Jul 13, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT
So, two things have just been announced by INDYCAR in the wake of the finish – and start, for that matter – of the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Toronto race one.
First, Dario Franchitti has been restored to his third place, which had been temporarily taken away after the race for alleged blocking against Will Power, heading into Turn 3 at the Exhibition Place street circuit.
Here is the official statement from INDYCAR, issued nearly a couple hours after the race finish:
After the race, INDYCAR officials met with Dario Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing team members to further review the blocking penalty issued on the final lap of today’s Honda Indy Toronto. The team presented car data showing steering trace and braking points from the Lap 85 incident with the No. 12 car driven by Will Power. The group also viewed additional video. Upon further review, INDYCAR has reinstated No. 10 Franchitti to his original third place finishing position.
Franchitti, perhaps justifiably, sounded off during the post-race press conference about the penalty after it was issued.
“The big thing is all this (expletive) at the end, quite honestly,” Franchitti said. “Of all the stuff that went on all day, anybody I raced against would protect the inside, the person trying to pass would go to the outside. I made my intentions clear very early.”
He later added he and the team planned to protest.
“It will be very interesting to know how they make decisions up there sometimes. I think it involves a dice and a blindfold,” he deadpanned.
Meanwhile, the aborted standing start that was supposed to take place today has in fact, been reinstituted for tomorrow. If there aren’t further stalls, that is.
“The fans deserve to see a standing start, so after consultation with the promoter, we have made the decision to implement a standing start for Sunday’s race,” Brian Barnhart, senior vice president of operations, INDYCAR, said in a series release.
8:45 p.m. ET: And, we have an update from Franchitti directly. He’s voiced his thanks for the result reversal on Twitter.
Thank you @IndyCar for reversing the penalty, we showed them the evidence that I didn’t move any more than any other lap and they agreed.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) July 14, 2013
Just to be clear I do NOT believe it was Brian Barnhart that made the call to penalize me. please lay off him.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) July 14, 2013
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