Castroneves loses his cool, Duno faces probation and more
EDMONTON, Alberta -- One of the enduring images of the 2010 IndyCar season is bound to be the fit of rage displayed by
For those who may have forgotten, Burns is the same man who headed off
"I put 50 bucks on Charles,"
The incident is further evidence of how serious Castroneves takes his profession, but also another sign of how he wears his emotions on his sleeve, which can be to his advantage and his detriment.
"Obviously, I disagree with the decisions made by the race officials on the last restart in today's race, but that is no excuse for my actions after the checkered flag," Castroneves said. "I apologize to my team, our sponsors, the fans and the entire IZOD IndyCar Series community for my behavior. My actions were totally wrong and I acted inappropriately to some people who are my friends and people I respect very much. Obviously, I'm a very emotional person and today I let my emotions get the better of me and I'm very sorry for that."
Lucky for Castroneves, Burns, who bears a resemblance to drill Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film
If you ask some drivers about the year-long probation placed on 38-year-old driver
Earlier this month at Watkins Glen International, she cost Team IZOD driver
IndyCar Series CEO
Duno has been very defensive about her racing ability and said this is the first time in her career that she is competing on the full IndyCar Series schedule. But while she claims to be getting better, the criticism against her has increased.
"I don't pay attention to what others say," she said.
Duno was allowed to start Sunday but spun in Turn 1 at the beginning of the race. After completing five laps she was essentially "parked" by the team at Dale Coyne Racing.
"She hasn't done street circuits, so we knew the challenge was bigger on street tracks,"
"I think we all need to work together to understand where we are and get better performance wise, and the IRL has been helpful with that. Everyone needs to understand the big picture."
Look for Duno to be under more scrutiny during her probation period, which could mean even more severe penalties.
With three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner
"I'm running the last 10 laps of this thing and just praying every lap there isn't going to be a caution and that my car was going to have the grip I needed. It is remarkable to be put in this position. Honestly, I'm in shock right now."
After a "Canadian Road Trip" that included stops in Toronto and the Canadian Prairie City of Edmonton, it's time for a trip to Pocono as NASCAR's "Race to the Chase" heats up. The cutoff race to make the 12-driver field is at Richmond on Sept. 11.