One of the moments that occurred during the Indianapolis 500 was the surprise move by IndyCar to announce fines over the radio of $10,000 apiece to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s two cars for Graham Rahal and James Jakes. They were issued for blend line violations, Rule 126.96.36.199.6.
According to team co-owner Bobby Rahal, the fines will be appealed. Rahal’s statement appeared in a story in USA Today.
“We obviously don’t agree with the fine, particularly since both Pippa Mann and Simona (de Silvestro) did the same thing at the same time and were not fined to my knowledge,” Rahal said in a statement Monday. “We plan on appealing.”
Interestingly, de Silvestro and Jakes faced penalties later in the race as well. De Silvestro ran over a hose on lap 45, with Jakes committing a pit safety violation on lap 96. Both served drive-through penalties afterwards.
Rahal’s late crash brought about the race’s final restart on lap 198 – he ended in 25th – while Jakes ended in 20th after a week that had promise, occasional speed, and his first laps led in the race.