They made contact which caused Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) to also hit Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Racing), with all three then crunching the wall in an incident which triggered the fourth Caution of the race.
Rule 9.3.3., concerning Avoidable Contact, states, “The primary responsibility for avoiding contact with a Competitor resides with the overtaking Competitor and the secondary responsibility resides with the Competitor(s) being overtaken.
“A Competitor who fails to demonstrate their responsibility and initiates a maneuver that results in contact with another Competitor may be penalized.”
Given DeFrancesco could not serve a penalty in Fort Worth, he will take one at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Practice for the Californian street race starts this morning at 08:15 AEDT.
Qualifying is due to get underway tomorrow at 05:00 AEDT, and will be streamed live and ad-free on Stan Sport.