IndyCar penalizes Castroneves 8 points after Indy GP wreck

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, steers his car during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The IndyCar Series penalized Helio Castroneves on Wednesday, docking him eight points in the drivers’ standings and blaming him for causing a wreck during the opening lap of last weekend’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

IndyCar said the Team Penske driver violated the rule on avoidable contact. Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, said a review determined the “actions of the No. 3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of the first-lap incident.”

Will Power, who won the pole and the race, avoided the five-car crash in the first turn that sent Scott Dixon from second to 23rd. Castroneves started third and finished sixth.

Even with the lost points, Castroneves remains third in the standings with 153 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya (171) and Power (166). provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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