New Hampshire Results Upheld
August 24, 2011 | 11:45 A.M. EST
Oriol Servia, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon on the podium in New Hampshire. (Photo: Getty Images)
INDYCAR announced today that the top three finishing positions of the Aug. 14 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were upheld during a protest hearing Aug. 23 in Indianapolis.
The hearing was conducted by a panel consisting of Jerry Gappens, Rollie Helmling and Jeff Stoops. As Senior Official and pursuant to IZOD IndyCar Series Rule 12.4, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Brian Barnhart elected to have a panel resolve the protests filed by Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
The protests were denied based on these grounds, according to a signed statement from the panel:
"After hearing the excellent presentations by each of the participants in the protest hearing and after reviewing and being sympathetic with each of their positions, the Protest Panel was unanimous in its decision. It is this Protest Panel's conclusion that INDYCAR Senior Official Brian Barnhart had the authority under the governing 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook to render the decision that was made. We also agree that his decision to abort the restart and set the finishing positions that existed before the attempted restart to be an exercise of reasonable discretion. The protests as to Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. d/b/a Target Chip Ganassi Racing car number 9 and Newman/Haas Racing, LLC car number 2 are hereby denied."
Andretti Autosport was permitted to have a representative present for the appeal since their team had an interest in the outcome. Team CEO Michael Andretti was pleased the New Hampshire result was upheld, since driver Ryan Hunter-Reay gets the win.
"Ryan drove a tremendous race in the No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car at Loudon and his crew was outstanding that day," Andretti said. "We at Andretti Autosport believed all along that Ryan was the winner of the MoveThatBlock.com 225 and this decision verifies his victory.
"This was our team's third win with three different drivers this year. We're the only team to have three winners in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series. We have two big road racing events coming up in the next two weeks at Sonoma and Baltimore and we can now focus on getting back to victory lane at those races. Thanks again for the support of our sponsors and fans."
Newman/Haas Racing team owner Carl Haas was not as pleased with the outcome, but felt he had an opportunity to present his case.
"The IndyCar Series granted us a hearing and has been very cooperative in providing us with requested information enabling us to adequately present our case," Haas said. "We feel that we gave the panel proof that Oriol (Servia) was the winner of the event when the checkered flag ended the race. Naturally we are very disappointed in the panel's ruling that five laps of the race be struck from the results but we appreciated the opportunity to state our position."
Per Rule 13.1 of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, the decision may be appealed by 5 p.m. (ET) of the second business day following the release of the decision.