IRL: Indy 500: Team Green files protest; hearing schedule

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 26, 2002 -- Team Green principals filed an official protest May 26 of the 86th Indianapolis 500 results. The hearing is scheduled for noon (EST) May 27 at the Indy Racing League corporate office in...

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 26, 2002 -- Team Green principals filed an official protest May 26 of the 86th Indianapolis 500 results. The hearing is scheduled for noon (EST) May 27 at the Indy Racing League corporate office in Indianapolis.

According to Rule 11.1 and 11.2 of the Indy Racing League Official Rule Book, a team may file a written protest within 30 minutes of the posting of the final results. The official results were posted at 7:40 p.m. (EST).

Brian Barnhart, IRL vice president of operations, will conduct the hearing. It is closed to the public and media.

11.1 Submission of Protests -- A protest is filed by submitting the following to the Vice President, Racing Operations:

A. Written Protest -- A protest shall clearly state the errors which are claimed. Each claimed error must be stated in specific rather than general terms and must be accompanied by a written statement of the facts and grounds upon which it is based. The decision whether to impose a penalty may not be protested but may be appealed to the extent permitted under these Rules. A Member who receives a penalty notice may file a protest pursuant to Rule XI or an appeal pursuant to Rule XII.

B. Protest Fee -- The protest fee shall be Five Hundred Dollars ($500). The protest fee is in addition to any monetary penalty previously assessed. The protest fee will be returned if the protest is deemed well founded. Protest fees posted regarding the legality of another Competitor's engine capacity will be permitted to the other Competitor in the event the protested engine capacity is found to be legal and will not be returned to the protestant.

11.2 Right to Protest and Time Limit

B. Entrant -- Only an Entrant may protest an action of the scoring, inspections, timekeeping or awards of positions or an action of another Competitor during an Event. The protest must be lodged within thirty (30) minutes after the official posting of results.

11.3 Adjudication of Protests -- All protests shall be decided by the Vice President, Racing Operations. The protestant and any Member requesting an opportunity to participate and who the Vice President, Racing Operations determines has a material interest in the protest (as described in Rule 12.4) shall be entitled to be heard and given an opportunity to call witnesses and shall be given adequate notice of the hearing. The hearing shall be informal and shall be confined to the errors claimed in the protest and evidence relevant to those errors. The decision of the Vice President, Racing Operations on the protest shall be final and binding on all Members, subject only to the right to appeal the decision under these Rules. Any award in issue as a result of a protest shall be withheld until the protest has been finally adjudicated in accordance with these Rules.

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