Castroneves placed on probation over tweet
23 April 2014 – Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves has been placed on probation until the end of June, after a tweet criticising the championship and its decisions was published on his personal account.
Following the recent Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a message slammed officials for consistently failing to penalise drivers and criticised marshals for waving green flags shortly after accidents had occurred.
Castroneves quickly deleted the tweet, explaining that it had been mistakenly posted by his sister Kati.
"I apologise for the earlier tweet degrading the Indycar series which I did not write or agree with," he said. "Unfortunately my sister used my Twitter account without my authorization while expressing her own thoughts."
The Penske driver added: "Once again I apologise and the stewards were correct with the call made."
Kati Castroneves later tweeted to clarify that the comments were meant to be posted on her account.
Despite his explanation, IndyCar chiefs determined that Castroneves violated Rule 9.3.8 (Social Media Policy violation) of the 2014 regulations, and opted to place the Brazilian on probation until June 30.