The NTT IndyCar Series announced on Wednesday that Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda will have a six-place grid penalty for Saturday’s opening race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

In a statement, IndyCar said:

INDYCAR officials have announced a six grid-spot penalty for the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing entry for an unapproved engine change prior to the start of the 2021 Indianapolis 500.

The team was in violation of:

Rule 16.5.4. Once an Indianapolis 500 Engine is fitted to the Car, removal of the Engine prior to the Indianapolis 500 Race is an Unapproved Engine Change-Out, unless it is for Repair.

According to the rule book, the penalty for such a change at the Indianapolis 500 comes at the series’ next event, which is Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on Saturday, June 12.

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