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 22.214.171.124 (courtesy zone) and Rule 126.96.36.199 (lane usage) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
• The No. 67 CFH Racing entry was fined $500 for violating Rule 188.8.131.52 (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.