posted May 24, 2002 09:21 AM
A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE McDOWELL FINE AND PROBATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association has released a
statement from UDTRA Director of Competition Ritchie Lewis concerning the
technical issues, fine and probation of UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series point
leader Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA.
"On May 14, 2002, UDTRA officials found an unapproved part on the winning
car of Dale McDowell during the routine post-race inspection," Lewis said.
"This unapproved part was an accessory wire attached to the car's wiring
system between MSD box that controls the electronics of the engine, and
"This accessory wire can be used to perform different functions for the
system, including traction control, which is illegal in UDTRA competition,
and carries a stiff penalty," Lewis continued. "The accessory wire we found
on Dale McDowell's wiring system was not attached to anything else,
including a traction control device. Upon further inspection, no traction
control device was found in the race car, on Dale McDowell himself, or any
of his crew members.
"The accessory wire on Dale McDowell's wiring system, as it was found by
UDTRA Technical Inspectors, does not enhance the performance of the race
car, however, the wire as an accessory to other functions of the wiring
system for testing purposes does not constitute an alteration to the MSD
box, which is also not allowed in accordance to the UDTRA rulebook," Lewis
said. "UDTRA has determined, however, that having the accessory wire
attached to the wiring system during competition is unapproved, and we have
fined Dale McDowell $2,500 and placed him on indefinite probation."