IndyCar hits Newgarden with grid penalty

INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 2 Team Penske entry (Josef Newgarden) for an unapproved engine change following Sunday’s race on the streets of Nashville.

The team was in violation of:

Rule A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.

According to the rule book, the penalty for such a change comes at the series’ next event, which is the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 14 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.