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Castroneves fined $30,000 for Twitter comments
IndyCar fines three-time Indy winner Castroneves $30,000 for critical Twitter comments
By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' IndyCar officials have fined Helio Castroneves $30,000 and put him on probation because of critical comments he made on Twitter.

Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, complained about a penalty imposed by race director Brian Barnhart on the final lap at Japan. Barnhart dropped Castroneves from seventh to 22nd place after he made a pass under yellow. The driver acknowledged his maneuver was illegal but said he should've received a one-spot penalty.

After the race Castroneves tweeted: "It is sad to see one person being responsible for bringing down an entire series" and "Brian Barnhart is a circus clown!"

League officials say Castroneves can work off the fine by making a series of public appearances for the series. He also can appeal the penalty.

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