Indy 500 2012: 13 Teams Fined For Inspection Infractions

Following Sunday's qualifying session for the 2012 Indianapolis 500, IndyCar announced it found 18 infractions between 13 teams during pre-qualifying inspections. The 13 teams were penalized a combined $275,000.

Ryan Briscoe, who won the pole during Saturday's qualifying, was among those penalized. Briscoe and his Penske Racing team were fined $15,000 for violating the brake rule for using unapproved brake pads. James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will both start on the front row along with Briscoe, were also fined for pre-qualifying infractions.

The severity and number of fines surprised some, including Briscoe.

"It's surprising because we haven't seen much of that in the past," Briscoe said. "But I think we are seeing a new guy in charge of the rules now, and maybe in the past, some things have been let past, and I think it's good that teams are being penalized for not abiding by the rules 100 percent. Rules are there to be followed, rules are made to be enforced and they should be."

Jean Alesi of Fan Force United drew the largest fine of $50,000 for violating a weight rule.

For more updates on the Indy 500, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on Indy racing including the 2012 Indianapolis 500, please visit Pop Off Valve.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.