Team Green protest Of Indianapolis 500 results denied. Castroneves' victory upheld after hearing. INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 27, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves' victory in the 86th Indianapolis 500 was upheld after a protest of the official results...
Team Green protest Of Indianapolis 500 results denied.
Castroneves' victory upheld after hearing.
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 27, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves' victory in the 86th Indianapolis 500 was upheld after a protest of the official results filed by Team Green was denied during a hearing May 27, said Brian Barnhart, Indy Racing League vice president of operations.
Barnhart conducted the hearing at the Indy Racing League corporate office in Indianapolis.
Team Green protested the final results, contending that the No. 26 Team Green 7-Eleven Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by Paul Tracy passed the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by Castroneves under green-flag conditions during Lap 199 and led when racing ceased under caution due to an accident between the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone driven by Laurent Redon and the No. 91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae-Bo/Delta Faucet Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone on that lap.
That protest was denied under these grounds, according to a signed statement from Barnhart:
It is indisputable that Car #3 led Car #26 at the following relevant times:
1) At the last time line of scoring before the caution;
2) At the time of the accident of Car #34 and Car #91;
3) At the time that the race Officials called for a caution.
The facts demonstrate that Car #3 led Car #26 when the caution light on the race car dashboard turned yellow. There is also evidence that Car #3's response to the yellow permitted the subsequent pass by Car #26. The evidence presented on behalf of the protest does not support the contention that the race Officials did not exercise appropriate discretion in determining that racing had ceased prior to Car #26's pass on Car #3. The protest is therefore denied.
Team Green may appeal the decision within five business days, Monday, June 3, according to Section 12.1 of the 2002 Indy Racing League Rule Book.