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07/10/07
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IRL issues penalties for post-race brawl
The Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series, today announced penalties for the teams, drivers and non-uniformed hard card credential holders involved in a post-race altercation on pit road immediately following the IndyCar Series Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix on July 8.
Team Penske and Andretti Green Racing have been fined $25,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct on pit road as cars returned immediately after the checkered flag.

Drivers Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing and Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske have been fined an unspecified amount for their actions.

In addition, the league announced that Anthony Fedele has had his league-issued hard card, which was granted through Andretti Green Racing, and credential request opportunities suspended indefinitely. Sam Hornish Sr. has been suspended from pit lane for one race.

In addition, the teams, the drivers and Hornish Sr. have been placed on probation until Dec. 31.

"We are disappointed in the actions of the drivers, the team members and the non-team members involved in the incident," said Brian Barnhart, president, racing and operations division for the Indy Racing League. "Entering the 'field of play' even after the checkered flag and actively becoming engaged in anything outside of celebration is inappropriate and inexcusable.

"We believe that emotions play a role in our sport but it is unfortunate that others took it as an opportunity to become involved. We have spoken with both drivers and believe them when they said that there was never going to be physical contact between them.

"Safety is a priority, and while we do not condone incidents like Sunday's, it was an even more precarious position with cars still running at pit speeds."
The penalized parties may appeal the penalty as prescribed in the IndyCar Series Rule Book. An appeal may result in an increase, decrease or no change to the penalty.

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