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Two IndyCar teams fined after Texas tech

Dale Coyne Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing found guilty of contravening aero rules at Firestone 550.
Two teams, including that of surprise racewinner Justin Wilson, were found guilty of infringing the IndyCar Series' technical regulations during post-race inspections at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

IndyCar revealed the subsequent penalties on Monday, although neither driver involved - Wilson and owner/driver Ed Carpenter - were removed from the results of the Firestone 550. Instead their respective teams were fined and docked entrant points.

Dale Coyne Racing was fined $7500 and docked five entrant points for not complying with the sidepod top deck aerodynamic element of Rule, which had been updated on 3 June to prohibit the use of the part as part of a downforce-reducing package.

Ed Carpenter Racing, which finished twelfth, was fined $5000 and penalised one entrant point for not complying with Rule, which had been updated on 8 June, and stated that a rear wing wicker up to a maximum of 1/8 inch height and full span may be used.

The members may contest the penalties.

IndyCar's decision to simply impose fines and points penalties has not gone down well with everyone, with fans complaining that both Wilson and Carpenter should have been removed from the results, and others suggesting that Graham Rahal would not have hit the wall, costing him the lead, had Wilson not been running so quickly in the closing stages.

Even other competitors made their feelings known, with Wilson's fellow Briton, Mike Conway, tweeting his discontent before swiftly removing the post.

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Graham Rahal is stalked by Justin Wilson during the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, USA. June 9 2012. (c) 2012, Phil Abbott LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Justin Wilson celebrates in victory lane with guns after winning the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, USA. June 9 2012. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Justin Wilson burnout after winning the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, USA. June 9 2012. (c) 2012, Phil Abbott LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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Ed Carpenter Racing crew working on the boss` car   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
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Graham Rahal celebrates victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway   (image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens)
Justin Wilson tribute at Pocono   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
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SHAKEN - Unregistered

June 12, 2012 1:47 PM

News to me but rules are rules. Important thing that Justin Wilson was not disqualified (would be a tragedy) as it would've been beyond his control. The fine and points deduction (for next race?) were therefore probably justified

SP3 - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 12:54 PM

@ FrankG - it's a American soap opera written to appear as a type of racing. Completely fictional in content with no atttempt to insert any real life scenarios into the story line. Each episode is quite long (three hours minimum) with only the last few minutes having any real value.

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