Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has learned an important lesson about not sharing his Twitter account, even with family. Following the Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Castroneves finished 11th, a tweet appeared under his account and was later deleted that said: "Indycar officials continuing not punishing some drivers and giving green flag during an accident." It also included an image of a thumbs down over the IndyCar Series logo. It has been preserved online.

Later that day, Castroneves posted two further tweets apologizing for the remark. He said that he didn't write it or agree with it, and that his sister, Kati, was using his Twitter. She wrote on her own account taking full responsibility.

So what's the big deal? Castroneves apologized, and his sister owned up to the mistake. However, the IndyCar Series organizers didn't see it so cleanly. They put the driver on probation until June 30 for violating the sport's social media policy. Castroneves can still race, but he is under higher scrutiny for the time being. He can also appeal the ruling. You can read IndyCar's very brief statement on the probation below.
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INDYCAR has placed Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves on probation through June 30, 2014, for an action at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13.

Castroneves was found to have violated Rule 9.3.8 (Social Media Policy violation).

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


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      Lynn Halstead
      • 8 Months Ago
      Was that the same sister that was involved in the tax scandal? I think he and his sister need to have a long talk!!
      Michael Davis
      • 8 Months Ago
      What the hell does Helio's sister have to do with the officiating that goes on in IndyCar? Helio should not be penalized for something his sister tweeted which he had no control over and, by the same token, Helio should tell his sister to STFU.
      DannyS
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why would anyone give someone else access to their twitter, face book, or email accounts?
      Street King
      • 8 Months Ago
      As I was scrolling down I was wondering why Kenny Powers was on autoblog - then I saw the whole pic
      rubley00
      • 8 Months Ago
      The extent to which IndyCar tries to control a driver's speech is disgusting.
        Jake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @rubley00
        I wonder if your employer has a social networking policy. Would they do anything if you went on twitter and started saying bad and/or critical things about them?
        Floyd Wilson
        • 8 Months Ago
        @rubley00
        No one is "controlling" his speech. He is allowed to say whatever he wants. Just as they are allowed to say whatever they want., like you are suspended.
      svntsvn
      • 8 Months Ago
      Censorship at its best
      pdwid
      • 8 Months Ago
      What "Important lesson" was learned here? That INDYCAR has a pack of whiney bureaucrats they hired from various school board dress code enforcers? Are these full grown men or a pack of women that get upset because the chai is the wrong temperature? The real lesson is ALL organizations are full of petty, empire building, useless eaters.
      sandra_courtney
      • 8 Months Ago
      what happened to "freedom of speech"? Why is he being punished for something his sister said, not him. Some organizations need to use their head before they speak
        rubley00
        • 8 Months Ago
        @sandra_courtney
        Yet another misunderstanding. Freedom of speech means the Government cannot restrict your speech. That's all. The Government. Only the Government. Private companies do not have to respect your right to free speech.
          SloopJohnB
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          Well said. There should be a hundred ups on this comment…it is what it is.
      Doug
      • 8 Months Ago
      pdwid, great comments! Don't hold back!
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