Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet who goes into Saturday’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in fourth place in the championship has been handed a six-place grid penalty meaning he will start the race six places back from wherever he qualifies later today.
IndyCar issued the following statement:
INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 2 Team Penske entry for an unapproved engine change following Sunday’s race on the streets of Nashville.
The team was in violation of:
Rule 22.214.171.124 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.
According to the rulebook, the penalty for such a change comes at the series’ next event, which is the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 14 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.