Series: NEORacingNews.com Nationwide Series
Race: Iowa 120
Driver(s): Josh Kotten
Incident: On Multiple occasions, but most specifically the final restart of the race which occurred on lap 107 coming to 108, Josh Kotten restarted on the inside lane row 1. Prior to reaching the start/finish line, Kotten moved his vehicle to the outside line in front of 2nd place driver Trevor Williams.
It is stated in the Can-Am Racing Series Official Rule Book in Section 1 paragraph 1.4.4 “There is to be no “Jump Starts”. Drivers are not permitted to jump any start, and must remain behind the car in front of them until they cross the start finish line.” This remains true for the first row of drivers as well due to the fact that if 1st moved up in front of second, 3rd would not be able to move up as well due to the vehicle located to his/her outside. This rule is in place for the virtual safety of the drivers vehicles and to reduce complications on the start/restart.
Penalty: This rule was specifically briefed to all drivers in attendance to the race at Iowa, Kotten was also warned about this possible infraction. Due to this, the win will be stripped from Josh Kotten and he will be placed on the tail end of the lead lap. This will move every other driver up by one position. As well, the win will be awarded to 2nd place finisher Trevor Williams and shall be scored accordingly on the points page.
CARS official statement: This is not something we enjoy doing under any circumstance. This is officially the second Penalty Statement this year for Can-Am and this is a trend we don’t like to see. As stated on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CanAmRacingSeries/posts/1013382482047683?notif_t=page_post we encourage all of our league members to review the official rule book so that hopefully we will not have to worry about posting another penalty statement. Our goal is not to give penalties, but to have fun, clean racing so that our members can grow better as drivers. The more penalties we have to give, the more we fail as admins in providing the type of racing that we all strive to find. So help us by understanding our rules and standards and we will continue to have the great racing that we are known for. Good luck drivers and we will see you on the track!
The Admins of Can-Am Racing Series