Stewards take action after Monterey race

MONTEREY, Calif. (June 9, 2002) -- CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Stewards, led by Chief Steward, K.C. Van Niman, levied a total of $10,000 in fines, three probations, and one suspension following Saturday's Round 4 CART Toyota Atlantic ...

MONTEREY, Calif. (June 9, 2002) -- CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Stewards, led by Chief Steward, K.C. Van Niman, levied a total of $10,000 in fines, three probations, and one suspension following Saturday's Round 4 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.

Grant Ryley (Lynx Racing/Northwest Speedwerx Cupertino Electric Swift 014.a) was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct according to rule 1.7.4. of the CART Toyota Atlantic Rulebook. Ryley must pay $2,500 immediately with the remainder of the $2,500 to be held in abeyance. If the rule is broken again during the remainder of the 2002 season, Ryley will pay the rest of the fine plus any additional penalties levied by the Chief Steward.

Also fined $5,000 was Alex Figge (Worldspeed Motorsports/Wine Country Motorsports Glycomax Airtrix Swift 014.a), for his involvement in the first lap incident in Turn 2. Figge was fined for unjustifiable risk according to rule 8.13. of the CART Toyota Atlantic Rulebook. Figge was also placed on probation for the remainder of the season. Like Ryley's penalty, $2,500 will be held in abeyance based on actions for the remainder of the season.

Bob Siska (RJS Motorsports Swift 008.a) was suspended for the next two races which take place at Portland International Raceway and Chicago Motor Speedway for his involvement in the contact incident with Ryley late in Saturday's race. The suspension was based on unjustifiable risk according to rule 8.13. of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Rulebook. Siska was also placed on probation for the remainder of the 2002 season.

Finally, Eduardo Figuero (Scuadra Fortia/Aviacsa Royse Maizoro Millenio Swift 014.a) was placed on probation for the next four events for his part in cumulative on-track actions and incidents.

For full results and statistics, go to www.toyotaatlantic.com

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the top rung on CART's "ladder system", as well as having $100,000 race purses and a one million dollar points fund. It is also noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic Series are CART Champ Car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Grant Ryley , Danny Sullivan , Alex Figge , Bob Siska