April 22, 2014 — official release — Richard Dowdy photo — INDIANAPOLIS — INDYCAR has placed Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves on probation through June 30, 2014, for an action following the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13.
Castroneves was found to have violated Rule 9.3.8 (Social Media Policy violation). While the exact reasoning behind the infraction was not released by IndyCar officials, a critical message on Twitter that was posted by Castroneves following the most recent Verizon IndyCar Series race in Long Beach is believed to be the cause.
In the tweet, Castroneves was critical of series officials for a non-call on what Castroneves believed should have been a penalty. A few moments after posting it, the tweet was removed from his account.
Castroneves 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.