IndyCar Series championship contender Scott Dixon has been fined $30,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the season following his extraordinary spray at the series’ officials where he called for the sacking of race director Beaux Barfield.
Dixon’s attack – which came via Twitter – followed the New Zealander’s second serious run-in with Team Penske rival Will Power, with the latest incident coming at last weekend’s Grand Prix of Baltimore.
The pair had been jostling for the lead at a race restart when the hapless Kiwi was pitched into the wall on the start/finish straight by an overoptimistic Power. Dixon’s car was too badly damaged to return to the pits under its own power, meaning he registered a DNF that saw his points deficit to series leader (and Power’s teammate) Helio Castroneves further extended.
The pair had a minor coming together during an earlier practice session – Power pitched Dixon in a spin at Turn 1 during Saturday’s final practice session – which followed from Dixon’s collision with one of Power’s pit mechanics at the preceding Grand Prix of Sonoma. Power went on to win that race, while Dixon was hit with a pit lane drive-through penalty that saw him finish well down the order.
Not only was Dixon furious with the fact that Power went unpunished for his wayward driving, but also for the fact that course officials would not let his crew work on repairing his damaged car to allow him to rejoin the crash-filled race.
“It’s quite obvious that Beaux [Barfield] can’t do his job,” Dixon wrote, in reference to the series’ race director. “He’s not capable of it and needs to go.”
Needless to say, the IndyCar Series’ powers that be were never going to take kindly to criticism of someone in their own ranks, and promptly hit the Kiwi with a $30,000 fine, which can be reduced through community service appearances on the championship’s behalf.