Nov 12, 2010
World Series Contracted Driver Update
NASR has decided not to accept Sprintcar driver Ryan Farrell’s application for a 2010/11 NASR Licence in accordance with the NASR Licensing Policy due to a pending criminal charge for drug possession.
NASR, as the peak body for Speedway Racing in Australia, has ultimately decided that declining to grant Mr Farrell a licence was in the best interests of the sport as a whole. The review process was not taken lightly and all appropriate information was gathered before making this decision. NASR notes that other sports have set similar precedents in response to the conduct of their competitors.
NASR’s decision to not accept Mr Farrell’s licence application is in no way an attempt to pass judgment on Ryan. NASR will continue to offer support to Mr Farrell as he defends his charge. At the conclusion of legal proceedings, NASR will reconsider Mr Farrell’s application in accordance with the NASR Licensing Policy.
Mr Farrell was scheduled to compete as a Contracted Driver in the 2010/11 Season of World Series Sprintcars, beginning November 20 2010. Unfortunately, Mr Farrell’s licence application was received at NASR Head Office on October 29 2010 and as such, NASR was unable to consider his application sooner.
Both Mr Farrell and his racing team, Monte Motorsport, have been informed of NASR’s decision, and Monte Motorsport has elected to nominate a replacement driver for the series.
It is important to note that NASR has sole discretion in determining whether or not to accept the offers it receives from competitors for a licence. Accordingly, NASR is under no obligation to accept any offers contained in application forms it receives. To assist in providing some guidance and clarification on how it might exercise this discretion, NASR has recently released a policy on licensing to coincide with the beginning of the 2010/11 season. This document can be found in the ‘downloads’ section of the NASR website.
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