IndyCar » Suspension over Baltimore 'near catastrophe'

A member of the Holmatro Safety Team who was driving a truck head-on into the oncoming cars at the start of the Baltimore Grand Prix on Sunday has been suspended.

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Peter - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 3:54 AM

The question of "why the green flag was issued while the safety truck was still on the track?" is the wrong question. That truck was already off the track in its correct position between turns 2 and 3. At the very moment Race Control called "Green! Green! Green!", the truck jumped out onto the track from its safe and correct position and, with sirens blasting, did a u-turn and headed toward turn 1 driving like a bat out of hell. I know because I was in Grandstand 8 opposite the truck and listening to Race Control on the radio when the truck jumped out onto the track. I believe a more appropriate question is: who authorized the truck to go back out on the track at the very moment the race went green? Any why the sirens? I never heard a safety truck use its sirens before.

Owen Hamilton - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 4:53 AM

I am surprised that nothing seems to have been said about the marshal who nearly got wiped out by TK when he went for a low level flight in the warm up, they should never have been on the track without some protection, I know it was a freak incident but even so, I didn't actually notice them until I had seen the video about 3 times.

Maxx - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 5:57 PM

Indy Car always crows about their safety teams, tis is unexcuseable. Shame on Indy Car for not having transponders in the safety trucks, plus, shouldn't they ask for a report from every safety vehicle if they are clear, and the track is clear, before the green? I now feel 100% that Brian Barnhart has to GO NOW. Every race this year has been overshadowed by some problem, and, it's time for someone to pay for it. What is the sense of having one of your best safety team members not be at the next 2 races? Is that in the best interest of the drivers & fans safety? I think not.


September 12, 2011 4:45 PM

Seems to me the chain of command leading to the Start Finish flag man are actually at fault...the green flag shouldn't drop til there is an all clear from every safety check point around the circuit. Having been at Baltimore, there's plenty to sort out before 2012. A headon with the safety truck would have been the exclamation point on a very lucky week end for all concerned

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