IndyCar issued an announcement Tuesday decrying “disrespectful and inappropriate on-line abuse” directed at a number of of its drivers following Sunday’s race in Lengthy Seaside, California.
The transfer comes after Callum Ilott and Agustín Canapino, who’re teammates at Juncos Hollinger Racing, each had disappointing finishes in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Lengthy Seaside, with Lott ending nineteenth, over a lap off the tempo, whereas Canapino was knocked out of the race after making contact with Helio Castroneves and suffered his first DNF of the season.
Many followers took to social media responsible Ilott for Canapino’s undoing by clogging the monitor in entrance his teammate.
Ilott addressed the hate directed his approach — particularly replying to an Argentine broadcaster — in a Twitter post on Monday. However that appeared to solely additional fan the flames.
Since Ilott’s put up, IndyCar’s assertion has been reposted by a number of IndyCar drivers.
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) April 18, 2023
Pato O’Ward turned to social media with a lengthy post to “encourage everybody to decide on their phrases correctly, and to significantly think about the harm they’re able to inflicting.” O’Ward has been criticized for aggressive driving at Lengthy Seaside that included contact with six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon; O’Ward insisted postrace that he wouldn’t apologize for racing laborious.
And Canapino himself weighed in Tuesday morning. “Nothing permits us to transmit hate and disrespect one other individual,” he wrote. “Not solely throughout a contest, but in addition in life on the whole.”