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Bourdais $10,000 fine, probation among penalties released by INDYCAR Wednesday

Jun 11, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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I’ll let the INDYCAR release speak for itself here, as post-Texas Motor Speedway penalties were announced Wednesday:

INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Firestone 600, which was held June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

• INDYCAR officials have fined KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais $10,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The member was found to have violated Rule 9.3.1 (Improper Conduct On-Track) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook during an incident with Justin Wilson on Lap 121 of the event at Texas Motor Speedway.

• INDYCAR officials have fined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing $5,000 for a technical violation on its No. 67 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Josef Newgarden. The entrant was found to have violated Rule (Rear wing angle).

• INDYCAR officials have penalized Honda a total of 30 Engine Manufacturer Championship points for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage). Honda engines were changed out in the Nos. 14, 25 and 28 entries. Each occurrence is a 10-point penalty incurred by the manufacturer.

The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

  1. manik56 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Thanks for the details on Bourdais-Wilson incident IndyCar! Great PR work as always.

  2. Jeff - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa … Bourdais gets this treatment, but Power takes out Pagenaud twice, blocks Rahal, and causes restart troubles at St Pete – those non-calls – and also speeds on pit lane twice, hits equipment on pit lane and finally takes out Newgarden and Rahal during the second Detroit race – those called at least.
    IndyCar’s inconsistency between Bourdais and Power is ridiculous.

    • testover6370 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Enough about the St Pete restart. Power followed the rules – he waited until the restart zone as mandated by the series, and the announcers who had no clue about the new rule piled on him, and of course the other drivers are always looking to pin blame somewhere else. When Power made a “clean” restart the second time around the series dinged him for going too early.

      • indycarseries500 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Well the expert analysts didn’t know but the new play-by-play guy from the NASCAR world did

      • testover6370 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Yeah I’m seriously impressed by Bestwick. He learned quickly but keeps a humble attitude, willing to expand his mindset outside of the NASCAR bubble. He’s a keeper. Imagine a team of Bestwick, PT, and Dario. Oh goodness how sweet it would be.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      There’s a big difference between a bump on a low speed street course to running a guy onto the apron on a high-speed, high-banked superspeedway.

  3. penskefan - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Obviously these so-called “penalties” are nominal at best in the grand scheme of things as the infractions just keep on occurring.

  4. kg4wgb - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    How can the penalize a team for the motor exploding?

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Well the manufaturer was the one penalized not the teams but yeah I didn’t think they would be penalized if there was a problem.

    • testover6370 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      That’s exactly what DIDN’T happen. Under the old rules the team was penalized for an early engine change, so it was a double penalty when an engine let go early, except I think then there was an exception for changing out an engine early when it let go during a race, but it still counted against your season total.

      This year, the manufacturer that built the explodey engine shoulders the penalty, unless the team did something to cause the failure.

  5. bigdcart - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Bourdais needs to “put out or get out” of this Series. Dragon Racing is one thing, but he can’t use this team as an excuse for his performance. He screwed up in St. Pete, he screwed up in LB, now this.

  6. Joe Papp - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM


    At least Autosport would ensure readers had basic backstory rather than leave them wondering wtf was up yo…

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