• Jul 27, 2010
Helio Castroneves tangles with security – Click above to watch video after the jump

IndyCar got a little more exciting this weekend. Turns out there was a bit of a mix-up during a restart at Edmonton with just a handful of laps to go that caused Helio Castroneves to incur a penalty from the powers that be. Officials were of the mind that the Brazilian driver intentionally blocked Penske teammate Will Power and ordered Castroneves to pull through the pits as punishment. By this time, Castroneves has secured first place and was within spitting distance of nabbing the checkered flag. But the driver didn't feel like cooling his heels on pit road, opting instead to finish out the race.

Officials stripped Castroneves of his checkers and handed the win to Scott Dixon instead, which had the effect of setting the penalized racer off like a powder keg. After a lengthy tirade, Castroneves marched himself over to the winner's circle with the intent of tying Dixon and anyone else who got in his way into a bow. Security intervened, but not before the Brazilian took to shaking a guard by his shirt collar. How's that for racing? Hit the jump for the video. The action starts at about four minutes in.

[Source: YouTube via Yahoo Sports]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Edmonton. Seriously guys, let's at least copy-edit the headlines.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Nostrathomas. Seriously bro... Lets at least post something thats relevant to the content of the article instead of critiquing spelling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ummmm... you mean Deadmonton?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then send a private message or email to the author or webmaster about the problem instead of posting this nonsense in the comment section which is for relevant conversation unlike the one Im having with you right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously bro, I usually agree, but an editorial blog that takes itself seriously should be able to spell the name of a city right in a headline. I worked in publishing for years, it's a pretty standard procedure.

      • 4 Years Ago
      And here I was thinking there had been some terrible accident (after reading the title).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd have to be tweaking on PCP if I ever tried to start something with someone that much larger than me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the big guy that Helio grabbed ahold of has been with IRL security for a long time now. He probably knew that Helio was just blowing off steam and was not really going to do anything more physical than that.

        I think I remember seeing him back when someone's dad tried to start a fight with someone else. Can't remember who that was though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like many of you, I also don't agree that this was blocking. But according to IRL rules, a driver can only take the inside line when attempting to overtake. If you take the inside line and are being passed this is considered blocking and you are not allowed to impede the driver behind you. This is why Castroneves was penalized for blocking and the checkered flag win stripped. I can understand why he would be upset, but don't agree with his reaction. In my opinion I would blame his teammate Will Power for this, who I believe caused this controversy. Instead of remembering the team he was racing for, he thought of himself only and tried to go for the win. In the end he still ends up only in second place and costs his teammate the win. While I want to see exciting racing I feel this rule by IRL needs to be changed or revised. This was not blocking but rather a really exciting finish!
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats the dumbest rule i've ever heard in racing. Your forced to take one strategy to passing? They need to get rid of those push to pass button too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe the rule states that you have to commit to whatever line you are in even if a car attempts to pass. It does not matter where that line is, as long as you stick to it you will not be penalized. The was I saw it, both cars where moving wide to get a good turn in as they where both far from the actual race groove and IndyCar saw this as a block on Castronevez instead of a conscious move to get around a turn without slowing down alot. The move was NOT clear cut and maybe it could have gone both ways but rather than giving Castronevez the benefit of the doubt and keep the racing good in such a gray area, they choose to Immediately black flag him. Thats not cool and I think thats why Helio was so upset and he had every right to be. I don't care if Barnfart quotes the rules until he's blue in the face, he got it wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sissy-girl rules made up by bow-tied attorneys.

      LET THEM RACE!

      And one more thing. Fights. We want to see more fights.

      Bring back AJ Foyt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahhh yess. A.J. was one of the best, both on the track, and after the race. Racing is a contact sport, so let 'em race .......and slug it out afterward! Oh, and push to pass is one stupid P.O.S. as a previous post suggests.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha I hear ya... Arie Luyendyke was my favorite driver but I do have to admit, it was pretty entertaining seeing AJ hit him in Victory lane at Texas I believe... Man that seems like forever ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrible, horrible call.

      Maybe it's just me, but racing should be balls-to-the-wall, hard as you can go, limited rules. That way you don't see crap like this. Racing is about who can find the fastest way around the track, not who can memorize the most rules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea he definitely was not blocking... He did move over a bit when Power started to move over but are you kidding me, did you see his and Power's line!? They where both way too far to the inside of the track to make that turn. He had to move up to actually make the turn instead of plowing into the broadside of another car. Barnfart really screwed this one up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You're not allowed to block people in racing? I guess it's for their own safety, as if you're right in front of someone you're liable to get hit by a green shell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      EDMONTON, Alberta. Canada. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they allowed blocking the number of passes per year in this series would drop from 12 to 3. But it is exciting because they turn right and left.
      • 4 Years Ago
      on F1 you get fines to letting teammate pass and in Indy penalties for "blocking teammates" lmao

      • 4 Years Ago
      He did not block. I watched the race and the replay showed he was on the inside line the whole time. It was entertaining to see him blow up. The security guard was huge compared to him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . and I thought favoritism only existed in Nascar.
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