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Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby Pepper » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 10:48 am

Title contender Helio Castroneves has been put to the back of the grid at Chicagoland Speedway for crossing the white line at the edge of the track during his qualifying lap.

His championship rival Scott Dixon will start on the outside of the front row, alongside Castroneves' Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe.

Castroneves had taken a provisional fourth place in this afternoon's qualifying session, but there was controversy as soon as he had completed his run, with television footage showing that the Penske Dallara-Honda's left-hand wheels had dropped below the white line separating the race track from the apron.

Indy Racing League chief steward Brian Barnhart duly ruled that Castroneves had crossed the line "numerous times" during his four laps, and disallowed the Brazilian's time, putting him to the back of the 28-car field.

When told that the qualifying attempt was about to be scratched, Castroneves and Penske Racing president Tim Cindric took off on scooters through the paddock in search of Barnhart. Upon returning, Castroneves said only "no comment," but Cindric said he was not allowed to meet with Barnhart.

"He said he only wanted to talk to Helio," Cindric said. "I was de-invited."

Before the official ruling, Dixon complained to reporters about Castroneves dropping below the white line during his qualifying effort. When told that Dixon was complaining, Castroneves responded.

Revised grid:

Pos Driver Team Speed
1. Ryan Briscoe Penske 215.818
2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 215.553
3. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 215.548
4. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 215.368
5. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 215.064
6. Dan Wheldon Ganassi 214.967
7. Tomas Scheckter Luczo Dragon 214.855
8. Vitor Meira Panther 214.796
9. Marty Roth Roth 214.794
10. Will Power KV 214.583
11. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 214.444
12. Oriol Servia KV 214.441
13. Ed Carpenter Vision 213.875
14. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 213.523
15. AJ Foyt IV Vision 213.485
16. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman 213.430
17. Jaime Camara Conquest 213.417
18. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher 213.389
19. Alex Tagliani Conquest 213.305
20. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 212.857
21. Justin Wilson Newman/Haas/Lanigan 212.753
22. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold 212.682
23. Darren Manning Foyt 212.406
24. Franck Perera Foyt 212.126
25. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne 212.040
26. EJ Viso HVM 211.996
27. Mario Moraes Dale Coyne 211.451
28. Helio Castroneves Penske no speed


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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby CrazyChick » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 7:20 pm

At least he can be thankful he's racing on an oval so has a decent chance to get back up the front, and not racing on an F1 track.

didn't expect to see Danica as the lead AGR car :shock:
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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby The hairy Boots on » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 9:47 pm

3 cars wide for the lead.

Helium from last to 1st
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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby Pepper » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 10:24 pm

The racing so far has been amazing

some strange accidents though

both penske and both ganasi cars along with kanann & patrick very strong!


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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby Pepper » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 10:54 pm

Dixon wins the title but the finish is a photo finish its so close!


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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby NewMrMe » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 11:05 pm

Pepper wrote:Dixon wins the title but the finish is a photo finish its so close!


That was one hell of a race.
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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby Pepper » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 11:12 pm

Absolutely excellent!


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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby The hairy Boots on » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 11:33 pm

So close, even the timing computer is confused about who won. IMO Helium won...
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Re: Castroneves put to back of the grid

Postby NewMrMe » Sun 07 Sep, 2008 11:34 pm

The online commentary said that the gap was 1/1000th of a second.
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