NTT IndyCar Series champion contender Joseph Newgarden will receive a six-place grid penalty after the qualifying session for Saturday’s Portland Grand Prix concludes.
He is currently second in the championship standings, three points behind Team Penske teammate Will Power. IndyCar rules allow him to use four engines during the season and must drive a total of 10,000 miles on those engines. Any installation beyond the 4th motor is considered unapproved and grid he is subject to penalty. RACER said Newgarden’s need for an engine change was due to his mileage limit being reached prematurely after an engine problem in Toronto put his fourth engine in his No. 2 car earlier than expected. I understand that
Newgarden’s performance at Portland should offer the two-time IndyCar champion some solace. Finished 5th in 2019. Last year he made a spectacular drive to recover from his 18th place and took his 5th place at the checkered flag. Overtaking Portland on his international raceway won’t be easy, but Newgarden has shown an aptitude to turn his unfavorable start position into a solid finish.
In a related note, Honda Performance Development, which has three Chip Ganassi Racing drivers in the championship hunt with Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou, told RACER that “no changes are planned for this week. Portland should avoid penalties because it has not been confirmed.
It is currently unknown if any other title contenders have engine changes planned for the season finale in Monterey. From the Chevy faction, Power (P1), Scott McLaughlin (P6) and Pato O’Ward (P7) all use his 4th engine. At Honda, Dixon (3rd), Ericsson (4th) and Palou (5th) are also using his fourth engine.
Historically, engines with high mileage have shown the highest potential for failure. So while manufacturers sometimes ask for motor changes, they know that as the final round of the season approaches, there will be grid penalties to make sure competitors have the best chances. to complete those races.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Dalton Kellett will also receive a six-spot penalty for violating the same unapproved engine change policy.