Pick-up points IndyCar suspended the driver of one of its safety trucks for two races for “failing to go to his assigned location” and nearly setting off a huge accident at the start of the Baltimore GP.
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HOLDING THE LINE
Embattled IndyCar chief steward Brian Barnhart rejects
criticisms of his officiating with football analogies
IndyCar’s officiating controversies haven’t persuaded
the series’ president of competition and chief steward,
Brian Barnhart, that any change of approach is
needed. Barnhart told RACER.com’s Tony DiZinno that the
judgment calls he and booth assistants Tony Cotman and Al
Unser Jr. have made should be compared with those of referees
in stick-and-ball sports.
“What do you think an official does? An official utilizes
judgment,” Barnhart said. “If you look at other sports, there are
so many subjective calls. Did that [NFL] offensive lineman
violate the rules and disadvantage the defensive lineman in
breaking the rules? Palming or traveling happens [in the NBA]
“I know there are criticisms that say,
“Oh, he isn’t an ex-racer.” Well, does
that mean the best NFL official has to be
a former player? I don’t see any former
NBA players as officials. Why does it have
to be a former racer in race control? I’ve
been in it [motorsports] since I was
yay-high, and just because I haven’t put
a helmet on doesn’t mean I don’t know
about what goes on.”
ALESI PLIES LOTUS
LINK FOR INDY RUN
French ace plots a return
to racing at the Brickyard
Retired Formula 1 star Jean Alesi
(BELOW) says he is serious about
launching a comeback at next year’s Indy
500 with Lotus. The British company is
slated to launch its IndyCar turbo V6
engine, built by Judd, for 2012.
Currently employed as an
“ambassador” by Lotus, Alesi, now 47,
says he would not enter any preliminary
races to prepare for Indy, despite having
no oval racing experience. But, he
insists, he is not interested in competing
just to make up the numbers.
“I go to be competitive,” he says.
“Otherwise it is too much risk, too
much effort. If it was just to have a go
at Indianapolis, then I prefer to watch it
on TV. It is going to be a big effort from
everyone – from Lotus, from my family,
from myself. I’m going to train very
hard for it.
“We could say this is a midlife crisis!
But I have a passion for motorsport,
and I have been very lucky,” he added.
“Paul Newman was 80 when he raced in
the Daytona 24 Hours, and I thought,
‘Oh great, I have some time!’”
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