IRL: Statement from IMS on Team Green final appeal

Team Green files final appeal of Indianapolis 500 results. INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 3, 2002 -- Team Green submitted a final written appeal June 3 to Tony George, president and CEO of the Indy Racing League, appealing the decision to uphold the...

Team Green files final appeal of Indianapolis 500 results.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 3, 2002 -- Team Green submitted a final written appeal June 3 to Tony George, president and CEO of the Indy Racing League, appealing the decision to uphold the results of the 86th Indianapolis 500.

The final appeal was submitted at 2:20 p.m. (EST) June 3 to George's office. The appeal was submitted to George in his capacity as chief executive officer, per Indy Racing League Rule 12.1. George was out of the office and could not comment on the appeal.

On May 27, Indy Racing League Vice President of Operations Brian Barnhart denied Team Green's protest of the results of the Indianapolis 500. According to Indy Racing League Rule 12.1, Team Green had until 5 p.m. (EST) June 3 to appeal Barnhart's decision.

As chief executive officer, George has the exclusive jurisdiction to resolve all appeals. George may select an individual to resolve an appeal (Rule 12.2).

An advisory committee may be created to assist in making a determination on an appeal (Rule 12.3). If a committee is designated, the members of the committee shall consist of individuals involved with automobile racing but who do not have a financial interest in the outcome of the appeal.

Within 30 days, George can convene a hearing to hear results from any investigation into the matters surrounding the appeal. However, there is no deadline for the issuance of a decision by the chief executive officer (Rule 12.8).

A decision on a hearing date and if a committee will be formed will be made in the near future.

The appeal decision will be final and binding (Rule 12.9).

Team Green protested the final results of the 86th Indianapolis 500, 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 Helio 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 driven by Buddy Lazier on that lap.

That protest was denied under these grounds, according to a signed statement from Barnhart:

Hearing Decision

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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Helio Castroneves , Paul Tracy , Tony George
Teams Team Penske