Helio Castroneves at Edmonton 2010Things had been relatively quiet during the Honda Indy Edmonton IZOD IndyCar Series race, that is, until those final laps.

Helio Castroneves was caught blocking (in this scenario it’s a no-no) his teammate Will Power which to me looked like the slightest of blocking, but whatever the officials know better than me. Plus Will did say in his post-race interview that Helio blocked him and well you’re not supposed to do that.

So Helio, who finished first, didn’t win the race and proceeded to go apeshit when he got out of his car. That had to have been one of the awesomest racing-related tantrums I’ve ever heard/seen on live television. The video is below and it gets good at about the 3:55 mark.

My only gripe was that Versus didn’t cut to Helio sooner. They should of had a straight shot on him the entire time, why bother talking to Scott Dixon, who would have been second but ended up winning the race because of the penalty levied against Helio. I’m sure Scott was grateful (who wouldn’t be?), but who cares what he had to say. Helio was where the action was at.

I can’t blame Helio for his reaction. I’d be highly irritated too, he won that race but one little block and he ended up 10th. That blows.

So, I thought it was great that the Indy Racing League put Milka Duno on probation. That was looooooong overdue. I don’t get that woman, I really don’t. Maybe I’m just dense, but can someone explain to me why she can’t go the same speed as everyone else? Aren’t they all driving the same car? What’s going on there? If Milka would like to tell me about her deal I’d be more than happy to chat about it with her.

Oh and one other thing, one of the Versus pit reporters was talking to the strategist for rookie Simona De Silvestro. It was her very first IZOD IndyCar Series race, she’s been running in the Indy Lights Series this year. So the pit reporter starts talking to the the guy and he’s talking about Simona like she’s a horse, “She’s a girl, does she have a chance??” Okay, he didn’t say those EXACT words (not far off though) but that was basically the gist. Which, I don’t have to remind you, is RIDICULOUS. Why did he even need to point out her gender? Who effing cares? She qualified 7th, clearly she’s very capable of driving a race car.

EJ Viso

E.J. Viso

Ryan Hunter Reay and Beccy Gordon

Ryan Hunter Reay and his fiancee Beccy Gordon

Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan

Tomas Scheckter

I like to call Tomas Scheckter “shecky.” And here’s a useless fact, Tomas and I are the same age but I’m 21 days older than him. Yay 1980!

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick, uhm, ya got some notes in your face.

Marco Andretti

Marco Andretti

I couldn’t decide which photo of Marco Andretti I liked better so I’m using both! 🙂 I think he should have a “pose-off” with Kasey Kahne. Jenkies!

Bertrand Baguette

This is Bertrand Baguette, he’s a rookie. Every time I hear his name I wanna go buy bread and some nice Brie cheese. Doesn’t that sound yummy?

Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti signing autographs

Mario Moraes

Mario Moraes

(all photos courtesy of Indy Racing League)