• Aug 3, 2010

The Indy Racing League has handed down its punishment in the case of the race winner who was robbed. Following the controversial end of the IndyCar race in Edmonton last week, apparent winner Helio Castroneves drove into the pits, hopped out of his car and went after anyone wearing IRL gear. We showed you the video of the incident (now removed) a few days ago and most of you seemed to think Helio was in the right. He may have had a good reason to be upset, but the IRL stood by its decision after giving it some extra thought.

Now that they've had more than a week to mull things over, they've decided that Helio's reaction was too aggressive to go unpunished. They've slapped the charismatic driver with a $60,000 fine and put him on probation for the rest of the season. The monetary fines always hurt at some level, but it's the principle behind it that matters more here. The IRL is standing up for their decision – and their employees – and saying that if a driver has a problem with a race decision they need to use the proper channels to appeal it.

[Source: The Indianapolis Star]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. This trumps murder, mayhem and foreign or gulf disasters; not to mention the issue of mosques near ground zero. Lucky we have our priorities straight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this rule is completely bogus. you can't defend your position by holding an inside line?1?!? that's racing. your line is YOUR line. as long as you're in front you have the right of way as long as you don't make any drastic dangerous maneuvers. no wonder no one watches IRL with asinine rules such as this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      seems fair. He should be happy he didn't have point deducted or even more happy that the security guard didn't break both his hands when he grabbed him like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Brian Barnhart - I am not a Castroneves fan in any way, shape or form but we all saw the same thing you did and that was NOT Blocking.

      I have seen Castroneves as well as other male and female racers blatantly block many times in past INDY CAR races over the years with ZERO repercussion or recourse and then this, what a totally incorrect knee jerk reaction to a non blocking incident. Too bad common sense isn't one of your job requirements?

      Indy car released transcripts from your drivers meeting that morning trying to cover your behind. Using your own definition of blocking where you divide a lane in two doesn't hold water because Castroneves barely used a width of 20 feet to square off the corner - let alone 100' of the over 200' wide runway.

      $60,000 fine for Castroneves - maybe if that were his hands were inflicting an injury around your somewhat biased neck but I hope Penske drags you into the courts, sporting council or FIA where hopefully you HAVE to explain and defend your actions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that $60k pre-tax income?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bah! You call that blocking? Schumacher showed everyone what real blocking is at Hungary!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hahaha once again F1 trumps Indy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolutely agree with takeyourpic.

      did any of you guys bagging out helio actually see the race?
      his move was absolutely legitimate and far from 'blocking'.
      he'd earned the lead and was defending it hard... with 2 or 3 laps to go.

      insane decision, his anger was completely justified
      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter how many times I watch that vid. I still don't see what he did wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Talking about the initial penalty he's got and lost the 1st place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two wrongs don't make a right, Helio. Everybody else is as important as you, if you start to think like that you won't be as likely to treat people like crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Neither do 3 wrongs. This fine will just aggravate him, as it should. It's Like having an officer arrest you for blpwing up at his miatake.The IRL should be apologizing to, not fining Helio.These guys need more integrity, less pride
        • 4 Years Ago
        people make mistakes, no matter how stupid they are (i.e the guy who called the blocking call). But I'm pretty sure the fine was for the 3-year old style temper tantrum he threw at the end of the race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Video still available here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ik4e5mWNjM
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who ever made the original call saying he was blocking is a moron, Just when I was getting interested in the series they make a stupid call, what I saw was racing, what was done to Helio was a bunch of crap, I'm not even a fan of his, they could have done this to anyone, simply they took a win from a driver who deserved to win, if this is how there going to call races then bye bye indy car racing for me!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Helio won that race and did not block nor come over toward his teammate to create an unsafe situation (Webber and Schumacher are great blockers and will likely crash their car and those overtaking rather than cede a pass). Helio had the right to the inside of the corner and when his teammate went wide - Helio had every right to go back to mid corner to ensure he had decent apex speed for the corner. IRL should have rescinded their decision and apologized (they had plenty of time to recall their decision as Helio never pitted). Nope IRL makes a bad call they have to stick with it. I don't blame Helio for being hot headed - though he was wrong in his physical reaction to the security official (I actually was expecting him to get his clock cleaned after he grabbed that guy's shirt).
      • 4 Years Ago
      IRL should be disbanded, and Helio given an apology plus a trophy and several million dollars. Oh, and a really expensive hooker to make him feel better. Hmmmm, what else? Oh yea, a half track head start in the next race.
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