7 September 2013
Dixon penalised for Baltimore comments
In subsequent post-race interviews, Dixon kept up the attack and pointed out that the IndyCar rulebook actually mandates the return of the car to the team's pit stall when there's a suitably lengthy full course caution, as was the case in Baltimore.
"To not have it there to repair is beyond me," Dixon said, recalling a similar situation in a previous season where he had been left stranded in a run-off for a whole race. "It's quite obvious that Beaux can't do his job. He's not capable of it and needs to go."
Dixon had cooled off by Monday and admitted that "I should have said [it] differently after the emotions cleared. I could have chosen better words and done a better job of saying what I felt." But as far as IndyCar was concerned, it was too little, too late - Sunday's comments were more than enough to see Dixon fall foul of the series' code of conduct.
Rule 184.108.40.206 relates to the use of improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to officials, members or action or situations connected with the IZOD IndyCar Series, while rule 9.3.7 states that any competitor who uses improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures and references a specific official by his/her name may be fined a minimum of $25,000 and may be subject to additional penalties based upon the particular circumstances.
IndyCar said that because of the public display of these actions, Dixon will be able to work off the fine by making a public appearances on behalf of IndyCar, which is similar to the situation Will Power found himself after directing twin obscene gestures at race control at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2011.
Dixon has the right of appeal over the penalty.
Vautier on probation
Also on probation until the end of the season for events that took place in Baltimore is Tristan Vautier. The Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver was involved in a collision with Graham Rahal during the Saturday qualifying session after Rahal had spun at a chicane.
Vautier was cited for not showing sufficient care in observing the local waved yellows already out in that section of the track for Rahal's spin.
The Frenchman was deemed to have violated sections 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.b of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, with the first of these relating to "Engaging in reckless, careless, and/or overly aggressive actions or unsportsmanlike behaviour toward other members."
The second section relates to procedures under local waved yellows and lays out that this "means reduce speed, passing not permitted, be prepared to change direction or stop, a hazard wholly or partially blocking the track."
Vautier's probation will end after the IndyCar season finale at Fontana next month, with IndyCar management warning that that reserve the right to impose other penalties at its discretion if improvements in driving standards are not met during the probation period.
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