INDIANAPOLIS — Alexander Rossi’s win in Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix has now come into question. On Tuesday, INDYCAR announced a post-event infraction from the conclusion of the Gallagher Grand Prix, which was completed Saturday, July 30 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The series has found that the No. 27 Dallara-Honda that was driven by Alexander Rossi was below minimum weight. As a result the series has fined Andretti Autosport $25k and penalized the team 20 entrant/driver points.
- Rule 126.96.36.199. The minimum weight shall include the car in ready-to-compete condition excluding Driver, Driver Equivalency Weight, fuel and drink bottle content.
- Rule 188.8.131.52.1. Minimum weight for Road/Street Events – will be 1700 pounds.
“From a sporting perspective, the car met minimum requirements,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “From a technical perspective, the way they achieved the weight is not allowed. To meet minimum weight, the drink bottle and its contents were used as car ballast, which is not permitted and why the team is being fined and penalized.”
The penalty is allowed to be appealed according to the rulebook too.
“Members may contest the imposition of the penalties detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES rulebook,” it says.
This is the first time in a while a car has failed post race inspection.
Rossi ended a 49 race winless drought via his victory on the 2.439-mile IMS road course. He was quickest in practice on Friday, qualified 2nd for the race a few hours later and won a day after that.
“Relief, right?” Rossi said after scoring his 1st win in the last 1,133 days last Saturday. “Yeah, I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s human nature to start to question things when it continually doesn’t kind of fall your way. You just have to remember that you’ve done it before, you can do it again type of thing. It’s nice to reestablish that, and this sport is so much about you’re as good as your last race, it doesn’t matter who you are. You have to go out there every weekend and kind of reprove yourself.
“It sucks what happened to Colton but I’ve had my share of things. It comes full circle, I guess, sometimes, so it’s good to be up there.”