(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Chevrolet, which earned 128 points in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, on March 29, has been penalized 220 points per Verizon IndyCar Series regulations.
According to IndyCar Series Rule 10.6.4.4, 20 points will be deducted for a non-minor engine repair. Eleven of the 12 Chevrolet engines in the field underwent repairs following the St Petersburg race. All Chevrolet and Honda competitors are using the first of their allotted four engines covering 10,000 miles for the season.
Engine manufacturers, drivers, and entrants receive championship points corresponding to their finish in a race. A bonus point is awarded to the corresponding driver who earns the Verizon P1 Award and two bonus points to the manufacturer leading the most laps.
Manufacturers also can reap 10 points for each engine that reaches its 2,500-mile change-out limit. But 20 points will be deducted for an engine failing to complete its life cycle and 20 points will be deducted for an engine undergoing a non-minor repair that requires a component change, subject to IndyCar approval.
The latter is what occurred with the 11 Chevrolet engines.
Juan Pablo Montoya earned 50 points for the St Petersburg race win, followed by Team Penske teammate Will Power’s 40 points for second, and third-place finisher Tony Kanaan received 35 points. Power earned Chevrolet a bonus point for claiming the Verizon P1 Award, and Chevrolet-powered drivers led 105 of the 110 laps to earn two additional points, for a total of 128 for the race.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was the highest finisher among Honda drivers, in seventh place. He earned 26 points for the manufacturer, which totalled 70 points.
Following the Chevrolet sanctions, Honda holds a 162-point advantage in the manufacturers’ championship heading into the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12.