Three drivers placed on probation
3 August 2011 – IndyCar Series officials have placed Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani on a period of probation for incidents which have taken place so far this season. The parole will last until the end of the year.
The warning for Andretti Autosport’s Conway comes after what was deemed to be ‘avoidable contact’ with Ryan Briscoe in Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton, while team-mate Hunter-Reay is under the adjudicators’ gaze for incidents with Briscoe at the Barber Motorsports Park and Takuma Sato at Edmonton.
In the case of Tagliani, who drives for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, his probation comes after contact with Will Power in Toronto and Graham Rahal at Edmonton.
“We are disappointed in these actions, which have exhibited a pattern of driving that endangers on-track safety and adversely affects competition,” explains Brian Barnhart, IndyCar’s President of Competition and Operations.
IndyCar has made particular reference to sporting regulation 9.3, which states that no competitor should either initiative or attempt to initiate avoidable contact with a rival car which results in affecting its lap time or track position.