Tristan Vautier will start from near the back of the field for today’s IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio after being dealt a 10-place grid penalty for an unapproved engine change.
The Frenchman had qualified 11th for the race, but will now drop to 21st after his previous Honda unit failed during the morning warm-up session. Consequent fire damage forced the Schmidt team to scavenge most of the back end of its spare car in order to get Vautier’s car repaired for the race.
Vautier came into the weekend using the fourth of the five fresh engines that are allocated to each entry for the season.
Teams are liable for additional grid penalties if their engine count climbs to six or higher.