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Indy Lights team suspension confirmed

IndyCar handed down the original decision to exclude both the O2 Racing Technology team and Mark Olson himself from competition until December 31, 2012 at the end of June. The team duly protested the penalty, leading to the formal hearing in Indianapolis on July 14 which has now ruled against the team and confirmed the exclusion. This week's hearing was chaired by race director Tony Cotman. The team still has the right to appeal the decision.

The row started when two Sam Schmidt Motorsports cars failed technical inspection following Indy Lights qualifying for the David Hobbs 100 at the Milwaukee Mile, but were subsequently reinstated. That infuriated Olson who said that as a result, the competition had an "integrity issue."

It's alleged that Olson and his team then tried to organise a boycott of the race among the rest of the teams, although in the end only the O2 Racing Technology team actually pulled out and the event went ahead with the remaining entrants.

"The mere act of attempting to impede the conduct of the event is something we will not tolerate," said Indy Lights executive director Roger Bailey in June. "We must maintain the integrity of our series." As a result, O2 was excluded "for attempting to impede the conduct of the event by encouraging others to breach contracts with IndyCar."




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O2 Racing Technology driver Peter Dempsey in his car ahead of the Indy Lights Series Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2011. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz waits on pit lane in Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The crew of Mikhail Aleshin go to work in the pits (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas waits on pitlane prior to the start (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in action in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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chasmunch

July 19, 2011 3:41 PM

Gee, real smart of IndyCar to suspend a competitive team for "crimes" unsubstantiated... and burden of proof on the team!!! ...guilty until proven innocent ...isn't that the French way ...I thought in the USA it's innocent until proven guilty ...and not one team owner willing to say he felt pressured to boycott... Now that's a raw deal...

MS-25 - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 7:18 PM

RacersEdge - the article says Dempsey's from Ireland. The part about "British drivers" refers to Stefan Wilson, Justin's brother, who is from Sheffield I think.



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