Roger Penske’s decision to suspend four senior team members from his INDYCAR program for two races including the Indianapolis 500 is huge.

The news came out in Tuesday morning that Tim Cindric, President of Team Penske and Josef Newgarden’s chief strategist along with his race engineer have been suspended for two races including the Indianapolis 500.

This is big for defending Indianapolis 500 winner Josef Newgarden, who was at the heart of what went on in St Petersburg in March which only came to light ahead of the Children’s Grand Prix of Alabama.

What is unclear is who will fill in for Luke Mason on the No.2 car and also for Tim Cindric.

The fact that action has been taken by Team Penske is a good thing because there is no room for any sort of cheating either by accident or design in any form of sport.

As it stands, heading into the Month of May, Scott McLaughlin, who took victory in Barber last time out has moved up to ninth in the championship standings on 59 points while Will Power is second just one point behind leader Colton Herta.

On the other hand, Josef Newgarden is currently 16th in the standings on 48 points.

As professionals the team will adapt to the change for the next two races however, it is going to be tricky for them to regroup ahead of the opening practice for 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge next week but they will do it.

The news puts Newgarden a little bit on the back foot going into May but regardless of who calls his strategy for the Indianapolis 500, he and Team Penske cannot be ruled out to challenge to successfully defend their Indy 500.

While it is a big set back for the team they will remain focused on the job at hand and that preparing for this weekend’s Sonsio Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26.

 

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