Judges Uphold Sierra Sierra Protest and Overturn Dalziel Penalty DENVER, Colorado (August 14, 2004) -- Champ Car World Series judges today upheld a protest submitted by the Sierra Sierra Enterprises Toyota Atlantic team, following a penalty ...
Judges Uphold Sierra Sierra Protest and Overturn Dalziel Penalty
DENVER, Colorado (August 14, 2004) -- Champ Car World Series judges today upheld a protest submitted by the Sierra Sierra Enterprises Toyota Atlantic team, following a penalty announced earlier this week by Atlantic officials.
On Thursday, series representatives penalized the Sierra Sierra team and driver Ryan Dalziel (#28 ProWorks) after an internal shock absorber component was measured and found to be out of tolerance from series specifications during post-race technical inspection following Dalziel's win last weekend at Road America. Dalziel was penalized five championship points and the team was fined $15,000 for the infraction.
The Sierra Sierra squad formally protested the infraction and, after hearing all arguments on the matter, the trio of Champ Car judges today upheld the protest and overturned the official's ruling. Champ Car sanctions Toyota Atlantic competition and therefore the judges hear all series' protests.
While the judges agreed that the shock part in question was outside of the manufacturer's specifications, mitigating circumstances - including the history of the part and the availability of specific dimensions - led them to the conclusion that Sierra Sierra had no way of knowing for certain that the part was not in compliance.
With today's ruling, the points will be reinstated to Dalziel's season total, now giving him 233 points following this afternoon's qualifying session. The 22-year-old Scottish driver now trails series point leader Jon Fogarty (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Umbrella Entertainment) by eight points in the race for the series championship. The fine to the team has also been rescinded.
The determination of the legality of series-mandated spec components, such as the shock absorbers in question, will be addressed in future Toyota Atlantic technical bulletins