IndyCar Series chief executive officer Randy Bernard told the media at the Honda Indy Toronto that series officials are closely monitoring the status of Milka Duno, who has continued to run far below the pace of her fellow IZOD IndyCar Series drivers.
"I'm going to get myself in trouble on this one, but I'm going to tell you, it's very, very important for the credibility of the IndyCar Series that fans know they're (the drivers) the best in the world," Bernard said. "And if someone can't maintain and compete with that, I really think that's what we have a ladder system for."
In practice on Saturday, Duno's best lap of 91.118mph was 12mph off of pacesetter Justin Wilson. She then skipped qualifying, but her CITGO/Dale Coyne Racing entry was allowed to start the race in 25th place. However, Duno was ordered off the track after completing just eight laps, when she was already being lapped. Duno was also pulled from the race last month at Iowa Speedway when she dropped more than two seconds off the leader's pace – double the allowed limit. She also drew attention two weeks ago at Watkins Glen when she delayed Ryan Hunter-Reay in qualifying, while running more than 7sec off the pace.
"I'm behind our chief steward, Brian Barnhart. He has to make the assessment who is allowed in and who isn't," Bernard added. "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."