INDYCAR Issues Penalties
INDYCAR officials have announced that the No. 7 Lotus Dragon Racing entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais and the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car driven by James Hinchcliffe have been slapped with 10-grid position penalties for Sunday’s 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the result of unapproved engine changes pursuant to rules 15.3.1 and 15.6.1 of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.
The Chevrolet engine in the No. 27 GoDaddy.com Dallara DW12 driven by Hinchcliffe developed an issue during a team test on Monday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., requiring a fresh engine to be installed prior to the first practice session Friday on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach temporary street circuit. Similarly, the Lotus engine in the No. 7 Lotus Dragon Racing car of Bourdais was replaced following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 1.
Hinchcliffe, the 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, has top-10 finishes in both races this season. Bourdais, a three-time winner on the famed Long Beach course, provided Lotus with its initial top-10 finish (ninth) in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
These are the fourth and fifth such penalties issued this season.
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Honda Performance Development engineers advised an engine change in the No. 77 Schmidt-Hamilton HP car driven by Simon Pagenaud following the initial practice session. He started 16th in the 100-lap race on the 1.8-mile street course and charged to sixth place.
At Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., the Lotus engine in the No. 98 Team Barracuda-BHA car driven by Alex Tagliani was changed before the initial practice session on the 2.38-mile road course. The Lotus engine in the No. 22 Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car was swapped-out after practice. Oriol Servia, driving the No. 22 entry, made up 13 positions to finish 13th in the 90-lap race.No Comment