IndyCar: Montoya angry with Carpenter following late Iowa crash (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya was as jovial as can be after winning at Pocono Raceway. A week later at Iowa Speedway, he was the exact opposite after being forced into an accident with 19 laps remaining in Saturday’s Iowa Corn Indy 300.

Montoya had recovered from losing a rear wing endplate early in the race to run amongst the Top 10 late. But as he attempted to make an inside move on Ed Carpenter in Turn 3 for position, Carpenter appeared to move down.

That caused Montoya to go below the yellow line, then slide up the race track and into the wall to end his night.

Before going in for his ride to the infield care center, Montoya and Carpenter traded gestures as the latter ran by under caution. Montoya stretched out his arms as if to say ‘What the heck?’ and Carpenter raised his right hand from the cockpit as if to say ‘What did I do?’

“I got inside of him and he just – he was running high and all of a sudden, he decides to run low,” a frustrated Montoya told NBCSN (see the interview clip above).

“He’d been running every lap on the top…They all love preaching ‘safe racing’ and everything, but when you’re gonna pass them, they’re just [d-bags], you know?”

When informed that INDYCAR chose to take no action against Carpenter, Montoya vowed that “[he’ll] take some action later.”

Perhaps sensing a confrontation in his near future, Carpenter tried to strike a conciliatory tone after going on to finish fifth.

“I feel bad,” said Carpenter, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ sole owner/driver. “I certainly wasn’t trying to take him out. I knew he had been working me inside. I was struggling, I was just gonna try the low side that time. I didn’t know he was that far in there.

“Lee [Bentham], my spotter, was trying to tell me he was there, but was too late – I had already started coming down. So, my apologies. I definitely wouldn’t appreciate that if I was on the end of it. At the same time, it wasn’t intentional.

“I have a lot of respect for Juan, so hopefully we can talk about it without me getting my butt kicked.”

Montoya was credited with a 16th-place finish.

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on NBCSN, NBC Sports App this week

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After five years and 98 Grands Prix broadcast since 2013, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Formula 1 concludes with the 2017 season finale from Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina Circuit this week.

The lights come on for the day-into-night Grand Prix of the year as the sun sets on five years of broadcasts, original content and additional digital specific features such as Paddock Pass.

For Abu Dhabi this week, all of the race, qualifying and second free practice will be live on NBCSN with first and third free practice live on the NBC Sports App. The race returns is back in the usual morning a.m. time slots after three mid-day races in Austin, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, and a pair of overnight affairs in Kuala Lumpur and Suzuka. Formula 2 coverage of its season finale from Abu Dhabi also airs both on NBCSN and online.

With this the final race of the season before F1’s winter break, there’s still a handful of things to get sorted even though Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have wrapped their respective championships.

Sebastian Vettel (Brazil) and Max Verstappen (Mexico) have won the last two races, with Hamilton’s most recent win coming at Circuit of the Americas. Will it be any of these three that wrap the year on a high or could any of their teammates – Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo or Valtteri Bottas – upend the script?

Mercedes has won the last three races in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton winning in 2014 and 2016 with Nico Rosberg taking the 2015 crown.

Vettel and Hamilton have three wins apiece in Abu Dhabi, Vettel having taken all of his with Red Bull in 2009, 2010 and 2013, and Hamilton adding a 2011 McLaren triumph to his last two with Mercedes. Raikkonen (2012, Lotus) and Rosberg are the other Abu Dhabi winners, and while both Vettel and Raikkonen have won in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari never has in the first eight races here.

The last place up for grabs in the constructor’s battle is for sixth, with Toro Rosso (53 points), Renault (49) and Haas (47) separated by only six total points. Toro Rosso and Renault got into a nasty war of words in Brazil, and will part ways after the weekend.

Felipe Massa signs off his career in F1 for the second and expected final time at Williams, and with Toro Rosso having confirmed Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley last week, his seat is one of only three left to fill for 2018, and the most attractive.

McLaren and Honda also bring to an end their partnership after three troubled seasons, but on the bright side will look to score points for a third straight race together, which hasn’t happened since the Hungarian, German and Belgian Grands Prix of 2016.

As ever, and perhaps for the final time as a collective unit, Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call with Will Buxton reporting from the pits and paddock.

Here’s the F1 schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

  • Practice 1: Friday, Nov. 24, 4 a.m.-5:30 a.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Practice 2: Friday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, Nov. 25, 5 a.m.-6 a.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m.-8 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race: Sunday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Post-Race: Sunday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-10:55 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race (Replay): Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • F2 Race: Sunday, Nov. 26, 6 a.m.-7 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • F2 Race (Replay): Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 p.m.-10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)