IndyCar team boss Jay Penske has been arrested

Jay Penske, son of racing legend Roger Penske and owner of the IndyCar Series Dragon Racing outft, has been arrested in the upmarket town of Nantucket.

Penske Jr and his brother, Mark, have been arrested by the island resort town’s boys in blue on suspicion of “breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanour” at the Nantucket Yacht Club.

Quite why two rather rich and successful young men would want to break into a yacht club is so far unanswered, but the circumstances leading to their arrest make for interesting – and titillating – reading.

According to separate reports in the local The Inquirer and Mirror newspapers, two women had approached police officers in the area with complaints that they had been assaulted by two men, who matched the Penske brothers’ description.

It transpires that Jay and Mark were enjoying a brotherly moment after (we daresay) a few too many beverages of the alcoholic kind, and were relieving their bladders by dint of having a pee in the nearby unlit parking lots.

It is alleged that the two women approached the Penske brothers, whereupon Jay turned and wet one of the ladies’ boots, apparently on purpose. The owner of the boots was none too impressed with him, and it is believed that the physical altercation took place between the men and women before the Penske brothers fled and decided to break into the yacht club.

The brothers were arraigned in the local police department’s lock-up cells overnight, before being released on their own recognisance. The matter will be heard at a pre-trial hearing on August 20, although it is understood that the ladies have opted not to pursue the assault complaint any further.

Neither Dragon Racing – which fields cars for Sébastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge in this year’s IndyCar Series – or the championship series has released any comment in relation to the incident.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.