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Dixon fined, placed on probation for IndyCar criticism

Scott Dixon and Beaux BarfieldIndyCar title contender Scott Dixon has been fined and placed on probation for his criticisms of race officials in Baltimore last weekend.

Dixon hit out at series race director Beaux Barfield after controversial incidents in the Sonoma and Baltimore rounds, as well as publicly criticising rival Will Power and his Penske team.

The series has now imposed a $30,000 fine on Dixon, although this can be rescinded in exchange for publicity duties for IndyCar, and placed him on probation until the end of the year.

Ganassi driver Dixon was adjudged to have violated the rules prohibiting "using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to officials, members or action or situations connected with IndyCar, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any event."

With three races remaining, Dixon is 51 points behind Penske's series leader Helio Castroneves.

The IndyCar series now has a month's break before resuming with a Houston double-header on October 4-6.

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