Castroneves furious with JR Hildebrand after finishing 11th

Helio's broken Butt Bumper dangles off back
Helio's broken Butt Bumper dangles off back
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JR Hildebrand tried to apologize, but Helio Castroneves wasn’t having it.

Castroneves was furious Sunday after a collision with Hildebrand late in the 100th Indianapolis 500 dropped him from contention for the victory to an 11th-place finish.

The incident defined the day’s troublesome performance for Team Penske’s four drivers. Juan Pablo Montoya, who won last year’s race, crashed on Lap 63 and finished last. Will Power, who finished second last year, struggled to get into contention after a penalty for a pit road incident on Lap 48 and finished 10th. Simon Pagenaud, who had won the previous three Verizon IndyCar Series races, also was penalized for a violation on pit road and finished 19th.

As Castroneves was being interviewed by a Brazilian TV crew in the pits after the race, Hildebrand approached Castroneves in an apparent attempt to apologize. Castroneves angrily told him to leave, which Hildebrand did.

When asked what Hildebrand did on the track, Castroneves told USA TODAY Sports: “Go ask him. You’ve got to ask him. He was behind. I have no idea. I just felt the bump. It put us in a situation that was almost impossible to come back from. I’m really, really, really upset, especially in a race that’s so important."

Castroneves led 24 laps, but lost the lead on a restart on Lap 158, when Tony Kanaan passed Castroneves for the lead and then began battling with Josef Newgarden. Castroneves dropped to fourth, then slipped to 19th after a pit stop on Lap 162 before battling back to the 11th-place finish as rookie Alexander Rossi scored a surprising victory. Jeff Olsen/USA Today

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