IndyCar punishes Hunter-Reay over New Orleans crash

Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay waves to fans as he walks to his car before practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Saturday, March 28, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The IndyCar Series docked driver Ryan Hunter-Reay three points and put him on probation for the next three races for his role in a three-car crash at the Grand Prix of Louisiana that collected Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais last weekend.

IndyCar said Wednesday that the Andretti Autosport driver violated a rule on avoidable contact during a restart with less than 10 minutes remaining of the rain-shortened road race.

Hunter-Reay squeezed Pagenaud onto a wet spot, which caused the Frenchmen to slide onto grass and then back on track at the next turn, where he broadsided Hunter-Reay and collected Bourdais as all three cars slid off the track and into a tire wall.

Pagenaud later said he was basically driven off the track while Hunter-Reay maintained he did nothing wrong.

IndyCar also:

— Fined driver Francesco Dracone of Dale Coyne Racing $10,000 and placed him on probation for six races. Dracone’s car struck pit crew member Todd Phillips leaving a stop for tires and fuel. Phillips required stiches for a cut to one of his legs. A Dale Coyne crew member was also fined $500 for failing to have their visor down during fueling.

— Fined driver Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport $500 for failing to keep his visor down during a pit stop. A crew member for the racing team was also fined $500 for failing to keep track of a tire during a pit stop.

— Fined a crew member of KVSH Racing $500 for going over the pit wall without a helmet.

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