's race winning #28 entry have also been invited to attend the protest.


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