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Notes: Limited appeal; Tung back; Infineon testing

Reports suggest that the scope of the New Hampshire protest is to be limited to the top three; Ho-Pin Tung will return to Dragon Racing for next week's road race at Infineon Raceway.
News about the New Hampshire result appeal, plus team news from Dragon Racing and KV Racing Technology and some headline times from thsi week's IndyCar testing at Infineon Raceway at Sears Point in Sonoma, California.

New Hampshire appeal will only affect top three

According to reports from SPEED TV, the protest over the results of last weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is limited to affecting only the top three positions.

Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing have both protested the result, claiming that the finishing order should be taken from the moment the yellow came out after the controversial final brief restart. The restart saw Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay lose the lead to Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia and Ganassi's Scott Dixon before a crash sparked by Danica Patrick sent the race back to yellow. In a controversial decision, Brian Barnhart ruled that the race result would be taken from the running order prior to the final green flag which meant Hunter-Reay kept the lead. The protest will be heard by an independent panel in Indianapolis next week.

But if the reports from are correct, then even if the current results are overturned and Servia is handed the win and Dixon gains second place, the ruling will have no further impact further down the running order.

Will Power had looked set to be a big loser if the results were rewritten as he was one of those wiped out in the restart crash and ended up well down the running order before the positions were controversially "wound back" to before the restart. Now it appears that even if the protest succeeds, Power will hold on to fifth place which means he gains on Dario Franchitti in the points standings.

Ho-Pin Tung bids for IndyCar debut

Chinese racer Ho-Pin Tung is making his second bid to get onto the grid of an IZOD IndyCar Series race this season, re-teaming with Dragon Racing at Infineon Raceway next weekend.

Tung paired with Dragon for the Indianapolis 500 in May, but the team's campaign proved ill-starred with Tung injured in a qualifying day crash, and stand-in driver Patrick Carpentier then crashed the sole remaining car early on Bump Day which left the team unable to even attempt to make the grid.

However, Tung's approach, pace and performance throughout the practice week at Indy impressed many in the paddock and the team have given him the nod to hopefully make his series debut at the Sonoma road course. He took part in the IndyCar test session at Infineon on Thursday in preparation for next weekend.

Regular driver Paul Tracy will instead race in the series finale World Championships event in Las Vegas in mid-October.

IndyCar tests at Infineon

Ho-Pin Tung was among 20 IndyCar drivers testing at Infineon Raceway on Thursday, including the first appearance of former F1 driver and GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano in Justin Wilson's #22 Dreyer & Reinbold car.

Related Pictures

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Oriol Servia, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon on the podium after the Indy 225 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Tony Kanaan rues a difficult and frustrating qualifying session on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dragon Racing spins and hits the wall during his qualifying attempt on Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday May 21. He was left with a mild concussion and ruled out of taking any further part in qualification. [Picture credit: Mike Young for IndyCar Media]
Ho-Pin Tung of Dragon Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: IndyCar media]
Scott Dixon Road America
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi Indy Car [credit: IndyCar TV Twitter]
Will Power Texas
Detroit IndyCar Andretti RHR
Scott Dixon Indy 500
Max Chilton Indy 500 2017
Max Chilton Indy 500 2017
Scott Dixon [credit: IndyCar Series]
Scott Dixon Indy 500 qualifying
Ryan Hunter-Reay Indy 500 practice 2017
Will Power Indy 500 practice
Max Chilton IndyCar 2017
Will Power - Team Penske

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