Clarification issued on two contact points in Sunday’s Baltimore GP

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Three in-race drive-through penalties were issued during Sunday’s contact-filled Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.

Helio Castroneves committed a pit safety infraction when he hit one of his own Team Penske crewmembers, while Oriol Servia (hit Sebastien Bourdais on a Lap 57 restart) and Will Power (contacted Scott Dixon on a Lap 53 restart) were each guilty of avoidable contact.

There were two other contact points from Baltimore that needed further clarification. On Lap 48, Graham Rahal moved to Scott Dixon’s inside at Turn 1 but the two made contact, which pitched Dixon into a spin. Later on Lap 63, Bourdais contacted Justin Wilson at Turn 3. Both incidents created a track blockage and caused a full-course caution, but neither Rahal nor Bourdais were issued a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact.

I sent a text to IndyCar Race Director Beaux Barfield asking for further clarification on those non-calls. In Rahal’s case, Race Control viewed Car 15 (Rahal) established alongside Car 9 (Dixon), so Car 9 was not entitled to go all the way to the apex.

On the Bourdais/Wilson contact, Bourdais, Car 7, needed to adjust to avoid Car 27 (James Hinchcliffe) and contacted Car 19 (Wilson) in the process.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”