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Tracy unhappy with pit call that led to Helio shunt.

*I'd made a couple of great moves on Conweasel [Tracy's pet name for rookie Mike Conway] and [Scott] Dixon. Justin [Wilson] was a bit easier, as his car didn't seem fast at all. 'Tag' got past him and he started getting away from me because I was saving fuel, but [KVRT team boss] Jimmy [Vasser] said 'forget fuel, go after him!' - which is what you always wanna hear your team boss say.

"So I got the hammer down, and turned the fastest lap of the race at that point. I think I was the first guy to get into the 62-second laps, and that cut the lead down to about a second just before I pitted.

"I got out and then we had one or two racing laps before it went yellow. Dario was in the pits and I came around and I was ahead of him; he wasn't even out of the pits and then the IRL comes on the radio to say 'car #10 to go in front of car #15'.... Jimmy was like 'you gotta be kidding me! What are you talking about?'

"Never before in my career has that happened. They said 'we looked at when the yellow came out and, when it came out, Dario was the leader when he crossed the start/finish line in pit-lane'. Blah blah blah. Jimmy went and argued it, but it was the blend line that was the issue. They said 'he had to be ahead at the blend line', and we went back and looked [at it] - and we beat him to the blend line on the track. Dario was still in the freakin' pit-lane. Even now, I feel confused by it. And royally screwed by it. That would have changed the whole complexion of our race."



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Mark _

July 15, 2009 12:10 AM

I think when their tires touched the contact was at the rear side of Helio's tire and it caused Helio to steer into Paul. It definetely looked suspicous at first but the more I watched it the more it looked like a racing incident.



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