Sunday, May 29, 2011

Controversy at the 500



Wheldon OK to pass after last-lap wreck

(si.com 5-29-11)

IndyCar says Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was not expected to stay behind runner-up JR Hildebrand when the rookie slammed into the wall on the final turn of Sunday's race.

IndyCar president of competition and racing operations Brian Barnhart says he gave that explanation to Panther Racing team manager Chris Mower, avoiding a protest of the finish.

Barnhart says Mower wanted to make sure IndyCar looked at everything. Barnhart added that "it would be impractical" to stay behind cars involved in accidents.

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Yes Barnhart, it would be impractical to stay behind a car that has crashed. But it would not be impractical to freeze the running order at the time of the accident if the car that has been in the accident still crosses the finish line.

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