Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda will have his work cut out for him in tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

The Spaniard who leads the championship by 21 points over Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward with his teammate and defending champion Scott Dixon just 34 points behind.

Palou’s penalty comes after the team were forced to change his Honda power unit following last weekend’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis when his engine failed before the allowed mileage for a change.

It is is Palou’s third such penalty this season and this one is severe sue to the fact it is nine place penalty owing to the fact the race is on an oval.

Palou believes it is going to tricky today but says he is lucky to have Scott Dixon as his teammate and is happy for the Iceman to choose the race setup.

A statement released by IndyCar on Saturday morning read:

INDYCAR officials have announced a nine-position starting grid penalty for the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing entry for an unapproved engine change following last week’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The team was in violation of:

Rule 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 (six-position starting grid penalty on road and street courses and nine-position starting grid penalty on ovals) comes at the series’ next event, which is the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline on Saturday, Aug. 21 at World Wide Technology Raceway

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