Although Brian Barnhart has his defenders – and at least one of them has posted a comment on this blog in which he quoted at length from the pre-race drivers’ meeting at Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton showing that the IndyCar chief steward had specifically warned against anyone doing what Helio Castroneves was black-flagged for doing late in the race – there are gazillions of people out there who still think he should have his head read.
Barnhart called Castroneves’ actions on the restart with only a few laps to go, “blocking,” and if that was blocking (watch the video) then we might as well throw in the towel because racing as we know it is doomed.
this call, Brian Barnhart, in his role as chief steward, is not only telling racing drivers how to drive but
where on the circuit they may drive during a race, which is poppycock.
This is what I define as blocking: You block somebody when you drive in front of him or her to impede his or her progress. By your actions, you force that person to hit the brakes or deviate from their line. That is blocking. Helio Castroneves did none of that in Edmonton on Sunday.
Anyway, the die is cast. This is what Brian Barnhart said in defending his actions.
"The rules are clear on it. In every drivers' meeting we talk about it. On road courses we divide the track physically in half, and from the braking point to entry they're told you can only be on the inside half if you're attempting to overtake someone.
"If you're on the inside half while someone is trying to overtake you, it's blocking.”
So there you have it. You don’t have to block anybody to be blocking.
Okay, next year at the Honda Indy Toronto, using the definition of blocking as defined in the previous two paragraphs by Brian Banhart, I am going to record (tape) the telecast of the race in order to keep an exact record of the number of incidents of blocking that will happen at Turn 3, which is at the end of Lake Shore Blvd. I’ll post them all, right up here on this website, too.
will be fairly easy to do because
I think I can
safely estimate that at the start of the race and during the expected numerous
restarts, going right back through the field, that about 50 per cent of the
drivers will be blocking at Turn 3, as defined above.
How do I know? Because they were blocking all over the place at Turn 3 during this year's Honda Indy Toronto and have been blocking going into Turn 3 for years.
And I mean real blocking; not Barnhart's imaginary blocking.
If Brian Barnhart is still employed by the Indy Racing League when next July's Honda Indy Toronto rolls around, it's sure going to be crowded in the pits with all those drive-throughs.