IRL: Scheckter penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 3, 2002 -- Indy Racing League rookie Tomas Scheckter has been suspended from all on-track activity through May 7, fined an undisclosed amount and placed on extended probation for unsportsmanlike conduct, IRL Vice President of Operations Brian Barnhart announced May 3.

Tomas Scheckter.
Photo by photo by Ron McQueeney.

Scheckter, driver of the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, was penalized pursuant to Rules 8.1 and 8.3 (A) of the Indy Racing League Rule Book.

He will be eligible to return to on-track activity at the 86th Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday, May 8, three days after Opening Day on May 5. His probation has been extended until Dec. 31.

According to Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the IRL, Scheckter is now medically cleared to drive after suffering injuries in a crash during the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway.

Scheckter may appeal the penalty according to Section 12.1 of the Rule Book. An appeal may result in an increase, decrease or no change to the penalty.