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.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: