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Rahal put on probation for six races

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - IndyCar officials have placed driver Graham Rahal on probation for the next six races for an incident that occurred during Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rahal was penalized for blocking and initiating avoidable contact. During the 22nd lap of the 85-lap race, Rahal made contact with the No. 26 car driven by Marco Andretti. The result of the contact launched Andretti's car briefly into the air before it collided with the tire barrier.

"Due to the inability of the No. 38 car to continue the race, a review of the on-track actions of Graham Rahal became a post-race issue," said Beaux Barfield, IndyCar president of competition and IZOD IndyCar Series Race Director. "All stewards have reviewed the incident and have decided that the on-track actions of Graham warranted probation because of driving that endangers on-track safety and adversely affects competition."

Rahal finished 24th in Sunday's race, while Andretti was 25th.

Rahal's probation period will end after the IndyCar Series event June 23 at Iowa Speedway.

04/17 18:16:37 ET

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