MOORESVILLE, North Carolina — The winning team and driver from Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix NTT IndyCar Series race has been fined and penalized by IndyCar.
The penalties were announced Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. (EST).
According to IndyCar:
The series has fined Andretti Autosport $25,000 and penalized the team 20 entrant/driver points after the No. 27 entry of Alexander Rossi was found in violation of the following in post-race inspection:
Rule 126.96.36.199. The minimum weight shall include the car in ready-to-compete condition excluding Driver, Driver Equivalency Weight, fuel and drink bottle content.
Rule 188.8.131.52.1. Minimum weight for Road/Street Events – will be 1700 pounds.
“From a sporting perspective, the car met minimum requirements,” said IndyCar President Jay Frye. “From a technical perspective, the way they 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.”
Members may contest the imposition of the penalties detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the NTT IndyCar Series rulebook.
Rossi’s victory in the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts/AutoNation Honda at Andretti Autosport snapped a three-year, 49-race winless streak.