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.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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