Post-Sonoma penalties are released; fines to No. 22, No. 67 cars issued after pit road incident

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The checkered flag on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season fell Sunday at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, but the finalization of penalties and results came out Wednesday, as they have all season.

With the pit lane dustup between Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden in the crosshairs Sunday, both teams were penalized, although Pagenaud’s No. 22 Team Penske team received a much higher fine for its infraction.

The full release from the final “penalty Wednesday” of the season is linked below.

INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which was held Aug. 30 at Sonoma Raceway:

• The No. 22 Team Penske entry was fined $2,500 for violating Rule 7.9.17.1 (courtesy zone) and Rule 7.10.1.1 (lane usage) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

• The No. 67 CFH Racing entry was fined $500 for violating Rule 7.10.1.6 (contact with another car’s pit equipment).

• Honda received a deduction of 80 manufacturer championship points for engines that did not attain their life cycle during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 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 Honda engine on the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, No. 26 Andretti Autosport and 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises entries did not reach its life cycle minimum before being changed out. In addition, the Honda received an additional 20 point deduction for fitting the wrong engine in the No. 41 entry. Following the deduction, Chevrolet won the manufacturer championship with 1,645 points; Honda finished with 1,179 points.

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

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.