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Huertas’ winning No. 18 entry penalized post-Houston

Jul 2, 2014, 2:13 PM EST

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Carlos Huertas’ win in Houston Race 1, his first in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has come with penalties for two infractions discovered during post-race technical inspection.

Here’s the details from INDYCAR;

INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, which was held June 28-29 at Houston’s NRG Park.

  • INDYCAR officials have fined Dale Coyne Racing for a pair of technical violations on its No. 18 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Carlos Huertas. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 14.6.4.18 (Rear Wing Height) and Rule 14.7.2 (Fuel Cell Capacity) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook. The team was fined a total of $10,000 – $5,000 for each infraction, but INDYCAR officials determined that the infractions did not impact on the finishing order of the race or final position of the offending team.

The 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.

Here’s the rules themselves from the rulebook:

Rule 14.6.4.18 states: The mainplane trailing edge height, as measured from the chassis reference plane, is 28.060 inches plus or minus 0.050 inches.

Rule 14.7.2 states: The maximum capacity of the fuel cell shall be 18.500 U.S. Gallons. A sub-rule, Rule 14.7.2.1, states the only approved method of fuel cell volume reduction is by the addition of fuel cell airtight balls inside the fuel cell.

  1. testover6370 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Is “fuel cell airtight balls” the technical term for ping pong balls?

  2. manik56 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    So the 18 had more fuel than the rest of the field? No advantage there. I love how they can measure things in hundredths of an inch but cannot get all the fuel cells the same size.

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