INDYCAR issues post-Barber penalties

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INDYCAR has issued the following penalties after this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Note the penalty assessed to Sage Karam’s No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was a planned one following Jim Campbell’s, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, statement after the St. Petersburg race:

“We identified a batch of valve springs that, due to a process change at one of our suppliers, may fracture before the full mileage requirement. We notified IndyCar of the issue and obtained approval to change the valve springs. Eleven of our 12 engines were updated following the St. Petersburg race. Based on lower accrued mileage, the current plan is to address the 12th engine after the race at Barber Motorsports Park.”

Here’s the Barber penalties, per INDYCAR:

INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions from the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, which was held April 25-26 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.:

  • Chevrolet received a deduction of 20 manufacturer championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series regulations. According to Rule, 20 points will be deducted for a non-minor engine repair to the Chevrolet engine in the No. 8 entry. Chevrolet notified INDYCAR and completed the repair within the scope of the rules.
  • INDYCAR officials fined crew members of Team Penske a total of $1,500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (failure to attend equipment during pit stop).
  • INDYCAR officials fined KV Racing Technology $500 for violating Rule (passing over own airhose).
  • INDYCAR officials fined a crew member of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams $500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (failure to attend equipment during pit stop).
  • INDYCAR officials withdrew the $500 penalty imposed against a crew member of KV Racing Technology on April 22 for violating Rule (fueling without visor down) after a further internal review.

Members may contest the imposition of the penalties pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.