The Verizon IndyCar Series has issued penalties in the wake of Sunday’s Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. The most noteworthy penalty is the one levied against the winning team. Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 11 Chevrolet was found have been too light in post-race inspection and the KVSH team was fined $5,000.
Bourdais led 118 laps on the way to his second win of 2015.
Bourdais’ car violated rule 22.214.171.124, which states “The minimum weight shall include all lubricants, coolants and camera or dummy camera housings. Fuel, Driver and the Driver equivalency weight are excluded.”
The remaining penalties are below.
• Chevrolet received a deduction of 20 manufacturer points and Honda a deduction of 100 manufacturer points for engines that did not attain their life cycle during The Milwaukee Mile 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. The Chevrolet engine on the No. 4 KV Racing Technology entry and the Honda engines on the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Nos. 18 and 19 Dale Coyne Racing and Nos. 25 and 27 Andretti Autosport entries did not reach their life cycle minimum before being changed out.
Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 1,213 manufacturer points for the season and Honda has 899.
Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption
“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.
“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”
The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).
“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.
“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”
“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”
Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:
Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).