Sunday, April 17, 2011
The driver of the Team Penske asked repeated apologies to Will Power, the team and the fans for the incident involving the two drivers
Helio Castroneves finished extremely disappointed in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, today in California (USA). The reason for this was not the 12th position after 85 laps of the race on street circuit, but the incident involving him and your teammate Will Power on lap 66.
On the restart after a yellow flag, Castroneves restared in the 4th position and hit the back of the car of Will Power. Both lost several positions and completed the race, respectively, 10th and 12th.
“First of all, the Auto Club Team Penske crew did a great job today”, said Castroneves. “To be running inside the top-five for most of the race was just amazing. As far as the restart, I’m really not sure what to say. I feel terrible for Will (Power). I wasn’t even trying to pass, but we just made contact. Will is my teammate, and of course you just can’t take each other out. It’s just very unfortunate and I have to say I’m sorry to the team. Good job to Ryan, he deserved at least a second-place finish today. And congratulations to (Mike) Conway on the win“.