Castroneves Penalized for Incident During Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis …

Posted: May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

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INDYCAR announced that driver Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet, has been penalized eight championship driver points for violating Rule 9.3.3 for avoidable contact in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9. The incident occurred on the opening lap of the race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Derrick Walker, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, explained the review process.

“Following every event, the INDYCAR race stewards conduct a review of all racing incidents utilizing all the tools available – including car data, video replays and interviews with the competitors involved. With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the No. 3 car were the cause of the first-lap incident. This obviously changed our view of the entire incident. At the conclusion of every post-race review, all penalty options are available to the stewards and they determined an avoidable contact penalty was warranted.”

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The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet involved in the incident, offered his thoughts on the penalty.

“The downside is that we’re talking about it several days later when we should be talking about the biggest race in the world,” Dixon said. “I was pretty heated at the time. In my view, the penalty that fits the crime was a drive-through. We would have been done with it in the first five minutes of the race. It should have been addressed right away. All the (post-race) penalties come out on the following Wednesday, which gives (race stewards and Walker) time to go through the data and video. You could probably come to a conclusion (sooner), but it’s just the way they go about it. We all want to have consistent rules and rules we can race under.”

Photos courtesy of IndyCar

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