Oriol Servia had one of the odder IZOD IndyCar Series weekends in recent memory, with two penalties issued and later rescinded, ending his Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a sixth place finish.
The madness started on Saturday when Panther DRR’s Servia – attempting to avoid a spun Scott Dixon in Turn 1 – was docked his two fastest laps for causing an accident.
“There’s no common sense to the rule. We’ll have to talk to them after this,” Panther DRR co-team owner Robbie Buhl said to IMS radio after the incident. “What caused the red? Not Oriol Servia. Dixon spun and blocked the track. They have to deliver common sense. It’s insult on top of injury.”
Indeed, the penalty was rescinded, and although the Catalan had been set to start last in the 27-car field, he rolled off 18th.
A methodical charge through the field Sunday ended sixth, although not before contact with Tony Kanaan in the final stages of the race. With Kanaan in the Turn 1 tire barrier, Servia was again issued a penalty, this time 30 seconds added post-race for avoidable contact.
After further review, that penalty was dropped as well.
“With two laps to go, I had a run on Tony,” he said. “I was on the push to pass, I don’t think he saw me coming. I got on his inside and he closed the door. I was there – I cannot disappear! It was one of those deals where you both want the same space in the corner so you crash. I’m angry with him, he’s angry with me. That’s what happens in racing.”