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 22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199. 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.
Feeling a little lighter today! better ask for a little more overtime… On a positive note it’s great to be back @MazdaRaceway
— Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9) September 6, 2013