INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Lights championship tightened up following the doubleheader weekend this past week at Road America. Ed Jones now only leads second place in the standings Dean Stoneman by just 19 points and third place Santiago Urrutia by 24 points heading to the Iowa Speedway in two weeks.
But, one thing that the trio also have in common are now, are all three have been placed on probation for their actions at the Elkhart Lake road course last weekend.
The three drivers were placed on probation by Race Director Tony Cotman today, as they will remain there until the end of the 2016 season. The penalty comes for “misconduct leading up to and including the Road America event.”
Per the release, if Stoneman, Urrutia and/or Jones are involved in any additional incidents including unsportsmanlike conduct and dangerous or over aggressive driving as determined by the Race Director, they will be penalized with the loss of a minimum of 10 championship points.
“The notices issued do not preclude a driver from racing hard, but serve as a reminder on how to race over the final eight rounds of the championship,” said Cotman via today’s release.
With that being said, if any one them do anything out of line and lose 10 points by doing so, it could really alter the landscape of this championship going forward.
This was a huge penalty today as it could really shape the championship race from here on out. These drivers have a fierce battle on their hands but also can’t afford to mess up and risk being penalized again while already on probation.