Justin Wilson Ed Carpenter

Post-race scrutineering has found that the cars run by Texas Firestone 550 race-winner Justin Wilson and fellow runner Ed Carpenter have not conformed to the IndyCar Series’ technical regulations, yet both drivers’ results were allowed to stand.

Wilson’s Dale Coyne Racing team and Ed Carpenter’s eponymous team have, instead, both been hit with fines and team championship points.

Wilson’s car was found to have run with a sidepod top deck that was not part of the aero package allowed for the 1.5-mile oval event, which Wilson won last weekend. The team, whose win was its first on an oval circuit, was fined $7,500 and docked five championship points.

Carpenter’s car, meanwhile, ran with a rear-wing Gurney flap that was outside the required dimensions permitted for the race. Carpenter, who finished twelfth after running at the sharp end of the field for much of the 228-lap race, was fined $5,000 and docked one entrant point.

Under the series’ rules, the penalties do not have any effect on the outcome of the race, although they remain open to appeal in accordance with the championship’s statutes.


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