IndyCar drivers penalized for contact

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar officials have placed drivers Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani on probation through Dec. 31 for multiple instances of initiating avoidable contact during races this season.

Conway, of Andretti Autosport, was penalized for avoidable contact with Ryan Briscoe at Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton.

Teammate Hunter-Reay was cited for the same violation after contact with Briscoe at Barber and Takuma Sato at Edmonton.

Tagliani was deemed in violation of the rule after contact with Will Power at Toronto and Graham Rahal at Edmonton.

IndyCar president of competition Brian Barnhart says he is disappointed in all three drivers. IndyCar says it may impose other penalties if the pattern continues.