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IndyCar keeping eye on slow Duno

 Driver Paul Tracy stands off the track  prior to his practice session for for the Toronto INDY auto race in Toronto on Saturday, July 17, 2010.  (AP ...
 Paul Tracy of Canada drives past the Princes' Gates during qualification for the Toronto INDY in Toronto on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/The Ca...

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Driver Paul Tracy stands off the track prior to his practice session for for the Toronto INDY auto race in Toronto on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP ...

IRL Toronto Auto Racing

Paul Tracy of Canada drives past the Princes' Gates during qualification for the Toronto INDY in Toronto on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/The Ca...

IndyCar Series chief executive officer Randy Bernard says they are closely monitoring the dangerously slow Milka Duno.
"I'm going to get myself in trouble on this one, but I'm going to tell you," Bernard said on Saturday at the Honda Indy Toronto. "It's very, very important for the credibility of the IndyCar Series that fans know they're (the drivers) the best in the world. And if someone can't maintain and compete with that, I really think that's what we have a ladder system for.
"I'm behind our chief steward, Brian Barnhart. He has to make the assessment who is allowed on and who isn't. I'm sure at the end of this year, Brian and I will sit down and determine what's in the best interest of the sport."
In practice on Saturday, Duno averaged 91.118 mph (146.63 kph) _ 12.145 mph (19.54 kph) behind leader Justin Wilson _ on the fastest of her 12 laps. She then skipped qualifying, leaving the Venezuelan's Dale Coyne Racing entry 25th in the 26-car field on Sunday.
Duno was ordered off the track last month at Iowa Speedway when she dropped more than 2 seconds off the leader's pace, double the allowed limit on the short, high-speed oval. She also drew attention two weeks ago at Watkins Glen, hindering Ryan Hunter-Reay's qualifying effort by running more than 7 seconds off the pace.
"If she's going to drive in this series, she's going to have to drive with her mirrors," Hunter-Reay said at Watkins Glen. "There are 15 turns on this course and she's the 16th."


Updated : 2021-04-14 18:36 GMT+08:00