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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 14.6.4.13, 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 14.6.1.3, 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)
Mike Conway and team boss Ed Carpenter pose for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures with the team from Ed Carpenter Racing after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 13, 2014 during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, raises his arm as he crosses the finish line Sunday, April 13, 2014 to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. With the victory, Conway moves into second place in the driver point standings. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Justin Wilson during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson in the hairpin during practice at Long Beach -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Justin Wilson. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson signs autographs in St. Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media))
Justin Wilson in his pit box (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Sebastian Saavedra fly into a corner during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday March 18. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson goes inside Juan Pablo Montoya during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday March 18. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday March 18. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
New team mates Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter chat in the pit stand prior to the first session during the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, March 17. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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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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