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What Agustín Canapino Did Was Way Worse Than Noah Gragson

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The fact that neither INDYCAR nor Juncos Hollinger Racing have suspended Agustín Canapino for his actions following the Detroit Grand Prix is ridiculous.

In the NTT IndyCar Series race on the streets of Detroit on Sunday (June 2), there was an incident where rookie driver Théo Pourchaire performed a late divebomb on Canapino and the two made contact. Canapino was understandably angry at Pourchaire for the ultra-aggressive move and slightly repaid the favor two corners later.

“This idiot messed up my entire car,” Canapino said on the team radio when it happened.

“I know, stupid, the son of a b****, a******,” team owner Ricardo Juncos replied. “He jumped from 400 meters. Stupid.”

Canapino had every right to be mad, and that heat-of-the-moment radio transmission is part of what makes racing entertaining — absolutely nothing wrong there. Heck, had he wrecked Pourchaire or punched him in the mouth following the race, I’d say both were well within his rights.

Instead, Canapino lashed out in a way that was much worse.

Following the incident, Pourchaire received a barrage of death threats from fans. So much so that Pourchaire addressed it in a post on X on Monday (June 3).

“I’m sad I received so much hate and death threats in the last 24 hours for such a small incident in the Detroit GP,” Pourchaire said. “I hope people can understand that we are all humans and we can make mistakes. But it’s not normal to abuse people online. Please be kind to each other.”

His team Arrow McLaren released a joint statement with Juncos Hollinger, who it shared an alliance with, as well.

“Arrow McLaren and @juncoshollinger will not tolerate any form of abuse or discrimination,” the Arrow McLaren post said. “Those participating in such actions are not welcome in our online community.”

Canapino, on the other hand, did nothing on Monday to discourage the hate Pourchaire was receiving. Instead, he liked a bunch of posts that mock Pourchaire, say there are no death threats or suggest it’s just a part of Argentinian culture to say stuff like…

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