IndyCar Issues Post-500 Penalties

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1995 Indianapolis 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve made his return to the race with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Sunday. On Wednesday, his team was fined 10 points for violating engine change rules. (John Cote/IndyCar photo)
1995 Indianapolis 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve made his return to the race with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Sunday. On Wednesday, his team was fined 10 points for violating engine change rules. (John Cote/IndyCar photo)
1995 Indianapolis 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve made his return to the race with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Sunday. On Wednesday, his team was fined 10 points for violating engine change rules. (John Cote/IndyCar photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Honda has been penalized 50 Engine Manufacturer Championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series rules for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage) after Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Honda engines were changed out in the Nos. 14, 15, 19, 27 and 34 entries. Each occurrence is a 10-point penalty incurred by the manufacturer.

Also, engine changes in the No. 5 (Jacques Villeneuve/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), No. 16 (Oriol Servia/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), No. 41 (Martin Plowman/A.J. Foyt Racing) and No. 68 (Alex Tagliani/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) cars violated Rule 16.5.1 (entrant initiated engine change under mileage). Each entrant and driver has been assessed a 10-point penalty, according to Verizon IndyCar Series rules.

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