SBRS: Michael Valiante penalized erroneously

================================================= Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Michael Valiante of Vancouver, British Colombia was erroneously penalized a stop-go penalty for what was believed at the time to have been a jump-start. Upon ...

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Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Michael Valiante of Vancouver, British Colombia was erroneously penalized a stop-go penalty for what was believed at the time to have been a jump-start.

Upon conclusion of the race, it is customary to review all penalties imposed during a post race debrief. Barber Dodge Pro Series Managing Director Jeremy Dale along with Chief Steward Jack Fantelli, Operations Director Steve Sewell and Chief Driver Coach Barry Waddell convened to examine all data from timing and scoring as well Valiante's on-board data acquisition computer and his in car camera. Afterwards, they discovered that a fault had occurred in the timing and scoring system and that was corroborated by the data from Valiante's car. The call was made at the time based on all of the information available to the Barber Dodge Pro Series Officials.

"We deeply regret the error in penalizing Michael needlessly, causing him to lose his position on track," said Dale. "Michael was having a fine run up to that point and could certainly have gone on to finish well, possibly even challenging Jon Fogarty for the lead. We have been using the current timing and scoring system for over two years, and it has performed flawlessly over that time. We of course will take all necessary measures to reduce the possibility of this occurring again."

Valiante, driving the No. 95 Sguerzoni/Italian Motors/Oil Extreme Barber Dodge Reynard qualified sixth for the race and had moved up to the third position when he was shown the black flag signaling him to the pits to serve the penalty on lap-8. Valiante duly served his penalty four laps later, by then rejoining the race well down the order, eventually finishing out of the points in 18th-place.

- George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Barry Waddell