IRL: Sharp/Dismore Fined for Phoenix Infractions
27 March 1998
By Terry Callahan
The Auto Channel
INDIANAPOLIS, IN: The American Red Cross earned a cool $20,000 today. The worthwhile non profit organization is the official charity of the Indy Racing League. They benefit when fines are imposed on the IRL racing teams. They may be preparing a thank you letter to Scott Sharp and Mark Dismore this afternoon.
Scott Sharp, winner of the Dura-Lube 200 in Phoenix last weekend was fined $15,000 after his car failed to meet the fuel tank capacity requirement. His car failed two inspections, one in Phoenix and one at the Kelley Racing Shop in Indianapolis. The car held more fuel than is allowed by the IRL rules. Sharp was also docked seven points for the infraction.
Executive director of the IRL, Leo Mehl was quoted as saying, "These were serious safety and competition rules violations but did not affect the outcome of the race. As a fan's letter said to me after the race, `We were deprived of a great racing opportunity."
The American Red Cross benefitted last season in another IRL fine situation. Driver Arie Luyendyk and owner A.J. Foyt clashed in a victory lane celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway. Both were fined as a result.
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