IndyCar protest hearing planned for Aug. 23: A fan’s reaction

On Aug. 23, the Target Chip Ganassi and Newman/Haas Racing teams will meet in Indianapolis to protest the results of the New Hampshire race on Aug. 14. Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 225 race. The teams will be protesting Brian Barnhart's decision to restart the race because of wet conditions and revert the order of the cars. I think the teams have a chance of winning the protest.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend for the first time in 13 years
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The Problems

The Aug. 14 Indy 225 race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was filled with controversy. Brian Barnhart made the unfortunate decision to restart the race despite the wet conditions. Furthermore, he decided to revert the order and put Ryan Hunter-Reay in the lead. Although Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia should have been at the top of the starting order, Barnhart changed this.

The officiating of the Indy 225 race was ridiculous. Barnhart endangered the lives of drivers by letting them continue on a wet track. It was obvious that the conditions were to sleek, and the large number of crashes should have alerted him of the problem. Then, he made the bad decision to revert the starting order. As the IndyCar vice president, I hope Barnhart takes responsibility for his actions at the race and admits he was wrong.

The Protest

Brian Barnhart has removed himself from the protest and selected three people to serve as the panel for the hearing. Jeff Stoops, Jerry Gappens and Rollie Helmling will attend the Aug. 23 protest. Although I do not think Barnhart should have been allowed to select the panel, the rules of the IZOD IndyCar Series indicate he has the right to do this.

The Target Chip Ganassi and Newman/Haas Racing teams have a strong case and may win on Aug. 23. Oriol Servia will be trying to prove that he deserved to win at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. However, the history of IndyCar protests reveals that the teams often lose. The last time IndyCar heard a protest was in 2002. Team Green lost their hearing to give Paul Tracy the win instead of Helio Castroneves. Target Chip Ganassi and Newman/Haas Racing may face the same fate on Aug. 23.

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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One.

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Updated Friday, Aug 19, 2011