Romain Grosjean will start this weekend’s IndyCar Series race at WWTR on the back foot after being dropped nine places on the grid for an unauthorized engine change on the No. 28 Andretti Autosport after Nashville.
IndyCar has determined that the team is in violation of Rule 22.214.171.124, which states: The fifth (5th) engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer Points if the Full Season Entrant has completed a full season of engine mileage with the first four (4) engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more engine will not earn engine manufacturer points and will be considered an unapproved engine replacement.
Under Rule 126.96.36.199, the penalty is a penalty of six grid positions for road and street events and nine grid positions for oval events and must be met at the next event in the series, giving Grosjean some extra work in qualifying later this afternoon.