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Teams lodge protests over NHMS result

While Newman/Haas Racing's protest is about claiming what they believe is their rightful win - which would be the first for the team since Justin Wilson in Detroit in 2008 - the situation for Ganassi is rather more nuanced.

Certainly Dixon hopes to be awarded second place, which would be a boost for his title hopes after team mate and championship leader Dario Franchitti crashed out mid-race. But the major impact for the team would be regarding exactly where Penske's Will Power would be classified if the current results were overturned.

Power - who is Franchitti's closest rival for the championship - closed 15pts closer to Dario after the results showed him in fifth place at the end of New Hampshire. However, Power was one of those caught up in the aftermath of Danica Patrick's spin and finished the race crunched up against the inside wall on the front straightaway, leading to angry scenes as he called for Barnhart to be fired for the decision to restart and then flipping off race officials on live TV - both of which he subsequently apologised for.

If the results are revised and taken instead from the running order at the moment the red flag came out five laps after the aborted restart, then Power's points gain over Franchitti will be all but wiped out. That would restore the former status quo between the two drivers and hand the Ganassi driver a bigger lead going into the final five races of the season.

Team Penske have not been invited to send any representatives to attend the protest hearing.

Penske and Will Power also have yet to hear whether any action will be taken against the driver for his post-race remarks and gestures. IndyCar can be extremely harsh on anyone questioning the integrity of the sport, with O2 Racing Technology recently thrown out of the junior Indy Lights series for questioning the organisers' conduct and for allegedly attempting to organise a boycott of the Milwaukee race in protest.

However it seems that even if a fine is handed down, Power will find no lack of people willing to step in and pay it for him: even his team co-owner Roger Penske has volunteered to stump up any fine, after saying that Power was essentially speaking for everyone in the paddock over the state of the officiating this season.




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