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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

INDYCAR Rescinds Bourdais Penalty

INDYCAR announced Wednesday that the $10,000 fine and probation levied against Sebastien Bourdais June 11 has been rescinded following review.

Bourdais penalties were a league reaction to the on-track incident between the KVSH Racing driver and Justin Wilson during the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Bourdais was originally found to violate Rule 9.3.1 which reads:

9.3.1. Improper Conduct - Any Member attempting to or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, unsafe conduct, or conduct detrimental to racing; INDYCAR; and/or to the IndyCar Series, whether during an Event or on/off the Track, may be subject to any or all penalties. Improper conduct shall include, without limitation:
9.3.1.1. Engaging in reckless, careless, unsafe, and/or overly aggressive actions, or unsportsmanlike behavior toward Members, or others;
 
9.3.1.2. Impeding the conduct of an Event, including Car control, placement and inconsistent driving pattern;
9.3.1.3. Causing an avoidable Yellow or Red Condition; 
9.3.1.4. Endangering the safety of Members, or others;
9.3.1.5. Failing to participate at competitive speed;
9.3.1.6. Failing to participate in close proximity to other Cars;
9.3.1.7. Failing to follow the direction of INDYCAR; and/or 
9.3.1.8. Using improper, profane, or disparaging language or gestures in reference to any Official, Members or anyone else improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to, concerning or connected in any way with INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, or any Event and could result in additional penalties as determined by INDYCAR.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

INDYCAR Announces Texas Penalties

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, announced Wednesday afternoon three post-race penalties following last weekend's Firestone 600 at Texas.

KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the season for violating Rule 9.3.1. The Rule reads:
9.3.1. Improper Conduct - Any Member attempting to or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, unsafe conduct, or conduct detrimental to racing; INDYCAR; and/or to the IndyCar Series, whether during an Event or on/off the Track, may be subject to any or all penalties. Improper conduct shall include, without limitation:
9.3.1.1. Engaging in reckless, careless, unsafe, and/or overly aggressive actions, or unsportsmanlike behavior toward Members, or others;  
 
9.3.1.2. Impeding the conduct of an Event, including Car control, placement and inconsistent driving pattern;
9.3.1.3. Causing an avoidable Yellow or Red Condition; 
9.3.1.4. Endangering the safety of Members, or others;
9.3.1.5. Failing to participate at competitive speed;
9.3.1.6. Failing to participate in close proximity to other Cars;
9.3.1.7. Failing to follow the direction of INDYCAR; and/or 
9.3.1.8. Using improper, profane, or disparaging language or gestures in reference to any Official, Members or anyone else improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to, concerning or connected in any way with INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, or any Event and could result in additional penalties as determined by INDYCAR.
 
The violation came on a Lap 121 incident with Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson.
 
The second violation was to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing who were found to violate Rule 14.6.5.2.1a with their No. 67 car. The team was fined $5,000 for a rear wing angle rule which reads:
14.6.5.2.1. Mandatory Parts: Rear Mainplane, IR1205B001 (angle to be confirmed by Bulletin)

The final violation was issued to Honda for violation of Rule 16.5.1, which reads:
16.5.1. The minimum mileage threshold (“Change-Out Mileage”) is 2500 miles.
Engines were changed out on the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara and the No. 25 & No. 28 of Andretti Autosport. The engine supplier was docked 10 points per occurrence, totalling a loss of 30 Engine Manufacturer Championship points.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Grand Prix of Indianapolis Signs Title Sponsor

Announced Tuesday morning in the Economaki Press Conference Room of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Angie's List has signed on as the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The two-year deal runs through the 2016 event.

Angie's List, an Indianapolis based company, is no stranger to the INDYCAR Paddock, having sponsored entries with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Newman Haas Lanigan and Sam Schmidt's team at various tracks on the circuit, particularly IMS and the '500'.

According to the press release:
As part of this title sponsorship, Angie's List will host 5,000 of the country's very best service providers at a "Festival of Service" during race weekend to thank them for playing an integral part in the company's plan to revolutionize local customer service.


"There's no better place in the world to be than Indianapolis in the Month of May," said Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks. "Angie's List has long sponsored race cars in the Indianapolis 500, but getting involved with the Grand Prix brings a new kind of excitement. This is a world-class race, and we'll bring in world-class service companies, not just to reward them, but to work hand-in-hand to change the way local service is delivered. Our 'Festival of Service' will celebrate companies that are working alongside us on this mission."