IndyCar penalizes Rossi, Andretti Autosport after Indy win

IndyCar has revealed that Alexander Rossi’s winning car was found to be in violation of two rules, following the Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course last Sunday.

IndyCar penalizes Rossi, Andretti Autosport after Indy win
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Rossi led 44 of the 85 laps, to score his eighth career IndyCar win and his first in more than three years.

However, following post-race technical inspection last Saturday, the #27 Andretti Autosport-Honda was found to have reached minimum weight in a manner not allowed by the IndyCar rulebook.

Rule 14.4.1.1. states that the minimum weight shall include the car in ready-to-compete condition excluding Driver, Driver Equivalency Weight, fuel and drink bottle content. Rule 14.4.1.1.1. states that minimum weight for road/street course events is 1700 pounds.

“From a sporting perspective, the car met minimum requirements,” said IndyCar president Jay Frye. “From a technical perspective, the way [Andretti Autosport] achieved the weight is not allowed.

“To meet minimum weight, the drink bottle and its contents were used as car ballast, which is not permitted and why the team is being fined and penalized.”

As a consequence, IndyCar has fined Andretti Autosport $25,000 and penalized the team 20 entrant/driver points.

That cuts Rossi’s points tally from 318 to 298 – so that his points deficit to championship leader, Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power, is 133 with only four rounds remaining. It also means Rossi slips from eighth to ninth in the championship, behind last weekend's pole-winner, Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet. While Rossi remains Andretti Autosport-Honda’s top-ranked competitor, he is now only 13 points ahead of 10th-placed Colton Herta, while their teammates Romain Grosjean and Devlin DeFrancesco sit in 14th and 23rd respectively.

Although IndyCar stated that “members may contest the imposition of the penalties detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the NTT IndyCar Series rulebook,” team COO Rob Edwards informed Motorsport.com that Andretti Autosport accepts the penalty.

Rossi will be departing Michael Andretti’s squad at season’s end to join Arrow McLaren SP as it expands to three cars. Rossi, who finished in the top three of the IndyCar championship in 2018 and ’19, will be replaced at AA by current IndyCar rookie, 2021 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood.

Herta, Grosjean and DeFrancesco will remain in the #26, #28 and #29 cars respectively.

 

Note: This story has been amended since it was first published, to correct Rossi's points tally and championship position.

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