Ray Alley had tendered his resignation over the Indy weekend and while many had expected him to vacate the position, he offered the NHRA his services for the balance of the season. The fact Alley has had visual knowledge of many of the team's innovative ideas (all new parts and pieces required Alley's approval) didn't set well with many of the them including one prominent conglomeration who reportedly commented, "This guy lived in our compound." The apparent deciding factor in not allowing Alley to work out his notice can be traced to a lengthy conversation between one well known team owner and the NHRA's Graham Light over the course of the Indy weekend. A second was the fact Alley was denied access to a new part the team had developed and was subsequently asked to leave their pit area.