No Weight Rules Changes Planned

Indy Racing League president Brian Barnhart has said they are not considering changing the technical rules to take into account driver's weights

No Weight Rules Changes Planned

The issue has been the subject of hot debate after female rookie Danica Patrick qualified on the second row at last month's Indy 500. Patrick is the lightest of the IndyCar runners, with drivers such as Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves more than 30 per cent heavier.

IRL is the only major racing series that does not make allowance for differing drivers weight. Only the weight of the car is considered in post race scrutineering, but according to the Indianapolis Star this is unlikely to change.

Barnhart said: "Its effect is so minimal that it's just not worth the headaches of changing the rules. It might have an impact on restarts or when a driver has to check up in traffic, but unless we add more than the current three road races, it's not that critical."

NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Robby Gordon was most vocal, claiming he would not consider racing again in the series unless the weight rules were changed.

Barnhart added: "I've never heard Gordon complain before. He didn't bring it up in regards to Helio Castroneves or any of the other drivers who weigh 30 pounds less than he does."

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