IRL: Team Green state reasons for offciial appeal

Team Green appeals denial of Indy 500 protest. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 3, 2002) -- Team Green Inc. has officially appealed the decision of the Indy Racing League's (IRL) vice president, racing operations denying its protest of the results...

Team Green appeals denial of Indy 500 protest.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 3, 2002) -- Team Green Inc. has officially appealed the decision of the Indy Racing League's (IRL) vice president, racing operations denying its protest of the results of the 2002 Indianapolis 500.  The appeal was initiated today by Barry Green, owner and founder of Team Green.

Pursuant to IRL Rule 12.1 (Initiation of an Appeal), Team Green Inc. as entrant of car #26 in the 2002 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race appealed the protest decision entered on May 27 by Brian Barnhart, vice president, racing operations, Indy Racing League.  In that decision, Barnhart denied the protest filed by Team Green on May 26 which alleged that errors in the officiating of the 2002 Indianapolis 500 were made.  At issue is whether Car #26 driven by Paul Tracy passed Car #3 driven by Helio Castroneves under green light conditions in Turn 3 on lap 199 and therefore was in the lead when racing subsequently ceased as the result of a caution period.

Team Green believes that Barnhart's protest decision is not supported by the facts, is in conflict with IRL Rule 7.14 (which reads, The yellow caution period starts with the display of the yellow flag and/or yellow lights and ends with the display of the green flag and/or green lights.  Racing ceases immediately upon display of the yellow flag and/or yellow light.--") and should therefore be reversed.  Team Green believes Car #26 (Tracy) properly passed Car #3 (Castroneves) on lap 199 and was in first position before the display of the yellow track light.

Barnhart determined the denial of the protest on the basis that Car #3 led Car #26 -- 1) at the last time line of scoring before the caution; 2) at the time of the accident of Car #34 and Car #91 and, 3) at the time that race officials called for a caution."

Team Green believes Barnhart's reasons for denial are in error and that the only relevant time for determining the position of Cars #26 and #3 under Rule 7.14 is the time when the yellow track light is displayed.

Objective evidence presently available to Team Green demonstrates that Car #26 clearly passed Car #3 between timing lines T3 and SS2/Section 6 while the green track light was displayed and was in the lead when the yellow track light was first displayed and racing ceased.  This evidence includes videotape footage and IRL timing and scoring data.

The relief requested by Team Green includes:  1) staying the protest decision and the decision awarding the first place finish to Car #3 until the appeal is finally determined; 2) requesting that Tony George (Indy Racing League CEO) refer this appeal for investigation by an advisory committee of disinterested persons designated by ACCUS-FIA; 3) requesting an investigation of the facts that are relevant to the decision to be made under IRL Rule 7.14; 4) providing the opportunity for Team Green to present videotape footage, expert testimony and other evidence, and 5) reversing the protest decision and declaring Paul Tracy the winner of the 2002 Indianapolis 500 if evidence establishes that Car #26 properly passed Car #3 on lap 199.

"I said straight after the race that if the facts warranted it, I would protest," Green said.  "I have facts and I did protest.  Since the protest, I have said that if anyone can show me facts proving I was in second place, I would go away.  No one has shown me those facts.  In fact, the deeper we dig, the more positive we are that we finished in first place.

"As a result, and after careful consideration, we are appealing the denial of our protest.  I look forward to presenting and reviewing all the relevant evidence in order to arrive at a fair and unambiguous conclusion to this matter."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Paul Tracy , Barry Green , Tony George