TORONTO — Arie Luyendyk of the Netherlands, winner of the Indianapolis 500, was fined Saturday and placed on probation for the rest of the season for a track violation during Friday's qualifying session for the Molson-Indy race.
Wally Dallenbach, chief steward for CART, the Indy-car sanctioning body, said Luyendyk was penalized for failing to observe the checkered flag at the end of the 30-minute qualifying session.
"I accept the fine and I understand why they are doing it," Luyendyk said. "All I can say is that I didn't do it intentionally and I'm sorry for any rules infraction.
"I do think that probation is a bit harsh, but that's what's been decided and we'll put this incident behind us and go on with our program for the week."