INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Racing League suspended driver Sean Guthrie and his father, car owner Jim Guthrie, for disregarding directions by officials during a Firestone Indy Lights race last week in Kansas.
IRL competition vice president Tony Cotman said Thursday their actions put “everyone at risk” during a yellow caution period and that the suspensions are for an indefinite period.
The 21-year-old driver was cited for failing to follow the direction of officials, failing to slow down under the yellow and failing to follow the direction of safety personnel after a crash by driver Pablo Donoso during the Kansas Lottery 100 on Sunday.
His father, a former Indy 500 driver and the 1997 IndyCar Series rookie of the year, was suspended for failing to follow officials’ directions and for conduct detrimental to the sport.
Sean Guthrie finished 18th at Kansas and is 20th after four races in the developmental Indy series this season.
Actor to drive Indy pace car
INDIANAPOLIS – Actor Josh Duhamel has a new role for himself in May: pace car driver for the Indianapolis 500.
Duhamel stars in the upcoming action movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” He also had roles in the “All My Children” soap opera and the prime time drama “Las Vegas.” The 36-year-old North Dakota native is married to singer-songwriter and actress Fergie.
Duhamel will drive a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, leading the field of 33 drivers to the green flag for the May 24 race. The car also appears in the new “Transformers” movie.
Last year, the pace car was driven by two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.