Long Beach: Vautier penalized 10 spots for engine change

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Tristan Vautier has been penalized 10 spots on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starting grid for an unapproved engine change on his No. 55 Honda. The young Frenchman, who was slated to start 19th, will now start 27th and dead last in the field for today’s 80-lap race (4 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network/NBC Sports Live Extra).

With Vautier’s penalty, here’s your new starting lineup for the race:

IZOD IndyCar Series – Toyota GP of Long Beach

Row 1
10-Dario Franchitti
1-Ryan Hunter-Reay

Row 2
12-Will Power
14-Takuma Sato

Row 3
17-Mike Conway
3-Helio Castroneves

Row 4
27-James Hinchcliffe
11-Tony Kanaan

Row 5
83-Charlie Kimball
5-E.J. Viso

Row 6
15-Graham Rahal
4-JR Hildebrand

Row 7
16-James Jakes
2-AJ Allmendinger

Row 8
7-Sebastien Bourdais
67-Josef Newgarden

Row 9
77-Simon Pagenaud
22-Oriol Servia

Row 10
78-Simona de Silvestro
6-Sebastian Saavedra

Row 11
98-Alex Tagliani
18-Ana Beatriz

Row 12
20-Ed Carpenter
19-Justin Wilson

Row 13
25-Marco Andretti
9-Scott Dixon

Row 14
55-Tristan Vautier

IndyCar, Dallara reveal tweak to speedway aero package

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INDYCAR and Dallara revealed on Monday that a front wing extension will be made available to Verizon IndyCar Series teams to use as part of the super speedway aero package for the universal aero kits.

The extensions are expected to provide an increase in front downforce, by a minimum of three percent, and teams will be free to use them as needed. Dallara is also providing an additional wicker that can be used as a part of the extension.

The change comes in the wake of drivers voicing concerns about stability at the front of the car, especially while running in traffic – concerns which surfaced initially during Indianapolis 500 practice.

More details about the change can be viewed on IndyCar’s website.

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