IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Barry Green statement on the IRL's Indy 500 ruling

Statement from Barry Green on rhe IRL's ruling of Team Green's Appeal of Results of rhe 2002 Indianapolis 500. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - "I am extremely disappointed in Tony George's decision ruling against our appeal of the results of the...

Statement from Barry Green on rhe IRL's ruling of Team Green's Appeal of Results of rhe 2002 Indianapolis 500.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - "I am extremely disappointed in Tony George's decision ruling against our appeal of the results of the Indianapolis 500.  I believe we presented a compelling case in support of our belief that Paul Tracy was ahead of Helio Castroneves when the caution lights first came on around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Lap 199.  No one has proved to me that we finished second and frankly if, as Tony says, everything comes down to a judgement call and that call is not subject to appeal, then what's the use in even having a rule book?"

"Apart from my personal disatisfaction with the ruling, I am deeply disappointed for our sponsors and our team, especially Paul, who I believe put forth a winning effort at Indianapolis this May.  All their hard work produced an ugly second place for us, but we have no choice now but to move forward with Paul, Dario Franchitti and Michael Andretti in our efforts to win the 2002 CART FedEx Championship.

"I would, however, like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the fans and friends of Team Green for their e-mails, letters, phone calls and personal expressions of encouragement over the past month.  If there is a positive to come out of this experience, it is our new appreciation for the passionate support Paul and Team Green enjoy across the United States and Canada and throughout the motorsports world."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green , Tony George