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07/13/11
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More IndyCar fallout because of Brian Barnhart officiating  Paul Tracy denies making a Twitter comment challenging the integrity of the Izod IndyCar Series' officiating in last weekend's race in Toronto.

Tracy said Tuesday his account was hacked.

The post accused IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard of asking race officials to rescind a penalty on Dario Franchitti for contact with Will Power because he was sitting with executives of Target, Franchitti's Ganassi Racing sponsor. [Editor's Note: Randy Bernard wasn’t sitting with the Target execs and didn’t override any call, as has been suggested. He spent most of the race at the head of pit lane with the exec from MGM Grand that he’s known for years.]

Bernard denied both allegations and said there was never a penalty issued to the eventual race winner. Bernard threatened Tracy with a hefty fine.

While denying the Twitter post, Tracy said IndyCar's officiating is inconsistent.

"One week there are all these penalties and the next week there's nothing," he said. "Then who knows the next week, probably a knee-jerk (reaction). No one knows what to expect."

Tracy said drivers took matters into their own hands in Toronto, which is why there were so many crashes.

Tracy used Alex Tagliani as an example. Tagliani got hit by Helio Castroneves, and there was no penalty. So Tagliani drove more aggressively after that.

"Everybody gets bent (out of shape) and you're furious," Tracy said. "That's when it gets out of hand like it did.

"Who knows what it's going to be like at Edmonton?" Indy Star

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