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Bourdais penalised over Wilson crash

Sebastien Bourdais has been fined and placed on probation after having been deemed responsible for an accident with Justin Wilson at Texas on Saturday.
KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the season after having been found in violation of Verizon IndyCar Series rules relating to on-track conduct.

The penalty comes after Bourdais was involved in accident with Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson on lap 121 of the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, which appeared to have been triggered by Bourdais running intentionally low on the track and pinching Wilson onto the apron.

"I saw [Bourdais] got checked up at the previous corner and I knew my only way was on the inside," said Wilson afterwards. "I got a good run, a lot of steam on Sebastian and as I was approaching he started to block but my run was so big, it was too much of a block too late.

"I popped inside but he kept coming until I was out of road and I ended up with two wheels on the apron on turn in and that is never going to work," he added, after spinning out of the race and crashing into Bourdais' car in the process.

Bourdais had been contrite after the crash, saying: "Honestly I don't know if it was a racing incident. I haven't seen anything so I don't know if it's a racing incident, my fault or his fault, but if it's my fault, I apologise."

Bourdais' penalty was just one of a number of penalties announced by IndyCar officials after last weekend's event.

In addition, the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team was fined $5,000 for a technical violation on Josef Newgarden's #67 car which was found to have violated Rule 14.6.5.2.1a of the IndyCar Rule Book relating to rear wing angle.

And Honda have been docked a total of 30 engine manufacturer points after Texas, after the cars of Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay all had engine changes made before the existing units had completed the required 2,500 mile lifespan.

In all cases, the penalised driver, team or manufacturer has the right of appeal pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

The next round of the IndyCar season is on June 28 for the first of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader races.



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