IndyCar has fined Andretti Autosport $36,000 as a result of the crew used a water bottle to make weight within the automobile Alexander Rossi drove to finish his 49-race dropping streak.
Rossi’s automobile failed inspection following Saturday’s win on the highway course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when it was found to be underweight.
IndyCar stated the water bottle was used as a substitute of ballast and the automobile failed to satisfy the minimal weight requirement.
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“From a sporting perspective, the automobile met minimal necessities,” stated IndyCar President Jay Frye.
“From a technical perspective, the best way they achieved the load shouldn’t be allowed. To fulfill minimal weight, the drink bottle and its contents had been used as automobile ballast, which isn’t permitted and why the crew is being fined and penalised.”
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Rossi was additionally docked 20 factors within the standings however ranked eighth within the standings earlier than the penalty. He is lengthy out of IndyCar’s title race. Rossi is leaving Andretti on the finish of the season to drive for Arrow McLaren SP.
“We remorse the error and admire IndyCar’s understanding that the No.27 was compliant through the race,” the crew stated in an announcement, including it appeared ahead to shifting on to this weekend’s racing in Nashville.
His win ended a three-year dropping streak that dated to Highway America in Wisconsin in 2019 and spanned 1,133 days.
The victory additionally helped him go away his No.27 crew on a constructive observe; nearly 70 % of Rossi’s crew has been with him for his seven seasons driving for Andretti.
Rossi, from California, received the a hundredth working of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2016. He’d returned to the US that season after his time chasing a seat in Components 1 got here to an finish.
Rossi’s 5 races within the 2015 season make him the final American driver to compete in an F1 weekend.
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