Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hell hath no fury...

Scott Dixon is angry. And we reckon that the Kiwi Indycar driver has every reason to be; Autosport.com explains:

Scott Dixon has called for the replacement of IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield, while simultaneously firing a broadside against the series' judicial system as a whole.
The Ganassi driver has been on the receiving end of two controversial incidents involving Penske's Will Power in as many weekends.
He was issued a drive-through at Sonoma for clipping a tyre being carried by a member of Power's crew in the pits, which Dixon believed was the result of Penske deliberately trying to obstruct his path. He and Power were duelling for the lead at the time.
At Baltimore he was unhappy when IndyCar rejected Ganassi's request for his car to be returned to the pits for repairs after he and Power came together on the track, despite the race being within the window where recovery and return of damaged cars would normally be permitted.
Dixon says IndyCar's judicial system is in disarray, telling AUTOSPORT: "There's just no consistency.
"The No.15 [Graham Rahal] turns us, the No.4 [Oriol Servia] does the same on the next restart and gets a penalty; the No.12 car [Power] ran over a hose in a pitstop and gets no penalty.
"There were just so many [bad] calls."

Scott Dixon certainly has been on the wrong end of several race officiating decisions in recent races. It has stopped his charge toward the championship in its tracks after a purple patch in the middle of the season brought him within striking distance of series leader Helio Castroneves.

Whilst Will Power has been at the centre of the two incidents in which Dixon has been involved in the last two races, it is worthy of note that both Power and Castroneves drive for the Penske racing team. The rivalry between the Penske and Ganassi teams is long-standing, and it would not surprise it all if Dixon has been nobbled by Penske personnel to ease the pressure on Castroneves as the season winds down.

And in case you think we're into conspiracy theories, read on:

Dixon was also in no mood to forgive Power, who took responsibility for the accident.
"At that speed, in fourth gear, there's no chance of the car stepping out," Dixon said.
"Whether he knew we were there or not, its just stupidity really.
"It was funny on the radio - we were scanning [Penske], and [team president Tim] Cindric was telling him exactly what he needs to say when he gets out of the car."

Scott Dixon was taken out of this weekend's race, plain and simply. At the speeds that Indycars race it, it was daft driving by Power, which has gone unpunished. Indycar is sending out all the wrong messages about driver safety by its inaction.



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