IndyCar upholds suspension of Lights team, owner

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar officials have upheld suspensions issued to Indy Lights team O2 Racing Technology and team owner Mark Olson after an appeal, and they remain banned from the series through the end of 2012.

Olson was suspended for allegedly encouraging others to breach contracts with IndyCar and withdraw from the Indy Lights race in Milwaukee last month. O2 Racing Technology was the only entrant to withdraw, removing its No. 36 and 63 entries from the participant list.

IndyCar says the actions violated several Indy Lights rules, including "engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct or conduct detrimental to racing."

The protest hearing was held by race director Tony Cotman on Thursday.