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Dixon penalised for Baltimore comments

Scott Dixon has been fined $30,000 and placed on probation over comments he made last weekend that were deeply critical of race control's decisions during the Baltimore Grand Prix.
The IZOD IndyCar Series announced on Friday that it was fining Scott Dixon $30,000 and placing him under probation for the rest of 2013 because of criticisms he levelled at race control after the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sunday.

The IndyCar management deemed Dixon in violation of rules 9.3.1.8 and 9.3.7 of the series rulebook when he made disparaging remarks toward race officials and other competitors.

The comments that Dixon made covered a number of incidents during the 75-lap race in downtown Baltimore on Sunday. Dixon's car was spun by contact with Graham Rahal in the #15 at a restart on lap 48 that resulted in a blockage of the track and dropped Dixon himself to fifth place.

At the next restart, a three-wide battle saw Dixon driven into the wall by the #12 Penske car of Will Power which pulled abruptly to the right when Dixon tried to make a pass on the inside line. The incident resulted in significant damage to the car, although Dixon later revealed that this had consisted of a bent toe rod and an upper A-arm which would have taken the team no more than three or four minutes to repair on pit road and get him back out on the track.

However, IndyCar officials working to clear the front straightaway refused the Ganassi team's request to bring the #9 back to the pit stall and as a result Dixon ended up retiring from the race and classified in 19th position. With Dixon in second place in the championship standings behind Helio Castroneves with just three races remaining in the 2013 season, it's an outcome that could effectively decide the title.

Together with further incidents that also saw a lack of a penalty for Oriol Servia passing Dixon under yellow and Will Power running over an air hose during a pit stop, it was all too much for the usually mild-mannered Kiwi.

“The #15 should have received a penalty [for spinning us] and the #4 car passed us on a yellow," fumed Dixon on Sunday. "The #12 car ran over a hose in a pit stop and gets no penalty. There were just so many [wrong] calls ... There's just no consistency.

"That restart near the end was complete bosh," he continued. "On the restart I had an overtake advantage on the #12 car. It must have been in fourth gear, so they can't complain about wheel spin. Then I got beside him [Power] and he ran me straight into the wall. Then, they wouldn't bring the car back.

"Beaux needs to be fired," Dixon summarised, referring to IndyCar's president of competition and the race director at Baltimore, Beaux Barfield. "He was a complete idiot today."




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