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Dixon fined $30,000, placed on probation after Baltimore outburst

Sep 6, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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Scott Dixon has been fined $30,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for comments made in the aftermath of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, and to be honest, it’s not a huge surprise.

Dixon was facing the penalties after disparaging comments made toward INDYCAR Race Control and in particular, Race Director Beaux Barfield, as well as other comments said in print regarding Team Penske, driver Will Power and team president Tim Cindric.

The official violations are of Rules and 9.3.7 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook (listed below). Dixon can work off the fine by making public appearances on INDYCAR’s behalf the rest of the year. Using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or action or situations connected with INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any Event.

9.3.7. If any Member uses improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures and references a specific Official by his/her name, such Member may be find a minimum of $25,000 and may be subject to additional penalties based upon the particular circumstances.

This isn’t a huge surprise because Penske drivers Power and Helio Castroneves have been fined the same amount for similar outbursts, both against prior IndyCar Race Director Brian Barnhart, in 2011. Dixon was always likely to get fined for these reactions and the penalties fall according to past precedents.

Dixon has already taken the action in stride thanks to his trademark candor and wit, thanks to this tweet below. He’ll be racing this weekend in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at Monterey with Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti.


  1. wallio - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Talk about a slap on the wrist. He should be parked for a race bare minimum……

    • ditto65 - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Really? For venting after he got screwed?

  2. Jeff - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Dixon was fined same as Penske drivers, why should Dixon be fined more?

  3. wallio - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Go on social media and tell the world that your boss needs to be fired. See what happens.

  4. mcc325 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    If beaux was writing dixons checks you would maybe have a case. But he works for chip ganassi

  5. Jeff - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Eh seems inline with other to me

  6. deerhunter1926 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    first of all indy izod can go screw themselves! these are 2 really idiotic,moronic retarted rules! last time i checked the 1st. amendement to the constitution granting FREEDOM OF SPEECH was still on the books and intact! izod wouldn’t get a dime out of me. there’d be a law suit of denial of my free spech rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANY racer has a right to say ANYTHING he wants under his constitutional right to free speech!!!! izod just doesn’t want to hear the truth about how STUPID they are!!!! now try coming after me bozos!!!!!!!!!

    • drylake - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      The second amendment does not protect you from your choice to violate speach restrictions you have agreed to by signing documents that allow you to participate in the sport you choose. If Dixie was a NASCAR driver he could say all he wants about Barfield, but he can’t say all he wants about Bill France. There are agreements like this throughout society. You have the freedom not to participate if you can’t hold your tongue.

    • indycarseries500 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Wrong! when you sign up for that hard card you accept IndyCar’s terms and conditions and in that is “no actions detrimental to the sport” everyone has the same terms NASCAR, the NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, etc. Freedom of speech is Scott Dixon can say whatever he wants without being prosecuted by the government and he did and guess what he’s not in jail. You’re the stupid one who doesn’t even understand the 1st amendment/freedom of speech. If you want to complain and call for the stewards to be fired without penalty you don’t have to sign up for the hard card you won’t be racing in IndyCar but you can complain all you want without penalty.

  7. deerhunter1926 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    every time izod or any sports car league indy, nascar etc. does this it just makes them look that much more retarded and stupid!!!!!!!

    • joestolfi3 - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      ya, it makes dem look az stoopid as Nascar, oops, Nascrap

      I remember when racing was real, AJ Foyt, Gordon Johncock, the Unsers, when men could say what they really thought ….. then again, times are a changing and those “good old days” are long gone ….

  8. Jeff - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Yeah, what drylake and indycarseries500 said.

  9. swplf - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    At least it appears that they are consistent. I was upset with the Helio thing. I watched if I remember right in person Arie L. get punched out in the pits at Indy. OK it was between crew and driver before they were emasculated. I just have a question? What if Dixon had prefaced his comment with the group speek proviso, “In My opinion” Supposedly that is P.C. today. My father used to say. Rule #1. I am always right.
    Rule #2. If I am wrong, Refer to Rule #1. It was arrogant then as it is today. The true purpose of the rule, in all sport is to throttle any dissent. It is immaterial if the opinion expressed has any validity. But this rule predates car racing’s popularity. Baseball = the Umpires Call Basket, Tennis the same, BBall = The ref’s call. Football at least was the first to acknowledge that mistakes happen i.e replays. The ultimate example of acknowledging that fact may be NASCAR’s action Today. If Ryan had opened his mouth would they have “recended the fine” after reinstating him…. Hum?

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