CHAMPCAR/CART: Servia fined for incidents in Australia

FONTANA, Calif. -- CART Chief Steward J. Kirk Russell announced Friday that PPI Motorsports rookie Oriol Servia was fined $20,000 and forfeited the championship points earned for his ninth-place finish in the Honda Indy 300 as a result of...

FONTANA, Calif. -- CART Chief Steward J. Kirk Russell announced Friday that PPI Motorsports rookie Oriol Servia was fined $20,000 and forfeited the championship points earned for his ninth-place finish in the Honda Indy 300 as a result of on-track infractions stemming from separate incidents during the Oct. 15 event at Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Servia was cited for unjustifiable risk, (CART Rule 8.13), unsportsmanlike conduct (CART Rule 1.77), violation of the yellow-flag rule (CART Rule 6.10.4C) and short-cutting the course (CART Rule 6.13.2), all of which came in two separate incidents on the 48th of 59 laps.

Servia first did not heed a local caution flag during the lap in question, passing three cars in the process, then made contact with Paul Tracy, forcing Tracy's retirement from the event.

He received the fine and the loss of four points as a result. Servia will be credited with his finishing position, although he will not earn the points. The drivers who finished in 10th through 13th positions will not move up in the finishing order.

Russell issued his ruling following extensive review of the incident on tape, as well as Friday morning interviews of Servia and Tracy.

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