IndyCar issues penalties and fines following MAVTV 500 at Fontana

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The Verizon IndyCar Series has issued multiple penalties in the wake of on and off-track incidents in the MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

The most notable include Will Power being fined $25,000 and put on probation through the end of the season after the Team Penske driver shoved a safety crew member after exiting his car following a two-car crash with Takuma Sato.

The team of race winner Graham Rahal was fined $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) for leaving his pit stall with part of a fuel hose.

The rest of the penalties can be seen in the below press release.

INDIANAPOLIS (July 1, 2015) — INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions and manufacturer championship points updates from the MAVTV 500, which was held June 27 at Auto Club Speedway:

• Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2015 season for violating Rule 9.3.1 (Improper Conduct) and Rule 9.3.1.8 (Improper Conduct; using improper, profane, or disparaging language or gestures in reference to any Official).

• The No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry was fined $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) for violating Rule 7.10.1.2 (Pit Safety Violation; leaving pit with equipment attached to the car – fuel hose). Additionally, a crew member for the team was placed on probation for three races for violating Rule 7.10.1.2 (Pit Safety Violation; leaving pit with equipment attached to car – fuel hose).

• Verizon IndyCar Series driver Tristan Vautier was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2015 season for violating Rule 7.10.1.8 (Pit Safety Violation; contact with personnel).

• The No. 2 Team Penske entry was fined $1,500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.5 (Pit Safety Violation; contact with equipment – air hose).

• The No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry was fined $500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (Pit Procedures, unattended equipment – wheel nut).

• The No. 26 Andretti Autosport entry was fined $500 for violating Rule 7.9.6 (Pit Procedures, unattended equipment – wheel nut).

• The No. 67 CFH Racing entry was fined a total of $1,000 for twice violating Rule 7.9.6 (Pit Procedures, unattended equipment – wheel nut and tire).

• Chevrolet received a bonus of 60 manufacturer points and Honda a bonus of 30 points for having engines attain their life cycle during the Auto Club Speedway race weekend. According to Rule 10.6.4.2, 10 points are awarded to a manufacturer for an engine that successfully reaches its 2,500-mile life cycle. Chevrolet engines that met the minimum were the No. 1 Team Penske, No. 11 KVSH Racing and Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams entries. Honda engines that met the life cycle requirement were the No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport entries.

• Chevrolet and Honda each received a deduction of 60 manufacturer points for engines that did not attain their life cycle during the Auto Club Speedway race weekend. According to Rule 10.6.4.3, 20 manufacturer points are deducted for an engine that fails to reach its 2,500-mile life cycle. Chevrolet engines that did not achieve the minimum before being changed out were the Nos. 2 and 3 Team Penske and No. 4 KV Racing Technology entries. Honda engines not reaching the life cycle minimum before being changed out were the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, No. 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises and No. 28 Andretti Autosport entries.

Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 1,108 manufacturer championship points for the season and Honda has 921.

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.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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