INDYCAR Issues Detroit Grid Penalty

INDIANAPOLIS – INDYCAR officials have announced a six grid-spot penalty for the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing entry, driven by Alex Palou, 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 this Saturday, June 12.

The car in question finished second in last month’s Indy 500, trading the lead with eventual winner, Helio Castroneves, multiple times in the May Classic’s closing laps.