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.