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IndyCar hands out 6-position grid penalties to 3 drivers for teams using unapproved engines

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar has handed drivers Felix Rosenqvist, Marcus Armstrong and Pietro Fittipaldi six starting position penalties ahead of Sunday’s Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for their teams’ unapproved engine modifications during last month’s test at Iowa Speedway.

The race marks the long-awaited introduction of a hybrid engine for cars in IndyCar’s top series. A press release on Friday stated that the teams violated Rule 16.1.2.3.2, which states that using a fifth or additional engine is considered an unapproved substitution and does not earn manufacturer points. A full-season competitor can only earn points for a fifth engine if he or she has completed miles with the first four engines. The penalty is six positions for road and street courses and nine for oval events.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday for Sunday’s 80-lap race around the 2.258-mile course in Lexington, Ohio.

Rosenqvist, driving for Meyer Shank Racing, is 10th in points with one pole position, two top-fives and five top-10s in eight starts this season. Armstrong, of Chip Ganassi Racing, is 15th with two top-fives and three top-10s, while Fittipaldi is 19th with Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

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