TMS Pit stops: IndyCar issues fines, puts two drivers on probation

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IndyCar has issued $40,000 in fines and placed two drivers on probation for incidents at Detroit last weekend.

Sebastian Saavedra was fined $30,000 for making an obscene gesture at Marco Andretti, an incident caught on live television. IndyCar said Thursday that Saavedra can pay the fine or work it off by making appearances on behalf of the series.

Will Power was placed on probation for the rest of the year for throwing his gloves at Sebastien Bourdais. And Bourdais was placed on probation for comments made toward officials on pit road after an accident. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was fined $10,000 for a pair of technical violations on the car of James Jakes, who finished second Sunday. IndyCar last week rescinded a $10,000 fine levied against Jakes in the Indianapolis 500.

Serva gets a ride

Oriol Serva, out of a ride last week when Dreyer & Reybold Racing decided not to run the No. 22 car anymore, has been hired by Panther Racing for the Firestone 550.

Panther has a partnership with D&R.

Serva has made four starts at TMS, with a best of 15th.

He said it

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of. Getting out of West and enjoying the day with my wife, stress free, is a day I’ve been waiting for since the tragedy. This is incredibly awesome.”

— CJ Gillaspie, captain of the West volunteer fire department, who along with teachers Jennifer Simonds and Anna Canaday of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., are being honored by TMS officials for roles they played in the wake of recent tragedies in each community. Gillaspie will serve as honorary starter, waving the green flag that signals the start of Saturday’s Firestone 550, and Simonds and Canaday will serve as grand marshals.

Fast learners

A group of 24 eighth-graders from Grand Prairie’s Truman Middle School were spotted making the trek back to the bus after attending practice rounds on Thursday.

The randomly selected students were a part of the middle school’s math and science department. To go on the field trip, the Truman Middle School students took their exams a day in advance.

“They thought they could get away from school,” said Van Ratsaphangthong, a Truman math teacher. “But they’re actually having to use their brains out here. The speedway is a great place to learn math and science.”

By the numbers

18 Different winners crowned in Texas Motor Speedway’s 24 IndyCar races since the track’s opening in 1997. Scott Goodyear and Scott Sharp have each won twice, and Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. have won three times at TMS.

— John Henry and

Christian Clark

This report contains material from The Associated Press

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