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Top two in IndyCar standings draw penalties

Sat., Sept. 15, 2012

IndyCar championship contenders Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay will both be penalized on the starting grid for unapproved engine changes before tonight’s season finale at Fontana, Calif. IndyCar was informed Friday by 14 teams planning to change engines. The penalty is a loss of 10 spots on the starting grid. IndyCar implemented the rule this year as a cost-control measure for manufacturers. It was meant to discourage teams from needlessly changing engines before reaching a minimum mileage mark. But teams have complained about the penalty, arguing the manufacturer should be punished instead of the driver. Power (pictured right) takes a 17-point lead over Hunter-Reay into the race at Auto Club Speedway. – AP

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