CHAMPCAR/CART: Barry Green on Tracy penalty

Statement from Barry Green regarding today's penalty announcement Indianapolis, Ind. -- In response to today's announcement by CART penalizing Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy $50,000, three championship points and placing him on probation for...

Statement from Barry Green regarding today's penalty announcement

Indianapolis, Ind. -- In response to today's announcement by CART penalizing Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy $50,000, three championship points and placing him on probation for the final two events of 2001, Team Owner Barry Green said the following:

"I'm very disappointed in CART for not penalizing Helio Castroneves for his role in yesterday's incident at Laguna Seca. I realize there are other infractions involved in the citation from CART but what is most concerning to me is that Paul is being singled out for endangering the safety of other crew members in the pits. With the race being under a full course yellow and Paul clearly ahead on pit lane, the entire incident should have been avoided by Castroneves. Helio made no effort to avoid the contact. It is also upsetting that this penalty was levied without anyone from CART speaking with Paul to get his view of the incidents. Team Penske was clearly beaten out of the pits and this isn't the first time we've had trouble with them on pit lane. I refer to last year when Gil de Ferran made a bad move on pit lane in Laguna and the only way Dario Franchitti could avoid contact was to slam on the brakes. If you polled 1,000 drivers about the incident I'm sure 99% of them would agree that this incident was clearly avoidable. It is really sad that CART is only punishing one driver for this incident."

Team KOOL Green is waiting for the official citation from CART with a monetary breakdown of each infraction. Once the citation is received Team KOOL Green will review all of its options before proceeding.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green
Teams Team Penske