Fined Castroneves on probation for rest of season
3 August 2010 – Penske’s Helio Castroneves has been handed a fine of 60,000 dollars (38,000 pounds) and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2010 season following his outburst again IZOD IndyCar officials at the Edmonton round two weekends ago.
Before the end of the race, the Brazilian was disqualified for illegally blocking team-mate Will Power at Turn 1 – a move which saw eventual race winner Scott Dixon snatch second position.
Soon after, Castroneves confirmed the anger first seen in the cockpit as – after crossing the line first but not receiving the chequered flag – he abused the officials, with championship governing body the IRL (Indy Racing League) having then spoken with him on Monday.
The fine and probation period come as the triple Indianapolis 500 victor chose to ignore black flags signalling his disqualification, as well as his post-race actions.
“This sport is so close and competitive that emotions are always on display,” said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard in a statement. “However, that does not justify the post-race conduct of Helio toward series officials.
“This is a very serious matter and we weighed all options, including suspension. But we felt suspension would hurt the fans more than anyone else.”
The incident and its build-up can be reviewed below: