The four-time Indy 500 winner has obtained an “unapproved engine change” because the final Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course, and can drop six locations from wherever he finishes in tomorrow’s qualifying session on the streets of Nashville.
In accordance with IndyCar’s Rule 184.108.40.206, a fifth engine is eligible to earn engine producer factors if a full season entrant has accomplished the total season entrant engine mileage with its first 4 engines. In any other case, using 5 or extra engines means the automotive can’t earn producer factors and might be thought-about an unapproved engine change-out.
For all early engine change-outs, the penalty is a beginning grid penalty on the subsequent occasion. For street and road course races, the penalty prices six positions, whereas for ovals the drop is 9 positions. Colton Herta suffered this nine-place drop in his Andretti Autosport-Honda within the second race at Iowa Speedway’s double-header occasion final month.
Castroneves at the moment lies 18th within the factors standings, with a finest results of seventh within the Indianapolis 500, which he gained for MSR in 2021. His highest grid place got here on a road course, with fourth at Detroit alongside teammate Simon Pagenaud.