LESS LMPS IN LMS
A series of wild incidents – and perceived ifferences in official judication of them – spurred anger from Power (RIGHT), while others called for smarter driving.
Franchitti conceded some blame, but
insisted Power also shared some of it.
“He out-braked himself to out-brake
me and opened up the door, I went down
the inside, I held the wall and Will came
down,” said Franchitti, who went on to
win while Power crashed out after being
hit from behind. “I put my nose in there, I
was trying to get my nose out, but
ultimately he closed the door and paid the
price,” added the Scot.
At the center of the dispute was a
widely voiced concern among series drivers
that the line between defensive driving
and blocking has not been su;ciently
spelled out. However, at the following race
in Edmonton, a consistent run of penalties
for drivers making contact with others
earned praise from Power – who was in a
much better frame of mind anyway after
beating teammate Helio Castroneves and
Franchitti for the win.
“I think that’s what’s needed, because
it will deter people from doing it again,”
said Power. “They know if they’re going
to hit someone, they’re going to get a
drive-through and end up at the back. All
the drivers I spoke to feel the same: it
needs to be more strict in every way.”
penalty for nudging him into a spin in
what IndyCar’s referees – Brian Barnhart,
Tony Cotman and Al Unser Jr. – concluded
was a racing incident.
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“It doesn’t surprise me that he didn’t
get a penalty, because he never gets
penalized, it’s pretty typical,” said Power
on Versus’ TV broadcast. “It was a pretty
dirty move. He just turned me around.
Does anyone ever penalize this guy?”
BACK TO SCHOOL...BUT WHO?
IndyCar officiating takes center stage after the two title
rivals – among others – come to grief on Toronto’s streets
A race series in which advantages are measured in thousandths
of a second is naturally disposed to contact, as the lack of
performance di;erentials between the cars can breed
frustration and over-aggressiveness in those behind. Such
circumstances put maximum pressure on those in charge of
judging those situations to be consistent in their actions, and
here is where IndyCar o;cials found themselves in the firing
line after an especially pugnacious Honda Indy Toronto.
Chief among the critics was championship contender Will
Power, who was adamant that Dario Franchitti deserved a
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will lend its cachet to more racing series next year.
NASCAR Nationwide, Grand-Am set for Indy in 2012