IndyCar Fines, Places Dixon On Probation
INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar officials have fined IZOD IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon $30,000 and placed him on probation through Dec. 31 for comments made following the Sept. 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
Dixon violated Rules 126.96.36.199 and 9.3.7 when he made disparaging remarks toward IndyCar officials and other competitors after the race.
– 188.8.131.52. Using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or action or situations connected with INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any Event.
– 9.3.7. If any Member uses improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures and references a specific Official by his/her name, such Member may be find a minimum of $25,000 and may be subject to additional penalties based upon the particular circumstances.
Dixon was unhappy following an accident during the Grand Prix of Baltimore that also involved Will Power. IndyCar officials would not allow Dixon’s team to work on his car following the accident, which resulted in a 19th-place finish for the championship contender. IndyCar officials would not allow Dixon’s team to repair the car because it was not towed back to the pit area.
“It’s tough to swallow,” Dixon told National Speed Sport News after the race. “Two weeks in a row, it’s been a pretty rough deal for us. Obviously we’ll try to bounce back. With three races to go, and depending on what they do to the 3 car (Castroneves) in terms of points – they said before the race today if there’s any contact between team cars, they’ll be taking points from the other guy – so we’ll have to see how that plays out.”
“It just seems a bit ridiculous,” Dixon later said. “It seems like everything we do, we get penalized for it and nothing happens to those cars. I know Derrick is trying to do the best he can. Beaux (Barfield, Race Director), I don’t even know what planet that guy is on.”
Because of the public display of these actions, Dixon will be able to work off the fine by making a public appearances on behalf of IndyCar.