Franchitti’s unhappy with Sato’s defending:
As I understand it in IndyCar drivers are allowed to move off-line to defend if it’s done pre-emptively rather than as a response to a move the driver behind has already made. One of the moves Sato made in response to Newgarden looked like it was reactive to me.
But as I understand it the IndyCar rules don’t forbid drivers using the entire width of the straight to defend, which is what Franchitti’s objecting to. Though as I recall, Franchitti believes drivers shouldn’t be allowed to defend by moving off-line in the first place, which was a rule in IndyCar until a few years ago when they brought in the current rule.
As I write this I see Marco Andretti’s made a constructive contribution to the debate: