CHAMPCAR/CART: Panel set for Al Unser appeal hearing

INDYCAR SET TO HEAR PENSKE APPEAL OF UNSER DQ AT PORTLAND From news reports of 8/28/95 A retired Michigan circuit court judge will head a three-member panel that will hear Team Penske's appeal of driver Al Unser Junior's disqualification in...

INDYCAR SET TO HEAR PENSKE APPEAL OF UNSER DQ AT PORTLAND From news reports of 8/28/95

A retired Michigan circuit court judge will head a three-member panel that will hear Team Penske's appeal of driver Al Unser Junior's disqualification in an IndyCar event two months ago.

Philip C. Elliott, appointed today by IndyCar to head the panel, has 30 years of judicial experience. He selected former NASCAR director Dick Beaty and American Power Boat Association general counsel R. Steven Hearn as the other panel members.

Owner Roger Penske is appealing to overturn the disqualification of Unser in the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 on June 25th. Unser was first across the finish line but was later disqualified when IndyCar stewards discovered his Penske-Mercedes was in violation of technical guidelines. A protest was denied August 1st and Penske appealed.

Beaty served as director of NASCAR for 12 years, overseeing the technical inspection of cars in the Winston Cup series. Hearn is a former boat racing competitor. With Elliott, they hope to reach a decision by September 10th, the last day of the IndyCar season.

According to a statement released by IndyCar today, the panel's review of the proceeding will be closed, although an announcement will be made once a decision is reached. Earlier this month, IndyCar stewards denied Penske's protest, calling it "not well founded."

Unser won the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 by 28 seconds over Jimmy Vasser but was disqualified after a technical inspection, giving the victory to Vasser.

The inspection revealed that Unser's car was in violation of the two-inch rule, which states that the bottom of the car's sidepods must be at least two inches above the actual bottom of the car.

Also, part of the skidpad on the bottom of Unser's car came off on the backstretch of the 90th lap. IndyCar ruled that the skidpads were not in compliance with the rule. The car was impounded at IndyCar headquarters and Penske immediately filed a protest.

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