IRL to talk with Castroneves following outburst
28 July 2010 – IndyCar Series governing body the IRL has said that it will not impose any fine or penalty on Penske’s Helio Castroneves before speaking with the Brazilian driver, who was furious to see his win denied at Edmonton on Sunday.
After blocking on the inside - a tactic outlawed in IndyCar rules – and shown the black flag as a result, Castroneves crossed the line first but was not shown the chequered flag in Canada, with victory instead going to the Ganassi of 2008 Champion Scott Dixon, which was running second at the time.
“We’ve reviewed the videos since we’ve returned from Edmonton but I haven’t had an opportunity to contact him,” explained Brian Barnhart, IRL’s President for Competition and Racing Operations, of Castroneves. “Hopefully, we’ll be doing so very shortly.
“We’re extremely disappointed in his behaviour post-race but certainly understand his frustrations and emotions. He’s a very passionate person and very competitive driver. I think he represents the majority of our field, it is that competitive and that tight that, when things have gone against them, they feel like they’ve been wronged - they’re going to have some expressions.
“That’s still inexcusable to put your hands on an official and abuse the officials the way he did. We’ll have a conversation, take his side into consideration as well as what he did, and act appropriately.”
On Monday, the day after the incident, Castroneves talked of the moment. “I'm actually more upset about my actions, I apologise again,” he said on Mike King’s IMS Radio Network show. “I certainly should control my emotions a little bit more. I am a human being - unfortunately I let slip a little bit.”
The incident and its build-up can be reviewed below: