Tom Gloy protests penalty and fine

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 13, 2002) Tom Gloy Racing was notified yesterday, that its team was assessed 29 drivers' points and $20,000.00 fine for the alleged rule infraction of using an illegal component at Denver Trans-Am event. "First of...

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 13, 2002) Tom Gloy Racing was notified yesterday, that its team was assessed 29 drivers' points and $20,000.00 fine for the alleged rule infraction of using an illegal component at Denver Trans-Am event.

"First of all, our team regrets the distress this has caused our sponsors, team, driver and fans. We are in the process of protesting," said Team Owner Tom Gloy. "We asked the Trans-Am tech if we could use the boxes in question. We are still waiting for the return of the boxes taken at Three Rivers. The boxes were approved, numbered, sealed and tagged by the Trans-Am officials. The boxes were always in plain sight as was the Nelson Specialty sticker. The Nelson MSD box that was used did not enhance performance. During numerous tech inspections at Road America and Denver, the Nelson boxes were looked at and never questioned by Trans-Am officials. This was only an issue after the Denver race. If it was truly a problem it should have been addressed sooner. There was ample opportunity and a significant number of technical inspections by Trans-Am officials that should have addressed this issue. This situation further clouds and adds additional confusion for the competitors, the media and the fans concerning the departure this week of Trans-Am Series President and the Technical Administrator. "

At Round Eight 18 days ago, Team Manager Bill Fingerlow was given verbal approval to use a Nelson MSD ignition amplifier box by Trans-Am Technical Inspector Dan Hart. The verbally approved box was marked, sealed, numbered and tagged by a Trans-Am Tech official at Road America. The Gloy entry passed pre-event technical inspections and post-qualifying inspections at Road America and Denver. The post qualifying inspection took three hours at Denver and specifically covered ignition boxes, which the Gloy entry passed. The boxes used were questioned only after the race in Denver. Tom Gloy Racing does not deny using the Nelson MSD ignition box approved by Trans-Am official Hart. Hart confirmed to Chief Steward Terry Dale via phone that he had approved it.

From the Trans-Am memo released to the team: "It has been suggested that the proper technical inspection procedures may not have been followed at this event by the Trans-Am Series technical staff during Pre-race Technical Inspection. Better execution of procedures may have identified the part in question prior to the car participating in its on-track sessions. Notwithstanding this, the terms of Trans-Am Rule #2.17.9 clearly cover this situation. Additionally, it must be stated at this point, as a result of this incident, a comprehensive review of the technical process, procedures and staff components of the Trans-Am Series technical department has been initiated. Appropriate, aggressive and on-going actions are being undertaken by the Series to prevent a re-occurrence of a similar situation in the future."

From a statement released to the media by the Trans-Am series: Said Trans-Am Series Chief Steward Terry Dale, "We have not been able to definitively determine if that is the case, and if it is, appropriate action will be taken to prevent a re-occurrence of any similar situation in the future. "Regardless of that argument, however, verbal assurance does not override the written rule," Dale added. "The bottom line is that the integrity of our rule book must be protected."

-tgr-

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