"It"s really disappointing that it comes down to something like this," Barnhart said in a video posted on websites for IndyCar and the Versus network. "In a situation like that, we as officials are just reacting to what happens on the racetrack. We don't create the situation; we respond to it. And the rule is clear in it. In every drivers' meeting, we talk about it."
"Bad things happen when these cars touch, and there have been serious incidents with major consequences on temporary circuits throughout Indy car history," he said.