Engine change for Andretti ahead of Indy GP

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Engine change for Andretti ahead of Indy GP

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Engine change for Andretti ahead of Indy GP

Marco Andretti will have a fresh engine for the 85-lap Indianapolis Grand Prix after a broken motor sidelined the No. 98 Honda in morning warmup.

The Andretti Autosport driver completed two laps in the session before smoke began to trail from the right exhaust outlet. Andretti pulled off course and climbed from the car before it was returned to Gasoline Alley for his mechanics to start the process of installing a fresh 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplant.

It’s believed Andretti’s engine failure was among the first of the year for Honda in competition, and came with a motor that was near its mileage limit.

In a correction from the first version of the story, Andretti will not lose his 14th-place qualifying position after the series ruled the engine swap was an approved change.

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