INDYCAR announces post-Indy 500 penalties; Coyne, Herta pit penalties among them

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INDYCAR has handed out a bevy of post-race penalties from the Indianapolis 500, most notably to the No. 19 and No. 98 teams after pit incidents.

Here’s the full breakdown:

INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions from the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, which was held May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval:

• INDYCAR officials have fined the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing entry $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and the entrant was placed on a six-race probation for violating Rules 7.10.1.10 (unsafe release) and 7.10.1.8 (contact with personnel) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook;

• INDYCAR officials have fined Gabby Chaves, driver of the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport entry, $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and placed him on a six-race probation for violating Rule 7.10.1.8 (contact with personnel);

• INDYCAR officials have fined the No. 2 Team Penske entry $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.5 (contact with pit equipment, running over an air hose);

• INDYCAR officials have fined the No. 4 KV Racing Technology entry $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.6 (contact with a competitor’s pit equipment, running over the air hose of the No. 17 entry);

• INDYCAR officials have fined a crew member of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport entry $500 for violating Rule 1.2.7.2(c) (personal safety equipment, deadman not wearing gloves).

In addition, INDYCAR announced manufacturers championship points adjustments following the Indianapolis 500:

• Honda received a bonus of 40 engine manufacturer points for attaining the life cycle minimum on four of its engines. According to Rule 10.6.4.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, any engine that reaches a lifespan of 2,500 miles will receive 10 bonus points for its manufacturer. Honda engines for the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises, No. 27 Andretti Autosport, No. 28 Andretti Autosport and No. 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises entries all reached at least 2,500 miles. Honda had also received a bonus of 20 engine manufacturer points following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 for attaining the life cycle minimum on two of its engines, the Nos. 5 and 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entries.

• Honda received a deduction of 80 points for engines that did not reach their life cycle at the Indianapolis 500. According to Rule 10.6.4.3, 20 points will be deducted for an engine that fails to reach its 2,500-mile life cycle. Engines in the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing, No. 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises and No. 43 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entries did not reach their life cycle minimum before being changed out. Honda had also received a deduction of 40 points following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 for two of its engines not reaching the life cycle minimum before being changed out, the Nos. 18 and 19 Dale Coyne Racing entries.

Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 588 manufacturer points and Honda has 553.

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

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

Daivd Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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