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Drivers shouldn't expect rule changes

INDIANAPOLIS – The IndyCar Series isn't giving any
weight to the complaints about Danica Patrick's slight frame.

One day after NASCAR's Robby Gordon said he would not race
against the petite Patrick because he believes she has a weight
advantage at a mere 100 pounds, IndyCar Series officials said they were not considering changing their rules to level the playing field.

"It's no issue at all, as it pertains to the Indianapolis 500
and oval-track racing," league spokesman John Griffin said.

The IndyCar Series does not consider the weight of the driver in its race specifications. While cars must weigh a minimum of 1,525 pounds
before the fuel and driver are added, drivers are not weighed.

Patrick checks in almost 50 pounds less than pole winner Tony
Kanaan
. She qualified fourth for Sunday's race and consistently
turned some of the fastest laps of the month. Less weight could
give Patrick two advantages – quicker speeds and less fuel
consumption, which could be a key in a 500-mile race.

Gordon suggested Saturday that Patrick's small frame gave her a
significant edge over someone like himself, who weighs nearly 200
pounds.

"The lighter the car, the faster it goes," Gordon said. "Do
the math."

Gordon wasn't the only driver making that point this month.

On the day Kanaan waited nearly six hours before finding out he
won the pole, he was responded to a question by making the same
point.

"I'm not bragging about it, but I think that's an advantage for
sure," Kanaan said. "Forty-five pounds is probably like 10
gallons of fuel, so it's like we're qualifying with 20 gallons of
fuel and she's qualifying with 10."

But Kanaan also showed a sense of humor about it.

When asked if he could lose 45 pounds by not eating, Kanaan
responded: "I've stopped eating a lot, but I think maybe I should
chop off half of my nose. That might be weighing 100 pounds."