The intrepid Curt Cavin gives a double-secret probation update.
(Brian) Barnhart said Helio Castroneves will not be punished for crashing Tomas Scheckter even though all of the Indy-car drivers are on probation for rough driving. "It looked more like an error in judgment rather than frustration (by Castroneves)," Barnhart said.Maybe Security Chief Charles dispensed the necessary justice when he clamped onto Helio's arm and rapidly escorted the limping Castroneves away from a possible scuffle with Scheckter. Charles IS THE LAW.
(Also notice in that video how Dan Wheldon gives Tony Kanaan a kiss on the head. What's with all the kissing!?! Indy maybe, but Detroit? Come on!)
Cavin also notes that:
Twenty-one participants are expected at this weekend's race: the 18 regulars plus the two cars of Roth Racing (for Marty Roth and P.J. Chesson) and the third from Super Aguri Panther Racing (Indy Pro Series driver Hideki Mutoh). Rookie Milka Duno was scheduled to participate, but Barnhart has been told "she's questionable."Indeed she is.
UPDATE: But wait, there’s more discussion of competitive shenanigans with the less-than-Iron Hand of Justice in the USA Today.
"I think everyone understands what is accepted and what is not," Barnhart says. "It is in everyone's best interest to perform within the code of ethics that is expected of everyone. It is an important issue from our standpoint as we balance the integrity of our sport with the competitive nature of these teams and what they are trying to accomplish this weekend."And that position would be...what? Please feel free to PUBLICLY EXPLAIN any of this wink-wink, nudge-nudge policy at some point.
"We've been talking about this at great lengths for the last several events, and our position is not going to change," Barnhart says.