Castroneves docked eight points for avoidable contact in GP of Indy

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Helio Castroneves has received an eight-point penalty from INDYCAR following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis for avoidable contact (Rule 9.3.3).

The deduction drops Castroneves’ points total from 161 to 153 on the season, which is still nine points ahead of Scott Dixon in fourth place.

However, for the Grand Prix itself, it gives Castroneves 20 points instead of 28 after finishing sixth, while Dixon took home 21 for his 10th place finish.

“Following every event, the INDYCAR race stewards conduct a review of all racing incidents utilizing all the tools available – including car data, video replays and interviews with the competitors involved,” Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR said in a release.

“With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the No. 3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of the first-lap incident. This obviously changed our view of the entire incident. At the conclusion of every post-race review, all penalty options are available to the stewards and they determined an avoidable contact penalty was warranted.”

The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

The contact between Castroneves and Dixon at the start of the Grand Prix led to a firestorm about the incident at Turn 1 itself, which grew in volume shortly after the race.