INDYCAR announces pre-qualification penalties

IndyCar News/Releases, INDYCAR PR — By on May 20, 2012 7:47 pm
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[Source: INDYCAR press release]

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 20, 2012) – INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today it has fined 11 teams $15,000 each for not complying with Rules 1.1.1.3, 8.2.3.3, and 14.12.2 during pre-qualifying technical inspection for Indianapolis 500 Time Trials.

The teams were found to be in violation of the three rules and were required by INDYCAR Officials to comply with the technical specifications before being allowed to make a qualifying attempt.  Teams penalized are:

Penske Racing Car #2

Panther Racing Car #4

KV Racing Technology Car #5

KV Racing Technology Car #8

Chip Ganassi Racing Car #9

Penske Racing Car #12

Dale Coyne Racing #18

Andretti Autosport Car #25

Andretti Autosport Car #26

Andretti Autosport Car #28

Fan Force United Car #64

1.1.1.3. Officials may penalize any Member and/or exclude any Member or equipment from any Event if Officials deem any act or any condition to be hazardous and/or not meeting the specifications, spirit, illustrations, and intent of, the Rules. Conditions that may warrant penalty and/or exclusion include without limitation any action which an Official deems to be a threat to the integrity of INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series and/or orderly conduct of the Event, and/or which relates to the design and construction of a Car or repairs to a damaged Car.

8.2.3.3.Retracting the brake pistons into the caliper by any method is prohibited.

14.12.2. Cars must be equipped with a dual-braking system to operate the brakes effectively on all 4 wheels. The use of computer logic to control any function of the braking system is not permitted.

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Additionally, the following teams were penalized for other technical infractions:

Member: Lotus – FP Journe – Fan Force United Car #64

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rules 14.3.2.

Penalty: $50,000

Member: Andretti Autosport Car #28

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rule 1.1.4.2.

Penalty: $10,000

Member: Andretti Autosport Car #28

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rules 1.1.4.2. & 14.1.8.

Penalty: $10,000

Member: Andretti Autosport Car #27

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rule 1.1.4.2.

Penalty: $10,000

Member: Andretti Autosport Car #27

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rules 1.1.4.2. & 14.1.8.

Penalty: $10,000

Member: Andretti Autosport Car #26

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rule 1.1.4.2.

Penalty: $10,000

Member: A.J. Foyt Enterprises Car #14

Violation: During pre-qualification technical inspection at the IZOD IndyCar Series Event at the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR determined the Member did not comply with Rule 14.1.4.

Penalty: $10,000

1.1.4.2. Every Member agrees to follow the direction of Officials with respect to the enforcement of these Rules or be subjected to penalties for failure to comply with such directions.

14.1.4. All components provided by INDYCAR, Dallara or an approved supplier must be used as supplied unless otherwise stated in these Rules or in update bulletins.

14.1.8. The following forms of cooling are permitted outside the assigned garage: a) Cooling towels applied to bodywork; b) Driver cooling fans; and c) Brake cooling fans (in assigned pit stall only).

14.3.2. Driver Equivalency weight – INDYCAR shall determine the additional Driver Equivalency Weight required and shall notify each Entrant by bulletin. The Driver Equivalency Weight must be installed and secured in the designed location forward of the seatback as per [illustration]. The Driver Equivalency Weight must be a hard dense metal. Violation of this Rule 14.3.2 may result in a minimum
$100,000 monetary fine and/or such other penalties as INDYCAR shall deem appropriate.

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