Dixon fined $30,000, placed on probation after Baltimore outburst

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Scott Dixon has been fined $30,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for comments made in the aftermath of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, and to be honest, it’s not a huge surprise.

Dixon was facing the penalties after disparaging comments made toward INDYCAR Race Control and in particular, Race Director Beaux Barfield, as well as other comments said in print regarding Team Penske, driver Will Power and team president Tim Cindric.

The official violations are of Rules 9.3.1.8 and 9.3.7 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook (listed below). Dixon can work off the fine by making public appearances on INDYCAR’s behalf the rest of the year.

9.3.1.8. Using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or action or situations connected with INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any Event.

9.3.7. If any Member uses improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures and references a specific Official by his/her name, such Member may be find a minimum of $25,000 and may be subject to additional penalties based upon the particular circumstances.

This isn’t a huge surprise because Penske drivers Power and Helio Castroneves have been fined the same amount for similar outbursts, both against prior IndyCar Race Director Brian Barnhart, in 2011. Dixon was always likely to get fined for these reactions and the penalties fall according to past precedents.

Dixon has already taken the action in stride thanks to his trademark candor and wit, thanks to this tweet below. He’ll be racing this weekend in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at Monterey with Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti.

 

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool