IndyCar » Indy 500: Panther decide against challenge

Panther Racing have decided not to challenge the outcome of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 race, which would have sought to have their driver JR Hildebrand named winner.

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denny e - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 1:33 AM

The lack of protest was only after Bernhardt had a conversation with the Panther team. It was the slowest caution in the race at the most critical time in the race. Sweeping mistakes under the rug is ugly ... and all too common is U.S. sports.

Frank G

May 30, 2011 1:43 AM

I thought the same...
Crash ... yellow... no passing allowed... so the finishing order I thought should have been the order of the previous lap...
Would this be wrong? Not sure what the rules exactly say...

Me - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 2:46 AM

A car that crashes into the wall is no longer a race car, its now a wreck, and therefore no longer receives yellow flag protection of its location in the race - its not technically in the race anymore.

Thats the technicality that will keep this from happening. But its really simple. If you wreck in the 4th turn at Indy - you dont win. Thats not how it works. So they know its a waste of time.

Steve - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 3:30 AM

Imagine the uproar it would have caused, denying Wheldon a win he earned because of a bad mistake. Besides, how would it have been possible for Wheldon to stay behind a wrecked car.... Panther Racing never should have considered protesting this.

However if they were successful if they did appeal, you bring up the 2002 Indy 500 result with Paul Tracy being denied victory, the rightful winner and a very sore spot for Canadian race fans.

stupidintheusa - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 4:43 AM

I think they made the right call. Earnhardt Jr in tonight's NASCAR race/parade ran out of fuel while leading the final lap. So when his engine sputtered and died he should have ran it into the wall to bring out the yellow and win by default? What's sporting in that?

Who Cares - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 9:27 AM

Guys, you seem to forget one thing: Jr Hildebrand's car WAS still running and was actually classified second of the race after having crossed the finish line. You can't say that once crashing in the barriers a car is no longer in the race, whatever the damage is, as long as the car is moving, its driver is still in the race, so the only exception would be that the car causing the yellow flag is not protected by the non-passing rule, which does not seem to be provided for in the Indy500 rules. A wise addition to the next edition me think...


May 30, 2011 11:03 AM

Wheldon would not have been able to slow his car down enough and suddenly getting cars slowing to not overtake a wrecked car will no doubt cause more accidents as the rest pile in behind as they try to stop. No one slowed down and stayed behind Sato, Viso, Howard, Hinchcliffe, Briscoe and Bell when they hit the wall.

Ian - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 12:56 PM

From what I could see, the race was still under green when Wheldon cleared Hildebrand, I mean the lights on the fence had just turned green after the pass.

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