Castroneves (3) cost team-mate Power (12) a shot at victory at Long Beach with this clumsy move

IndyCar officials are reportedly paying close attention to the driving standards of series veteran Hélio Castroneves after the Brazilian’s rather accident-prone start to the 2011 championship season.

At least that’s the view of former driver Al Unser Jr, who was part of the stewards group for the Grand Prix of Long Beach two weeks ago, where Castroneves had separate accidents with Dreyer & Reinbold’s Justin Wilson and his own Penske team-mate Will Power.

Helio Castroneves The Wilson collision was deemed to be a racing incident, while no investigation was launched into the second as both protagonists were competing in the same team.

“We keep track of drivers who are making poor decisions and we’re keeping track of what Helio is doing,” Unser told the Indystar. “If he continues, then some action will be taken.”

Castroneves was also a key player in the monster first-corner pile-up at the season-opening Grand Prix of St Petersburg, which saw a five-car pile-up that launched Marco Andretti turned upside-down.

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