Moore Placed On Probation For Portland Incident Troy, MI (June 23, 1998) -- Greg Moore of Player's Forsythe Racing was placed on probation Tuesday by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for an opening-lap incident in ...
Moore Placed On Probation For Portland Incident
Troy, MI (June 23, 1998) -- Greg Moore of Player's Forsythe Racing was placed on probation Tuesday by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for an opening-lap incident in Sunday's Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline at Portland International Raceway.
Dallenbach cited Moore for unjustifiable risk, according to Rule 8:13 of the CART Rule Book, for his opening-lap move that resulted in a multi-car accident in the first turn of the permanent road course. Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes) made initial contact with Christian Fittipaldi (Kmart Swift Ford) and wound up sideways in the opening turn that caused the multi-car pileup.
"The biggest disappointment about this is that we dedicated a big portion of the drivers' meeting [Saturday] to maintaining discipline going through Turn 1 at the start," Dallenbach said. "With this being a highly competitive series, his action also took out three potential winners [himself, Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy] - four if you count the damage he did to Mike [Andretti] - and to have it happen in the first turn was extremely disappointing for everybody. Greg's record has been good prior to the incident and this is strike one. I am hopeful we will not have to do anything more, but we have to get the drivers' attention. The FedEx Championship Series is not made for figure-eight racing."
Moore, second in the FedEx Championship Series title race, is the second driver in less than two weeks to be placed on probation by Dallenbach.
Paul Tracy of Team KOOL Green was placed on probation June 11 for an incident with Fittipaldi at the June 7 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix and received additional penalties this past weekend in Portland. Tracy (KOOL Reynard Honda) was fined $20,000 and excluded from Saturday's qualifying for Friday's provisional qualifying incident with Michel Jourdain Jr. (Herdez/Viva Mexico! Reynard Ford). Tracy remains on probation.
The length of the probation periods for both drivers is at the discretion of Dallenbach.
Source: CART Online