Understood, but what I'm looking at is that there's one set of his fresh tire marks he's following that are darker than the others, so we can infer those are his most recent marks. There are plenty of others that are faded, and you and I have been doing this long enough to tell the fresh tire marks from the old tire marks. It's an assumption, but we're not incapable of telling fresh marks from old marks here.
I agree Dixon could have tried to pull back on that launch, but you could apply that “pull back” scenario to both teams. Dixon pitted with Power right on his tail entering their stalls. It was the last stop. The guy who got out first would be in a better position to win the race. So both teams knew as the cars were coming down pit lane that it would be a race in the pits to get their guy out first. You would expect both guys to launch hard from their boxes, and you'd expect crew members for both cars to know they'd be racing out of their boxes and to get the hell out of the way. It was going to be fast and tight. None of this is a first-time situation in IndyCar racing.
The fact that Power's tire man, for whatever reason, is clearly not even looking back at Dixon's car is what makes this a shared incident. He's staring at pit wall, seemingly unaware of what's happening behind him. Did Dixon go too hard? Yes. Did Power's crewman fail to recognize what was happening with an Indy car accelerating in close proximity to him? Yes. Do I think the crewman did anything intentionally to get in the way? No. Did Dixon try to create a problem for the Penske team? No. I'm seeing blame being shared both ways, so how do you single out just one side to penalize?
BB And that's certainly a fair point for how we try to assess the blame – or probably a better word is the responsibility – in this case. And based on, yes, all of those kind of emotional issues should be important but shut that away and look at the facts: this guy's going through his routine and he's within the boundaries that are set forth by IndyCar and someone enters into those boundaries and violates a rule which says you can't strike other equipment or people. That was kind of our guiding principles at the time. It still would be, honestly. I shouldn't say that in a way that I'm looking back at it like it was the wrong call. Because I am absolutely not.
And so I think that the bottom line is that crewman was still in his territory, entitled to his space to do what he was doing, whereas the 9 car entered that space and violated a rule. And that's the way we looked at it. If something bad happens, there's a duty there to protect everybody.
MP Yeah, but we need to be honest here. The deal about Dixon running afoul of the rules because he drove into Power's pit box just isn't realistic. Every driver uses some amount of the next driver's pit box when launching. Every single driver. A lot has been made about Dixon being penalized because of this, but it's garbage. If you draw the lines around each driver's pit box, and penalize every driver for crossing into that box – by any amount – you'd give every car a drive-through penalty on every stop at Sonoma.