LONG BEACH, Calif. – Ryan Hunter-Reay vehemently disagrees with a penalty levied against him for a three-car accident at New Orleans.
IndyCar this week docked the Indianapolis 500 winner three points and placed him on probation for three races for what the series called "avoidable contact" in last Sunday's race.
Simon Pagenaud ran off course as he raced three-wide with Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais following a late restart. When Pagenaud re-entered the racing surface, he slammed into Hunter-Reay, who spun into Bourdais.
All three cars slid off course, with Pagenaud and Bourdais hitting tire barriers. Pagenaud maintained Hunter-Reay ran him off the track, Hunter-Reay insisted Pagenaud ran out of racing surface.
Hunter-Reay on Friday told The Indianapolis Star the penalty "is BS" and he said he relayed that opinion to IndyCar.