RCR crewmembers suspended, fined after Richmond fight

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It’s another week, and another set of suspensions issued by NASCAR to a team.

The newly suspended in this case were the pair of Richard Childress Racing crewmembers, Thomas Costello and Michael Searce, after fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. after last Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Richmond.

Each has been suspended for four races, fined $15,000 apiece and placed on probation until the end of the year.

This altercation between the crewmembers and Piquet occurred in a motorhome lot outside the track, and resulted in Searce (two counts) and Costello (one) both being charged with misdemeanors by Henrico County police.

Piquet and RCR driver Brian Scott engaged in a dustup after the race, and Piquet kicked Scott in the groin. They’ve both been placed on probation until June 26.

The suspensions follow the recent hammers dropped on Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing, respectively, for violations in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Penske’s appeal of its penalty after Texas will be heard Wednesday.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)