Castroneves penalized for opening lap accident at GP of Indy

Helio Castroneves has been penalized following contact with Scott Dixon in Turn 1 of the first lap of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The Brazilian has lost eight points in the series championship which drops his points total from 161 to 153 and still leaves him third in the standings, nine points ahead of fourth place Scott Dixon.

IndyCar officials elected to review the penalty in the days following the race to get a clearer view of what happened.

“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,” said Derrick Walker, President of competition and operations, IndyCar.”

“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 (Castroneves) 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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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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