IZOD IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves will not take part in today’s Stock Car Brasil race in Ribeirao Preto after all, having not received clearance from doctors to compete following his crash in practice on Friday (see viceo below).
Castroneves suffered cuts on his legs and reported neck and back pain after his Shell Racing car made driver’s side contact with a concrete barrier on the street course and then slammed into a tire barrier. The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion walked from the wreckage under his own power but was subsequently transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
Last December, Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Rubens Barrichello competed in the final race of the Stock Car Brasil season. Barrichello, who drove for KV Racing Technology in the 2012 IndyCar Series season, competes full time in the series this year.
Castroneves is expected to be fully fit in time for the next IndyCar race, at Sonoma on Aug. 25.