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IndyCar: Three post-GP of Indy penalties announced

May 14, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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Easier to just link the release from INDYCAR, below:

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS POST-EVENT INFRACTIONS

INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which was held May 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

·  INDYCAR officials have fined engine manufacturer Chevrolet $20,000 and penalized it 10 engine manufacturer’s points for violations of the engine regulations. Chevrolet was found to have violated Rule 11.2 (Torque Control) and 12.1 (Traction Control) of the Verizon IndyCar Series Engine Regulations.

·  INDYCAR officials have fined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports $1,000 for a technical violation on its No. 77 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Simon Pagenaud. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 14.6.7.7 (Underwing splitter) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

·  INDYCAR officials have fined Penske Racing $1,000 for a technical violation on its No. 3 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Helio Castroneves. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 14.15.7 (Differential assembly) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

The member 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.

As for what the rules mean, from the rulebook, here’s the actual language (h/t to James Black of 16th and Georgetown who had these posted up to his site, as well).

 11.2 Torque Control – The only means by which the driver may control the engine torque is via a single chassis-mounted foot pedal or on-board fuel mixture switch.  Designs which allow specific points along the pedal travel range to be identified by the driver or to assist in holding a position are not permitted.  The minimum and maximum pedal travel positions must correspond to the engine throttle minimum (normal idle) and maximum open positions. 

It is permissible to take control of the engine torque away from the driver during any of these events only:
a) When a stuck throttle is detected
b) During a gearshift
c) For pit lane speed limit control
d) For engine rev limit control
e) To control over boosting

12.1 Traction control – Traction or launch control is not permitted. 

INDYCAR also announced that the race winning car of Simon Pagenaud was fined $1,000 for violating Rule 14.6.7.7 (Underwing splitter) and Team Penske’s No. 3 entry was fined $1,000 for the violation of Rule 14.15.7 (Differential assembly).
Those read as follows:

14.6.7.7. All of the remaining underwing parts (splitters, sidewall extensions etc.) must remain as supplied with the exception of adding extra fasteners or the permitted trim to the underwing sidewall.

14.15.7. All parts of the differential assembly must be used as supplied by Xtrac.

  1. testover6370 - May 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I get that they don’t want to change the results after the fans go home (aka every single TUSC race) but these fines for out of spec cars don’t seem sufficient for the gravity of the situation, especially when it concerns the car that won the race. The message I get from this is as long as you can afford the fine, go ahead and cheat to win.

    • indycarseries500 - May 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Imagine the penalty Chevy would get if it was with a sanctioning body with power like NASCAR or the FIA

  2. manik56 - May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    If the violation on car 77 was major, there would have been a points penalty, right?

    • testover6370 - May 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Sounds to me like the 77 and 3 had parts that were supposed to be spec, and weren’t. That could mean anything from identical pieces not supplied by the specified supplier, to custom-designed parts not conforming to the rules in an effort to enhance performance illegally. So hard to say.

  3. chad4208 - May 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    “The minimum and maximum pedal travel positions must correspond to the engine throttle minimum (normal idle) and maximum open positions. ”

    No Duh. …does that mean teams get fined if they have a broken throttle? Because that means technically they are breaking that rule because maximum pedal travel may not equal maximum open if such parts break. OF course that is not relevant to what happened here but what exactly did happen here? Chevy put traction control in the motor? I’m not getting what they are saying

    • indycarseries500 - May 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Well a broken throttle usually spells the end of the day for the participant and sanctioning bodies usually don’t inspect non-finishers.

    • testover6370 - May 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      In the case of components falling out of spec due to damage incurred under race conditions, teams will often argue that sort of force mejure should exonerate them, and it is met with varying levels of success depending on the series/sanctioning body and circumstances. I’ve seen teams get out of penalties by claiming it was damage during a race, and I’ve seen at least equal number of infractions upheld anyway in spite of that argument.

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